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The Town of Newmarket is part of a two-tier system of municipal government. In this system, York Region is the upper-tier municipality, which delivers some region-wide services and programs, and the Town of Newmarket is one of nine lower-tier municipalities (also called local municipalities) in York Region and delivers other services and programs specifically for the Town of Newmarket.
Town of Newmarket is governed by its Town Council made up of members elected by eligible Newmarket voters.
The Town Council is made up of the Mayor, who is the head of Council, the Deputy Mayor and Regional Councillor, and seven Councillors. Council members are elected every four years by the citizens of Newmarket.
The Town is divided into seven wards for the purpose of governance, and each Councillor serves a ward.
What Town Council does
Town Council represents and serves the people of Newmarket. In doing so, Council follows rules set by the Provincial Government called the Municipal Act.
Your ward Councillor represents you in Council and you can contact them with Town-related problems, ideas or feedback. Councillors also make key decisions related to various aspects of the Town, pass by-laws (local laws for Newmarket), create policies, approve budgets and provide programs and services to make citizens’ lives better.
How Council makes decisions
Town Council receives requests and recommendations for new by-laws, projects, services or programs from members of Council and from reports submitted by advisory committees, Town staff or citizens who speak at Council meetings during a deputation or public question period. When a request is received, Council will discuss it and make a decision or ask for more information.
Boards and Committees
In addition to attending Council meetings, Members of Town Council also participate on Committees and Boards that are established by Council to be responsible for and make recommendations to Council regarding various matters.