Karen Cilevitz has lived in Richmond Hill since 2009, and is a proud Ward 5 resident elected to the Ward 5 Councillor seat in 2014, and re-elected for a second term in 2018. She has 3 adult children who live in Ontario. A lifelong volunteer and community activist, Karen served as Chair of the DDO Defenders for 6 years, leading this grassroots community advocacy group in protecting and conserving Richmond Hill’s iconic David Dunlap Observatory Campus and surrounding lands as a public legacy.

Her dedicated work on the DDO file, and her work with residents and residents’ groups defending the Town against over-development, led Karen to run for public office. She prides herself as a steward of our natural environment, working towards conservation of our greenspaces and protection of our wildlife. An avid amateur astronomer, Karen has the distinction of having a Main Belt Asteroid named in her honour – Asteroid 108382 Karencilevitz. Karen’s commitment to her residents as Richmond Hill’s Ward 5 Councillor demonstrates her dedication to public service excellence, ensuring all Ward 5 residents receive her undivided attention as their elected representative on Council.


Council Member, Chair – Accessibility Advisory Committee

Council Member, Vice-Chair – Civic Precinct Project Steering Committee

Council Member, Vice-Chair – David Dunlap Observatory Park Steering Committee

Council Member – Heritage Richmond Hill Committee

Council Member – Richmond Hill People Plan Task Force

Council Member – Richmond Hill Economic Development Committee

Council Member – Richmond Hill Business Leadership Council

Advisory Board Member – Chorus York 

Advisory Board Member – Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra

Advisory Board Member – York Region Food Network

Municipal Advisor – Leadership Team: Pflag York Region

Member – Blue Dot Richmond Hill

Member – Clean Air Council – Clean Air Partnership

Member – Working Group for OMB Reform 


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Karen Cilevitz is in Ottawa, Ontario.Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 at 2:17pm

... topped off by a beautiful relaxing evening in our nation’s capital enjoying dinner beside the Ottawa River and strolling along the Rideau Canal ❤️😃🇨🇦

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Karen Cilevitz is in Ottawa, Ontario.Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 at 2:07pm

A beautiful afternoon at the end of the conference’s 3rd day (evening photos follow!) - our hotel, the stunning Chateau Laurier, and enjoying a wonderful relaxing walk along the Rideau Canal to the Ottawa River with gorgeous Gatineau beckoning in the distance 😃❤️🇨🇦

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Karen Cilevitz is at Centre Shaw Centre.Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 at 8:58am
#AMO2019 #MinistersForum

Closing out today’s conference events - Speech by the Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, followed by the Ministers’ Forum with an open Q&A between Attendees and the members of the Ontario Cabinet.

Proud to have stood with Markham Councillor Karen Rea, fellow member of our OMB Reform Working Group, to ask this question of Minister Clark:
“My name is Karen Rea, Councillor from the City of Markham. I am standing with Karen Cilevitz, Councillor from the City of Richmond Hill. We are members of the OMB Reform Working Group, led by the now-Mayor of Aurora, Tom Mrakas, and we are joined by a number of our committee members here today. When the OMB was abolished, it received all-Party and unanimous consent. Why are we now reverting back to the old OMB and specifically, de novo hearings? We felt our OPs should be upheld and local councils should have the final say on planning applications and how to grow, rather than an unaccountable and unelected adjudicator.”

Suffice it say, with all respect to Minister Clark, we believe we did not receive an appropriate response to the question asked. Minister Clark said they are working on revising the Provincial Policy Statement (one of the province’s primary land use planning policy documents), and suggested we “check back” with him in a year and “see if it’s working”.

We intend to do just that.
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Karen Cilevitz is at Centre Shaw Centre.Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 at 6:00am
#AMO2019 #InclusiveCommunities #IndigenousPartnerships #EquityAndInclusion

Outstanding presentation and discussion - How can municipal governments create the diverse and inclusive communities their residents want and need - Engaging youth; establishing advisory committees and working groups; strengthening and developing relationships between municipal and Indigenous partners; working together to find best land-use practices to fund, design and build sustainable initiatives; finding collaborative strategies to advance inclusive community building. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
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Karen Cilevitz is at The Westin Ottawa.Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 at 4:42am
#AMO2019 #Legalization

A packed room for an excellent information gathering working lunch today at AMO 2019 for “Cannabis Retail - Making it work for your community” with the presentation and discussion led by Canna Cabana.
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2018 – 2022 Ward 5 Civic Engagement Committee Executive:

  • A new W5CEC Executive will be chosen at our first meeting in September, 2019, stay tuned for details – If you would like to be a W5CEC Executive Member, please email me to have your name placed into consideration: karen.cilevitz@richmondhill.ca

The Ward 5 Civic Engagement Committee (W5CEC) is a unique Ward Committee overseen by Councillor Cilevitz with participation by and with Ward 5 residents. The W5CEC is comprised of the Executive Committee and residents living in Ward 5. The Committee hears and discusses matters of concern and/or interest to Ward 5, and works in a pro-active manner to reach consensus on decisions/directions to Councillor Cilevitz in the best interests of the residents of Ward 5, and in keeping with in-place policies which guide and direct our municipality as a whole. We meet as a group three times a year for informative, inclusive discussions, and host regular Ward 5 Resident Community Meetings presenting many topics for informal, engaging discussions between Councillor Cilevitz, guest speakers and presenters, and residents.

With thanks to the outgoing 2015-2018 Executive Committee for all their dedicated hard work!

Need Councillor Cilevitz’s assistance with a Ward 5 municipal matter?
Councillor Email: karen.cilevitz@richmondhill.ca
Direct Councillor Office Line: 905.771.2510
Councillor Cell: 416.806.7582


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