About Mike

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Mike Colle immigrated to Canada from his native Italy at the age of five and grew up in Downtown Toronto’s College Street area. Mike Colle went on to serve the people of Eglinton-Lawrence as a municipal councillor and local MPP for three decades.

As MPP for Eglinton-Lawrence, Mike spearheaded campaigns to save historic heritage sites like, the Eglinton Theatre, Postal Station K and the Columbus Centre. As a former Metro Councillor and TTC chair, Mike lead the charge to build the Eglinton Subway and fought to get it funded
and restarted as the Eglinton Crosstown which is presently under construction to be completed in 2021.

Prior to being elected MPP in 1995, Mike served as a councillor for the City of York and Metropolitan Toronto, where he served in roles as TTC commissioner, TTC Chair from 1988 to 1994. Prior to public service, Mike taught history and economics at Michael Power High school and St. Michael’s college School, where he coached football for 18 years.

Mike and his wife Sharon have four children and six grandchildren. Mike is a life-long marathon runner, with a personal best time of 3:29. He continues to run in the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon each year.

As City Councillor for Ward 8, Eglinton-Lawrence, Mike has:

  • Fought to Save our Ravines through public engagement, removal of invasive species and securing funding

  • Worked to improve Bathurst Street from Glencairn Avenue to Highway 401 to make Bathurst Greener and Better

  • Championed MarleeVille Visioning to revitalize Marlee Avenue

  • Stood against the Province’s proposed upload of the TTC Subway

  • Successfully stopped the Province’s Metrolinx proposed closure of Bathurst and Eglinton Ave W for 7 months