Strong Mayor Powers

With the passing of Bill 3, Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act, 2022, and Bill 39, Better Municipal Governance Act, 2022, the Mayor has additional legislative powers beyond those previously set out in the Municipal Act, 2001. These include the power to:

  • Appoint the Town’s Chief Administrative Officer*
  • Determine the organizational structure*
  • Hire, dismiss or exercise any other prescribed employment powers with respect to any division head or the head of any other part of the organizational structure*
  • Create committees of Council, assign their functions and appoint the chairs and vice-chairs of committees of Council*
  • Propose the Town’s budget subject to Council amendments, Mayoral veto and a Council override process
  • Veto certain by-laws if the Mayor believes all or part of the by-law could interfere with a prescribed Provincial Priority
  • Submit matters for Council's consideration if the Mayor believes it will advance a prescribed Provincial Priority
  • Direct Town staff in writing

*The Mayor may choose to delegate these specific powers and duties.

The Mayor is required to exercise these powers in writing and make them available to the public, subject to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protections of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. M.56. A public listing of Mayoral Decisions and Directions is available in the chart below.

Mayoral Decisions and Directions
Decision No.Subject
2023-01 Delegation of Mayor’s Powers Re Organizational Structure and Employment Matters
2023-02 Direct Town Staff to Present the 2024-2026 Town Budget
2023-03 Consultant to Review Council Compensation
2023-04 Integrity Commissioner to Review Council Code of Conduct and other relevant policies
2023-05 Addition of AURORA letters to Capital Budget
2023-06 Use of Veto Powers – Amendments to 2024-2026 Mayor’s Budget and Shorten the Veto Period
2023-07 Decision Not to Veto By-laws of November 28, 2023

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