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Local Government

 

Region of Peel Council

Peel region has 2 levels of local (municipal) government:

  • The Regional municipality of Peel that provides services like: policing, waste management (garbage and recycling), paramedics, long-term care, water and sewage, human services (social housing, child care and social assistance), Public Health and transportation for people with disabilities.
  • 3 local municipalities: City of Mississauga, City of Brampton and Town of Caledon that provide services like: fire fighting, parks, recreation, public transit, public libraries, snow removal, and other services.

Local municipal governments are run by mayors and councillors elected by their citizens every 4 years to form a city or town council.

Elected members from these local councils form a regional council composed of:

  • A Regional Chair, elected by members of Regional Council
  • The Mayors of Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon
  • 21 Councillors representing different areas, called wards, in the 3 local municipalities

How does Council affect you?

Councils make decisions that impact the type, level and variety of services provided to you as a resident.

Municipal Elections

Municipal elections are held every 4 years. The next election date is Monday October 22, 2018. On this day Peel residents who are Canadian citizens elect their mayors, councillors and school board trustees.

Voting is a democratic right, as well, as a responsibility for all Canadian citizens. By voting you get to exercise your right and show your support for candidates who share your vision for your community and neighbourhood.

Deciding who to vote for can be a hard decision. The key is to learn as much as you can about the people running for mayor, councillor, or school trustee in your area (also known as Ward). Read your local newspapers as the election approaches. You may find articles written about the candidates, and  learn about the All-Candidates Meetings. These are public meetings where all of the candidates in your ward are invited to explain their policies and answer questions from the audience. Anyone can attend these meetings to ask questions, or just listen to the candidates talk. 

Information on how and where to vote and details on the candidates in your ward is available on each of the city's website:

Who can vote in the elections?

You can vote in a municipal election if, on the day of the election, you are:

  • A Canadian citizen
  • At least 18 years old
  • Live in the municipality, own or rent land in the municipality, or are married to someone who owns or rents land in the municipality

What if you are not a citizen yet?

Every resident is affected by the outcome of the municipal election, even those who can't vote. Newcomers who aren't eligible to vote this year can still get involved. For example, if you find a candidate you would like to support, you can campaign on their behalf. You could go door-to-door to raise awareness about the candidate, volunteer to work in their campaign office, or work to raise funds to help their campaign. You can also get more involved in the municipal elections by becoming an election worker.