- What are the elected offices on Guelph City Council?
Mayor and Councillors. The mayor is elected at large, and the Councillors are elected by ward. There are two Councillors elected for each of the six wards.
- How long is the Council term?
The length of term is four years, starting December 1, 2014 to November 30, 2018.
- How often does Council meet?
Meetings of Council are generally held in the evenings of the second and fourth Mondays of every month. Public meeting times generally start at 7 p.m. Meetings that are closed to the public, as required, are generally scheduled prior to public Council meetings. This schedule will vary slightly during the year in order to accommodate holidays, summer vacation periods and special meetings.
Council has six standing committees:
- Community and Social Services
- Corporate Administration, Finance and Enterprise
- Operations, Transit and Emergency Services
- Planning, Building, Engineering and Environment
They generally meet during the first two weeks of the month. Audit and Governance generally meet bi-monthly. Please refer to calendar noted above. Dates and times of standing committee meetings are set by the committees and may change. Committees occasionally schedule special meetings.
Members of council are also appointed to other boards and committees, and will be expected to attend these meetings.
- What are the required qualifications to run for either mayor or councillor?
To run for office on Guelph City Council, a person must be:
- a Canadian citizen;
- at least 18 years of age;
- a resident of Guelph or the owner or tenant of property in Guelph, or the spouse of the owner or tenant; and
- not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office.
- What is the current salary for the Mayor and Councillors?
- Mayor – $95,400 per year
- Councillor – $31,850 per year
Subject to review and update
- Do members of Guelph City Council receive benefits?
Currently, the City pays the benefit plan at 100% of the premium cost for:
- Life Insurance
- Extended Health
- Travel Insurance
- What is the role of the Mayor?
According to the Municipal Act, it is the role of the Mayor to:
- act as the Chief Executive Officer of the municipality;
- preside over council meetings;
- provide leadership to the council;
- provide information and recommendations to the council with respect to the role of council;
- to represent the municipality at official functions;
- carry out the duties of the head of council under legislation.
- What kind of time commitment is required to serve as Mayor?
The Office of the Mayor is a full-time commitment. Hours will vary and often include day, evening and weekend hours. A minimum of 50 hours per week is required to fulfill the commitments of the office of Mayor.
- What is the role of Council?
According to the Municipal Act, it is the role of Council is to:
- represent the public and to consider the well-being and interests of the municipality;
- develop and evaluate the policies and programs of the municipality;
- determine which services the municipality provides;
- ensure that administrative practices and procedures are in place to implement the decisions of council;
- ensure accountability and transparency of the operations of the municipality, including the activities of the senior management of the municipality;
- maintain the financial integrity of the municipality;
- carry out the duties of council under legislation.
- What is the time commitment required to serve as a City Councillor?
The time commitment will often include day, evening and weekend hours. Number of hours will vary, but approximately 35 hours per week can be expected.