Learn more about the mayor's special powers and duties assigned by the Province of Ontario. Review mayoral decisions made under the Municipal Act, 2001.

On this page:

  1. About mayoral powers and duties
  2. Decisions and directions

About mayoral powers and duties

The mayor has special powers and duties under part VI.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001. These include powers to:

  • bring matters to city council that advance certain provincial priorities and veto any by-laws passed by council that may interfere with the advancement of those priorities.
  • create committees of city council, assign their functions and appoint the chairs and vice chairs of committees of council.
  • propose the city's budget subject to council amendments, a mayoral veto and a council override process.
  • appoint and dismiss the chief administrative officer as well as various leadership positions.
  • direct city staff in writing for certain purposes.

There are certain powers and duties the Mayor may choose to delegate.

The mayor is required to exercise the powers in writing and make them available to the public, subject to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Decisions and directions

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