Council passes by-laws to create new ward boundary system in Oakville
Seven ward boundary model will officially be in place for the 2018 municipal election.
At the November 14, 2016, Council meeting, Council passed By-law 2016-109, which will increase the town’s wards from six to seven. By-law 2016-110 was also passed in order to increase the size of Town Council from its current composition of 13 members (12 councillors, plus Mayor) to 15 (14 councillors, plus Mayor). To accommodate the new Ward 7, which captures neighbourhoods north of Dundas Street, adjustments will also be made to all existing ward boundaries except Ward 3.
Council’s unanimous support for the by-laws passed is part of the town’s extensive ward boundary review that began in 2011 and marks the final step in the process to officially change Oakville’s ward boundary model.
Last day for filing an appeal of By-law 2016-109: December 29, 2016
Section 222(1) of the Municipal Act allows municipalities to establish and change ward boundaries. Under subsection 222(4) of the Municipal Act, any person or agency may appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board when they have an objection to the by-law passed by a municipality. Appeals must be filed with the Town Clerk and must be filed within 45 days of the by-law being passed.
Any appeals of By-law 2016-109 must be filed with the Town Clerk no later than December 29, 2016 and sent by mail to 1225 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, ON L6H 0H3 setting out the reasons for the appeal together with a certified cheque or money order in the amount of $300 payable to the Minister of Finance. A copy of the appeal form is available online from the Ontario Municipal Board. The personal information accompanying your submission is being collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, as amended, and can form part of the public record which may be released to the public.
At the May 30, 2016, meeting, Council unanimously voted to adopt the proposed ward boundaries outlined as option 2 in the staff report. Visit the town's agendas and minutes page to access the Council resolution from the May 30, 2016 meeting for complete details. At the September 19, 2016 meeting, Council passed a resolution in support of the recently approved Region of Halton By-law 69-16, a by-law to change the size and composition of Halton Regional Council by increasing regional representation for the Town of Oakville and Town of Milton. For more information, access the staff report included in the September 19, 2016 Council meeting agenda.
Access further information on the history of the ward boundary review which began in 2011.
Access a past news release for more details:
Current ward system
Oakville's current six ward system has been in place since 1990. Two councillors are elected in each ward, one Town Councillor, and one Town and Regional Councillor. With the new seven-ward boundary system, two members of Council will continue to be elected for each of the seven wards increasing council size from the current 13 to 15 members (14 councillors, plus Mayor).