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​By-law to Dissolve Town of Midland Ward Boundaries

At its meeting held September 16, 2020 Council considered Staff Report CL-2020-13 - Composition of Council for the 2022 Municipal Election.  Upon conclusion of discussion, Council passed the following Resolution.

COW-2020-29

That the Ward System be eliminated in the Town of Midland​​​


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What does this mean for residents?

Under the Town's current Ward Boundary Electoral Structure there are three (3) wards with nine (9) members of Council elected as follows:​

  • Mayor – elected at large
  • Deputy Mayor – elected at large
  • Councillor Ward 1 - 3 positions – elected by ward
  • Councillor Ward 2 – 3 positions – elected by ward
  • Councillor Ward 3 – 1 position – elected by ward

At-large Elections​

Under the At-Large Electoral Structure, all Council members would be elected by a general vote as is the current practice for the Mayor and Deputy Mayor. 

  • Mayor – elected at large
  • Deputy Mayor – elected at large
  • Councillors (7) – elected at large​

Advantages of At-Large Electoral Structure

  • Electors have greater choice and flexibility in elections (each voter has the opportunity to consider every candidate in the Council election).
  • Electors are able to select the candidates they think will do the best job, rather than having to make a choice among candidates who happen to run in their ward.
  • Residents will have a larger number of Councillors to approach with their concerns.
  • The system promotes the concept of a Town-wide focus, with Councillors being elected by, and concerned for, the Town as a whole, rather than placing a priority on more parochial interests. 
  • The likelihood of acclamations is reduced.
  • An at-large election is more democratic as it involves the entire community.
  • The Town's continues to utilize traditional voting method of polls and paper for its elections.  This is a very large undertaking and resource rich method.  Having candidates elected at-large would result in cost savings
  • Reduces the number of ballots required to be printed thus reducing cost.
  • Five (5) separate ballots to elect nine members: Mayor, Deputy Mayor and seven (7) Council members. Where three (3) wards exist, there 15 separate ballots to elect 9 members.

Disadvantages of At-Large Electoral Structure

  • Candidates must campaign across the entire municipality; this may make the cost of a campaign prohibitive (especially for newcomers).
  • There would be no designated voices for particular communities or localities within the municipality.
  • At-large elections can lead to significant communities of interest and points of view being unrepresented (or underrepresented).
  • Candidates who appeal to areas where voter turnout is highest tend to be elected disproportionately.
  • The format can lead to confusion of responsibilities and duplication of effort on the part of Councillors (everybody on a Council represents everybody in the municipality)
  • Large numbers of candidates on the ballot can be confusing for voters.

Proposed By-law
2020-XX Dissolve Wards


Notice of Public Meeting


Take Notice
 that the Council of The Corporation of Town of Midland intends to pass a By-law to dissolve the Town of Midland Ward Boundaries in accordance with Section 222 of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. C.25 and to proceed with an At-Large Electoral System for the 2022 Municipal Election.  

A virtual Public Meeting will be held:

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
​7:00 p.m.

Any individual wishing to attend virtually can request an invite from the Town Clerk by writing via e-mail to clerks@midland.ca at least 2 days in advance of the meeting. 

Anyone wishing to attend via telephone is invited to contact the Clerk at 705-526-4275, ext. 2208 at least 2 days in advance of the meeting.

Anyone unable to attend may submit written comments in writing to the Town Clerk via e-mail to clerks@midland.ca or by mail prior to the date and time of the Public Meeting.

Details regarding the proposed By-law can be obtained by contacting the Clerk's Office and by visiting the Town's website at www.Midland.ca.​​