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Council Composition
and Ward Boundary Review 

The Town of Milton has established its new ward boundaries. This is to facilitate the decision of Milton Council to reduce its size to 9 members through 4 wards for the 2018 elections.

Notice of Passing

Milton Council passed By-law No. 102-2016 creating a 4 ward system for the 2018 elections.  The Minister or any other person or agency may appeal the by-law to the Ontario Municipal Board no later than January 26, 2017, 4:30 p.m., by filing an appeal with the Town Clerk setting out the objections to the by-law and the reasons in support of the objections, along with a fee of $300 in the form of a certified cheque or money order made payable to the Minister of Finance.

Ward Boundary Review Final Report

CORS-079-16 - Ward Boundary Review


Project Phases

Phase 1: Council Composition Review - Approved by Council in June 2016 

  • Milton Council currently consists of 8 wards and 11 members: Mayor, 8 Local Councillors and 2 Local & Regional Councillors. With the anticipated addition of two Local & Regional Councillors representing Milton at Halton Region (effective 2018), the Town needed to determine whether to reduce, maintain or increase the size of Council.
  • After consultation with members of Council and the public (dates available in the timeline), Council determined to reduce the size of Council to 4 wards and 9 members: Mayor, 4 Local Councillors and 4 Local & Regional Councillors.

Phase 2: Ward Boundary Review - Currently Underway 

  • Council's decision to reduce the size of Council to 9 members (effective 2018) means Milton will move from an 8 ward to a 4 ward electoral system.
  • This phase will set out options for a 4 ward electoral system, taking the following principles into account:
    • Equitable representation by population 
    • Communities of interest and neighbourhoods
    • Present and future population trends
    • Geographic and physical features as natural boundaries
    • Effective representation

Project Timeline

Date Action
Early 2016 Council Composition Review (Phase 1) began.
May 2016

Public consultation on Council Composition Review:

  • May 19: Public Notice in Milton Champion and on www.milton.ca re Public Open House on May 31
  • May 31: Public Open House at Town Hall 
June 27, 2016
  • Presentation and report to Council
  • Milton Council approved the reduction of the size of Milton Council to 9 members, from the current 11. 

September 26, 2016

Staff report to Milton Council, consenting to Regional by-law that adds two Local & Regional Councillors from Milton, plus one from Oakville.   

November 15 & 16, 2016

Ward Boundary Review (Phase 2): Public Information Sessions

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Milton Sports Centre (Banquet Room) 605 Santa Maria Blvd.

    Wednesday, November 16, 2016 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Nassagaweya Community Centre (Brookville) 11264 Guelph Line

December 12, 2016 Milton Council to approve ward boundaries in new 4-ward electoral system
October 2018

Municipal Election - Milton residents will elect the following representatives: 

  • Mayor
  • 4 Local & Regional Councillors
  • 4 Local Councillors

Why undertake this review?

The main reason for adjusting the composition of Halton Regional Council is to bring about more proportionate representation on Regional Council among the four lower-tier municipalities in the Region (Milton, Burlington, Halton Hills and Oakville).

The Town of Milton Mayor as well as the 2 Local & Regional Councillors sit on both Milton Council (lower-tier municipality) and Halton Regional Council (upper-tier municipality). This means the Town of Milton currently has 3 representatives at Regional Council out of a total of 21 members of Regional Council.

With the anticipated addition of two Local & Regional Councillors from Milton at Halton Region (effective 2018), the Town of Milton needed to determine whether to reduce, maintain or increase the size of its Council, and consequently review ward boundaries to align with any adjustments to the size of Council.

This change reflects Milton's continued growth, which is anticipated to pass 236,000 residents by the year 2031.

Additional Information