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Mayoral Decisions

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Under Part VI.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001, the Mayor has special powers and duties including the power to:
  • Bring matters to Council that advance certain Provincial priorities and veto any by-laws passed by Council that may interfere with the advancement of those priorities
  • Appoint the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)*
  • Hire and dismiss certain City staff and determine the organizational structure of the City of Woodstock*
  • 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

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

The Mayor is required to exercise those powers and duties in writing and make them available to the public, subject to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Any decisions or directions made under the Act will be posted below.


The following is a list of decisions issued under the Part VI.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001

DateDecision NumberSubject Matter
Nov. 1, 2023 MDE-2023-01 Delegation of Powers of CAO
Nov. 1, 2023 MDE-2023-02 Delegation of Org Structure and Hiring and Dismissal

Nov. 1, 2023


Delegation of Committees and Local Boards

Dec. 14, 2023


Notice of Intention to not Veto Amendments made to the 2024 Capital Budget

Directions to Staff

The Mayor also has the ability to direct staff to undertake research and provide advice on policies and programs of the City or implement decisions made by the head of Council under the Act. Those decisions must also be in writing and available to the public.

DateDirection NumberSubject Matter
Nov. 1,2023 MDI-2023-01 Direction to Staff to Prepare the 2024-2028 Capital Budget
Jan. 30, 2024 MDI-2024-01 Direction to Staff to Prepare the 2024 Revenue Budget 


Under the Act, the Mayor may veto bylaws they feel could interfere with provincial priorities. If they choose to exercise the veto, there is a prescribed schedule for notification and override of a veto that can delay the passing of the bylaw. To speed up the process, the Mayor may provide notice in writing that they do not intend to exercise their veto, allowing it to come into effect using the standard process. 

Notice of Intention to Not Veto
DateDirection NumberSubject Matter
Nov. 2, 2023MDI-2023-04Approval of By-law(s) passed on Nov. 2, 2023 
Nov. 16, 2023MDI-2023-05Approval of By-law(s) passed on Nov. 16, 2023 
Dec. 14, 2023MDI-2023-06Approval of By-law(s) passed on Dec. 14, 2023 
Jan. 18, 2024MDI-2024-01Approval of By-law(s) passed on Jan. 18, 2024 
Feb. 1, 2024MDI-2024-02Approval of By-law(s) passed on Feb. 1, 2024 
Feb. 15, 2024MDI-2024-03Approval of By-law(s) passed on Feb. 15, 2024  
Mar. 7, 2024MDI-2024-04Approval of By-law(s) passed on Mar. 7, 2024 
Mar. 21, 2024MDI-2024-05 Approval of By-law(s) passed on Mar. 21, 2024 
Apr. 4, 2024MDI-2024-06 

 Approval of By-law(s) passed on April 4, 2024 

Apr. 18, 2024MDI-2024-07

 Approval of By-law(s) passed on April 18, 2024 

May. 2, 2024MDI-2024-08

 Approval of By-law(s) passed on May 2, 2024 

May. 16, 2024MDI-2024-09

Approval of By-law(s) passed on May 16, 2024 

June 6, 2024MDI-2024-10 Approval of By-law(s) passed on June 6, 2024
June 20, 2024MDI-2024-11 Approval of By-law(s) passed on June 20, 2024
July 11, 2024MDI-2024-12 Approval of By-law(s) passed on July 11, 2024


Bill 3, the Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act, 2022, received Royal Assent on Sept. 8, 2022, and came into force on Nov. 23, 2022. The Act initially applied to the City of Toronto and City of Ottawa, but has since been expanded to other large and growing cities across Ontario, including the City of Woodstock. 

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. These powers took effect Oct. 31, 2023 by O. Reg 331/23.

Staff provided a high-level overview on the Mayor’s additional powers at the Council meeting on Sept. 7, 2023

Additional information on the legislative framework will be added as required.

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