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Bryan Paterson is currently serving his third consecutive term as Mayor after being re-elected on October 24, 2022. An economist at heart, he is committed to establishing Kingston as a smart and leading city. Bryan also continues to advance priorities on mental health and addictions and homelessness issues through innovative community partnerships and collaboration with other levels of government. 

Mayoral requests 

Ask the Mayor to send congratulatory certificates, letters of welcome, or military retirement letters, or even invite him to your event! 

The Mayor is happy to send Certificates of Congratulations to residents celebrating the following milestone birthdays and anniversaries: 

    • Birthdays: 65 years and above
    • Anniversaries: 25 years and above

Submit your request at least two weeks ahead. You can choose to get your certificate by mail or pick it up at City Hall. 

Sign up/log in to MyKingston to complete your Congratulatory Certificate request online and ensure we can fulfill your request effectively. Require an alternate format? You can Contact Us.

Invite Mayor Paterson to your next event! The Mayor welcomes invitations of all kinds including, but not limited to: 

    • opening remarks at fundraising events 
    • greetings on behalf of the City 
    • handing out medals for a sporting event 

Please submit your request at least three or four weeks in ahead. Submitting this form does not guarantee that the Mayor is available to attend your event. After processing, the Mayor’s Office will email you a response. 

Sign up/log in to MyKingston to Invite the Mayor online and ensure we can fulfill your request effectively. Require an alternate format? You can Contact Us.

You can ask for a Welcome Letter if you are hosting an event in Kingston. It greets visitors and wishes them a pleasant stay. This is different from inviting the Mayor to your event. 

Submit your request at least two weeks ahead. The letter comes as a PDF to your email. 

Sign up/log in to MyKingston to complete your Letter of Welcome request online and ensure we can fulfill your request effectively. Require an alternate format? You can Contact Us.

Sign up/log in to MyKingston to complete your Military Retirement Letter request online and ensure we can fulfill your request effectively. Require an alternate format? You can Contact Us.

Proclamations are an excellent way of providing valuable education and information. Proclamations can be issued for special events and/or activities to recognize the effort and commitment of organizations within the city that enhance our community.

Sign up/log in to MyKingston to complete your Proclamation request online and ensure we can fulfill your request effectively. Require an alternate format? You can Contact Us.

Review all the upcoming proclamations.

The Clerk’s Department will verify whether a request has been made within the past five years and confirm whether it meets all of the identified criteria listed below for consideration by Council:

  • A representative of a non-profit group based in Kingston shall submit it.
  • It will support residents of the City of Kingston or related events taking place in Kingston (public awareness campaign).
  • It must demonstrate respect and tolerance for all Kingston residents.
  • It should foster a sense of community.

Proclamations will not be issued for:

  • Matters of political controversy, ideological or religious beliefs, or individual conviction.
  • Events or organizations with no direct relationship to the City of Kingston.
  • Campaigns or events contrary to City policies or bylaws.
  • Campaigns intended for profit-making purposes.
  • Attempting to influence government policy.

If you have more questions, you can call to Clerk's Department at 613-546-4291, ext. 1864. 

About the Mayor

Bryan first ran for City Council in 2010 in Trillium District. He was first elected as the 96th Mayor of the City of Kingston in 2014. He was re-elected in 2018, and again on Oct. 24, 2022 to serve a third term as Mayor. In this role, he used his background as an economist to push forward a progressive agenda centered on growth and quality-of-life initiatives.  

As Mayor, Bryan's vision is to establish Kingston as an innovative and forward-thinking city. This vision aims to harness the incredible assets we have as a community and build a culture of collaboration to make Kingston a leader among cities.   

In his first term as Mayor, Bryan championed the construction of the Third Crossing, the expansion of Kingston's airport, and the revitalization of Breakwater Park, while also welcoming several new international businesses to the city.   

In his second term, Bryan focused on fostering innovation and entrepreneurship through the Mayor's Innovation Challenge and the new economic development strategy, increasing the supply of housing in the city with the Mayor's Task Force on Housing, and ensuring the Third Crossing was built on time and on budget, all while managing the community impacts from the global pandemic.   

In his third term, Bryan remains focused on addressing housing affordability and reducing homelessness through creative community partnerships and other levels of government. He will prioritize new spaces to accommodate growth for new businesses and housing and push for greater regional co-operation among neighbouring municipalities to help increase transportation initiatives and foster economic development. He plans to promote food security and sustainability initiatives, find creative ways to bring more family physicians to Kingston, and ensure annual tax rate increases remain one of the lowest among other cities in Ontario.  

Bryan moved to Kingston in 2000 to attend Queen's University as a graduate student. In 2006, after obtaining his Master's and PhD in Economics at Queen's, he joined the economics faculty at Canada's Royal Military College in Kingston where he continues to work as an Assistant Professor. He lives in the West End of the city with his wife Shyla and their two boys, Judah and Micah. 


Mayor of Kingston
Bryan Paterson
216 Ontario Street
Kingston, ON K7L 2Z3
Phone: 613-546-4291 ext. 1400

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The City of Kingston acknowledges that we are on the traditional homeland of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat, and thanks these nations for their care and stewardship over this shared land.

Today, the City is committed to working with Indigenous peoples and all residents to pursue a united path of reconciliation.

Learn more about the City's reconciliation initiatives.

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