Toronto Fire Chief, Matthew Pegg, is certainly no stranger to complex and challenging emergencies. For more than 29 years, he has responded to emergencies as a Firefighter and since 2016, has served as the Chief of Toronto Fire Services, leading the more than 3,200 professionals who make up Canada’s largest fire service. Matt is also the General Manager of Emergency Management for the City of Toronto, working closely with Toronto’s Office of
In March of 2020, he was asked to lead Toronto’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, serving the city as Toronto’s COVID-19 incident commander throughout the global pandemic. He led the
development and continued operation of the most complex incident management system in Toronto's history, including the longest-ever continuous deployment of the Emergency
Operations Centre, as well as the development and operation of Toronto's COVID-19 Immunization Task Force.
Prior to being appointed as Fire Chief in Toronto, Matt served as a Deputy Fire Chief in Toronto, Brampton, Ajax and Georgina. Matt is also a licensed mechanic and a commercial pilot.
Matt is a graduate of Dalhousie University in both Leadership and Administration, Queen’s University in Labour Relations and the Schulich School of Business' in Public Management. He is a
recipient of the Heroism and Community Service Medal, Ontario Medal of Firefighter’s Bravery, the Canadian Fire Service Exemplary Service Medal and the Ontario Fire Services Long Service
Matt has been awarded the Executive Chief Fire Officer Professional Designation and serves as Honourary Aide de Camp to Her Honour Elizabeth Dowdeswell, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.