The City of Vaughan is your local government and one of four levels of government providing services for residents.
The City of Vaughan's Council is made up of 10 members - one Mayor, four Local and Regional Councillors and five Local Councillors. The Mayor, elected by the citizens of Vaughan, is the head of Vaughan Council and is also a representative on York Region Council. Four Local and Regional Councillors are elected to represent Vaughan at both the local and the regional levels of government. Five Local Councillors are elected, one from each of Vaughan's five wards (PDF), to represent those wards on Vaughan Council. Vaughan's current Council was elected to serve from 2022 to 2026.
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Who provides services?
The City of Vaughan operates within a two-tier municipal structure which means there are two levels of government providing services to the community – a local municipality and regional municipality. York Region, the higher level of government, is made up of urban and rural municipalities: Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.
As the lower tier municipality of York Region, the City of Vaughan provides Animal services, Building permits, Cultural services, Economic development, Fire and rescue services, Garbage and recycling, Property tax billing, Recreation and fitness services, Snow removal and salting, and Zoning plans examination.
Local government services are funded primarily by property taxes, user fees or other non-tax revenue. The City also receives funding for some services from the Provincial and Federal governments from parking fines, for example, and some funding still comes from the provincial government.
Learn more about property taxes and the City's annual budget and more about where your tax dollars go.
Region of York (upper tier) provides:
- Assistance for businesses
- Court services
- Family and children services
- Garbage and recycling
- Long-term care
- Police services
- Public health
- Regional roads
- Social assistance
- Public transit (YRT/ Viva)
- Wastewater treatment
- Water (drinking) supply to lower tier municipalities
City of Vaughan (lower tier) provides:
- Animal services
- Building permits
- By-law and enforcement
- City operating and capital budget
- Economic development
- Fire and rescue services
- Parks, forestry and horticulture maintenance (City)
- Property tax billing and assessment
- Protocol services
- Public records and licenses
- Recreation and fitness services
- Snow removal and salting
- Traffic and road signs and signals (City)
- Urban design
- Waste collection
- Wastewater collection and stormwater management
- Water (drinking) distribution and infrastructure
- Zoning plans examination
The Government of Ontario (provincial level) has a variety of roles and responsibilities ranging from health and education, to natural resources and the environment. A number of these are also shared with the federal government. For a complete list of Ontario government ministries, visit the Government of Ontario's website.
The Legislative Assembly of Ontario has two Members of Ontario's Provincial Parliament (MPPs) representing Vaughan.
The Government of Canada (federal level) is responsible for issues that affect all Canadians such as national defence, foreign policy and citizenship. It is made up of a variety of departments, agencies and Crown Corporations, each with their own individual roles and responsibilities. For a complete listing of departments and agencies, visit the Government of Canada's website.
The House of Commons in Ottawa has three Members of Parliament (MPs) representing Vaughan.
The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO)
AMO is a non-profit organization representing municipal and regional governments in Ontario. AMO works in partnership with Ontario’s 444 municipalities to achieve shared goals and meet common challenges. Visit AMO's website.
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
FCM represents more than 2,000 of Canada’s municipalities with a mission to bring local priorities to the national agenda. Together we’ve secured historic federal investments in infrastructure, housing, rural broadband and more. FCM continues working with Canadian cities to shape Canada’s COVID-19 response, and help drive Canada’s recovery. Visit FCM's website.