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SUMA Regional Meetings Fall 2009 Newly Elected Officials Session. Municipal Councils and Council Meetings. The Municipalities Act & The Cities Act. Sets out municipal powers and duties Powers – discretionary authority Council MAY pass bylaws to establish tax policy

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SUMA Regional Meetings Fall 2009Newly Elected Officials Session

Municipal Councils and

Council Meetings

The Municipalities Act & The Cities Act

  • Sets out municipal powers and duties

    • Powers – discretionary authority

      • Council MAY pass bylaws to establish tax policy

    • Duties – required actions

      • Municipality SHALL provide information respecting education tax collections, etc on a monthly basis

        • More details required September and January

The Municipalities Act& The Cities Act

  • Permissive legislation

    • Powers are broadly described

  • Natural Person Powers

  • Regulatory Powers

Purposes of municipalities

  • Provide good government

  • Provide needed or wanted services, facilities, etc

  • Develop safe, viable community

  • Foster economic, social, and environmental well-being

  • Take care of public assets

Act principles and purposes

  • Municipalities are

    • Responsible, accountable level of government within its jurisdiction

    • Subject to provincial and federal laws

  • Purposes of the Act

    • Provide legal structure

    • Provide powers, duties and functions

    • Provide flexibility to address needs

    • Ensures municipalities are

      • Accountable to electors

      • Responsible to encourage and enable public participation

Elected official’s roles

  • Work collectively, not individually

  • Advocate for community as a whole

  • Respect roles of others, such as the administrator

  • Representative

    • Responsive to public opinion

  • Mandate

    • Empowered to make decisions

Administrator’s role

  • Advisor to council

  • Implements council policy

  • Towns and villages with population 100 or more require certified administrator

  • Some duties set out in legislation


  • With other members of council

    • Focus on issues, not other factors

    • Voice your concerns

  • With administrator

    • Build trust with frank, open dialogue


  • With the public

    • Informal conversations

    • Local news media

    • Town hall meetings

    • Attending council meetings

    • Petition for public meeting

    • Petition for referendum

Keys to working effectively

  • Become informed

    • Familiarity with local issues

    • Knowledge of common issues

    • Participate in regional and provincial forums

    • Municipal Leadership Development Program

    • Municipal Capacity Development Program

Keys to working effectively

  • Follow procedures

    • Know and understand local processes

    • Understand and accept roles

  • Communicate

    • With the administrator

    • With each other

    • With the public

Contact information

Ministry of Municipal Affairs

Strategy and Sector Relations

Advisory Services

410 – 1855 Victoria Avenue

Regina SK

Phone(306) 787-2680

What do you do?

  • A member of council acts unilaterally and without authorization

What do you do?

  • A member of council refuses to declare a pecuniary interest (financial conflict of interest)

What do you do?

  • The agenda for the upcoming meeting includes a topic of vital importance for the community. The item must be dealt with at this meeting. You will be unable to attend due to a prior commitment which cannot be rescheduled.

What do you do?

  • Council must deal with a critical situation 2 days after its last meeting.

  • The matter cannot wait until the next meeting.

What do you do?

  • A vocal minority has lobbied Council to enact a bylaw

  • Council senses there is controversy – the bylaw suggested by this interest group may not be widely supported

What do you do?

  • A citizen complains about the administrator’s attitude to you

What do you do?

  • Member of council continually disrupts meetings

What do you do?

  • The community is deeply divided on a municipal initiative

What do you do?

  • Council is unable to agree on the priority of municipal projects and initiatives

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