From left, Council members are: (back) Jeff McLaren, Ryan Boehme, Liz Schell, Mary Rita Holland, Rob Hutchison, Peter Stroud
(front) Jim Neill, Lisa Osanic, Adam Candon, Bryan Paterson, Kevin George, Laura Turner, Richard Allen (resigned).
What is Kingston City Council?
Kingston City Council is the municipal governing body, with a Mayor and twelve Councillors. The Mayor represents the city as a whole and the Councillors are elected to represent each of the city's twelve districts. The Mayor and Councillors are each elected for a four-year term. The current Council began its term on December 1, 2014.
How does City Council affect you?
Council is the formal municipal decision-making body of the City of Kingston. Decisions made by Council have a direct impact on the residents of Kingston. Council is responsible for delivering community services. Key municipal services include; water and waste water, road maintenance and construction, community and family services, long-term care, environment and sustainability initiatives, recreation and leisure, transit and transportation, heritage and cultural vibrancy, and emergency services (fire, police, paramedics).
How does Council make decisions?
Kingston City Council meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of the month where the Mayor and Council come together to discuss and make important decisions. These decisions primarily focus on the priorities outlined in the 2015-2018 Strategic Plan. Councillors also sit on a variety of committees and boards which offer specialized input and advice to City Council.
How can you get involved?
Stay involved with what is happening by reading the Council agendas, attending meetings, and contacting your city Councillor to express your opinions. You play an important role in municipal government, not only when you cast a ballot but when you make your voice heard on issues that matter to you. Every Kingstonian over the age of 18 has the opportunity to vote in each municipal election and select who represents you.
Apply to be on a committee
Get involved in the process by applying to sit on a City committee or board by visiting the committee application page.
Speak at a meeting
Find out more about delegations and speaking at a council or committee meeting.
Are City Council and committee meetings open to the public?
Yes, all meetings are open to the public. To find out when meetings are scheduled visit the calendar. If you are unable to make it to a Council meeting you can always watch from the comfort of your home via the City Council YouTube channel or on Cogeco cable channel 13 and 700.
Who is my Councillor?
Each of Kingston's twelve districts is represented by a city Councillor. To find out which district you live in visit the Find Your Councillor page.