Ward Boundary Review 2013
The City of Markham completed a review of its ward boundaries in 2013. This review was necessary to address significant population differences across the City's eight wards to ensure an effective and equitable system of representation that takes into account future growth within the city.
Why did we need to review the boundaries?
Markham experienced significant growth since the boundaries of the Markham’s eight (8) wards were last reviewed in 2005. This growth resulted in inequitable population variances among the wards in the 2010 municipal election.
The City of Markham’s New Ward Boundaries
Markham City Council passed the Ward Boundary Review Bylaw 2013-29 on March 19, 2013. The Ontario Municipal Board dismissed an appeal of this bylaw on October 24, 2013.
Markham’s new ward boundaries will come into effect after the municipal election to be held on October 27, 2014. The City Clerk will conduct the 2014 municipal election as if these new wards are already in place.
Ontario Municipal Board Appeal Decision
An appeal of the Ward Boundary Bylaw 2013-29 was filed with the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) on May 3, 2013. There was a hearing on the appeal on September 23, 2013. At the hearing, the City’s submitted a motion to dismiss the appeal.
On October 24, 2013, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) issued a decision regarding the appeal of Markham’s Ward Boundary By-law 2013-29. The Board’s written decision gives reasons for its decision to deny the various adjournment requests made before and on the day the hearing commenced and goes on to render the decision on the motion to dismiss the appeal without a hearing on the merits.
The OMB has dismissed the appeal, and the Ward Boundary By-law has now come into force and effect.
Ontario Municipal Board Appeal
An appeal of the Ward Boundary Bylaw 2013-29 was filed with the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) on May 3, 2013 in accordance with section 222(4) of the Municipal Act.
For the new ward boundaries to take effect for the 2014 Municipal Election, the OMB must issue a decision affirming or amending the bylaw on or before December 31, 2013.
The OMB held a hearing on the appeal on September 23, 2013, where they heard a motion to dismiss the appeal. If the appeal is not dismissed, the OMB will schedule a full hearing on the appeal.
Until the appeal is fully resolved the new ward boundaries will not take effect.
Notice of passing a by-law to change ward boundaries
TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Markham passed By-law 2013-29 [PDF] on the 19th day of March, 2013 pursuant to Section 222 of the Municipal Act, 2001.
AND TAKE NOTICE that By-law 2013-29 provides for the re-division of existing wards. [PDF]
AND TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to Subsection 222(4) of the Municipal Act, 2001, any person or agency may appeal within 45 days of the passing of the by-law to the Ontario Municipal Board in respect of the by-law by filing with the Clerk of The Corporation of the City of Markham a notice of appeal setting out the objections to the by-law and the reasons in support of the objections. This notice of appeal must be accompanied by a certified cheque or money order in the amount of $125.00 made payable to the Minister of Finance. In addition, the appeal must be accompanied by the City’s processing fee, prescribed by By-law No. 2002-276, as amended, in the amount of $200.00 payable by certified cheque or money order to the City of Markham. Any notice of appeal must be filed with the Clerks Department of the City of Markham, at the address below, not later than 4:30 p.m. on the 3rd day of May, 2013.
Additional information regarding By-Law 2013-29 may be obtained from Carlie Turpin, Public Services & Records Coordinator 905-477-7000, extension 2082, from the City of Markham website www.markham.ca, or by attending the office of the City Clerk, Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham.
Dated at the City of Markham this 20th day of March, 2013.
Martha Pettit, Deputy City Clerk
The Corporation of the City of Markham
101 Town Centre Boulevard
Markham, Ontario, L3R 9W3
After City Staff hosted a public consultation meeting to engage residents on January 21, 2013, Dr. Robert Williams presented General Committee with a final report [PDF] and five options to change the City’s ward boundaries on February 25, 2013. General Committee reviewed the report and recommended Council adopt revised ward boundaries to provide for the redistribution of existing wards as per Option D1 [PDF]. On March 19, 2013 Council reviewed the General Committee’s recommendation and passed By-law 2013-29 [PDF] to re-divide the City’s wards for the 2014 municipal election.
The City has retained Dr. Robert Williams, Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, to facilitate the review. On December 10, 2012, Dr. Williams presented his interim report [PDF] and four options to realign the City's current ward boundaries to Council. Council reviewed the report and draft options and directed City staff to hold a public meeting to engage community stakeholders on the Interim Report and Council's preferred option [PDF] for realigning the wards.
The 2012 Ward Boundary Review in Markham will have regard to the following principles:
- Consideration of representation by population
- Protection of communities of interest and neighbourhoods
- Consideration of present and future population trends
- Consideration of physical features as natural boundaries
- The overriding principle of “effective representation”
For further information:
Carlie Turpin, Public Services & Records Coordinator
Legislative Services, City of Markham
Phone: 905-477-7000 extension 2082