Council

Residents of the Town of Cochrane elect its Mayor & Council every four years. Find out more below.
Council

Mayor & Council

Residents of the Town of Cochrane elect its Mayor & Council every four years. The Town’s current council was elected in 2022. Every council runs a four-year term. The next election will occur in the Fall of 2026. 

Regular Council meetings are held inside the Council Chambers, in the Town Hall, located at 171 Fourth Avenue. Regular Council meetings are televised on our community channel 327 or may also be viewed through our Council Cast section of the website. 

Select the CivicWeb icon below to access Council’s meetings calendar, agendas and minutes.

Alice Mercier

Contact for Mayor & Council

171 Fourth Avenue
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
Tel: 705-272-4361

Email Alice

Members of Council

Council Chambers at Town Hall is a council working environment that is comprised of many different people and parts.  Councillor biographies and contact information can be found on our CivicWeb Portal.

Council Remuneration

The Municipal Act, Section 284 (1), requires that the Treasurer of every municipality submit a Statement of Remuneration and Expenses, for the preceding year, paid to the Members of Council and Council appointments to Boards and other Bodies.

Statements of Remuneration

Download the latest Town of Cochrane remuneration statements.

Town Hall

171 Fourth Avenue
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
Tel: 705-272-4361

Email Town Hall

Municipal Integrity Commissioner

Section 223.3 of the Municipal Act enables a municipality to appoint an Integrity Commissioner (IC) to address the application of the Code of Conduct for elected officials and/or members of local boards and committees.

Responsibilities

The Integrity Commissioner is responsible to:

  • Provide information and direction to Committee and Council members on the “Code of Conduct” and the “Council – Staff Relations Policy”.
  • Coordinate education and procedural training on the policies, Code of Conduct and Municipal Conflict of Interest Act to Council, staff and members of the community.
  • Conduct investigations and provide reports on alleged breaches.
  • Provide annual reports to Council on any requests of the Integrity Commissioner.
Integrity Commissioner

Any person who has reasonable grounds to believe that a Member has breached a provision of the Code may file a complaint to either of the Town of Cochrane Integrity Commissioners directly as follows:

Harold G. Elston

  • Address: 391 First Street, Suite 10 E, Collingwood, ON L9Y 1B3
  • Telephone: (705) 443-8183
  • Email: counsel@HaroldElston.com
Inquiry & Annual Reports

Inquiry Reports and Annual Reports from the Integrity Commissioner.

Integrity Commissioner - 2021 Annual Report

Download the latest Integrity Commissioner annual report.

Inquiry Report Decision - August 10, 2021

Contravention of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act & The Town of Cochrane Code of conduct By Former Councillor.

Inquiry Report Decision - August 31, 2021

Contravention of the Town of Cochrane Code of Conduct.

OMBUDSMAN OF ONTARIO

The Ombudsman of Ontario is an Officer of the Provincial Legislature who is independent of government and political parties. The Ombudsman’s job is to ensure government accountability through effective oversight of the administration of government services. The Ombudsman is appointed for a five-year renewable term and his powers and authorities are contained in legislation under the Ombudsman Act.

Proclamations & Flag Raising Ceremonies

The Clerk’s department is responsible for the coordination and management of Proclamations and Flag Raising Ceremonies. Proclamations can be issued for special events and/or activities to recognize the effort and commitment of organizations within the Town of Cochrane who enhance our community. See the attached policy and form for more information on submitting your requests for Proclamations and Flag Raising Ceremonies.

Requesting a Proclamation

Requests for Proclamations and/or Flag-Raising Ceremonies must be submitted by a Town of Cochrane resident, Town of Cochrane property owner or Town of Cochrane resident on behalf of an organization, and are deemed of significance to the Town of Cochrane. The following may be endorsed by Council:

  • Civic Promotions
  • Public Awareness Campaigns
  • Charitable Fundraising Campaigns
  • Arts and Cultural Celebrations

Once a proclamation requested is submitted to the Clerk’s Department the request will first be reviewed by the Clerk against the approved eligibility criteria and if eligible, the Clerk will place the request on an agenda of Council for consideration. If the proclamation request has been granted previously, within the past five (5) years, the request will be reviewed by the Clerk against the approved eligibility criteria and will be presented to the Mayor for approval. In the absence of the Mayor, the approval will be delegated to the Deputy Mayor.

2023 Proclamations

International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

As per Resolution #184-2023, May 17, 2023 has ben proclaimed as International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Lupus Proclamation

May 10, 2023 has been declared as Lupus Awareness Day in the Town of Cochrane.

Mental Health Proclamation

May 1 to 7, 2023 has been declared as Mental Health week in the Town of Cochrane.

Community Living Proclamation

May 2023 has been declared as Community Living Month in the Town of Cochrane.

2023 Alzheimer Awareness Month

January 2023 has been declared as Alzheimer Awareness month in the Town of Cochrane.

Introduction
Members of Council
Council Remuneration
Integrity Commissioner
Proclamations
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