If the people of Oakville are as smart as I think they are, they'll re-elect Mayor Burton. He's a great example of the kind of person who I can work with across political sides and get the things people need done."

John Tory
Toronto Mayor

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Mayor Rob Burton
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As Mayor, Rob serves on the Council of the Town of Oakville and on the Council of the Region of Halton.

Each council uses about the same amount of your property tax to provide municipal services.

Halton is a partnership of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville to provide larger scale infrastructure and services such as collection and management of garbage and waste water and water services.

As Mayor, Rob has one vote at each council and committee he serves on.

Official

  • Oakville Town Head of Council & CEO
    (2006-present)
  • Oakville Community Leaders Round Table founder & host
    (2009-present)
  • Oakville Enterprises Corporation Director
    (2006-present)
  • Oakville Hydro Electricity Distribution Incorporated Director
    (2006-present)
  • Halton Region Council
    (2006-present)
  • Halton Region Council Administration & Finance Committee
    (2006-2009)
  • Halton Region Council Health & Social Services Committee
    (2009-2016, 2017-present, chair 2017-present)
  • Halton Community Housing Corporation Board
    (2009-2016, President, 2014-2016, 2017-present)
  • Halton Region Council Planning & Public Works Committee
    (2016)
  • Halton Conservation Authority Board
    (2015-present)
  • Halton Police Services Board
    (2011-present, chair 2014-present)

Voluntary

  • GTAH Mayors and Regional Chairs
    (2007-present)
  • Large Urban Mayors Caucus of Ontario
    (2006-present)
  • Halton Healthcare Services Director
    (2006-present)
  • Auto Mayors Caucus Chair, founder
    (2008-present)
  • Municipal Leaders for the Greenbelt co-Chair
    (2007-present)
  • Nuclear Technology Mayors Caucus co-Chair, founder
    (2009-present)
  • Ontario Association of Police Service Boards member
    (2011-present)
  • Ontario Big 12 Police Service Boards member
    (2011-present)
  • Tree Canada Director
    (2012-2016)

Municipal powers…

Two Councils decide
what local services are

In Oakville, we have a two-layer set of municipalities, the Town of Oakville and the Region of Halton.

In the Municipal Act, each municipal layer is assigned some exclusive and some shared jurisdictions for municipal services. The Legislature has decided "who can do what" by providing a list of permitted services for each layer of our municipal structure.

In Halton, we have worked to steadily reduce overlap and duplication wherever we can, to be more efficient with taxpayers' money.

Before we do something at the local level, we check to see if it can be done better in partnership with the three other partner communities of Halton: Burlington, Halton Hills, and Milton.

For detailed information on what Councils can and cannot do, and what it means to be a Member of a Council, consult the Provincially issued "Councillor's Guide".

Duties in Municipal Act…

Duties & Responsibilities

Mayor as Head of Council
Role of head of council

225. It is the role of the head of council,
(a) to act as chief executive officer of the municipality;
(b) to preside over council meetings so that its business can be carried out efficiently and effectively;
(c) to provide leadership to the council;
(c.1) without limiting clause (c), to provide information and recommendations to the council with respect to the role of council described in clauses 224 (d) and (d.1);
(d) to represent the municipality at official functions; and
(e) to carry out the duties of the head of council under this or any other Act. 2001, c. 25, s. 225; 2006, c. 32, Sched. A, s. 100.

Mayor as CEO
Head of council as chief executive officer

226.1 As chief executive officer of a municipality, the head of council shall,
(a) uphold and promote the purposes of the municipality;
(b) promote public involvement in the municipality’s activities;
(c) act as the representative of the municipality both within and outside the municipality, and promote the municipality locally, nationally and internationally; and
(d) participate in and foster activities that enhance the economic, social and environmental well-being of the municipality and its residents. 2006, c. 32, Sched. A, s. 101.

Mayor as Council Member
Role of Council

224. It is the role of council,
(a) to represent the public and to consider the well-being and interests of the municipality;
(b) to develop and evaluate the policies and programs of the municipality;
(c) to determine which services the municipality provides;
(d) to ensure that administrative policies, practices and procedures and controllership policies, practices and procedures are in place to implement the decisions of council;
(d.1) to ensure the accountability and transparency of the operations of the municipality, including the activities of the senior management of the municipality;
(e) to maintain the financial integrity of the municipality; and
(f) to carry out the duties of council under this or any other Act.

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