Mario Silva has worked with many local community organizations including those providing English as a second language services, newcomer services and assistance with non-profit housing initiatives.
The Davenport community has been Mr. Silva’s home for nearly thirty years. He attended both grade school and secondary school in this community before studying at the University of Toronto.
In 1994, he was elected to the first of three terms at Toronto City Council where he was appointed Acting Mayor and served as Chair of the Economic Development Committee that created the first economic strategy plan for Toronto outlining the direction for the city in the years ahead.
As Vice-Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission, Mario challenged all attempts to raise fares. As Chair of Exhibition Place, Mario oversaw the installation of Toronto’s first energy producing wind turbine and also led efforts to redevelop the Exhibition Place site.
Mr. Silva’s commitment to environmental issues was recognized when he was selected as President of the International Council for Local Environment Initiatives.
He has served on the Toronto Arts Council as well as the boards of Canadian Feed the Children and Mount Sinai Hospital.
While at Toronto City Hall, Mr. Silva supported a vision of public service and urban renewal that focused on better serving the needs of residents. As Member of Parliament for Davenport, Mario will carry his message of democratic renewal and public service to Ottawa.