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Ward Boundary and Council Structure Options Review

Why is the City conducting a Ward Boundary and Council Structure Review?

Ward boundaries and the structure of Council have not been reviewed since 2001. This review is necessary to ensure an effective and equitable representation across all wards within the City.

What criteria are used to assess the options under consideration?

1. New ward boundaries should achieve a general balancing of populations between Wards with a variance not to exceed 20% based on population as of January 1, 2016 plus the non-resident elector numbers from the 2014 municipal election.

2. Consideration will be given to established  settlement patterns and existing communities of interest.

3. Consideration of natural physical features or man-made features as boundaries to establish Wards that are easy to identify.

4. All options should have consideration for the overriding principle of effective representation for all electors.

The direction of Council for this review includes the analysis of three main components:

  • The ward structure
  • The ward boundaries
  • The size of Council.

The Terms of Reference for this project were adopted by Council.

Background Reports

Council Resolutions

October 18, 2016 Regular Council Meeting
10.4.1 CLK2016-011

Judy Currins, City Clerk
Ward Review Public Consultation Results


RESOLVED THAT Report CLK2016-011, Ward Review Public Consultation Results, be received;
THAT the results of the public consultation process for a ward review for the City of Kawartha Lakes, be received;
THAT the City Clerk be directed to prepare and present a by-law to set the composition of Council as the Mayor and 8 Councillors effective for the 2018 election;
THAT the City Clerk be instructed to prepare and present two options each for ward boundaries for both a 4 and an 8 ward structure;
THAT the report be brought back to Council by the end of January 2017.



Option 1 -  Pages 13 to 15 of Report CLK2016-009

Four (4) Wards (electing 8, 12, or 16 Councillors, plus Mayor)

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Option1 - 4Wards

Option 2 – Pages 22 – 24 of Report CLK2016-009

Five (5) Wards (electing a total of 12 Councillors plus Mayor)

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Option 3 – Pages 10 – 12 of Report CLK2016-009

Sixteen (16) Wards (electing a total of 16 Councillors plus Mayor)

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Public Consultation Process

From June 1, 2016 to August 15, 2016, public feedback regarding the abovementioned options will be sought through various means.

A public survey will be available on-line from June 1 – July 31, 2016 and by hard copy at City Hall, all Municipal Service Centres, all City Libraries. 

Consultation will also take place during the Mayor’s Town Hall Meetings held on:

Thursday June 9- Lindsay Recreation Complex Community Room 7-9 p.m.

Thursday June 16-Bobcaygeon Community Centre/Hall 7-9 p.m.

Tuesday June 21-Omemee Coronation Hall 7-9 p.m.

Saturday June 25-Fenelon Falls Community Centre 1-3 p.m.

Wednesday June 29-Manvers Community Centre 7-9 p.m.

Tuesday July 5-Little Britain Community Centre-7-9 p.m.

Saturday July 9-Carden Community Centre-1-3 p.m.

Sunday July 10-Kinmount Community Centre-1-3 p.m.

Tuesday July 12-Woodville Town Hall-7-9 p.m.

Sunday July 17-Coboconk Community Centre- 11a.m.-1 p.m.


Email comments to:

Judy Currins, City Clerk
Phone 705-324-9411 Extension 1295

Ann Rooth, Deputy Clerk
Phone 705-324-9411 Extension 1266

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