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Review of Size of Council

Prince Edward County Council has identified the need to address the Size of Council as one of it's goals for 2015. To see more about the timelines related to achieving this goal, click here.

Size of Council Options

The following options will be brought forward for public consultation during the month of September 2015:

2 Electoral Wards- 10 Councillors and Mayor at Large
April 16 Report to Council

3 Electoral Wards - 12 Councillors and Mayor at Large
June 1, 2015 Presentation to Council
A complete description of the N.E.W. Plan is available at .

9 Electoral Wards - 13 Councillors and Mayor at Large
May 6 Deputation to Council

May 6 Updated Elector Numbers

10 Electoral Wards (Status Quo) - 15 Councillors and Mayor at Large

Public Consultation Process

From September 1 - 30, Council is inviting public feedback regarding the abovementioned proposals, through a public survey which will be posted on this page, and available by hard copy at all County libraries, Shire Hall (332 Picton Main Street) and the Edward Building (280 Picton Main Street). Consultation will also take place at facilitated public meetings, being held from 7:00pm to 9:00pm as follows:

Bloomfield Town Hall - Tuesday, September 1
Wellington Town Hall - Thursday, September 3
Athol Town Hall - Wednesday, September 9
Kente Public School, Ameliasburgh - Thursday, September 10

Change in location from Hillier Hall to
Wellington Community Centre - Tuesday, September 15

Sophiasburgh Town Hall - Monday, September 21
North Marysburgh Town Hall -  Wednesday, September 23
Picton Community Centre - Thursday, September 24
South Marysburgh Town Hall - Wednesday, September 30



2013 Size of Council Review/Citizens' Assembly:

In 2013, Prince Edward County underwent a Size of Council Review and a Citizens' Assembly in efforts to aswer the question - How many municipal councillors should represent the citizens of Prince Edward County? Detailed information about the citizens' assembly approach is available here.  

The Size of Council Review was led by Dr. Jonathan Rose, an associate professor in the department of Political Studies at Queen's University.  For more information on Dr. Rose and his team, please see Team Members' Biographies.

The final report of the Citizen's assembly can be read here, and the Executive Summary can be read here.

News Releases related to the Citizen's Assembly are listed below:

October 10, 2013 - PEC Council Rejects Proposed Changes to Size, Ward Boundaries

August 29, 2013 - Citizens' Assembly Reaches Decision - Calls for Ten Councillors Plus Mayor (August 28, 2013)

August 20, 2013 - Citizens' Assembly Nears Conclusion: Members Nearing Decisions on Size of Council

July 17, 2013 - Citizens' Assembly Chosen - Members to Recommend Best Size for County Council

April 26, 2013 - Citizens' Assembly to Review Size of Council

May 31, 2013 - 5,000 Voters Given Chance to Join Citizens' Assembly

Other Reports Related to the Citizen's Assembly are listed below:

Mayor Mertens' Report on Citizens' Assembly Findings (September 19, 2013)

Review of Size of Council - Background Information (November 19, 2012)

2008 Composition of Council Committee

Council at its meeting of March 25, 2008 established the Composition of Council Committee to research and identify optimum sizes, models and structures, using experiences of other communities and MMAH resources;

To analyze and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each model selected as it relates to representation, efficiency of decision making, cost savings, and work load;

To identify various methods and approaches to obtain public input in the process; and

To report to Council, through the Corporate Services and Finance Committee with the results of its research and analysis but without recommendations on the understanding that, at that time, Council shall decide if it wishes to commence a full process to consider reducing the size of Council and what model it would prefer.

Composition of Council Committee Report October 15, 2008
PowerPoint Presentation
2 Electoral Ward Proposal Map
4a Electoral Ward Proposal Map
4b Electoral Ward Proposal Map
5 Electoral Ward Proposal Map
6 Electoral Ward Proposal Map
8 Electoral Ward Proposal Map


More Information About the Size of Council:

Current Ward Boundaries

Population by Ward (estimated 2015)

MPAC Elector Counts 2015

Size of Prince Edward County Council - History

2015 Size of Council Proposal Scoring Criteria/Comparison Chart

2015 Reports Regarding Size of Council:

April 16, 2015 Report

May 6, 2015 Report

June 25, 2015 Report

July 16, 2015 Report

August 13, 2015 Meeting Attachments

Deputations and Comments Received in 2015:

April 16, 2015 - Monica Alyea
April 16, 2015 - Bill McMahon
April 16, 2015 - Kathy Vowinckle
May 6, 2015 - Monica Alyea
May 11, 2015 - Victoria Leskie
June 3, 2015 -Kathleen Vowinckel
June 2, 2015 - Doug M Parker
June 3, 2015 - Robert Rogers
June 4, 2015 - Bruce Dowdell
June 2015 - Jim McPherson
June 5, 2015 - Charles and Arline deBourbon









2013 Size of Council Review/Citizens' Assembly:

For more background on the Citizens' Assembly Process that took place in Prince Edward County, visit the links below:

Initial Presentation to Council

Information Package Received by Participants

Citizens' Assembly Meetings:

Meeting #2: Saturday August 10

  1. Agenda
  2. Introduction
  3. What We Heard: Backyard Conversations
  4. Summary of Values - Week 1
  5. Definition of Values - Week 1
  6. Councillors' Bios

Meeting #3: Saturday August 24

  1. Agenda
  2. Introductory Presentation
  3. PEC Size of Council Compared
  4. PEC Future Projected Residents per Councillor
  5. Values and Implications from Day 2
  6. Exit Survey

























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