City Councillor Arielle Kayabaga is seen at City Hall in London, Ont. in this file photo. (Daryl Newcombe / CTV News)

A 43-year-old London man is facing harassment charges after allegedly calling Councillor Arielle Kayabaga repeatedly for months.

Police say they received a report in September about a number of harassing phone calls that began in May and continued for several months.

The caller was not known to the Kayabaga, but a police investigation has identified the man and prompted charges.

On Thursday, Joshua Moreed Girges was charged with criminal harassment by repeated communication and harassing telecommunication.

Girges is listed as applying to speak at a city meeting to discuss London's mandatory mask policies.

In a letter submitted to the city he said he believed masks should be a choice and that "The whole movement has created awful division among people."

Kayabaga released a statement Monday saying she appreciates the efforts of the police and that this has been difficult for her and her family.

"To protect the integrity of the legal process related to this, I won't be providing any additional details or providing any additional comments."

She continued that while she understands the interest and is "grateful for the care and concern," she is asking for privacy.

Girges is scheduled to appear in court in Jan. 2021 in connection with the charges.