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Ward Boundary Review

Haldimand County has retained the services of Watson & Associates to review how well our Council and ward structure work for you. This review affects how you, the resident, is represented in local government.

Not sure which ward you’re in? Find out using our interactive Ward Map.

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Residents are invited to attend one of public open houses below to review the current ward structure, view maps, provide input and ask questions. A quiz has also been developed to test your knowledge on Haldimand’s history, electoral system and current wards/boundaries.

  • In-Person Open House: June 25, 2024 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Haldimand County Administration Building, 53 Thorburn St. S., Cayuga.
  • Virtual Open House: June 27, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom (link to follow). Haldimand County will be asking for your input! Residents will be able to participate by providing questions to the consultants. Stay tuned for additional information. A recording of the presentation will also be available on this page following the session.

Additional opportunities to provide feedback will be posted here as they become available.

Please check back regularly for updates.

May 2024 – Project kickoff, preliminary presentation to Haldimand County Council (May 28, 2024 Committee of the Whole meeting) & Council interviews

Summer 2024 – Research & community engagement

September to October – Consultant to present analysis & recommendations to Council

When Haldimand County was created in 2001 through the Town of Haldimand Act, 1999, six wards were established with one council representative to be elected from each ward and a Mayor elected at large. At the time, the population mix was dispersed fairly proportionally throughout the six wards. There have been minor adjustments made to the wards related to urban boundary changes, but on the whole, the current ward boundaries are similar to what was established in 2001.

A revised Growth Strategy Plan was adopted by Council in June 2021 and subsequently approved by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in November 2021 as part of the County’s Official Plan Update – Phase 1. This timeframe did not allow for a ward boundary review to take place by the legislated timelines for ward boundaries to be established in time for the 2022 municipal election.

In view of the continued recognition of the need to review ward boundaries, Council included a Ward Boundary Review as one of its priorities for the 2022 – 2026 term of Council.

What is a Ward Boundary Review?

A ward is a geographical division of a city or town for administrative or political purposes.

A Ward Boundary Review is a task conducted on behalf of a municipality to assess whether the present wards constitute an effective and equitable system of representation and, if not, to propose alternatives. Haldimand County’s current system of representation consists of a seven member Council, composed of a Mayor and six elected Councillors (each representing one ward).

Why is Haldimand County conducting a Ward Boundary Review?

Haldimand County is a growing, single-tier municipality with a population of 49,216 (2021).

A revised Growth Strategy Plan was adopted by Council in June 2021 and subsequently approved by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in November 2021 as part of the County’s Official Plan Update – Phase 1.

In view of population shifts over time, Council has included a Ward Boundary Review as one of its priorities for the 2022 – 2026 term of Council.

Who is conducting Haldimand County's Ward Boundary Review?

The County has retained Watson & Associates and Dr. Robert (Bob) Williams to conduct a comprehensive and independent Ward Boundary Review through a process set out in a report to Council (CLE-10-2023) in August 2023.

Together the consultant team has conducted over twenty ward boundary reviews in Ontario. They will utilize their experience to assess the present electoral arrangements in Haldimand County and design alternatives consistent with the guiding principles.

What will be considered in the Ward Boundary Review?

Fair and Effective Representation – to ensure equal representation and give communities an equitable voice in decision-making processes.

Population and Demographic Changes – to align boundaries, reflect population shifts, and better serve evolving community distribution and interests.

How will the Ward Boundary Review be conducted?

The consultant team will direct the Ward Boundary Review process for the County and will gather background information on the present ward system from interviews with Council and senior staff members. The consultant team will also compile data on the present and projected population of the County. Based on that research, the consultants will assess the present ward boundaries and develop alternative designs consistent with the guiding principles for the review (see below).

Public consultation is essential for the review process to be legitimate and effective and will be undertaken through a number of mediums and forums.

The primary goal is to ensure that members of the public are provided with opportunities to:

  • comment on the current ward boundary structure;
  • offer suggestions or new alternatives; and
  • consider and provide comments on the options presented.

A Final Report will be submitted to Council, who will:

  • determine how members of council are elected (i.e.: in wards or at-large); and
  • divide, re-divide or dissolve existing wards.

Process

Curious about how the Ward Boundary Review process works? Watch this video to learn more.

Comments and Questions

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For more information on the Haldimand County Ward Boundary Review project, please contact clerk@haldimandcounty.on.ca.