Statement: Dr. Eileen de Villa’s Retirement

It was with mixed emotions that I received Dr. Eileen de Villa’s letter of resignation as Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health at the end of this year.

As Chair of the Board of Health, I have had the privilege of working closely with Dr. de Villa, and I am deeply grateful for her unwavering support, guidance, and willingness to collaborate. While her departure saddens me, I am excited for the opportunities that await her, and I am confident she will leave Toronto Public Health well-positioned for continued success.

Dr. de Villa’s contributions to the City of Toronto are immeasurable. Over her eight years as Medical Officer of Health, she has navigated us through unprecedented challenges, most notably the COVID-19 pandemic. It was an incredibly difficult experience for everyone, especially Toronto Public Health staff, but Dr. De Villa consistently delivered critical updates with a reassuring voice that said “it is going to be okay”, even when the path ahead seemed uncertain.


Although Dr. de Villa announced her retirement today, she will continue shepherding us through this transitional period until the year's end, ensuring a smooth transition. Toronto Public Health’s new Strategic Plan will be complete, The Works’ relocation will be nearly complete and a comprehensive transition plan will be implemented for her successor. To begin that process, I will bring forward a motion at the upcoming Board of Health meeting on May 27 to form a search committee for our next Medical Officer of Health.

Dr. de Villa, thank you for your service to the City of Toronto. Your leadership in building a healthier, more equitable city has made a lasting impact, and your dedication to public health will be remembered and celebrated. Wishing you all the best in your future endeavours.


Chris Moise


Chair, Toronto Board of Health

City Councillor, Ward 13 – Toronto Centre

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