How is the remuneration of members of Council established?
The Province of Ontario through the Municipal Act delegates Guelph City Council the authority to set its remuneration.
Council’s practice is to delegate the task of reviewing the level of remuneration for members of Council to a Citizens Review Committee for Council Compensation. This review is done every four years (i.e. once a Council term). If approved by Council the recommendations of the Citizen Review Committee are applied to the incoming term of Council (i.e. after the municipal election, not before).
What did the 2014 Citizens Review Committee recommend?
The 2014 Citizens’ Committee established the remuneration for members of Council in 2014 as:
Mayor – $105,393
Councillor – $33,433
In non-election years (2015, 2016 and 2017), the salary of the Mayor will increase by $3,611 on December 1 as a phased in approach to migrate the Mayor’s salary to the 55th percentile by the end of Council’s term. Compensation adjustments for the Mayor and Members of Council will be equal to the Consumer Price Index (all Ontario, all items from September to September) or the Non-union increase; whichever is lower effective January 1 of each year for the next term of Council. Per the recommendation of the 2014 Citizen Review Committee, a formal review of Council remuneration will be conducted every four years during the last year of Council’s term of office.
The Chairs of Committee receive an additional five per cent.
Benefits provided to Council are:
- Group Life Insurance
- Dependant Life Insurance
- Accidental Death and Dismemberment
- Extended Health Benefits
- Dental Benefits
- Mileage Reimbursement
- Lodging and meals per diem (reasonable and customary and as outlined in the Policy on Councillor Attendance at Municipal Government Events)
How is Council held accountable for the setting of their remuneration and for the expenses they might claim?
The Province of Ontario, through section 284 of the Municipal Act, requires the Treasurer of the City of Guelph to file a statement of total remuneration and expenses paid in the previous year by March 31st. These yearly reports are available at the bottom of this webpage.
In addition, Council has established the Councillor Attendance at Municipal Events policy that governs what expenses are eligible to be claimed by members of Council. A budget is approved each year for members of Council to attend conferences, municipal meetings and training sessions related to their role as members of Council along with associated costs for transportation, accommodation and meals. Each member of Council is allocated an equal share of the approved budget. Receipts must be provided for reimbursement of expenses.
The allocation per Councillor for 2015 to attend conferences, municipal meetings and training sessions is $3,250. The Council approved budget for the Mayor’s Office related to travel, conferences and training is $11,950 per year. This budget includes professional development and training expenses for the employees in the Mayor’s Office.
How is the reporting and process for establishing the remuneration for members of Council made transparent?
- The Treasurer’s yearly Council Remuneration report publicly available below.
- The budget for Council remuneration and expenses is approved as part of the Operating Budget for the City of Guelph at a public meeting of Council.
The following documents are also available for review: