Mayoral powers, decisions and directions under the Municipal Act

Mayoral powers under the Municipal Act

Under Part VI.1 of the Municipal Act, the Mayor has the following special powers and duties as the head of City Council:

  • Appointing the municipality’s Chief Administrative Officer.*
  • Hiring certain municipal department heads and establishing and reorganizing departments.*
  • Creating committees of Council, assigning their functions and appointing the chairs and vice-chairs of committees of Council.*
  • Proposing the municipal budget, which would be subject to Council amendments and a Mayoral veto and Council override process.
  • Vetoing certain bylaws if the Mayor is of the opinion that all or part of the by-law could potentially interfere with a provincial priority.
  • Bringing forward matters for Council consideration if the Mayor is of the opinion that considering the matter could potentially advance a provincial priority.

*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. A public listing of Mayoral Decisions and Directions is available in the chart below.

Mayoral decisions and directions

Date Number Subject matter
July 1, 2023 2023-A1 Delegation – Chief Administrative Officer and Committees
July 1, 2023 2023-A2 Delegation – Organizational Structure of the Municipal Corporation
July 11, 2023 2023-A3 Decision – Written approval of by-laws passed at the July 5 and July 11, 2023 meetings of City Council
July 19, 2023 2023-A4 Decision – Written approval of by-laws passed at the July 19, 2023 meeting of City Council
July 25, 2023 2023-A5 Decision – Written approval of by-laws passed at the July 25, 2023 meeting of City Council
July 26, 2023 2023-B1 Direction – 2024-2027 Multi-Year Budget
August 16, 2023 2023-A6 Decision – Written approval of By-law passed at the August 16, 2023 meeting of City Council
September 12, 2023 2023-A7 Decision – Written approval of By-law passed at the September 12, 2023 meeting of City Council
September 19, 2023 2023-A8 Decision – Written approval of By-law passed at the September 19, 2023 meeting of City Council
September 26, 2023 2023-A9 Decision – Written approval of By-law passed at the September 26, 2023 meeting of City Council
October 17, 2023 2023-A10 Decision – Written approval of By-law passed at the October 17, 2023 meeting of City Council
October 24, 2023 2023-A11 Decision – Written approval of By-law passed at the October 24, 2023 meeting of City Council
November 6, 2023 2023-A12 Decision – Written approval of By-law passed at the November 6, 2023 meeting of City Council
November 21, 2023 2023-A13 Decision – Written approval of By-law passed at the November 21, 2023 meeting of City Council
November 29, 2023 2023-A15 Decision – Shortening of the Mayoral Budget Veto Period
November 28, 2023 2023-A14 Decision – Written approval of By-law passed at the November 28, 2023 meeting of City Council
December 5, 2023 2023-A16 Decision – Written approval of By-law passed at the December 5, 2023 meeting of City Council
December 12, 2023 2023-A17 Decision – Written approval of By-law passed at the December 12, 2023 meeting of City Council
January 16, 2024 2024-A18 Decision – Written approval of By-law passed at the January 16, 2024 meeting of City Council
February 13, 2024 2024-A19 Decision – Written approval of By-law passed at the February 13, 2024 meeting of City Council
February 27, 2024 2024-A20 Decision – Written approval of By-law passed at the February 27, 2024 meeting of City Council
February 28, 2024 2024-B2 Direction – 2025 City Budget
February 28, 2024 2024-B3 Direction – Strategic Real Estate Partnerships on Underutilized City Owned Assets
February 28, 2024 2024-B4 Direction – Temporary Structured Encampment