Role of a Councillor

I am contacted frequently by students wanting to know what a Councillor's job is so this information is added to give a job description. Now is the time for residents, especially our youth, to connect with their elected officials and learn about the role that local government plays in our community.

The governing body of the City of Mississauga is City Council. It consists of the Mayor and Councillors, one from each of the City's eleven wards. Members of Council are elected by residents to a four-year term of office. (2018-2022)


As a Mississauga Councillor, I represent the citizens of Ward 6 at two levels of government - the City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel. My responsibilities are generally the same at both governments although the services provided by each are different.


Councillors attend committee and Council meetings at both levels of government and also sit on various boards to represent one or the other level of government. To see which committees and boards I sit on or have been a member of, visit my website at www.ronstarr.ca. Each term, Councillors are appointed to sit on different committees and boards. 


As the Councillor, I also meet regularly with the local residents' associations as well as school parent councils and other organizations in the ward. A Councillor works closely with the police on traffic and crime prevention issues and with other levels of government such as the province and federal government on various matters. These include such things as housing, transportation, health and social services.


It is the job of Council to review all reports and recommendations made by staff from the various departments and to make decisions based on the information they get and on input from the public. Councillor’s also make suggestions to staff about many things in the ward, such as traffic controls, roads, by-law problems, etc. I meet with residents often and hold public meetings to let them know about what is happening in the ward and to get their comments on proposals. 


Council sets all policy and approves all procedures and budgets. Staff will recommend that certain projects be done but Council makes the decision whether or not to proceed. Regional Council also approves the Peel Regional Police budget and appoints members to the Police Services Board.

City Council generally meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month at 9 a.m. on alternate weeks to the General Committee and the Planning and Development Committee. All meetings are open to the public and can be viewed from the City’s website. 


Council and Committees Calendar Listings

www.mississauga.ca/portal/cityhall/calendar

www.peelregion.ca/scripts/calendar/calendar.pl?cal=council


Agendas & Minutes

www.mississauga.ca/portal/cityhall/agendas

www.peelregion.ca/council/agendas


Council and Committees - Videos

View all City Council meetings and select Committee meetings for the current year including: General Committee, Transportation Committee, Planning and Development Committee and Budget Committee. Meetings in progress will appear at the top of the list as a live streaming event. 

www.mississauga.ca/portal/cityhall/council-and-committee-videos


Council Salary and Expenses

Salary and expense information for the Mayor and Members of Council are available on the City's website.

www.mississauga.ca/portal/cityhall/councilexpenses


Municipal Elections

www.mississaugavotes.ca