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Ward & Council Structure


At the Council Meeting held January 3, 2017, Council approved changes

to the size of Council and the number of Wards.  The changes include:

  • Reducing the size of Council from 10 members to 9.  The new Council structure will include 8 Councillors and a Mayor.

  • Reducing the # of Wards from 5 to 4.  Newboro will be merged with North Crosby to form a new Ward called "North Crosby-Newboro".

  • The 8 Councillors will continue to be elected by Ward with 2 Councillors representing each of the 4 Wards.

  • The Mayor will continue to be elected at large.

In accordance with the Municipal Act, the changes will take effect for the 2018 Municipal Election. 


By-Law 2017-5


Appeal Information:  The last day for filing an appeal to this By-Law to the Ontario Municipal Board, under Section 222(4), is February 17, 2017.


A notice of appeal:

  • Must be filed with the Clerk of the Township of Rideau Lakes

  • Must set out the objections to the By-Law

  • Must set out the reasons for the objection to the By-Law


Report of the Consultants, StrategyCorp Inc.


Final Report - November 2016

Addendum - December 2016



Decision Process





Rideau Lakes is undertaking a Council and Ward Structure Review.

The Review is considering:  the method by which members of council are elected (i.e., in wards or at large);  the size of council; and the size, shape and number of wards.


Why a Council and Ward Structure Review?


Rideau Lakes current council structure and ward boundaries were established through amalgamation on January 1, 1998 – almost two decades ago.


The object of the Review is to ensure that Rideau Lakes’ council and ward structure continue to provide a system of effective and equitable representation for all residents.


The Township hired an independent consultant, StrategyCorp Inc., to conduct the Review.


Get Involved!


Public consultation and feedback are integral to the Council and Ward Structure Review.


Five public meetings will take place across the Township on August 27 and 28. These drop-in format meetings will present background information about the review as well as council and ward structure options for consideration.


You can drop into any of the five meetings to have your voice heard.


If you are unable to attend one of the public drop-in meetings, you can still have your say by reviewing the materials and completing an online feedback questionnaire. 


Comments due by September 30


Public Drop-in Meetings


Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016

Time: 10-11:30 a.m.

Place: South Crosby, Elgin Municipal Complex, 47 Main Street, Elgin


Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016

Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Place: Newboro, Newboro Community Hall, 15 Drummond Street, Newboro


Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016

Time: 5-6:30 p.m.

Place: North Crosby, North Crosby Community Hall, 875 Eighth Concession, Westport


Date: Sunday, August 28, 2016

Time: 10-11:30 a.m.

Place: South Elmsley, South Elmsley Municipal Complex, 441 Highway 15, Lombardy


Date: Sunday, August 28, 2016

Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Place: Bastard & South Burgess, Portland Community Hall, 24 Water Street, Portland




Monday, November 14 at 5:30pm at Portland Community Hall, 24 Water Street. The consulting firm StrategyCorp will be presenting their Report regarding Council and Ward Structure Review.  Report   Listen to the meeting: Recordings page


Tuesday, November 29 at 4pm at Rideau Centennial Elementary School, 2761 Hwy 15, Portland.  Council will hear delegations regarding Council and Ward Structure.  Anyone wishing to address Council on this matter must contact the Clerk, Mary Ellen Truelove at 1-800-928-2250 Ext 293 or


Guiding Principles


The Council and Ward Structure Review will be guided by the following principles:


1.       Effective Representation: Consider an overriding principle of effective representation as described by the 1991 Supreme Court of Canada decision Re Provincial Electoral Boundaries (Sask.) (the “Carter” decision), and subsequent Court and OMB decisions related to the matter.


2.       Appropriate Constituent to Councillor Ratio: Ensure Councillors can adequately and faithfully address the interests of their constituents in a meaningful and direct manner. Consideration should also include the rural municipal context, seasonal demands, future community change and demographic trends.


3.       Balancing Effective Governance with Council Costs: Consideration should be given to a model that achieves effective governance, while balancing the current and future costs of Council administration and remuneration.


4.       Both Ward and At Large Systems May Hold Merit: It is agreed that both a ward and an at large electoral system for Councillors should be investigated and considered (the Mayor is required to be elected at large under the Municipal Act).


5.       Representation by Population: Consider an equitable distribution of constituents to Councillors. Some variation in the ratio is acceptable. This may include consideration of effective representation, geography, community characteristics, growth and community change and seasonal and other community interests.


6.       Population and Electoral Trends: Plan and accommodate for increases or decreases in population to maintain a general equilibrium in a ward-based representation system over a 10 - 20 year horizon.


7.       Diversity of Inter-Township Needs, Assets and Interests: Arrange ward boundaries to recognize the various local geographic needs, assets, histories and community interests, and pool these local attributes together on the basis of compatibility and interdependence to allow for effective representation.


8.       Geography and Ward Boundaries: Utilizing geographical, topographical, historical and major manmade features to provide for easy understanding, visual representation and communication of ward boundaries. Ward boundaries shall not divide a legally conveyable lot of record. Ward boundaries should not divide lands designated for specific purposes where a contiguous nature is important (settlement areas, prime agriculture, aggregate designations etc.). Ward boundaries should support effective delivery of existing and potential future shared service models with neighbouring municipalities.


Current Council and Ward Structure


Rideau Lakes’ council is comprised of the Mayor and nine councillors. Four of Rideau Lakes’ five wards are represented by two councillors each (Bastard & South Burgess, South Elmsely, South Crosby and North Crosby). One ward (Newboro) is represented by a single councillor.



Existing Ward Boundaries

Project Timeline


Phase 1

Background research, stakeholder interviews, data analysis (July-August)

Phase 2

Develop detailed options report for public consultation (August)

Phase 3

Community consultation and public outreach (August-October)

Phase 4

Report to Township Council  with preferred options (October-November 2016)


Public Consultation Meeting Materials & Online Questionnaire


Initial public consultation meetings were held August 27 and 28 in each Ward.  The Information Boards presented and the Consultation Booklet used at the meetings can be found below.


If you were not able to attend one of the meetings, please take an opportunity to review the Information Boards and complete the Consultation Booklet. 


You can pick up a hard copy of the Booklet at the Township Office or at any Library Branch.  You can also choose to print it, complete it and return it to the Township Office or any Library Branch.


Alternatively, the Booklet can be easily completed as an online questionnaire here:


Comments are due by September 30.



Public Consultation Information Boards


Public Consultation Booklet




Terms of Reference (approved by Rideau Lakes Council on July 11, 2016)


Public Consultation Meeting Notice


Current Ward Boundary Map



Comments and Feedback


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