Ward Boundary Review - Detailed Background
The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury (BWG) is undertaking a comprehensive review of the town’s council composition and ward boundaries. A ward is a geographical division of a city or town for administrative or political purposes. A council composition and ward boundary review is a task conducted on behalf of a municipality to assess whether the present electoral structure and wards constitute an effective, equitable and democratic system of representation and, if not, to propose alternatives.
The overall objective of this review is to establish fair and equitable representation of the residents at the town council table. The Town has experienced significant growth over the last decade and continues to grow. Has this growth changed the population balance among the wards? Have the communities within BWG changed enough that the electoral wards need to be adjusted?
BWG is committed to involving citizens, businesses and stakeholders in conversations about municipal decisions that interest and/or impact them, including this council composition and ward boundary review. Due to COVID-19, engagement needs to be socially distanced, so this review relies on online participation like our survey.
The survey is important because it will help the consultants to understand which preliminary options are preferred and why. Public wisdom and insight will enable the consulting team to provide thoughtful recommendations to your Council. All of the preliminary options presented in the survey are viable. None of them are perfect. Your input can improve an option.
Click here to take the survey - it is quite short and will take less than 10 minutes to complete and will be available until May 7, 2021. Please share it with friends, family, and neighbours.
To help you prepare to answer this survey and understand the changes being discussed, there are informative and interactive maps and other materials that can be found on the main Ward Boundary Review page. Also on that page, check out the section on How to Participate to find out more about the online open houses where the preliminary ward boundary alternatives will be explained and discussed.