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The Town of Oakville recognizes a member of Council’s right to take leave for the member’s pregnancy, the birth of the member’s child or the adoption of a child by the member as required by and in accordance with section 270 of the Municipal Act, 2001.
This procedure provides guidance on how the Town of Oakville addresses a member’s pregnancy or parental leave in a manner that respects a member’s statutory role as an elected representative. In accordance with Section 270 of the Municipal Act, 2001, this procedure applies to members of Council.
Town Council supports a member of Council’s right to pregnancy and/or parental leave in keeping with the following principles:
Where a member of Council will be absent due to a pregnancy and/or parental leave, the member shall provide written notice to the Town Clerk and Director, Human Resources indicating expected start and end dates.
The Mayor may make temporary appointments to any committees, boards, task forces, etc. that are constituted by the Town of Oakville and where the member is the only member of Council on that body.
Notwithstanding, at any point in time during a member’s pregnancy or parental leave, the member may provide written notice to the Town Clerk of their intent to lift any of the temporary appointments to exercise their statutory role. The member shall provide written notice to the Town Clerk of any changes to their return date.
Pregnancy and/or Parental Leave – an absence of 20 consecutive weeks or less as a result of a member’s pregnancy, the birth of a member’s child or the adoption of a child by the member in accordance with Section 259(1.1) of the Municipal Act, 2001.
Members of Council and Town staff are responsible for adhering to the parameters of this procedure.
The Integrity Commissioner may investigate complaints against members related to this procedure.
Staff are authorized and directed to take the necessary action to give effect to this procedure.
The Town Clerk or Director, Human Resources or designates are delegated the authority to make administrative changes to this procedure that may be required from time to time due to legislative changes or if, in the opinion of both of them, the amendments do not change the intent of the procedure.
Procedure number: G-GEN-005-004
Parent policy: G-GEN-005
Author: Human Resources Department
Effective date: 2019 Jan 28
Review by date: 2024
Municipal Act, 2001