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​County Council is composed of the mayors and deputy mayors of each of the sixteen towns and townships located within Simcoe County. Council meeting processes are set out in the County's Procedure By-law.

With few exceptions, County Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.  County Council meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Council Chambers of the County Administration Centre at 1110, Highway 26, Midhurst, Ontario, unless otherwise posted.  Committee of the Whole meetings are typically held immediately following County Council meetings.



What Council DoesWhat Council Does"Simcoe District" was established in 1843 by the Legislature of Upper Canada.  The Corporation of the County of Simcoe is comprised of the sixteen towns and townships located within Simcoe County.  <br><br>As an "upper tier" municipality, the County of Simcoe is responsible for a range of municipal services which include social housing, land ambulance and emergency planning, environmental services (solid waste management), a County road system, Ontario Works, children's services, long term care, a library co-operative, museum, archives, forests, tourism, and land use policy planning.<br><br>The local, or "lower tier" municipalities are responsible for water and sewer services, local roads, public libraries, recreation services, fire and police services, land use development control, licensing, and permitting services.<br><br>The head of County Council is called the <a href="/WardenCAO/Pages/warden.aspx">Warden</a>.  The members of County Council elect a Warden from amongst the council members at an Inaugural Meeting, held in December of the first and third year of the Council's term.  At this meeting, Council also elects the chairs and vice-chairs of the Business Sections for Human Services, Corporate Services, and Performance Management related matters.<br><br>All members of County Council sit as Committee of the Whole.  Members of Council are also appointed to various internal and external committees and boards, such as the Accessibility Advisory Committee , Audit Committee, Economic Development Sub-Committee, the Children's Aid Society and the Local Health Integration Networks. <br><br>Committees are not authorized to make decisions unless specific authority to do so has been delegated by County Council.  Committees make recommendations which are recorded in a report from each meeting.  Committee reports are then presented to the next regular Council meeting for consideration.<br><br>Numerous sub-committees follow a similar reporting system.  Generally, they report to a one of the Business Sections within Committee of the Whole, however, there may be occasions when the report of a sub-committee meeting is presented directly to Council.<br><br>Individuals who wish to appear before a Committee or Council may submit a request, in writing, to the <a href="/Pages/contactresults.aspx?u=http%3a//">County Clerk</a>.  For additional information, see <a href="/Clerks/Pages/appearing.aspx">Appearing before Committees and Council</a>. <br><br>The <a href="/Clerks/Pages/closed.aspx">Municipal Closed Meeting Investigator Policy</a> applies to standing and sub-committees, as well as County Council.<br><br>The cities of Barrie and Orillia, although separate politically and administratively from the County, are geographically and economically part of the County.  The County of Simcoe provides services such as long term care, social services, and social housing to residents of the cities and the cities participate in funding for the archives and museum. City representatives serve on the County committees that oversee matters that relate to these departments.<br>
Committees and BoardsCommittees and Boards<p>Council Committee of the Whole reports to County Council.  Within Committee of the Whole, there are three business sections:  Performance Management, Human Services, and Corporate Services.  The following list shows the business sections and the Committees and Sub-Committees that report through them to Committee of the Whole.  The Governance and Striking Committees report directly to County Council.</p><p><a title="Hyperlink to agenda, minutes and reports page" href="" target="_blank">View all Agendas, Minutes and Reports</a>.</p><ul><li>Council</li><ul><li>Committee of the Whole </li><ul><ul><li>Performance Management </li><ul><li>Accessibility Advisory Committee </li><li>Audit and Finance Committee </li><li>Affordable Housing Advisory Committee<br></li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Human Services</li><ul><li>Affordable Housing Advisory Committee</li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate Services</li><ul><li>Agricultural Liaison Committee</li><li>Economic Development Sub-committee</li></ul></ul></ul><li>Governance Committee </li><li>Striking Committee</li></ul></ul><p>The Simcoe County Housing Corporation Board holds meetings during the Human Services portion of the Committee of the Whole meetings, and the Shareholder, being the County of Simcoe Council holds its Annual Meeting during a session of County Council.</p><p>The Striking Committee is comprised of the Warden, Deputy Warden, Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the Business Sections and is responsible for recommending appointment of members of County Council to various boards and committees, both internally and externally.</p>
Appearing before Committee or CouncilAppearing before Committee or Council<p>Any individual who wishes to appear before a Committee or Council meeting may request to do so by notifying the County Clerk’s office in writing as per the County of Simcoe <a href="/Clerks/Documents/Delegation%20Request%20Protocol.pdf" target="_blank">Request for Delegation/ Deputation Protocol</a>. As agendas are usually created one week before the meeting, it is best to submit your request early.</p><p>Please direct your written notice to:</p><p>John Daly, County Clerk<br>County of Simcoe Administration Centre<br>1110 Highway 26<br>Midhurst, ON L9X 1N6</p><p>by e-mail to <a href=""></a>, or by fax to (705) 725-1285.</p><p>Please complete the <a href="/_layouts/15/download.aspx?SourceUrl=/Clerks/Documents/Delegation%20Request%20Form.docx" target="_blank">Request To Appear as a Delegation Form</a> to make your request.</p><p>Once the above information is received in the County Clerk’s office, you will be contacted by the Clerk’s staff to confirm your placement on an agenda. Although the County endeavours to accommodate such requests, it may not always be possible. Should this happen, the Clerk’s staff will contact the requester to provide an explanation.</p><p>Please refer to the list of meeting dates for Committees and Council.</p><p><strong>Council Chamber’s Technology – What’s Available?</strong></p><p>The Council Chamber’s technology includes:<br></p><div><ul><li>LCD projection;</li><li>Laptop;</li><li>Microphones, and</li><li>Visual aids (flip charts; easels; overhead projector)</li></ul></div>A delegate may bring his or her own laptop for their use during their presentation.<br><br><br>
Municipal Closed Meeting InvestigatorMunicipal Closed Meeting Investigator<p>Under Section 239 of the Municipal Act, 2001, as amended, any individual may request that an investigation be undertaken to determine whether a municipality or local board has complied with the Municipal Act or its Procedure By-law in respect of a meeting or part of a meeting that was closed to the public.<br></p><p><strong>Statement</strong></p><p>The County of Simcoe (the “municipality”) is committed to ensuring that any request for an investigation under Section 239 of the Municipal Act, 2001, as amended (the “Act”) is dealt with in a fair, open and expeditious manner.</p><p>The municipality commits to full co-operation including the provision of all information requested by the Municipal Closed Meeting Investigator (“Investigator”), either written or through interviews, to assist the Municipal Investigator in his investigations.</p><p>In accordance with Section 239.2(11) of the Municipal Act, 2001, the County of Simcoe shall ensure that any reports received from the Municipal Closed Meeting Investigator by the municipality are made available to the public.</p><p>The municipality commits to including any report received from the Investigator related to an investigation under the Act, on a public agenda and to considering such report in an open public session of Council or a Standing Committee of Council.</p><p>Questions can be directed to the Clerk’s Department, County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst, ON L9X 1N6 or by contacting the Clerk’s Department at 705-726-9300 Ext. 1246 or through e-mail to <a href=""></a></p><p>This procedure applies to all appointed Boards and sub-committees of the municipality.</p><p><strong>Background</strong></p><p>A By-law passed by County Council authorized the appointment of LAS and Amberley Gavel Ltd. as the Municipal Closed Meeting Investigator and authorized them to conduct investigations upon receipt of a complaint in respect of meetings or part of meetings that are closed to the public to determine compliance with the Act or the Municipal Procedure By-law and to report on the results of such investigations.</p><p><strong>Procedures - Request for Investigation</strong></p><p>Prior to submitting a request for investigation, members of the public, including corporations, are encouraged to discuss their concerns or inquiries with the municipal clerk.</p><p>Members of the public, including corporations, may submit requests to the Investigator relating to compliance with the Act or the Municipal Procedure By-law for meetings or part of meetings that are closed to the public.</p><p>All requests will be treated confidential by the municipality and the Investigator, unless authorization is given by the requestor to release his or her identity.</p><p>Request forms may be downloaded from the municipality’s website or are available in the Clerk’s Department.</p><p>Requests may be submitted on the <a href="/Clerks/Documents/CLOSED%20MEETING%20INVESTIGATOR%20-%20REQUEST%20FORM.doc">Request Form </a>or otherwise in writing in a sealed envelope clearly identified as a complaint under Section 239 of the Municipal Act and forwarded by mail to:</p><p>The Clerk, <br>County of Simcoe<br>Administration Centre<br>1110 Highway 26<br>Midhurst, ON L9X 1N6</p><p><strong>or to</strong></p><p><strong>Amberley Gavel Ltd.</strong><br> 35 Ambleside Drive,<br> London ON, N6G 4M3<br> <strong>1-866-535-8079</strong></p><p>All complaints must contain:</p><ul><li>Name of municipality</li><li>Requestor’s name, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address (if applicable)</li><li>Date of closed meeting under consideration</li><li>Nature and background of the particular occurrence</li><li>Any activities undertaken (if any) to resolve the concern</li><li>Any other relevant information</li><li>Direction with respect to release of identity</li><li>Original signature</li></ul><p>When requests are submitted directly to the Clerk, the Clerk shall follow the following procedures:</p><ol><li>Ensure that the requests remain confidential;</li><li>Assign a file number and record a file number on the envelope;</li><li>Log the file number together with the date and time received;</li><li>Forward, forthwith to the Municipal Investigator by regular mail.</li></ol><p>For all requests the municipality shall supply forthwith to the investigator the following or any other information or documentation as requested by the Investigator related to a complaint:</p><ul><li>Certified copy of Notice of Meeting</li><li>Certified copy of the agenda</li><li>Certified copy of the Minutes of meeting</li><li>Relevant resolutions</li><li>Municipal contact list</li><li>other</li></ul><p><img src="/Clerks/PublishingImages/Pages/closed/Complaint%20Process.jpg" alt="chart." style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p><strong>Timeframe:</strong></p><p>The Investigator will commence his investigation within two weeks of receipt of a request.<br><br></p>
Council Member ContactsCouncil Member Contacts<h3>Warden </h3><p>Vacant<br>Phone: (705) 726-9300 Ext: 1226 <br>Fax: (705) 725-1285 <br>Email: <a href="">Contact Warden </a></p><p> </p><h3>Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall </h3><p>Mayor, Township of Essa<br>Phone: (705) 726-9300<br>Email: <a href="">Contact Deputy Warden</a><br></p><p> </p><h3>Don Allen </h3><p>Deputy Mayor, Township of Springwater <br>Phone: (705) 728-4784<br>Email: <a href="">Contact Councillor Allen</a><br>Website: <a href="">Township of Springwater</a></p><p> </p><h3>Nina Bifolchi</h3><p>Deputy Mayor, Town of Wasaga Beach<br>Phone: (705) 429-3844 <br>Email: <a href="">Contact Councillor Bifolchi</a><br>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Town of Wasaga Beach</a></p><p> </p><h3>Mike Burkett </h3><p>Mayor, Township of Severn <br>Phone: (705) 325-2315 <br>Email: <a href="" target="_blank">Contact Councillor Burkett</a><br>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Township of Severn</a></p><p> </p><h3>Barry Burton </h3><p>Deputy Mayor, Township of Clearview<br>Phone: (705) 428-6230 <br>Email: <a href="">Contact Councillor Burton</a><br>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Township of Clearview</a></p><p> </p><h3>Basil Clarke </h3><p>Mayor, Township of Ramara <br>Phone: (705) 484-5374 <br>Email: <a href="" target="_blank">Contact Councillor Clarke</a><br>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Township of Ramara</a></p><p> </p><h3>Sandra Cooper </h3><p>Mayor, Town of Collingwood <br>Phone: (705) 445-1030 <br>Email: <a href="" target="_blank">Contact Councillor Cooper</a><br>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Town of Collingwood</a></p><p> </p><h3>George Cornell </h3><p>Mayor, Township of Tiny <br>Phone: (705) 526-4204 <br>Email: <a href="">Contact Councillor Cornell</a><br>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Township of Tiny</a></p><p> </p><h3>Judith Cox </h3><p>Deputy Mayor, Township of Severn <br>Phone: (705) 325-2315 <br>Email: <a href="" target="_blank">Contact Councillor Cox</a><br>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Township of Severn</a></p><p> </p><h3>Lynn Dollin </h3><p>Deputy Mayor, Town of Innisfil <br>Phone: (705) 436-3710 <br>Email: <a href="">Contact Councillor Dollin</a><br>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Town of Innisfil</a></p><p> </p><h3>Anita Dubeau </h3><p>Deputy Mayor, Town of Penetanguishene <br>Phone: (705) 549-7453 <br>Email: <a href="">Contact Councillor Dubeau</a><br>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Town of Penetanguishene</a></p><p> </p><h3>Bill French </h3><p>Mayor, Township of Springwater <br>Phone: (705) 728-4784 <br>Email: <a href="">Contact Councillor French</a><br>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Township of Springwater</a></p><p> </p><h3>Ralph Hough </h3><p>Deputy Mayor, Township of Oro-Medonte <br>Phone: (705) 487-2171 <br>Email: <a href="" target="_blank">Contact Councillor Hough</a><br>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Township of Oro-Medonte</a></p><p> </p><h3>Harry Hughes </h3><p>Mayor, Township of Oro-Medonte <br>Phone: (705) 487-2171 <br>Email: <a href="" target="_blank">Contact Councillor Hughes</a><br>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Township of Oro-Medonte</a></p><p> </p><h3>Rob Keffer </h3><p>Mayor, Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury <br>Phone: (905) 775-5366 <br>Email: <a href="">Contact Councillor Keffer</a><br>Website: <a href="">Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury</a></p><p> </p><h3>James Leduc </h3><p>Deputy Mayor, Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury <br>Phone: (905) 775-5366 <br>Email: <a href="">Contact Councillor Leduc</a><br>Website: <a href="">Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury</a></p><p> </p><h3>Doug Little </h3><p>Deputy Mayor, Township of Adjala-Tosorontio <br>Phone: (705) 434-5055 <br>Email: <a href="">Contact Councillor Little</a><br>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Township of Adjala-Tosorontio</a></p><p> </p><h3>Sandie Macdonald </h3><p>Deputy Mayor, Township of Essa <br>Phone: (705) 424-9770 <br>Email: <a href="" target="_blank">Contact Councillor Macdonald</a><br>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Township of Essa</a></p><p> </p><h3>Gord McKay </h3><p>Mayor, Town of Midland <br>Phone: (705) 526-4275 <br>Email: <a href="" target="_blank">Contact Councillor McKay</a><br>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Town of Midland</a></p><p> </p><h3>Rick Milne </h3><p>Mayor, Town of New Tecumseth <br>Phone: (705) 435-6219 <br>Email: <a href="" target="_blank">Contact Councillor Milne</a><br>Website: <a href="">Town of New Tecumseth</a></p><p> </p><h3>John O'Donnell </h3><p>Deputy Mayor, Township of Ramara <br>Phone: (705) 484-5374 <br>Email: <a href="">Contact Councillor O'Donnell</a><br>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Township of Ramara</a></p><p> </p><h3>David Ritchie</h3><p>Deputy Mayor, Township of Tay <br>Phone: (705) 534-7248 <br>Email: <a href="">Contact Councillor Ritchie</a><br>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Township of Tay</a></p><p> </p><h3>Mike Ross </h3><p>Deputy Mayor, Town of Midland <br>Phone: (705) 526-4275 <br>Email: <a href="">Contact Councillor Ross</a><br>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Town of Midland</a></p><p> </p><h3>Brian Saunderson</h3><p>Deputy Mayor, Town of Collingwood <br>Phone: (705) 445-1030 <br>Email: <a href="">Contact Councillor Saunderson</a><br>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Town of Collingwood</a></p><p> </p><h3>Mary Small Brett </h3><p>Mayor, Township of Adjala-Tosorontio <br>Phone: (705) 434-5055 <br>Email: <a href="" target="_blank">Contact Councillor Small Brett</a><br>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Township of Adjala-Tosorontio</a></p><p> </p><h3>Brian Smith </h3><p>Mayor, Town of Wasaga Beach <br>Phone: (705) 429-3844 <br>Email: <a href="">Contact Councillor Smith</a><br>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Town of Wasaga Beach</a></p><p> </p><h3>Donna Jebb </h3><p>Deputy Mayor, Town of New Tecumseth <br>Phone: (705) 435-6219 <br>Email: <a href="">Contact Councillor Jebb</a><br>Website: <a href="">Town of New Tecumseth</a></p><p> </p><h3>Chris Vanderkruys </h3><p>Mayor, Township of Clearview <br>Phone: (705) 428-6230 <br>Email: <a href="">Contact Councillor Vanderkruys</a><br>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Township of Clearview</a></p><p> </p><h3>Steffen Walma </h3><p>Deputy Mayor, Township of Tiny<br>Phone: (705) 526-4204 <br>Email: <a href="">Contact Councillor Walma</a><br>Website: <a href="">Township of Tiny</a></p><p> </p><h3>Scott Warnock </h3><p>Mayor, Township of Tay <br>Phone: (705) 534-7248 <br>Email: <a href="" target="_blank">Contact Councillor Warnock</a><br>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Township of Tay</a></p><p> </p><h3>Gord Wauchope </h3><p>Mayor, Town of Innisfil<br>Phone: (705) 436-3710<br>Email: <a href="">Contact Councillor Wauchope</a><br>Website: <a href="" target="_blank">Town of Innisfil</a></p><p> </p>

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