Ana Bailão is the City Councillor for Ward 18 and a woman proud to be rooted in the rich cultural diversity of the Davenport area. Her commitment to social equity and her strong work ethic are products of a humble beginning and the support that she received during her early days in Canada.
Growing up in Ward 18, Ana attended West Toronto Collegiate and studied Sociology at the University of Toronto. Ana's strong passion for community and city building projects continued after graduation, where she participated in initiatives like “Digin” and “GreenHere”, and co-founded the “Friends of Dovercourt Park." Ana also championed issues important to New Canadians, serving as President of the Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business and Professionals and President of the Working Women Community Center, where she helped immigrant and refugee women and their families integrate into their new communities.
Prior to serving as a City Councillor, Ana Bailão achieved success in the private sector, developing leadership and consensus building skills while holding senior roles in the banking and healthcare IT sector.
Running on a platform of fair, accessible and community-based representation, Ana was first elected as City Councillor for Ward 18 in 2010. Ana became quickly recognized as a leader on Council. With her deep community connection and strong private sector experience, Ana was able to deliver results on complex issues such as affordable housing, employee protection and social procurement.
When asked to Chair the Affordable Housing Committee in her first term, it was at a time when external housing funding was shrinking. Ana created new opportunities by reducing obstacles for private-sector builders and providing incentives to build more affordable housing. Ana went on to lead the charge against the mass sale of Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC)’s single-family homes, championing a solution that maintained the portfolio and restored its financial viability.
Re-elected in 2014, Ana was hand-picked by newly elected Mayor John Tory to lead Toronto's housing agenda as Council's Housing Advocate. In this role, Ana has been tasked with implementing and shaping Toronto's multi-faceted strategy to improve housing affordability and expand housing services.
In addition to Affordable Housing, Ana has also served as a strong advocate for the arts in Toronto as a board member of Artscape and the Toronto Arts Council. Locally, Ana has championed projects like the Toronto Media Arts Centre while securing new affordable live/work space for Toronto artists.
Ana remains a dynamic and energetic voice for women, low-income families and New Canadians and continues to live in Ward 18, the same community that welcomed her when she first arrived in Canada at the age of 15.
Committees, boards and agencies
- Toronto and East York Community Council
- Community Development and Recreation Committee
- Executive Committee
- Striking Committee
- Affordable Housing Committee
- Artscape Toronto
- Invest Toronto
- Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) Board of Directors
Toronto Public Library (Mayor's Designate)