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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 Structure

Halton Regional Council is the final decision-making body for Halton Region and the legislative body of the Regional Corporation.

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

Regional Council has the following members:

The 24 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 2018, will hold office until November 14, 2022.

Standing Committees of Council

(Please note: During 2019 Council is meeting only once per month and Standing Committee meetings have not been scheduled. All Regional business goes directly to Council for consideration and approval).

Three Standing 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

When scheduled, the Standing Committees 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).

Standing Committees will consider reports from staff and approve or amend (make changes) and forward to Council for final approval. Regional Council may also consider reports directly without sending them through Standing Committee first.

Regional Council

Regional Council conducts its business at meetings held on a monthly schedule. Meetings are held in Council Chambers at the Halton Regional Centre, 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville (Google Map link). Council proceedings are governed by Procedural by law 73-13, as amended.

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

Halton Regional Council meetings are broadcast live: