In 2016, the Town of East Gwillimbury retained a consultant team to conduct an independent review of the Town’s electoral system.
The Review was both timely and necessary for the Town as the present electoral system has been in place since 1971, and has not yet undergone a formal, independent review.
The consultants conducted a full review of East Gwillimbury’s current electoral system and the types of changes that could be made to it. Based on their recommendations staff have presented the following options for consideration by the public and Council:
- Status quo - Keep the current system which has 4 Councillors elected to represent the Town as a whole
- Introduce a ward system - wards are are identifiable geographic boundaries within the Town and are represented by a single elected member of Council from that area. The proposed ward boundaries map is on page 13 of the Consultants Prelimary Report.
- Add 2 new Councillors - This option would keep the current at-large system but add 2 new Councillors for a total of 6 Councillors and 1 Mayor
- Deputy Mayor - This option is in addition to the above mentioned options. It would include electing a Deputy Mayor at Large
Attend the upcoming public meeting
Residents are invited to learn more about the electoral review and share their thoughts at the upcoming public meeting on Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Civic Centre, 19000 Leslie St.
How you can help
Get involved. Share your thoughts on how your Town Council should be elected. Your opinion matters and your feedback will help shape the future of your Town Council. Please complete a brief online survey to provide your feedback. The results of the survey will be shared with the public at the April 19th Public Meeting.