The young age of most of the council-elect has been talked about in the city since Monday’s election.

Many of the councillors are under 40.

The big question is how age may impact local politics.

Mo Salih and Jared Zaifman are both under 30 and Tanya Park is just at that age.

They say the issues being discussed around the horseshoe may not change, but the perspective will.

Park, the new Ward 13 councillor, says a younger group of councillors will mean more diverse voices in debates.

“We're going to have a dynamic perspective on council,” she says.

Reaching the younger demographic of voters is a problem in Canada. A 2011 report from the federal government says that 18- to 34-year-olds have a much lower voter turnout than the national average.

Ward 14 councillor-elect, Jared Zaifman, says seeing younger people in council chairs encourages others that there is a place for them in politics.

“Just saying how excited they are and having an interest in politics now, they know it's an option for them in the future,” he says.

One area you can expect to see more councillors engaged in, is social media.

As Mo Salih clears out his campaign office, he says social media will be a huge part of the next four years.

“I think you need to find the way people best want to be spoken to, and if that's online, so be it. That's what we have to do.”

Already Salih has gained traction on Twitter in asking the city to add councillor Facebook and Twitter handles to their bio pages on the website.

Park thinks it will make councillors more accessible and accountable.

“I think it's going to be so important going forward - making sure we're accountable, we're transparent. Because you can get to us on so many different levels.”

But there is still representation in other age groups.

Michael van Holst, who is middle age, uses a different approach to reach people – humour.

He has done stand-up comedy, but he didn’t reveal that during the campaign.

“I didn't bring up the fact that I used to be a stand-up comedian during the campaign because I didn't want them to think they were electing the class clown, which isn't me. I was more of the top of the class clown.”

Van Holst, who has a chemical engineering degree and has worked as a science and math teacher, believes the skills he honed in comedy will make for an effective councillor.

“Professional comedians can think outside the box. That's what we like about them; they see things in a different way,” he says.

Having faced the occasional heckler, he thinks the scrutiny directed at council can’t be any worse.

Still, he takes the issue facing council seriously. He promises to “stand up” for Ward 1, where he defeated political veteran Bud Polhill.