Mayoral decisions pursuant to the Municipal Act, 2001

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Mayoral special powers and duties under the Municipal Act, 2001

The Mayor has special powers and duties under Part VI.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001. These include powers to:

  • Appoint and dismiss the City Manager as well as various senior managers; *
  • Create committees of Council, assign their functions, and appoint the Chairs and Vice Chairs of committees of Council; *
  • Propose the City’s budget subject to Council amendments, a Mayoral veto, and a Council override process;
  • Submit matters for Council's consideration, or veto by-laws, if the Mayor believes it will advance a prescribed Provincial Priority; and
  • Direct City staff in writing.

*The Mayor may choose to delegate these specific powers and duties.

The Mayor is required to exercise these powers in writing and make them available to the public, subject to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Mayoral decisions are available online.

Legislative framework

The following provides a more detailed overview of the legislative framework governing the Mayor’s special powers and duties under Part VI.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001.

Bill 3, Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act, 2022

As explained in the 2022-2026 Council Governance Review, Bill 3, the Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act, 2022, received Royal Assent on September 8, 2022, and came into force on November 23, 2022.

This legislation and associated regulations (O. Reg. 530/22 and O. Reg. 580/22) provide the Mayor with additional powers beyond those previously set out in the Municipal Act, 2001.

Bill 3 provides the Mayor, as the head of Council, with the ability to veto certain by-laws approved by Council if the Mayor “is of the opinion that all or part of the by-law could potentially interfere with a prescribed provincial priority.” The Mayor is required to provide written notice of intent to consider vetoing the by-law within a prescribed time period. Council may override the Mayor’s veto if two-thirds of Members vote in favour of such an override.

Bill 3 and the associated O. Reg. 530/22 also grant the Mayor, as head of Council, powers related to proposing the annual budget and initiating in-year budget amendments. Under O. Reg. 530/22 under the Municipal Act, 2001, the Mayor is required to propose the budget by February 1. After the Mayor proposes the budget, Council can pass resolutions to amend the budget within 30 days. The Mayor may veto a Council budget resolution and Council may then override a mayoral veto with a two-thirds majority vote. At the end of this process, the resulting budget is “deemed” to be adopted by the municipality.

Under the new legislation, the Mayor's powers include:

  • appointing and dismissing the Chief Administrative Officer/City Manager as well as various senior managers;
  • appointing Chairs/Vice-chairs for “prescribed committees, or committees within a prescribed class of committees,” and establishing or dissolving such prescribed committees;
  • bringing matters forward for Council consideration if the Mayor “is of the opinion that considering a particular matter could potentially advance a prescribed provincial priority”;
  • vetoing certain by-laws approved by Council if the Mayor “is of the opinion that all or part of the by-law could potentially interfere with a prescribed provincial priority”;
  • proposing and preparing the municipal budget; and
  • directing City staff in writing.

As part of the 2022-2026 Council Governance Review, City Council approved staff-recommended amendments to the Procedure By-law to reflect Bill 3’s provisions.

Bill 39, Better Municipal Governance Act, 2022

Bill 39, the Better Municipal Governance Act, 2022, received Royal Assent on December 8, 2022. With respect to Mayoral powers, Bill 39 amends the Municipal Act, 2001, to allow the Mayor to propose, and require Council to consider and vote on, certain a by-law related to prescribed Provincial Priorities (e.g. O. Reg. 580/22: Provincial Priorities). The by-law is considered passed if more than one third of Members of Council vote in favour of the by-law.

Mayoral decisions

Mayoral decisions made pursuant to the Municipal Act, 2001
Date Number Subject Matter
November 30, 2022 2022-01 Delegation to City Council regarding the appointment of an Interim City Manager and an Acting Chief Financial Officer.
December 7, 2022 2022-02 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the December 7, 2022 meeting of City Council.
December 14, 2022 2022-03 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the December 14, 2022 meeting of City Council.
December 21, 2022 2022-04 Delegation to the City Manager regarding the organizational structure of the municipality.
  • Mayoral delegation no. 2024-01 dated January 24, 2024 supersedes Mayoral delegation no. 2022-04 dated December 21, 2022 and delegation no. 2023-11 dated April 21, 2023.
December 21, 2022 2022-05 Delegation to City Council regarding the recruitment and hiring of a City Manager and a General Manager, Planning, Real Estate and Economic Development. 
  • Revoked by Mayoral Decision No. 2023-11.
December 15, 2022 2022-06 To give written approval of by-law no. 2022-417, a by-law of the City of Ottawa to designate certain lands at 514, 516 and 518 Borbridge Avenue on Plan 4M-1641 are being exempt from Part Lot Control.
January 13, 2023 2023-01 To give written approval of by-law no. 2023-1, a by-law of the City of Ottawa to designate certain lands at cercle Yearling Circle, terrasse Filly Terrace, rang Quilter Row, and placette Stitch Mews on Plan 4M-1711 are being exempt from Part Lot Control.
January 25, 2023 2023-02 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the January 25, 2023, meeting of City Council.
February 1, 2023 2023-03 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the February 1, 2023, meeting of City Council.
February 8, 2023 2023-04 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the February 8, 2023, meeting of City Council.
February 22, 2023 2023-05 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the February 22, 2023, meeting of City Council.
March 1, 2023 2023-06 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the March 1, 2023, meeting of City Council.
March 1, 2023 2023-07 Decision to shorten the 10-day period for the Mayor to veto an amendment resolution passed by City Council to the proposed budget.  
March 8, 2023 2023-08 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the March 8, 2023, meeting of City Council.
March 22, 2023 2023-09 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the March 22, 2023, meeting of City Council.
April 12, 2023 2023-10 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the April 12, 2023, meeting of City Council.
April 21, 2023 2023-11 Delegation to City Council regarding the recruitment and hiring of a City Manager and a General Manager, Planning, Real Estate and Economic Development.  
  • Revoked and replaced Mayoral Decision No. 2022-05.
  • Mayoral delegation no. 2024-01 dated January 24, 2024 supersedes Mayoral delegation no. 2022-04 dated December 21, 2022 and delegation no. 2023-11 dated April 21, 2023.
April 26, 2023 2023-12 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the April 26, 2023, meeting of City Council.
May 10, 2023 2023-13 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the May 10, 2023, meeting of City Council.
May 24, 2023 2023-14 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the May 24, 2023, meeting of City Council.
June 14, 2023 2023-15 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the June 14,  2023, meeting of City Council.
June 28, 2023 2023-16 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the June 28,  2023, meeting of City Council.
July 12, 2023 2023-17 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the July 12,  2023, meeting of City Council.
August 1, 2023 2023-18 To give written approval of by-law no. 2023-353, a by-law of the City of Ottawa to designate certain lands at Prive Flycatcher Private, Prive Tussock Private, Prive Spikerush Private, Prive Corporal Private, and Prive Jewelwing Private as being exempt from Part Lot Control. 
August 23, 2023 2023-19 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the August 23, 2023, meeting of City Council.
September 13, 2023 2023-20 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the September 13, 2023, meeting of City Council.
September 27, 2023 2023-21 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the September 27, 2023, meeting of City Council.
October 11, 2023 2023-22 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the October 11, 2023, meeting of City Council.
October 25, 2023 2023-23 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the October 25, 2023, meeting of City Council.
November 8, 2023 2023-24 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the November 8, 2023, meeting of City Council.
November 22, 2023 2023-25 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the November 22, 2023, meeting of City Council.
November 30, 2023 2023-26 To give written approval of debenture by-laws passed at the November 30, 2023, meeting of the Debenture Committee.
December 6, 2023 2023-27 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the December 6, 2023, meeting of City Council.
December 6, 2023 2023-28 Decision to shorten the 10-day period for the Mayor to veto an amendment resolution passed by City Council to the proposed budget.  
January 24, 2024 2024-01 Delegation to the City Manager regarding the organizational structure of the municipality.
  • Mayoral delegation no. 2024-01 dated January 24, 2024 supersedes Mayoral delegation no. 2022-04 dated December 21, 2022 and delegation no. 2023-11 dated April 21, 2023.
January 24, 2024 2024-02 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the January 24, 2024, meeting of City Council.
February 7, 2024 2024-03 To give written approval of by-laws passed at the February 7, 2024, meeting of City Council.