Time spent on Council business falls within three broad categories, recognizing the allocation of time varies between Council Members and is also influenced by emerging issues:
- Communication with constituents (email, phone, meetings, social media, newsletters)
- Council, Committee, Board, Commission meetings
- Other – research, planning, community events, mentoring, advocacy, education, special projects and assignments (e.g. working groups
Councillors do not have set hours of the day or week for conducting Council business, except for prescheduled meetings (e.g. Council, Standing Committees, Boards, Commissions, etc.). Generally, Councillors are given advance notice, but there are unforeseen demands on a Council Member's time. Hours spent on Council business by each Councillor vary between 20 to 60 hours per week.
Role of Council (as stated in section 224 of the Municipal Act, 2001):
- to represent the public and to consider the well-being and interests of the municipality;
- to develop and evaluate the policies and programs of the municipality;
- to determine which services the municipality provides;
- to ensure that administrative policies, practices and procedures and controllership policies, practices and procedures are in place to implement the decisions of council;
- (d.1) to ensure the accountability and transparency of the operations of the municipality, including the activities of the senior management of the municipality;
- to maintain the financial integrity of the municipality; and
- to carry out the duties of council under this or any other Act.
- Is the first designate in the event of the absence or refusal to act by the Mayor
- Chairs the Audit Committee
- Represents the Mayor at various meetings and events
- Maintains a solid understanding of meeting procedure
- Keeps informed of matters falling within the jurisdiction of the Mayor’s Office in order to effectively act on behalf of the Mayor
Standing Committee Chair
- Attends meeting(s) with staff prior to the Standing Committee meeting in order to have a full understanding of the agenda items
- Liaises with the City Clerk, or designate, on such matters as meeting dates and times, coordination of agenda items, etc.
- Maintains an understanding of meeting procedures as the person responsible for the orderly conduct of the Standing Committee meeting
- Undertakes whatever additional research and preparation is required in order to enable themselves to chair the Standing Committee meeting in an informed and organized manner
- As required, acts as the spokesperson/lead liaison for the Standing Committee
- Presents the report of the Standing Committee to the Municipal Council and responds to Council Member questions with respect to the report
Council Members’ Annual Stipend:
- $33,465 ($36,262 estimated taxable equivalent)
Standing Committee Chair:
- $34,714 ($37,615 estimated taxable equivalent)
- $104,258 ($130,916 estimated taxable equivalent)
Note: The taxable equivalent remuneration listed is a calculation to estimate the gross annual remuneration required to result in the same 2015 annual remuneration, if the one-third tax exemption was removed. Compensation rates remain at 2015 rates pending the results of the review of the 2016 Council Compensation Review Task Force.