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Municipal Responsibilities

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It is important to understand how various levels of government (Municipal, Provincial and Federal) work and what they are responsible for. Each level of government is responsible for providing specific services and can raise money through taxes and/or fees for services.

Municipal government - lower tier

The responsibilities of Municipal governments are set out in the Municipal Act, 2001. Municipal governments are responsible for providing many of the services within their local boundaries that you rely on daily, including:

Municipal governments raise most of the money to pay for these services through property taxes. Additional funding comes from other sources, or "non-tax revenue" including parking fines. In some cases, the Provincial government provides grants, payment in lieu, and other assistance to help pay for services.

Municipal government - upper tier

The responsibilities of municipal governments are set out in the Municipal Act, 2001. Clarington is one of eight lower-tier municipalities within the Regional Municipality of Durham.


Municipalities are governed by Municipal Councils who make decisions regarding financing and services. The head of a local Municipal Council is called the Mayor and Members of Council are called Councillors. Clarington has one Mayor and six Councillors (two Regional and four Local).

Learn more about Clarington's Mayor and Council.


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