Born in 1966, Jon Burnside grew up in Leaside before securing an Honours B.A. in Political Science at the University of Western Ontario. Jon was a Toronto police officer from 1991 – 2001 and then a successful business owner until his election to Toronto City Council in October 2014.
As a police officer, Jon worked in his home community of Ward 26; an experience that gave him unique insight into the needs of the neighbourhood and inspired him to try to provide children and youth in his community with the same opportunities which he’d been so fortunate to have.
After serving 10 years in the Toronto Police, Jon fulfilled his ambition of becoming a successful entrepreneur – launching and operating several businesses in the health food sector.
He has been involved in the community for over 25 years – from creating free house league hockey for children in Flemingdon Park to being a member of the Trillium Grant Review team.
Jon is a dog lover and is passionate about animal rights issues. He has rescued eight dogs to date and currently shares his home with Nik Nak and May Day.
Committees & Appointments
- Executive Committee
- North York Community Council
- Budget Committee
- Civic Appointment Committee
- Forest Hill, Leaside and North Toronto Arena Nominating Panel
- Licensing and Standards Committee
Jon’s voting record can be viewed at the City of Toronto website.