The Albatross of Re-Writing a Procedural Bylaw

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM ET (via Zoom)


With evolving pressures on elected officials and municipal staff there is a greater demand by the public for better transparency and accountability. One of the most difficult tasks is to review and in many cases re-write a municipality’s procedural bylaw. Join us to learn new tips and techniques for starting the review process, drafting, updating and editing important bylaw contents.

A thorough review of procedural bylaws should be undertaken at least once every eight years with revisions occurring once every four years (Term of Council). These bylaws help municipalities function by providing explicit parameters for operations and governance while also allowing for flexibility so that councils can succeed within a highly changing world. Procedural bylaws also help municipalities to prosper by using inclusive language in order to minimize the need for future amendments.

What you will learn:

  • The importance of categorization and its contents, and eliminating duplication
  • What should be included and/or excluded
  • How to build a procedural bylaw and implement it effectively including how and when to introduce it to council
  • How to properly index, chart and consolidate information
  • How to use clear, simple and inclusive language and build consistency in style, terminology and references
  • How to add essential requirements within the bylaw
  • How to update operating situations (i.e. technical issues with e-mail and electronic meetings)

Why attend:

  • To recieve templates and tools to help you start your review process and/or build upon your current procedural bylaws
  • To understand essential procedural bylaw contents
  • To gain confidence in undertaking a procedural bylaw review process and confidence in re-writing elements to make the necessary updates to better support your team and municipality 

Who should attend:

Clerks, administrative personnel and support staff who are tasked with reviewing and in some cases re-writing  their municipality’s procedural bylaw.

About the Instructor:

Denise Labelle-Gélinas is a retired city clerk with the municipality of Cornwall who has over 35 years experience in the municipal sector. Denise has served as a Professional Registered Parliamentarian for the Board of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) since 2007, as well as an instructor for the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) for the Parliamentary Procedures course. She is a strong community supporter who volunteers at various non-profit organizations.

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Digital Format (Zoom)
9am - 1pm 
(Joining details will be sent after you Register) 

Deadline to register:
October 06