You must take an Oath of Office before assuming any powers, duties or functions as a council member. The Oath of Office is the official declaration or promise that you:
Are qualified to hold office;
Promise to perform the duties of your office;
Have read, understood and will observe the council’s Code of Ethics and other rules of conduct and procedures;
Are not receiving payment or reward for the exercise of your office or for corrupt practices; and
Will disclose any conflict of interest.
As well, you must complete and sign Public Disclosure Statement within 30 days of being elected. This statement identifies your employer, and lists any land holdings, business interests and contracts you may have. You must review this statement annually and update it when required to ensure its accuracy.
Your Oath of Office and Public Disclosure Statement documents are accessible by the public.
All council decisions must be made at a meeting that is open to the public with a majority of council members present. Anyone can attend these meetings and cannot be expelled except for improper conduct. During these meetings, it is important for you to listen to the other members on council and collectively reach decisions that are in the best interest of your municipality. Individual council members — including the mayor or reeve — do not have the authority to commit the municipality to any expenditure or independently direct the activities of municipal employees.