At the Council
Meeting held January 3, 2017, Council approved changes
to the size of
Council and the number of Wards. The changes include:
Reducing the size of Council from
10 members to 9. The new Council structure will include 8 Councillors
and a Mayor.
Reducing the # of Wards from 5 to
4. Newboro will be merged with North Crosby to form a new Ward called
The 8 Councillors will continue
to be elected by Ward with 2 Councillors representing each of the 4 Wards.
The Mayor will continue to be
elected at large.
In accordance with the Municipal
Act, the changes will take effect for the 2018 Municipal Election.
Report of the Consultants, StrategyCorp Inc.
Final Report - November 2016
Addendum - December 2016
Why a Council and Ward Structure Review?
Rideau Lakes current council
structure and ward boundaries were established through amalgamation on January
1, 1998 – almost two decades ago.
The object of the Review is
to ensure that Rideau Lakes’ council and ward structure continue to provide a
system of effective and equitable representation for all residents.
The Township hired an
independent consultant, StrategyCorp Inc., to conduct the Review.
The Council and Ward
Structure Review will be guided by the following principles:
Consider an overriding principle of effective
representation as described by the 1991 Supreme Court of Canada decision Re
Provincial Electoral Boundaries (Sask.) (the “Carter” decision), and subsequent
Court and OMB decisions related to the matter.
Constituent to Councillor Ratio:
Ensure Councillors can adequately and faithfully
address the interests of their constituents in a meaningful and direct manner.
Consideration should also include the rural municipal context, seasonal demands,
future community change and demographic trends.
Effective Governance with Council Costs:
Consideration should be given to a model that achieves effective
governance, while balancing the current and future costs of Council
administration and remuneration.
Both Ward and
At Large Systems May Hold Merit:
It is agreed that both a ward and an at large
electoral system for Councillors should be investigated and considered (the
Mayor is required to be elected at large under the Municipal Act).
Consider an equitable distribution of
constituents to Councillors. Some variation in the ratio is acceptable. This may
include consideration of effective representation, geography, community
characteristics, growth and community change and seasonal and other community
Plan and accommodate for increases or decreases
in population to maintain a general equilibrium in a ward-based representation
system over a 10 - 20 year horizon.
Inter-Township Needs, Assets and Interests:
Arrange ward boundaries to
recognize the various local geographic needs, assets, histories and community
interests, and pool these local attributes together on the basis of
compatibility and interdependence to allow for effective representation.
Utilizing geographical, topographical, historical
and major manmade features to provide for easy understanding, visual
representation and communication of ward boundaries. Ward boundaries shall not
divide a legally conveyable lot of record. Ward boundaries should not divide
lands designated for specific purposes where a contiguous nature is important
(settlement areas, prime agriculture, aggregate designations etc.). Ward
boundaries should support effective delivery of existing and potential future
shared service models with neighbouring municipalities.
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