Halton Region is a Regional Municipality. We were created in 1974, the successor to Halton County.
A Regional Municipality is a type of municipal government – government closest to the people. Some consider it similar in scope to a county government in other parts of Ontario or Canada. We have a specific mandate to deliver supports and services that has been established by the Government of Ontario.
We are sometimes called an upper-tier municipality. That’s because our boundaries includes 4 local municipalities – the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville.
Our Region is led by an elected Regional Chair. Since our creation, we have been served by 6 Regional Chairs:
- Allan Masson (1974-1978)
- Richard Morrow (1978-1979)
- Jack Raftis (1979-1984)
- Peter Pomeroy (1984-1994)
- Joyce Savoline (1994-2006)
- Gary Carr (2006-present)
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the Region governed?
The Act that establishes the responsibilities of Halton Region also specifies that a Regional Council is the body responsible for the governance of the Region. This group includes an elected Regional Chair, the mayors of local municipalities, and elected Councillors at large. You may find more information about Council’s composition on the page Regional Council [link to page Regional Council].
The Region is a significant employer in our area. What can you tell me about the structure of the Region’s staff?
Halton Region's staff are organized into 6 departments:
- CAO's office
- Legislative and Planning Services
- Public Works
- Social and Community Services
The Chief Administrative Officer provides corporate leadership and oversees all activities managed by the six departments. A Commissioner leads each department.
All the departments work cooperatively to ensure professional and timely services to the citizens of Halton Region.
Please visit our page on Careers if you think you’d like to join our team.
How can I get involved with the activities of Halton Region?
Besides being a good citizen and neighbour, we do have occasional opportunities to participate in advisory committees and boards. And there are other volunteering opportunities and opportunities to contribute input to our planning and reviews of services and programs. To learn more, please visit some of these pages at our site: