Role of city council


Kitchener city council is an elected body, made up of one mayor and 10 city councillors. As a collective group, representing the interests of citizens, council is responsible for:

  • representing the public and considering the well-being and interests of the municipality;
  • developing and evaluating the policies and programs of the municipality;
  • determining which services the municipality provides;
  • ensuring administrative policies, practices and procedures and controllership policies, practices and procedures are in place to implement the decisions of council;
  • ensuring the accountability and transparency of the operations of the municipality, including the activities of the senior management of the municipality;
  • maintaining the financial integrity of the municipality.

Council meets regularly to discuss issues facing the city and its residents - as well as day-to-day operational business; and to make decisions on those items based on information presented by city staff as well as their own knowledge and beliefs, and the opinions expressed by their own constituents.

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