Roles and Remuneration

The Municipal Act, 2001 states as follows

  • to represent the public and to consider the well-being and interests of the municipality;
  • to develop and evaluate the policies and programs of the municipality;
  • to determine which services the municipality provides;
  • to ensure that administrative policies, practices and procedures and controllership policies, practices and procedures are in place to implement the decisions of council;
  • to ensure the accountability and transparency of the operations of the municipality, including the activities of the senior management of the municipality;
  • to maintain the financial integrity of the municipality; and
  • to carry out the duties of council under this or any other Act.
  • to act as chief executive officer of the municipality;
  • to preside over council meetings so that its business can be carried out efficiently and effectively;
  • to provide leadership to the council;
    • without limiting above clause, to provide information and recommendations to the council with respect to the role of council described in clauses 224 (d) and (d.1);
  • to represent the municipality at official functions; and
  • to carry out the duties of the head of council under this or any other Act.
As chief executive officer of a municipality, the head of council shall,
  • uphold and promote the purposes of the municipality;
  • promote public involvement in the municipality‚Äôs activities;
  • act as the representative of the municipality both within and outside the municipality, and promote the municipality locally, nationally and internationally; and
  • participate in and foster activities that enhance the economic, social and environmental well-being of the municipality and its residents.


The remuneration rate for Town Councillor as of January 1, 2016, is $48,822.00. This remuneration rate is fully taxable.

Town councillor benefits/expenses

  • Extended health care
  • Prescription drugs
  • Out-of-country
  • Paramedical
  • Vision care
  • Dental care
  • Life insurance
  • Accidental death and dismemberment coverage
  • Pension plan for Members of Council under age 70
  • Home office - budget allowance for home office set up ($1,200)
  • Reimbursement plan for town business related telephone and fax bills
  • Annual Councillor expense allowance for business travel, training/education maximum $3,700 (Discretionary)

Reimbursement plan for use of personal vehicle for out-of-town and in-town eligible business travel for municipal business. Reimbursement for attendance at seminars, workshops and conferences.

Enrollment in benefit plan covers: spouse and dependents (children who are unmarried, under age 21, and work less than 30 hours per week; a child who is full-time student attending an educational institution is recognized by Revenue Canada until age 25).

Service Area Responsibilities

Town of Oakville Council

  • Local planning and zoning
  • Local storm sewers
  • Local roads, streets and sidewalks
  • Local transit services
  • Libraries
  • Local museums
  • Fire protection
  • Local parks and recreation services
  • Collection of taxes

Region of Halton Council

  • Region planning
  • Water and waste water
  • Solid waste
  • Regional roads and storm sewers
  • Police services and emergency planning
  • Social and public health services
  • Debt financing
  • Regional museum
  • Tourism promotion