Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury Council consists of nine (9) Members of Council, all of whom are elected by the public. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor service the residents at large, and the seven (7) Councillors each represent a Wards within the municipality.

Role of Council

  • Represent the public and consider the well-being and interests of the municipality;
  • Develop and evaluate the policies and programs of the municipality;
  • Determine which services the municipality provides;
  • Ensure that administrative policies, practices and procedures and controllership policies, practices and procedures are in place to implement the decisions of council;
  • Ensure the accountability and transparency of the operations of the municipality, including the activities of the senior management of the municipality;
  • Maintain the financial integrity of the municipality; and
  • Carry out the duties of council that are set out by various pieces of legislation.

Closed Meeting Investigator

Section 239.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001, allows any individual to request an investigation be undertaken to determine whether a municipality, local board or committee has complied with the Act or the Procedural By-law 2013-20, with respect to a meeting or part of a meeting which was closed to the public, and to report on the investigation.

Why do municipal councils and local boards have meetings or portions of meetings which are closed to the public?

Local governments in Ontario must be transparent and accountable. However, municipal councils, local boards and their committees must meet behind closed doors on occasion to consider some matters.


The permitted reasons for going into a closed meeting session are:

  • The security of property of the municipality or local board;
  • Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including employees;
  • A proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land;
  • Labour relations or employee negotiations;
  • Litigation or potential litigation
  • Advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege;
  • A matter authorized by another provincial statute;
  • If the subject matter relates to a request under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act; or
  • The meeting is held for educating and training and no member discusses or deals with a matter in a way which materially advances the business or decision-making of the council or local board.


The Province of Ontario has set the rules for a council, local board or a committee to go into a closed meeting session. These rules are found in section 239 of the Municipal Act, 2001, as amended. They must be strictly followed.


Only those issues which fall within the ‘closed meeting permitted reasons’ can be dealt with at the closed meeting session. All other matters must be deliberated by council or a committee at an open meeting.


Before council, a local board or a committee begins the closed meeting session, it must pass a resolution at a public meeting indicating that a closed meeting is being held and the general nature of the matter of which is to be considered. A closed meeting shall not be held by council, a local board or committee before this resolution is passed.


Any person has the right to request an investigation as to whether the municipality, local board or committee complied with the closed meeting rules established by the Province of Ontario or the Town’s Procedural By-law 2023-18. A request must be submitted in writing and should be directed to the municipal clerk unless there is provision for it to be sent directly to the municipality’s investigator.

Contact Closed Meeting Investigator

The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury has appointed Local Authority Services as their closed meeting investigator in partnership with the County of Simcoe. Any questions or concerns regarding closed meetings may be directed to the Clerk. To request a closed meeting investigation, please complete the Closed Meeting Investigation Form and return to the Clerk's Division of Legislative Services.

Closed Meeting Investigation Request Form


Integrity Commissioner

An Integrity Commissioner is an independent resource who reports to council and who is responsible for performing in an independent manner the functions assigned by the municipality with respect to:

  1. The application of the code of conduct for members of council and members of local boards.
  2. The application of any procedures, rules and policies of the municipality and local boards governing the ethical behaviour of members of council and of local boards.
  3. The application of sections 5, 5.1 and 5.2 of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act to members of council and of local boards.
  4. Requests from members of council and of local boards for advice respecting their obligations under the code of conduct applicable to the member.
  5. Request from members of council and of local boards for advice respecting their obligations under a procedure, rule or policy of the municipality or of the local board, as the case may be, governing the ethical behaviour of members.
  6. Requests from members of council and of local boards for advice respecting their obligations under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.
  7. The provision of educational information to members of council, members of local boards, the municipality and the public about the municipality's codes of conduct for members of council and members of local boards and about the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.

Contact Integrity Commissioner

The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury has appointed Principles Integrity to deliver the above services. If a member of the public wishes to submit a complaint with respect to a member contravening the Code of Conduct or the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, please complete the Complaint Form and submit it to Principles Integrity at

For further information, the Integrity Commissioner can be contacted at:


Principles Integrity
Attention: Jeffrey A. Abrams and Janice Atwood-Petkovski
Tel: 647-259-8697

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Address: Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, 100 Dissette St., Unit 7&8, Bradford, ON, L3Z 2A7

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