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Roles and Composition of Elected Offices

Kawartha Lakes Council Composition

Council is made up of 1 Mayor and 16 Councillors. The Mayor is elected city-wide and 1 Councillor is elected per ward.

Responsibilities of the Mayor and Councillors

Council is the city’s decision-making body.

Role of Council (Section 224 of the Municipal Act):

It is the role of council,

(a) to represent the public and to consider the well-being and interests of the municipality;

(b) to develop and evaluate the policies and programs of the municipality;

(c) to determine which services the municipality provides;

(d) 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;

(e) to maintain the financial integrity of the municipality; and

(f) to carry out the duties of council under this or any other Act.

Role of the Mayor

Role of Mayor (Section 225 of the Municipal Act):

It is the role of the head of council,

(a) to act as chief executive officer of the municipality;

(b) preside over council meetings so that its business can be carried out efficiently and effectively;

(c)  to provide leadership to the council;

(c.1) without limiting clause (c), to provide information and recommendations to the council with respect to the role of council described in clauses 224 (d) and (d.1);

(d) to represent the municipality at official functions; and;

(e) to carry out the duties of the head of council under this or any other Act.

Other Roles for Members of Council

  • Attendance at City functions, such as; Remembrance Day Ceremonies
  • Ward meetings
  • Community groups
  • Constituent meetings
  • Committees of council – councillors determine the number of committees they wish to participate in. The average is approximately 8 committees per councillor and the time commitment to each varies.
  • Acting Mayor responsibilities appointments approved by Council.

Typical Time Commitments

  • Bi-monthly agenda review 4-6 hours/agenda package
  • Committee meetings – varies 6 hours/month
  • Constituent issues – varies 20 hours/month
  • Purchasing bid openings – 1 hour/month depends on availability
  • Special Council meetings and information sessions – 2-6 hours/month
  • Processing emails, phone calls, research – 10 hours/month
  • Attendance at conferences

Member of Council Remuneration

The City of Kawartha Lakes provides up-to-date information on Council salaries and benefits and training allowances.

School Board Information

A school board operates the province’s publicly funded schools.

There are four types of school boards in Ontario:

  • English Language Public School Board
  • English Language Catholic School Board
  • French Language Public School Board
  • French Language Catholic School Board

The four school boards covering the area of City of Kawartha Lakes are:

  • Trillium Lakelands District School Board
  • Peterborough-Victoria, Northumberland & Clarington Catholic District School Board
  • Conseiller(er), le Conseil scolaire Viamonde
  • Conseiller(er), Conseil scolaire de District Catholique Centre-Sud

School Board Composition

Elected Trustees make up a school board. The number of Trustees on a board is based on the population in the board’s area of jurisdiction.

Within the City of Kawartha Lakes there presently are:

  • 5 English Language Public School Board trustees
  • 1 English Language Catholic School Board trustee
  • 1 French Language Public School Board trustee
  • 1 French Language Catholic School Board trustee

Role of a School Board

A school board:

  • plans and establishes policies and by-laws
  • builds, equips and furnishes schools
  • ensures education programs meet the needs of the community
  • approves textbooks and other learning materials based on a list provided by the province
  • supervises the operation of the schools and their teaching programs
  • hires principals and teachers
  • establishes a school council for each school
  • prepares an annual budget

Refer to the Education Act for more detailed information on the school board's duties and powers.

Role of a School Board Trustee

School board trustees:

  • approve annual board budget
  • as part of the Board, deliberate and establish policies as authorized by the Education Act
  • monitor implementation of Ministry of Education and Board policy and programs
  • consult, represent and advocate for the constituents in their ward

Contact the local school board or visit their website for further details.

School Board Areas of Jurisdiction

The following is a brief description of the area of jurisdiction for each school board:

The Trillium Lakelands District School Board includes the entire City of Kawartha Lakes, the District of Muskoka, and the County of Haliburton.

The Peterborough-Victoria, Northumberland & Clarington Catholic District School Board includes the City of Kawartha Lakes, City and County of Peterborough, County of Northumberland, and the Municipality of Clarington.

The Conseiller(er), le Conseil scolaire Viamonde includes a significant geographic area of the Province of Ontario. Sector 1 includes the City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, Northumberland, Peterborough and Durham.

Conseiller(er), Conseil scolaire de District Catholique Centre-Sud includes a significant geographic area of the Province of Ontario. Region 12 includes the City of Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, Clarington, and Peterborough.

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