Political Structures in Montreal: Role and Powers of Elected Officials and Residents 

January 01, 2017

Montreal's municipal government is complex, with multiple decision-making entities existing alongside both Borough and City Councils. The TGFM's experience with past projects has shown us that there is an interest and significant need from citizens to learn more about the different municipal bodies, their composition, and their modes of operation. With this knowledge, we can be better equipped to understand the ins and outs of municipal politics and take a more active role within them, especially as part of municipal elections, when we want to support and facilitate an increase in the number of female candidates and elected officials.

This document is inspired by the facilitation guide that the TGFM developed in 2014 for Montreal women interested in getting involved at a municipal level, whether as candidates, members of a support team or simply as residents.

This document provides an up-to-date description of the different municipal bodies and their powers. Bill 122 has already modified the City's status, and Bill 121, passed on Thursday, September 21, 2017, will have a major impact on the City's decision-making bodies and their powers. It also calls into question the very existence of different advisory councils.


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