Municipal Government in the City of Thorold
A municipality is a corporation created by the Province. It encompasses a defined geographic area. There are 444 municipalities in the Province of Ontario.
The provincial government has enacted legislation granting certain powers and duties to municipalities within which each municipality has the capacity to govern itself.
Municipal government (also known as local government) provides a wide range of local services, programs, facilities and regulations that serve to provide the basis for an orderly, safe and healthy environment in which a municipality's citizens can live and work. All of these amenities and regulations are approved by majority vote of the municipal council.
Municipal elections are held throughout the Province of Ontario every four years on the fourth Monday in October. Eligible candidates can run for office as often as they wish.
The City of Thorold is a municipality in which the Mayor and eight Councillors are elected by the voters of Thorold to make decisions in the best interest of the community during a four year term. Although members of Council are paid for their service, most of these elected officials serve part-time and work at other jobs.
It is Council's job to consider and make decisions about municipal services, programs, facilities and regulations; and to use the money it collects from its taxpayers as wisely as possible. As head of municipal Council, the Mayor has the added responsibilities to preside over Council meetings, provide leadership, represent the City at official functions, and act as chief executive officer of the City.
The City of Thorold is also a part of The Regional Municipality of Niagara (Region of Niagara) so it has the right to elect a Regional Councillor to Regional Council. The Mayor, by virtue of his office, sits on Regional Council as well.
The Region of Niagara is responsible for services that are common to all twelve of the municipalities located within a geographic area of the Region of Niagara. These include such services as waste management, public health (including ambulance), police services, inter-city roads and public transportation, water/wastewater treatment, social services (including affordable housing and children services), emergency response management and conservation authority.
Thorold City Council meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at Thorold City Hall and are generally held on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Click here to find Council's Meeting Schedule for this year. Meetings are generally open to the public. Residents are invited to attend Council meetings. You can watch a replay of each meeting on Cogeco Cable television beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday following the meeting. Meetings are also streamed lived on YouTube beginning April 5, 2016.
Region of Niagara Council meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays in Council Chambers at Region of Niagara headquarters at least once a month. A full schedule of Regional Council and Committee meetings is available on the Region of Niagara website. Regional Council meetings are televised live on Cogeco Cable.