City of Belleville, Ontario Town Council 2022-2026

The City of is represented by City Council that consists of the Mayor (who is elected at-large) and eight Councillors (six of whom are elected from the ‘Belleville’ Ward 1 and two from the Ward 2 ‘Thurlow’ Ward).

Belleville is a city in , situated on the eastern end of Lake Ontario, located at the mouth of the Moira River and on the Bay of Quinte. Belleville is between Ottawa and Toronto, along the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor.

City of Belleville council members

The council and school board term of office will run from November 15, 2022 to November 14, 2026.

Salary & expenses

Remuneration and benefits for the mayor and members of council by-law

Committees and members

The council term of office started on November 15, 2022 and a call for interested parties was issued in the week of November 24th, 2022 with applications being accepted until December 11th. 108 applications for the various board and committee seats were received in the Clerk’s office, which made recommendations to council in the report Appointment of Citizen Members to Various City Boards & Committees.

Council made the appointments on January 9, 2023 in By-law 2023-09 – Appoint Members to Boards, Committees and Special Committees.

See the latest version of the appointments document

Department initiatives, budgets and performance

Topics

City of Belleville updates

Open Data Maps

How to stay up to date

Budgets

Guiding policies

Master plans

Studies – ongoing

Studies – past

Council documents

Visit the CivicWeb Portal and DocumentCenter to access reports, meeting agendas and other such as the:

Legislated requirements

The following are some of the provincial statutes that govern how the City conducts its business in a public, accountable and transparent manner:

  1. Municipal Act – Governs the powers, duties, and responsibilities of the Municipality. It also imposes requirements on municipalities in relation to retention and provision of access to municipal records.
  2. Municipal Conflict of Interest Act
  3. Municipal Elections Act
  4. Provincial Offences Act
  5. Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
  6. Personal Health Information Protection Act
  7. Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act
  8. Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act
  9. Bill 168, Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Act (Violence and Harassment in the Workplace)
  10. Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
  11. Code of Conduct for Members of Council and Local Boards

In addition to the above, there are various provincial and federal statutes that govern the operations of the City and its services.

Elections

Ward map

For more detail, see the Belleville GIS Ward Map.

Election Compliance Audit Committee

City of Belleville shares a joint election compliance audit committee with:

  • County of Prince Edward
  • City of Quinte West
  • Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, and
  • Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board

For 2022-2026, the members are:

  • Louise Grosjean
  • Cheryl J. Vandervoort
  • Chris Salt
  • Robert J. Ord
  • Wayne B. Tod
  • Ron Colucci

About Belleville

The City of Belleville, known as the ‘Friendly City’, is located at the mouth of the Moira River where it meets the picturesque Bay of Quinte. Experience world-class fishing, boating, cycling, and walking along approximately 14 kilometers of waterfront trails. Situated between Toronto and Montreal, and less than one hour from the U.S. border, the City truly is at the center of it all.

Approximately 56,000 people make Belleville their home and over 220,000 live within 30 minutes of the City. We are in close proximity to Prince Edward County where you can discover award winning wineries and numerous beaches including Sandbanks Provincial Park. We are home to Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology as well as Albert College, Canada’s oldest co-ed boarding independent private school. The historic downtown core provides numerous restaurants, shopping and live music and theater venues for an amazing cultural experience. Our inviting blend of small town warmth and big city amenities, quality of life and affordable housing make Belleville the perfect place to live, work and play. More information is available at www.belleville.ca

Comparator municipalities

We’re always looking at as the Big Brother municipality – “why can’t we be like Kingston?”

Councillor Chris Malette

Statistics

Population (2021)

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by  Canada, the City of Belleville had a population of 55,071 living in 23,536 of its 24,582 total private dwellings, a change of 8.6% from its 2016 population of 50,716. With a land area of 247.15 km2 (95.43 sq mi), it had a population density of 222.8/km2 (577.1/sq mi) in 2021. [source]

At the census metropolitan area (CMA) level in the 2021 census, the Belleville – Quinte West CMA had a population of 111,184 living in 46,213 of its 48,274 total private dwellings, a change of 7.5% from its 2016 population of 103,401. With a land area of 1,337.5 km2 (516.4 sq mi), it had a population density of 83.1/km2 (215.3/sq mi) in 2021. [source]

Meetings

Have a complaint?

Integrity Commissioner

Belleville’s Integrity Commissioner is appointed to address the application of the Code of Conduct for elected officials and/or members of local boards and whose powers and duties are Section 223.3 of the Municipal Act.

You can submit a formal complaint here.

Robert J. Swayze
Integrity Commissioner
20736 Mississauga Road
Caledon, ON  L7K 1M7

Ombudsman

The Ontario Ombudsman accepts general complaints about municipalities or any of the more than 1,000 provincial government and broader public sector bodies they oversee.

You can Submit a Complaint online, or call their staff at 1-800-263-1830 to find out how they can help.

Office of the Ombudsman of Ontario | Bureau de l’Ombudsman de l’Ontario
1-800-263-1830 – Complaints Line | Ligne des plaintes
1-866-411-4211 – TTY | ATS
www.ombudsman.on.ca

Closed meetings

If you believe that a City of Belleville council meeting or part of a meeting was closed to the public improperly – ie. the reason doesn’t fall within one of the 14 exceptions – you can submit a complaint to the Ontario Ombudsman.

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