City Council is the governing body for the City of Burlington with seven members elected by the residents of Burlington for a four-year term of office through the municipal election process. The seven members of City Council include the mayor and six councillors representing each of the city's six wards.
Council conducts its business using the Standing Committee system. The City has four Standing Committees that offer policy and operational recommendations to City Council on an ongoing basis. Council decisions require support from a majority of the members present at a meeting. Council must have at least four members present to conduct its business.
While all City Council members are involved with the resolution of city-wide issues, councillors are directly responsible for ensuring that the issues concerning the residents in each of their six wards are voiced. City Council members are actively involved in a number of boards and committees. The mayor and councillors are members of Halton Regional Council where they have direct input to decision-making related to the delivery of services and programs for Halton Region.
Members of City Council meet for regularly scheduled council and committee meetings. See our calendar for upcoming meeting dates and times. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are open to the general public.
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MAH) guide is the source of this shortened description of the role of mayor as the head of council:
This abbreviated description for the role of ward councillor is based on the guide published by MAH: