Caledon Council Composition

Caledon Votes

For the new Term of Council, the Town's Municipal Council will be made up of 1 Mayor, 2 Regional Councillors and 6 Councillors.

Responsibilities of the Mayor and Council 

Council is the Municipality's decision-making body. Role of Council (Section 224 of the Municipal Act): 

  1. To represent the public and to consider the well-being and interests of the municipality
  2. To develop and evaluate the policies and programs of the municipality
  3. To determine which services the municipality provides
  4. To ensure that administrative policies, practices and procedures and controllership policies, practices and procedures are in place to implement the decisions of Council 
  5. To ensure the accountability and transparency of the operations of the municipality, including the activities of the senior management of the municipality
  6. To maintain the financial integrity of the municipality; and
  7. To carry out the duties of Council under this or any other Act.

Role of the Mayor

Role of the Mayor (Head of Council)(Section 225 & 226.1 of the Municipal Act): 

  • To act as chief executive officer of the municipality
  • Preside over Council meetings so that its business can be carried out efficiently and effectively
  • To provide leadership to the Council 
  • Without limiting clause, to provide information and recommendations to the Council with respect to the role of Council described in clauses 224 (d) and (d.1)
  • To represent the municipality at official functions; and
  • To carry out the duties of the head of Council under this or any other Act

As chief executive officer of a municipality, the head of Council shall:

  1. uphold and promote the purposes of the municipality 
  2. promote the public involvement in the municipality's activities 
  3. act as the representative of the municipality both within and outside the municipality, and promote the municipality locally, nationally and internationally; and 
  4. participate in and foster activities that enhance the economic, social and environmental well-being of the municipality and its residents.

Municipal decisions, however, are made by Council as a whole. Generally speaking, the Mayor 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. 

Other Roles for Members of Council 

  • Attendance at municipal functions and ceremonies 
  • Community group meetings and charity groups
  • Constituent meetings
  • Committees of Council

Typical Time Commitments - this is based on the role of a Councillor, the Mayor and Regional Councillor roles will require additional time commitments 

  • Council and Committee Meetings - average 20 hours/month
  • Council and Committee Meeting agenda review and reading: average 6 hours/month (Council Agendas are typically 100-600 pages long)
  • Advisory Committee meetings and other appointed positions - varies
  • Constituent issues - varies on the level of involvement
  • Processing emails, phone calls, research - varies
  • Attendance at conferences, community events, training opportunities - varies