Frequently Asked Questions

What are "Closed" Council Meetings?

While all meetings of Council, Committees and Boards are open to the public, the Province of Ontario's Municipal Act permits City Council to call "closed" meetings to discuss certain issues.  These "closed" meetings are used when open discussion may jeopardize the privacy or security of certain issues that may relate to one or more of the following:

  • The security of the property of the municipality or Comittee/Board
  • Personal matters about an identifiable individual including municipal employees or Council, Committee or Board members
  • A proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board
  • Labour relations or employee negotiations
  • Litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board
  • Advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege including communications necessary for that purpose
  • A matter in respect of which a Council, Board, Committee or other body may hold a closed meeting under another Act

Before holding a meeting or part of a meeting that is to be closed to the public, the Council, Committee or Board is obliged to state that the meeting will be closed to the public and the general nature of the matter(s) to be considered.