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Join a Board or Committee

Boards and committees provide advice and recommendations to Council. Most committees include members of the public, and members of Council. Volunteering on a board or committee is a great way to:

  • meet new people and share your ideas and talents
  • provide input into the strategic direction setting and decision-making of the municipality
  • support local government in adequately addressing issues
  • make a difference in your community

Current vacancies

Specific citizen positions for various committees will appear from time to time below to provide Kawartha Lakes residents opportunities to volunteer their time, in various activities associated with local government.

The City of Kawartha Lakes invites applications from members of the public, including citizen and stakeholder interest group representatives, who are interested in serving on the City of Kawartha Lakes Boards and Committees. Members of the public interested in serving on Boards and Committees are asked to submit a Citizen Appointment Application Form. 

Name of Board/Committee

Number of Members Required

Kawartha Lakes Environmental Advisory Committee

1 – for the remainder of the Term of Council (End of 2022)

Kawartha Lakes Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee

2 – for the remainder of the Term of Council (end of 2022)

Committee of Adjustment

1 – for the remainder of the Term of Council (End of 2022)

Growth Management Strategy Task Force

(see below)

8 – for the remainder of the Term of Council (End of 2022)

Members of the public interested in serving on any of these Boards or Committees are asked to submit a “Citizen Appointment Application Form”, along with supporting material, by email to clerks@kawarthalakes.ca. Applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 25, 2021.

Growth Management Strategy Task Force

The new Growth Management Strategy will plan for the City’s population growth, housing and employment needs, and coordinate with infrastructure investments to the year 2051. The Growth Management Strategy will also establish a foundation for the forthcoming update of the City’s Official Plan.

The Growth Management Strategy Task Force has been established as a resource to help guide this project. The contributions of the Task Force are critical to the development of a Growth Management Strategy that is representative of the diverse interests of the community. Members will provide advice on public consultation, and attend meetings and Open House events. There are currently eight (8) vacancies on the Growth Management Strategy Task Force, as outlined below.

Applicant Eligibility:

  • A resident of the City (own, rent, live in shared accommodation where you do not pay rent or live in the municipality with no fixed address); or
  • An owner of property in the City or a person who rents property in the City, or the spouse of the above; and
  • at least eighteen years of age; and
  • a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.

Members of the public interested in serving on any City Boards or Committees may submit a Citizen Appointment Application Form, available at any Municipal Service Centre, City Hall, along with supporting material, to the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 26 Francis Street, Lindsay, Ontario (or by email to clerks@kawarthalakes.ca).

Download a printable Citizen Appointment Application Form

Qualifications

In addition to any other qualification requirements established by resolution or by City policy, any Persons appointed to a Committee must be:

  • A resident of the City (own, rent, live in shared accommodation where you do not pay rent or live in the municipality with no fixed address); or
  • An owner of property in the City or a person who rents property in the City, or the spouse of the above; and
  • at least eighteen years of age; and
  • a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.

The following persons are ineligible for appointment to the City's Committees as a Citizen Appointee:

  • current members of the Council (with the exceptions of statutory requirements and ex officio positions)
  • current trustees of the Trillium Lakelands District School Board or the Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland, Clarington Catholic District School Board who have direct association/affiliation with the service/facility in question
  • current City employees who have direct association/affiliation with the service/facility in question
  • any person who may have an actual or perceived (in the opinion of the Interview Team) conflict of interest with the purposes of the Committee in question due to his or her employment or otherwise
  • any person who is in litigation or potential litigation with the municipality

Term

Terms are established within the Terms of Reference for each board or committee and may vary from one to four years.

Many committee positions last for the term of Council (4 years: 2018-2022)

Remuneration

With the exception of the Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee, Committee of Council appointments are on a volunteer basis. No per diems are paid.

Application process and form

Applications are only accepted when a vacancy on a board or committee has been advertised. Each autumn an advertisement will appear in the local newspaper regarding upcoming positions available to residents to sit on various boards or committees. All residents are welcome to apply by submitting a Citizen Appointment Application Form. Applicants are responsible to ensure that the Municipal City Clerk's Office has received your application.

Download a printable Citizen Appointment Application Form

Selection process

Once application submissions have closed, application forms are reviewed, short-listed and interviews take place. A report is submitted to Council by staff on behalf of the interview team with recommended appointments. This report is dealt with in closed session as it contains personal information. Council appoints the members in open session and all applicants are advised of the decision.

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