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Why Local Government MattersWe are very fortunate to live in a country where our system of government is a democracy. This means that citizens in Canada have the right to elect their representatives. It also means that citizens have a say in how their community, province and country are governed.​

How is the Town of BWG governed?
  • The municipal government of the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury is made up of nine people - a Mayor, a Deputy Mayor and seven Councillors. The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury is divided into seven sections called wards, with one Councillor representing each ward.
  • The Members of Council work with a staff of people to ensure that the municipal services mentioned on the previous page are provided.
  • Council meets twice a month to consider decisions that need to be made and things that need to be done. Council then directs staff to carry out the necessary work to provide services.
  • The public is always welcome to attend these meetings. They are usually held on the second and third Tuesday of the month starting at 7:00 p.m. at the BWG Public Library.

  • Municipal elections usually take place every four years. The next municipal election is scheduled for Monday, October 22, 2018. (W​ill you be 18 years old in 2018? If not, how about in 2022?)
  • People who want to become a Member of Council - either the Mayor, Deputy Mayor or a Councillor for one of the seven wards - have to register at the Town of BWG offices. Then they “campaign” to let people know more about them and why they would be a good choice for the job.
  • On election day, people who live or own property in BWG can vote for who they want to represent them. They can vote for one person to be the Councillor of their ward, one person to be Mayor and one to be Deputy Mayor. 
  • The candidate for each job that gets the most votes wins, so it’s important to vote for your choices!

  • All of the services provided by the Town of BWG - from swimming pools to roads - cost money.
  • Most of that money comes from taxes on property - this means that every year, anyone who owns property in BWG (a house, business, farm or land) has to pay money to the municipal government. 
  • The Town of BWG collects all of the property tax, but more than half of it gets sent to the County of Simcoe, school boards and the police department to cover their services.
  • Some money also comes from fees (such as for marriage licences or memberships at the Leisure Centre), fines (such as parking tickets), savings and interest from the bank, and grants from the federal and provincial government.​