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Role and Mandate of the Mayor

The Mayor is the head of Council and the chief officer of the City. The responsibilities of the Mayor are listed under Section 57 to 60 of The City of Winnipeg Charter. The Mayor chairs the Executive Policy Committee, and is an ex officio member of each Committee of Council. The Mayor appoints:

  • a Deputy Mayor;
  • an Acting Deputy Mayor;
  • the Chairpersons for the Standing Committees of Council, if standing committees are established by Council; and
  • members of the Executive Policy Committee

The Deputy Mayor or Acting Deputy Mayor acts in the capacity of the Mayor in cases of his/her absence or unavailability.

Source: Page 90 of the City of Winnipeg Municipal Manual pdf

Role of City Councillors

Council is the governing body of the City and the custodian of its powers, both legislative and administrative. The City may exercise only those powers granted to it by legislation.

Policy making at the local level is limited and controlled by provincial government statute. The City of Winnipeg Charter provides the majority of powers and authority to the City of Winnipeg. However, other statutes extend additional authority to City Council in its decision making process.

The composition of City Council is legislated under Part 3 of The City of Winnipeg Charter and consists of 15 Councillors and the Mayor. Each Councillor represents an individual ward while the Mayor is elected by a vote of the city-at-large.

Councillors have a dual role, as they are members of Council (decisions affecting the whole city) and members of the Community Committees (local community issues).

City Council exercises its powers either by by-law or resolution passed at a regular or special meeting when a quorum is present. Pursuant to the Charter, Council has the authority to establish committees of Council and Council may, by by-law delegate a power, duty or function to a committee of Council.

The authority to make final decisions on the following matters remains with Council and cannot be delegated to any political or administrative level below Council:

  • authority to enact a by-law;
  • authority to approve an operating or capital budget;
  • authority to appoint, suspend or dismiss a statutory officer; or
  • authority to enter into a collective agreement in respect of employees;

Source: Page 88-89 of the City of Winnipeg Municipal Manual pdf

Role of School Trustees

The main functions of a school trustee include preparing for and participating in school board and committee meetings. Each school division has a school board made of school trustees. Policy is determined at public school board meetings and sets the direction for the school division.

School Trustees also attend meetings of the committees on which they serve. Most school boards have a number of committees that deal with areas such as finance, personnel, curriculum, and facilities. Other committees can be formed to deal with special projects or emerging issues. These committees create reports that generally go to the school board before being passed as policy.

Source: Page 21 of the 2010 Civic Election Candidate's Guide - School Trustee Candidates pdf