Roles of Elected Officials

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 What is the Role of Council?
Key responsibilities of Council are to support the municipality and its operations while ensuring that the public and the municipality's interests are maintained.

In accordance with s.224 of the Municipal Act, it is the role of Council to:

  • Represent the public and consider the well-being and interests of the municipality;
  • Develop and evaluate the policies and programs of the municipality;
  • Determine which services the municipality provides;
  • Ensure that administrative policies, practices and procedures and controllership policies, practices and procedures are in place to implement the decisions of Council
  • Ensure the accountability and transparency of the operations of the municipality, including the activities of senior management of the municipality;
  • Maintain the financial integrity of the municipality; and
  • ​Carry out the duties of Council under this Act or any other Act.

Municipal decisions are made by Council as a whole.  Generally, the Head of Council does not have any more power than any other member of Council to make decisions on behalf of the municipality.  Each member of Council only has one vote.

What is the Role of the Head of Council?  (Mayor)

In accordance with s.225 of the Municipal Act, it is the role of the Head of Council to:

  • Act as Chief Executive Officer of the municipality
  • Preside over Council Meetings so that its business can be carried out efficiently and effectively;
  • Provide leadership to Council
  • Provide information and recommendations to the Council with respect to the role of Council described​ in clauses 224(d) and (d.1)
  • Represent the municipality at official functions; and
  • Carry out the duties of the Head of Council under this Act or any other Act.

Further in accordance with s.226.1 of the Act, the Head of Council shall:

  • Uphold and promote the purposes of the municipality;
  • Promote public involvement in the municipality's activities;
  • Act as the representative of the municipality both within and outside the municipality, and promote the municipality locally, nationally and internationally; and
  • Participate in and foster activities that enhance the economic, social and environmental well-being of the municipality and its residents.

What is the Role of the Councillor?

Councillors have three main roles to play in a municipality:  representative,  policy-maker, and  steward.  

Councillors are called on to consider and make decisions on issues that will sometimes be complex and controversial.  Many of those decisions will have long-term effects on the municipality that extend beyond the four-year term of office, and should be made in the context of the municipality's plans for the long-term health and welfare of the community.​

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs provides a Candidate Guide for individuals interested in running for Council.  This Guide will be posted on our website when it becomes available.

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