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Jim Karygiannis is a Candidate for Toronto City Councillor, Ward 43, Scarborough-Agincourt, in the 2018 Municipal Election.

The Honourable Jim Karygiannis was elected to Toronto City Council on October 27, 2014.

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Mr. Karygiannis has been appointed to:

  • Licensing and Standards Committee as Vice Chair;
  • Scarborough Community Council; and,
  • Tribunals Nominating Panel, Chair.
  • Advocate for New Comers to the City of Toronto

He also sits on:

  • Exhibition Place Board of Governors;
  • Harbourfront Centre Board of Directors;
  • L’Association française des municipalities de l’Ontario/Association of Francophone Municipalities of Ontario;
  • Scarborough Community Preservation Panel; and,
  • Scarborough Hospital Community and Patient Advisory Council.

Mr. Karygiannis is the former Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt. He has been an effective voice for the people of Scarborough-Agincourt and has vast political experience and a proven record of public service.

Mr. Karygiannis was the Liberal Party Critic for Veterans Affairs and the Liberal Party Critic for Multiculturalism, with responsibility for Stakeholder and Community Outreach. He served a Parliamentary Secretary of Human Resources and Skills Development. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Parliamentary Secretary of Transport, with special emphasis on Transport and the Environment.

During his tenure, Mr. Karygiannis forged good working relationships with his colleagues at the municipal and provincial and federal levels of government. Together, they worked on issues of critical importance to the community including: establishing, with law enforcement agencies and various government departments, a Task Force to combat marijuana grow houses; strengthening community safety; and, helping to ensure the safety of residents of rooming houses in Scarborough-Agincourt.

When the SARS epidemic struck Toronto and Canada, the Scarborough Grace Hospital was the epicenter of the outbreak. Working with his colleagues in Ottawa, Jim was able to quickly address the issue of salaries, through Employment Insurance, for people that were affected and working on the front lines. Resources were brought in to assist and enhance the health care services of local front line workers.

Ward 43 Scarborough-Agincourt is one of the most ethnically diverse neighbourhoods in the City of Toronto. Mr. Karygiannis has made sure that Toronto, especially Scarborough-Agincourt, has received funds for Settlement Services to look after the needs of our newcomers.

Jim Karygiannis is a resident of Ward 43, Scarborough-Agincourt, one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the City of Toronto. He has worked with, and will continue to work with, the Canadian Diasporas of many multicultural communities with respect to the protection of human rights; economic sustainability for nation-building; and, social justice issues. He has also worked with Canadian Diasporas and the Government of Canada to help secure humanitarian aid to assist the victims of natural and man-made disasters.

For his work with a number of communities, Jim has received recognition, including being awarded:

  • ‘The Mkhitar Gosh Medal’ from the Government of The Republic of Armenia for his substantial input in international recognition of the Armenian Genocide;
  • The ‘25 Year of Karabakh Movement’ Gold Medal by the Government of The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic as the first Canadian to visit the Republic in 2012 to observe the Presidential Elections; and,
  • The decoration of the ‘Officer’s Gold Cross of the Order of Phoenix’ by the Hellenic Republic in recognition of his many public service contributions.

Jim was born in Athens, Greece in 1955. He immigrated to Canada with his family in 1966. Jim graduated in 1978 from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering. He also holds a Fellowship of Business Administration from the Canadian School of Management. Jim worked in the family business until 1988 when he was elected as a Member of Parliament.

Jim Karygiannis is married and is the father of five daughters and four sons-in-law.