​​Mayoral powers, directions and decisions pursuant to the Municipal Act, 2001

Mayoral special powers and duties under the Municipal Act, 2001

Under Part VI.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001, the Mayor, as the Head of Council, has the following special powers and duties:

  • Appointing the City’s Chief Administrative Officer.*
  • Hiring various senior City administrators and managers for departments, including reorganizing City departments.*
  • Creating committees of Council (comprised only of Members of Council), assigning their functions and appointing the chairs and vice-chairs of these committees.*
  • Proposing the City’s annual budget, which may be subject to Council amendments and a Mayoral veto and Council override process.
  • Vetoing certain by-laws if the Mayor is of the opinion that all or part of the by-law could potentially interfere with a prescribed provincial priority.
  • Bringing forward matters or by-laws for Council consideration if the Mayor is of the opinion that considering the matter or by-law could potentially advance a prescribed provincial priority.

*The Mayor may choose to delegate these specific powers and duties.

Legislative Framework:​

In 2022, Bill 3, Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act, 2022, expanded mayoral powers by establishing a new Part VI.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001, titled “Special Powers and Duties of the Head of Council.”​ Bill 39, The Better Municipal Governance Act, 2002, further expanded the mayoral powers to propose and amend certain municipal by-laws related to prescribed provincial priorities. A mayoral proposed by-law is considered passed if more than one third of all Members of Council vote in favour of the by-law. Initially, these powers were extended only to the Cities of Toronto and Ottawa, and have since been expanded to an additional 26 municipalities across the province.

Ontario Regulation 530/22 designates the municipalities subject to the “Special Powers and Duties of the Head of Council” under the Municipal Act, 2001. As of July 1, 2023, this Regulation was amended to include 26 additional municipalities, including the City of Brampton, as being subject to the additional powers and duties of the Mayor.

Ontario Regulation 580/22​ outlines the reasons, or provincial priorities, when the Mayor is permitted to exercise some of the additional powers and duties, specifically in regard to meetings, veto powers and by-laws. The reasons or provincial priorities include:​​

  • Building 1.5 million new residential units by December 31, 2031.
  • Constructing and maintaining infrastructure to support housing, including,
    • transit,
    • roads,
    • utilities, and
    • servicing.

The Mayor is required to exercise these powers in writing and make them availa​ble to the public, subject to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. A public listing of Mayoral Directions and Decisions is included below.​​​​​​

  
  
  
Mar 27, 20242024-006Mayoral Decision - Approval of By-laws - March 27, 2024
Mar 04, 20242024-005Mayoral Decision – Approval of Commissioner By-law – March 4, 2024
Feb 28, 20242024-004Mayoral Decision - Approval of By-laws - February 28, 2024
Feb 07, 20242024-003Mayoral Decision - Approval of By-laws - February 7, 2024
Jan 24, 20242024-002Mayoral Decision - Approval of By-laws - January 24, 2024
Jan 22, 20242024-001Mayoral Decision - Decision to hire/appoint to the position of Division Head/Director
Dec 20, 20232023-015Mayoral Decision - Approval of a By-law - December 20, 2023 Special Council Meeting
Dec 13, 20232023-014Mayoral Decision - Reduce Veto Period for Council Amendments to 2024 Budget
Dec 13, 20232023-013Mayoral Decision - Approval of a By-law - December 5, 7 and 13 Special Council Meeting
Dec 06, 20232023-012Mayoral Decision - Approval of By-laws - December 6, 2023 Council Meeting
Nov 22, 20232023-011Mayoral Decision - Approval of By-laws - November 22, 2023 Council Meeting
Nov 10, 20232023-010Mayoral Decision - Approval of a By-law - November 10, 2023
Nov 10, 20232023-009Mayoral Decision - Approval of a By-law - November 10, 2023
Nov 01, 20232023-008Mayoral Decision - Approval of By-laws - November 1, 2023
Oct 18, 20232023-007Mayoral Decision - Approval of By-laws - October 18, 2023 Council Meeting
Oct 18, 20232023-006(Revised) Mayoral Decision - Proposed Matter for Council Consideration at October 18, 2023 Meeting re. property acquisition for Riverwalk to enable housing
Oct 16, 20232023-005Mayoral Decision - Proposed Matter for Council Consideration at October 18, 2023 Meeting to consider an affordable housing project by Habitat for Humanity
Sep 20, 20232023-004Mayoral Decision - Approval of By-laws - September 20, 2023 Special Council Meeting
Sep 13, 20232023-003Mayoral Decision - Approval of By-laws - September 13, 2023 Council Meeting
Aug 09, 20232023-002Mayoral Decision - Approval of By-laws - August 9, 2023 Council Meeting
Aug 03, 20232023-001Mayoral Decision - Proposed Matter for Council Consideration at August 9, 2023 Meeting to consider the potential removal of 223 Main Street North from the City’s Municipal Register of Cultural Heritage Resources to facilitate residential development