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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.