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Decision-making at Halton


The process of decision-making undertaken by any government can be mysterious. Find out how Halton Regional Council is structured and how it makes decisions.

Regional Council's Structure

Halton Regional Council acts as the final decision-making body for Halton Region. It acts as a legislative body of the Regional Corporation.

The Halton Regional Chair is the Chief Executive Officer of the corporation. He is the Chair of Regional Council.

Regional Council has the following members:

The 21 members of Regional Council include the Mayors of the 4 local municipalities.

Term of Office

All Regional Councillors are elected for a 4 year term. The current Council, elected in October 2014, will hold office until November 30, 2018.

Standing Committees of Council

Three Standing (or permanent) Committees of Regional Council help Council conduct its business. Each Standing Committee is responsible for reviewing policy and operational issues in its area of responsibility.

These three Standing Committees are:

  1. Health and Social Services
  2. Planning and Public Works
  3. Administration and Finance

The Standing Committees usually meet during the week prior to a Regional Council meeting. Meetings are held at the Halton Regional Centre, 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville (Google Map link).

Regional Council's Decision-Making Process

  • Step 1: Staff reports, including recommendations, are considered by a Standing Committee
    Standing Committees
  • Step 2: Standing Committee approves (or changes) staff report(s) and forwards to Regional Council
    Standing Committees
  • Step 3: Regional Council considers Committee Report and approves/changes/rejects recommendations
    Regional Council

Regional Council conducts its business at meetings held on a monthly rotating schedule. Meetings are held in Council Chambers at the Halton Regional Centre, 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville (Google Map link). Council proceedings are governed by a Procedural bylaw.

Members of the public may make presentations to Council or its Standing Committees on their own behalf or on behalf of companies/organizations.

Halton Regional Council meetings are broadcast live: