Caledon favours expanding Peel Regional council

June 23, 2016   ·   0 Comments

Caledon Council voted unanimously Tuesday night in favour of enlarging Peel Region Council rather than see Caledon lose any of its current five seats. Under that option, both Mississauga and Brampton would see their share of council seats increase.

Regional councillors are slated to discuss a report from Regional Chair Frank Dale today (Thursday) on recommendations from the Governance Review Task Force.

The task force, consisting of Mr. Dale, the mayors of the three municipalities, the CAOs of the Region and municipalities and the Regional Clerk, have put forth five possible options, including the status quo, according the Mr. Dale’s report. There are currently 24 members of council, not counting the Chair, comprising 12 representatives from Mississauga, seven from Brampton and five from Caledon. The option Town councillors backed would see Brampton and Mississauga each get another four councillors. In the case of Brampton, Town CAO Mike Galloway said all city councillors would also sit on Regional Council.

The motion passed by Town council stated the favoured option recognizes the need for more representation for Brampton while Mississauga would keep its current status of having half the seats at the council table, while maintaining effective representation for Caledon. “I think it’s a good compromise,” Mayor Allan Thompson commented Tuesday night.

This would not be the first time there have been changes to the composition of Regional council.

When the Region was formed in 1974, Mississauga had 10 representatives, with seven from Brampton and five from Caledon. That was changed to the current distribution in 2005.

“Peel Region is growing rapidly,” Mr. Dale stated in his report, which is on the agenda for today’s Regional council meeting. “Over the next 20 years, the population gap between its two largest municipalities will continue to narrow, while growth in Caledon will begin to accelerate.”

He added there is no legislation that establishes a formula for reviewing the size or composition of Regional council.

“Consequently, different factors, including representation-by-population, area and history each have a place when determining their respective representation at Regional council,” the report stated.Mr. Dale’s report also stated changes have to be implemented by the end of 2017 in order to be in place in time for the 2018 municipal elections.

Regional council will be able to ask the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to approve a regulation to change its composition, and then a Regional bylaw would have to be passed.

Written by Bill Rea

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