On July 21st, 2020, the Ontario government made amendments to The Municipal Act, 2001 which allows municipalities the option of authorizing proxy voting for members of council. Bill 197, The COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020, allows municipalities to choose to update procedure bylaws to allow members of council who are absent to utilize a proxy to vote on an item at council or committee and under what circumstances.

The Province has positioned this as helping to “ensure continuing representation of constituents’ interests on municipal councils when a member is unable to attend in person due to, for example, illness, a leave of absence, or the need to practice physical distancing."

Updated as of October 1, 2020.

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