Barbara Hall

Barbara Hall

Barbara Hall (born 1946) is a Canadian lawyer, public servant and former politician. She was the 61st mayor of Toronto, the last to run before amalgamation. She was elected mayor of the pre-amalgamation City of Toronto in 1994, and held office until December 31, 1997. On November 28, 2005, Hall was appointed Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission for a three-year term.

Hall has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Victoria in British Columbia. Shortly after graduation she worked in the small Nova Scotia community of Three Mile Plain as one of the first members of the Company of Young Canadians. She served for a time as a probation officer in Cleveland, Ohio. She returned to Canada and studied law at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, and in 1980, was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada.

She served three terms as a Toronto city councillor from 1985 on and as Toronto's mayor from 1994 to 1997. From 1998 to 2002 she headed the federal government's National Strategy on Community Safety and Crime Prevention and was a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Crime Prevention Committee.

Ms. Hall has also practised criminal and family law, been a member of the Ontario Health Ministry's Health Results Team, and lectured nationally and internationally on urban and social issues. She has a strong record of bringing diverse groups together to build safe and strong communities.