MAYOR &

COUNCIL

Residents of the Town of Cochrane elect its Mayor & Council every four years. The town’s current council was elected in 2018. Every council runs a four-year term. The next election will occur in the Fall of 2022. Council meets bi-weekly on Tuesday evenings, starting at 6pm in Council Chambers at the Town Hall.

OMBUDSMAN OF ONTARIO

The Ombudsman of Ontario is an Officer of the Provincial Legislature who is independent of government and political parties. The Ombudsman’s job is to ensure government accountability through effective oversight of the administration of government services. The Ombudsman is appointed for a five-year renewable term and his powers and authorities are contained in legislation under the Ombudsman Act.

INVITE THE MAYOR TO YOUR EVENT

To invite the Mayor to your function, please use the request form on the right to send us a detailed description about the special event. Special events may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Official openings
  • Ribbon cutting
  • Speaking engagements
  • Photo opportunities
  • Flag raising

You may also contact Mayor Clement by email or call at (705) 272-4361 ext. 231.

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  • Invite the Mayor Request Form

    TOWN CONTACT

    ALICE MERCIER

    Point of contact for mayor & council

    • Past Mayors
    • Members of Council
    • Committees & Boards
    • Council Meetings
    • Municipal Elections
    • Council Vacancy
    • Integrity Commissioner
    • Proclamations
    • Freedom of Information
    • 2020 Strategic Plan

    Mayors of Cochrane

    SINCE INCEPTION

    Since the town’s inception back in 1911, there have been a total of 32 Mayors who have serve the people of Cochrane. Below is a descending timeline that displays the years in which they served in office.

    Denis Clement

    December 2018 – Current

    Peter Politis

    December 2010 – November 2018

    Laurence S. Martin

    December 2003 – November 2010

    Donald V. Génier

    December 1997 – November 2003

    David S. Hughes

    December 1988 – November 1997

    R. Roy Mitchell

    December 1985 – November 1988

    Raymond Fortier

    December 1980 – December 1985

    Maurice Hotte

    January 1968 – November 1980

    Courtney V. Sunstrum

    September 1967 – December 1967

    Michael A. Palangio

    January 1960 – August 1967

    Frank Fasano

    January 1958 – December 1959

    Courtney V. Sunstrom

    January 1956 – December 1957

    Michael A. Palangio

    January 1952 – December 1955

    Robert R. Mitchell

    January 1948 – December 1951

    Donald Rochon

    January 1946 – December 1947

    Robert M. Smith

    January 1944 – December 1945

    Miss Emma E. Dempsey

    July 1943 – December 1943

    John M. Penney

    August 1940 – July 1943

    Aarne E. Wicks

    April 1938 – July 1940

    Robert R. Mitchell

    January 1936 – March 1938

    Robert M. Smith

    January 1934 – July 1935

    Robert R. Mitchell

    January 1930 – December 1933

    Fred C. Ivy

    January 1927 – December 1929

    J.H. Drinkwater

    June 1923 – December 1926

    J.W. Russell

    January 1922 – June 1923

    Fred C. Ivy

    January 1921 – December 1921

    Benjamin Rothschild

    January 1920 – December 1920

    Walter S. Carter

    January 1918 – December 1919

    A.T.H. Taylor

    May 1917 – December 1917

    Benjamin Rothschild

    January 1915 – March 1917

    A.T.H. Taylor

    January 1914 – December 1914

    Walter S. Carter

    October 1911 – December 1913

    T.J. McManus

    August 1911 – September 1911

    Councilor

    BIOGRAPHIES

    Council Chambers at Town Hall is a council working environment that is comprised of many different people and parts. Below is a display of councillor biographies that best describe those who are helping to make daily decisions for the town and its community.

    DENIS CLEMENT

    MAYOR

    Born, raised and educated in the City of Timmins.  I am bilingual and have a diploma from Northern College Applied Arts and Technology, South Porcupine Campus in Business Administration specializing in Marketing.  I moved to Cochrane in 1979 and it was the best move I ever made.

    I have an extensive background with the public service, a 33 year career with the Ministry of Natural Resources in a variety of managerial capacities.  I’ve been retired for 5 years.

    I have served as a councillor for the Town of Cochrane from 1993-99.  During that time, I was chair of the Finance Committee. For the past 10 months I was given the opportunity to return to council as a councillor.

    Being active and involved in our community is important so I served where I could make a difference.  Some of the areas include Director and Chairman of Northern Ontario Wires Inc., Director of the Caisse Populaire de Cochrane, Director on the Cochrane Area Community Development, Public Library Board and President of the Lee Golf Club.

    My wife Louise and I have been blessed with two children Paul and Michelle.  We are the proud grandparents of two granddaughters Noa and Louane.

    Un bon dynamisme règne au sein de notre conseil, ce qui nous permet d’accomplir un excellent travail d’équipe et d’entretenir une collaboration extraordinaire.

    I look forward to continue my work with the community to build relationships, to develop opportunities and to improve the quality of life for the people of the Town of Cochrane.

    DANIEL BELISLE

    COUNCILOR

    Daniel was born and raised and in Cochrane .
    Attended primary school at St-Joseph catholic school.  Attended College de Hearst for 2 years and attended Cochrane High School .   I did my Post secondary education at Northern College in Kirkland Lake where I majored in business administration and accounting.  3 years.

    After graduation I took a job with Canada Packers as a sales consultant.  In 1975 I returned to Cochrane to work in the family automotive dealership for 33 years.  Then I became an agent for Canadian Tire gas until 2016

    I have 3 boys two living in Cochrane and one living in California.

    TODD CALAIEZZI

    COUNCILOR

    Coming soon…

    RODNEY HOOGENHOUD

    COUNCILOR

    Coming soon…

    ROBERT HUTCHINSON

    COUNCILOR

    I have been a resident of Cochrane for most of my life. My wife Jeannette and I have raised three children in this community and are now proud grandparents to two little grandsons. Cochrane is our home and I want to ensure it remains viable and resilient.

    I was the Technical Services Supervisor for the Ministry of Transportation Cochrane/New Liskeard Areas. I have been a public servant for 30+ years and have recently retired. I am an avid outdoorsman. I have been a volunteer in this community in the past and appreciate what Cochrane has to offer!

    I have represented the community on many issues in the past years, from 2006- 2010 and 2010- 2014 as a member of Council. I now have the opportunity to represent you again for another 4 years, and will endeavor to live up to your expectations.

    DESMOND O'CONNOR

    COUNCILOR

    Desmond is of Cree and Irish decent (The Greatest Mixture in the world! Just ask me!!) with my mother (Daisy) being born in Albany First Nation and my father (Ernie) being born and raised in Cochrane. I lived in Moosonee until the age of 4, at which time we moved to Cochrane to allow my older brother (Jack Solomon) to attend École Secondaire Cochrane High School. My family is heavily involved in all of Cochrane’s activities either, through participating, organizing or just being able to relax and enjoy them. My wife Lorrie and son Seamus are true Cochranites through and through.

    I am a graduate of ESCHS and of Canadore College in the Human Resources program. My Human Resources background and conflict mediation skills have helped me during my time as Youth Worker with two local youth residences. This has assisted me in my approach to all situations with an understanding of reaching a collaborative and positive resolution or a win-win outcome.

    I have worked with young people most of my working career and I’ve been coaching youth in my spare time since 1985. I am active in Cochrane, volunteering and sitting on many different boards such as Cochrane & Area Victim Services (aka Cochrane Smooth Rock Falls Victim Services aux Victimes), North Cochrane Addiction Services, Parent Teacher Council, and I’m currently the 1st Vice President of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres and the President of Ininew Friendship Centre here in Cochrane. I have also worked for District School Board Ontario North East as the Aboriginal Youth Liaison Officer and Indigenous Student Advisor since 2010.

    FRANK SISCO

    COUNCILOR

    Frank was born and raised in Cochrane. He currently lives with his wife and has had two children as well as one granddaughter in his hometown.

    For over 40 years Frank and his family owned a business in Cochrane. He held the position of butcher for 18 years as well as being the owner and manager of Sisco’s Quality Meats and Groceries from 1979-1987.

    In 1987 Frank began working for the town of Cochrane, where he would stay until 2012 when he semi-retired. During his time with the Town of Cochrane he would work in the role of By-Law Officer, Chief Building Official, Airport Operations and Fire Chief. Frank served on the Cochrane Fire Department for a total of 34 years.

    After his retirement from the Town of Cochrane, Frank worked part-time at the Detour Gold mine site for three different companies in the Health and Safety field.

    His variety of experience and understanding across these different fields is an asset he will use while serving the remaining term on Council.

    Frank is an active member of the community who enjoys being involved at the Golf Club, Curling Club, Cross Country Ski Club and the Sportsmen’s Club.

    Committees &

    BOARD MEMBERS

    The Town of Cochrane has multiple Boards and Committees that are lead by local volunteers. Persons interested or willing to sit on any of the following Committees and Boards should fill out the application formApplication for Vacant Committee Spots and submit it to the Clerk. Once a seat becomes vacant you will be notified.

    Understand what each Board and Committee’s vision, mission and purpose is and who is pushing this vision forward. All boards and committees of the town must comply with the Municipal Act and as a result all meetings are made public. The Board and Committee Agendas and Minutes are now being uploaded to the new Civic Web File Pro System. File Pro makes it quick and easy to find and access information through searchable online files.

    • Accessibility Advisory | Committee

      The Committee

      Pursuant to the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, S.O. 2001, Chapter 32, the Committee shall provide advice and assistance in the preparation of an Accessibility Plan, for presentation to Council in respect of such planning and operational matters affecting accessibility services in the Cochrane area. For a full description of the committee and its work download a copy of their terms of reference.

      TERMS OF REFERENCE

      Download a copy of the most recent Accessibility Advisory Committee terms of reference document.

    • Cochrane Cemetery | Committee

      The Committee

      The Committee has been established to make recommendations to Council on matters related to perpetual care, maintenance and infrastructure needs of the various cemeteries within the Town of Cochrane. 2.2 Plan and administer all development of the cemeteries 2.3 Sell and maintain all lots and the grounds of the cemeteries 2.4 Set the rules and regulations for movement within the cemeteries. For a full description of the committee and its work download a copy of their terms of reference.

      TERMS OF REFERENCE

      Download a copy of the most recent Cochrane Cemetery Committee terms of reference document.

    • Cochrane Child Care Centre | Board

      The Board

      The duties of the Cochrane Child Care Board of Management shall be to administer the Day Nursery program in the Town of Cochrane and the Parents Resource Centre in the Town of Cochrane, and manage the Cochrane Child Care Centre. For a full description of the committee and its work download a copy of their terms of reference.

      TERMS OF REFERENCE

      Download a copy of the most recent Child Care Centre Board of Management terms of reference document.

    • Cochrane Community Well-Being Framework Advisory | Committee

      The Board

      The Cochrane Community Well-Being Framework Advisory Committee is reflective of the community of Cochrane which includes multi-sectoral representation. The Advisory Committee’s role is to provide input, direction, and perspectives on matters that impact the safety and well-being of Cochrane’ residents. For a full description of the committee and its work download a copy of their terms of reference.

      TERMS OF REFERENCE

      Download a copy of the most recent Cochrane Community Well-Being Framework Advisory Committee terms of reference document.

    • Cochrane Environmental Advisory | Committee

      The Committee

      The Committee has been established to provide advice to staff and Council on matters as it relates to the protection and enhancement of our local environment. For a full description of the committee and its work download a copy of their terms of reference.

      TERMS OF REFERENCE

      Download a copy of the most recent Cochrane Environmental Advisory Committee terms of reference document.

    • Cochrane Housing Strategy | Committee

      The Committee

      The objects of the committee is to provide recommendations to Council on housing accommodation with or without any public space, recreational facilities and commercial space of buildings appropriate thereto primarily for persons of low or modest income at rentals below the median current rental market in the area in which the accommodation is located. For a full description of the committee and its work download a copy of their terms of reference.

      TERMS OF REFERENCE

      Download a copy of the most recent Cochrane Housing Strategy Committee terms of reference document.

    • Cochrane Police Services | Board

      The Board

      The board is responsible for the provision of police services and for law enforcement and crime prevention in the municipality. For a full description of the committee and its work download a copy of their terms of reference.

      TERMS OF REFERENCE

      Download a copy of the most recent Cochrane Police Services Board terms of reference document.

    • Cochrane Public Library | Board

      The Board

      • Councillor Shea Henderson
      • Chantal Chenier *
      • Elizabeth Hardin
      • Thomas Ulvstal
      • Katherine Bond-Johnson
      • Valerie Chapleu
      • Elaine Kolomeitz
      • Resource Person:  Christina Blazecka-Noel, CEO/Secretary-Treasurer
    • Cochrane Rural Advisory | Committee

      The Board

      Pursuant to Section 14(1) of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. S.12, as amended, a planning board shall provide advise and assistance in respect of such planning matters affecting the planning area as are referred to the board by the council or by the minister. For a full description of the committee and its work download a copy of their terms of reference.

      TERMS OF REFERENCE

      Download a copy of the most recent Cochrane Rural Advisory terms of reference document.

    • Cochrane & Suburban Planning | Board

      The Board

      Pursuant to Section 14(1) of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. S.12, as amended, a planning board shall provide advise and assistance in respect of such planning matters affecting the planning area as are referred to the board by the council or by the minister. For a full description of the committee and its work download a copy of their terms of reference.

      TERMS OF REFERENCE

      Download a copy of the most recent Cochrane & Suburban Planning Board terms of reference document.

    • Cochrane Utilities | Board

      The Board

      The Cochrane Utilities Board shall control and manage the Town’s telephone, Internet and related communications services, to be exercised, in all respects, in accordance with any written Direction provided by Council to the CUB from time to time. For a full description of the committee and its work download a copy of their terms of reference.

      TERMS OF REFERENCE

      Download a copy of the most recent Cochrane Utilities Board terms of reference document.

    • Committee of Adjustment | Committee

      The Committee

      The Committee of Adjustment, upon the application of the owner of any land, building or structure affected by any Zoning By-Law, or a predecessor of such sections, or any person authorized in writing by the owner, may, despite any other Act, authorize such minor variance from the provisions of the by-law in respect of the land, building or structure or the use thereof, as in its opinion is desirable for the appropriate development or use of the land, building or structure, if in the opinion of the Committee the general intent and purpose of the by-law and the official plan, if any, are maintained. For a full description of the committee and its work download a copy of their terms of reference.

      TERMS OF REFERENCE

      Download a copy of the most recent Committee of Adjustment terms of reference document.

    • Economic Development | Board

      The Board

      The purpose of the Board is to develop, bring forward, plan, and steer initiatives and ideas for policy implementation and to make recommendations when required on specific issues to the Economic Development Department and Council; and to ensure appropriate community involvement and public participation on applicable programs, special events and policies. For a full description of the committee and its work download a copy of their terms of reference.

      TERMS OF REFERENCE

      Download a copy of the most recent Cochrane Economic Development Steering Board terms of reference document.

    • Landfill & Site Liaison | Committee

      The Committee

      The purpose of the Landfill Site Liaison Committee shall be to review and make comment on any activities associated with the new Town of Cochrane Landfill Site. For a full description of the committee and its work download a copy of their terms of reference.

      TERMS OF REFERENCE

      Download a copy of the most recent Landfill & Site Liaison Committee terms of reference document.

    • Northern Ontario Wires | Board

      The Board

      Subject to those matters requiring Shareholder approval , the Board shall supervise the management of the business and affairs of the Corporation and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Board shall be responsible for overseeing the following specific matters: The establishment of appropriate reserves and a dividend policy for the Corporation  and a declaration of any dividend or distribution of capital in respect of the shares of the Corporation. For a full description of the committee and its work download a copy of their terms of reference.

      TERMS OF REFERENCE

      Download a copy of the most recent Northern Ontario Wires Board terms of reference document.

    • Recreation, Events, and Culture | Board

      The Board

      The purpose of the REC Board are to ensure appropriate community involvement and public participation on applicable social, cultural and recreational programming. For a full description of the committee and its work download a copy of their terms of reference.

      TERMS OF REFERENCE

      Download a copy of the most recent Cochrane Recreation, Events, and Culture Board terms of reference document.

    • Volunteer Development & Recognition | Board

      The Board

      The purposes of the Board include but are not limited to having the people of the community serve as the strategic planners of volunteer development and recognition and to re-energize the volunteer workforce in the community. For a full description of the committee and its work download a copy of their terms of reference.

      TERMS OF REFERENCE

      Download a copy of the most recent Volunteer Development & Recognition Board terms of reference document.

      Volunteer of the Month Award - Recipients

    • Municipal Naming Committee

      The Committee

      The Committee has been established to make recommendations to Council on applications for the naming and/or renaming of a Municipal facility or asset. For a full description of the committee and its work download a copy of their terms of reference.

      TERMS OF REFERENCE

      Download a copy of the Municipal Naming Committee terms of reference document.

    Whole & Regular

    COUNCIL MEETINGS

    Regular Council meetings are scheduled every second Tuesday held inside the Council Chambers at the Town Hall, located at 171 Fourth Avenue, at 6:00 p.m.  Here is a copy of the 2021 Meeting Schedule and the Procedural By-Law.

    The Regular Council meetings are televised on our community channel 327. You can also stream the meetings directly from the Council Cast page.

    Any person, group of persons, or organization wishing to address Council with respect to a matter already on Council Agenda shall fill out the following delegation form and submit a written request, along with their presentation materials, to the Clerk no later than 12:00 noon, five (5) business days prior to the meeting of Council. Delegation requests to address Council on matters not already on the Agenda must be submitted at least fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting.

    FILE PRO SYSTEM

    The council agendas and minutes are now being uploaded to the new Civic Web File Pro System. File Pro makes it quick and easy to find and access information through searchable online files. Click on the links below to view agendas and minutes within our filePro manager.

    Committee of the Whole Agendas
    Committee of the Whole Minutes
    Regular Council Agendas
    Regular Council Minutes
    Other Committee Agendas
    Other Committee Minutes
    ALICE MERCIER
    CLERK
    TOWN HALL
    171 Fourth Avenue
    Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
    Telephone: (705) 272-4361 ext. 231
    Fax: (705) 272-6068
    Email: alice.mercier@cochraneontario.com

    Declaration of Interest Registry

    The Municipal Conflict of Interest Act requires Members of Council to declare any direct or indirect pecuniary interest in relation to a matter under consideration. A pecuniary interest relating to a matter is one where there is a reasonable likelihood or expectation of financial loss or gain by the Member or related persons as defined in the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. The onus to declare a pecuniary interest rests with the member, and there is time dedicated for these declarations on every meeting agenda.

    Changes to the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act require municipalities to maintain a registry of all declarations made under this Act. The registry must include the original written declaration provided by the member of Council and must be available to the public.

    To view a paper copy of the forms submitted by Members of Council visit the Municipal Office during our regular hours of Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Additional details can be obtained from the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.M.50 (https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90m50)

    Declaration of Interest Registry

    STAYING CONNECTED

    If you prefer to stay on the website, simply click on the appropriate links below to view the council meeting schedule, agendas, minutes, and video streams. You can also download the procedural bylaw or from the Documents page.

    MEETING MANAGER


    Discover what is upcoming at Cochrane’s Town Hall Council Chambers. Let us guide you to an interactive calendar of scheduled meetings.

    See the Schedule

    COUNCIL STREAMS


    Council meetings are scheduled as joint meetings every second Tuesday, starting at 6:00pm and are televised on our community channel 327 or from this website.

    Join a Cast

    Municipal

    ELECTIONS

    The Clerk’s department is responsible for the coordination and management of the Municipal Elections. In accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, every four years the Municipal Clerk as Returning Officer, conducts elections for the offices of: Mayor, Councillors, and school board trustees.

    2022 ELECTION

    The Municipal Election to elect a Mayor, Councillors and School Board Trustees will be held on Monday, October 24th, 2022.

    Information will be continually updated on this page as the election nears and more details become available.

    Be sure to check the Municipal Elections page under the Clerk’s department for information regarding Municipal Elections

    Voting Methods Survey

    TAKE NOTICE THAT the Council of the Corporation of the Town of Cochrane is reviewing alternative voting methods for the 2022 municipal elections. A survey will be available online and in the mail that asks residents how they would like to cast their votes in 2022, with options for paper ballots, mail-in ballots, voting online, or voting by phone.

    The survey is an opportunity to find out how residents feel about alternative voting methods. The survey is also looking for feedback on the previous municipal election experience. The goal is to make voting easier for residents and ensure flexibility for any future COVID-19 restrictions.

    All voting methods are required under the municipal act to maintain individual vote secrecy, be accessible to all voters and treat voters and candidates fairly and consistently.

    The survey is open until October 5, 2021. Staff will report on the survey results and make recommendations to the Council following data collection.

    The survey can be completed online with the link below or residents can wait to receive the survey in the mail which they can fill out and return to the undersigned or in the drop box located at the municipal office.

    Fill Out the Online Survey

    Alice Mercier, Clerk
    171 Fourth Ave,
    Cochrane ON,
    P0L 1C0

    Telephone: 705-272-4361
    Email: alice.mercier@cochraneontario.com

    2022 Results

    2018 ELECTION

    The Municipal Election to elect a Mayor, Councillors and School Board Trustees was held on Monday, October 22nd, 2018.

    You can view the results from the 2018 election by clicking on the links to the right.

    Be sure to check the Municipal Elections page under the Clerk’s department for information regarding Municipal Elections

    Municipal

    Council Vacancy

    The Clerk’s department is responsible for the coordination and management of the Council Vacancy. In accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, when the seat of a member of Council becomes vacant during the term of office, Council may fill a vacancy by appointment a person who has consented to accept the office if appointed, or requiring that a By-Election be held to fill a vacancy in accordance with the Municipal Elections Acts.

    2021 COUNCIL VACANCY

    The Council Vacancy to elect a new Councillor, was held on Monday, August 30th, 2021.

    The Town of Cochrane Council voted in Frank Sisco to fill the Vacancy.

    The below is a recording of the votes. Note that a second round of votes was not needed. One candidate withdrew their application prior to the Special Council Meeting.

    2021 Vacancy Results_2021-08-30

    Applications for the vacancy were accepted by the municipal office until 2:00pm on Friday August 20th, 2021. All interested parties were asked to read the Council Vacancy Policy on this page and fill out the application. Completed applications were received at the Municipal Office during regular office hours. A copy of the applicants drivers license was taken at the time of drop off.

    Be sure to check the Municipal Elections page under the Clerk’s department for information regarding Municipal Elections.

    Below is a list of current applicants who applied to fill the Council Vacancy:
    List of Candidates_2021-08-19

    Municipal

    Integrity Commissioner

    Section 223.3 of the Municipal Act enables a municipality to appoint an Integrity Commissioner (IC) to address the application of the Code of Conduct for elected officials and/or members of local boards and committees.

    The Integrity Commissioner is responsible to:

    • Provide information and direction to Committee and Council members on the “Code of Conduct” and the “Council – Staff Relations Policy”;
    • Coordinate education and procedural training on the policies, Code of Conduct and Municipal Conflict of Interest Act to Council, staff and members of the community;
    • Conduct investigations and provide reports on alleged breaches;
    • Provide annual reports to Council on any requests of the Integrity Commissioner

    Integrity Commissioner

    Any person who has reasonable grounds to believe that a Member has breached a provision of the Code may file a complaint with Expertise for Municipalities (E4M), the Town of Cochrane Integrity Commissioner directly as follows:

    Email:  ic@e4m.solutions
    Address: 1894 Lasalle Blvd, Sudbury, ON P3A 2A4
    Telephone: (705) 863-3306
    Fax: (705) 863-3306

    Application for Inquiry (Complaint Form) – (Schedule “A” of the IC Protocol coming soon).

    Inquiry and Annual Reports

    Inquiry Reports and Annual Reports from the Integrity Commissioner:

    May 26, 2021 – Annual Report

    August 10, 2021 – Inquiry Report/Decision – Contravention of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act & The Town of Cochrane Code of conduct By Former Councillor.

    August 31 2021 – Inquiry Report/Decision – Contravention of the Town of Cochrane Code of Conduct

    Supporting Documents

    Inquiry Protocol

    PROCLAMATIONS

    And Flag Raising Ceremonies

    The Clerk’s department is responsible for the coordination and management of Proclamations and Flag Raising Ceremonies. Proclamations can be issued for special events and/or activities to recognize the effort and commitment of organizations within the Town of Cochrane who enhance our community. See the attached policy and form for more information on submitting your requests for Proclamations and Flag Raising Ceremonies.

    Requesting a Proclamation

    Requests for Proclamations and/or Flag-Raising Ceremonies must be submitted by a Town of Cochrane resident, Town of Cochrane property owner or Town of Cochrane resident on behalf of an organization, and are deemed of significance to the Town of Cochrane. The following may be endorsed by Council:

    •Civic Promotions;
    •Public Awareness Campaigns;
    •Charitable Fundraising Campaigns;
    •Arts and Cultural Celebrations;

    Once a proclamation requested is submitted to the Clerk’s Department the request will first be reviewed by the Clerk against the approved eligibility criteria and if eligible, the Clerk will place the request on an agenda of Council for consideration. If the proclamation request has been granted previously, within the past five (5) years, the request will be reviewed by the Clerk against the approved eligibility criteria and will be presented to the Mayor for approval.  In the absence of the Mayor, the approval will be delegated to the Deputy Mayor. 

    2021 Proclamations

    September 13-19, 2021 – “Terry Fox Week
    September 19-25, 2021 – “Semaine de l’Union Culturelle des Franco-Ontariennes
    October 2021 – “Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
    October 21, 2021 – “Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day

    Municipal Freedom of Information

    PROTECTION OF PRIVACY

    This act applies to local government organizations, including municipalities; police services boards, school boards, and conservation authorities, boards of health and transit commission. The Act requires that local government organizations pretext the privacy of an individual’s personal information existing in government records. It also gives individuals the right to request access to municipal government information, including most general records and records containing their own personal information. To view the entire act, simply click here.

    PRIVACY PROTECTION

    The Act creates a privacy protection scheme which the government must follow to protect an individual’s right to privacy. The scheme includes rules regarding the collection, retention, use, disclosure and disposal of personal information in the government’s custody or control. If an individual feels his or her privacy has been compromised by a government organization governed by the Act, he or she may complain to the Information and Privacy Commissioner, who may investigate the complaint. Individuals who are given access to their personal information have the right to request correction of that information where they believe there is an error or omission. Where this request is refused, individuals may require that a statement of disagreement be attached to the information. Individuals may also require that all parties to whom the information has been disclosed in the preceding year be notified of the correction or statement of disagreement. An individual may appeal a government organization’s response to a correction request to the Information and Privacy Commissioner.

    REQUESTING ACCESS TO RECORDS

    If you want access to government records, begin by contacting the government organization that has the information. If you do not obtain the information you want, make a written request under the Act. Please note: Section 52 of the Act outlines some specific types of records that are not subject to the Act. Additionally, the Act sets out mandatory and discretionary exemptions to access which are listed below.

    Mandatory exemptions require a government organization to refuse to disclose certain kinds of records, including:

    • Information received in confidence from other governments;
    • Third party information if supplied in confidence and where disclosure could prejudice the interests of a third party;
    • Personal information about individuals other than the requester.

    Discretionary exemptions allow a government organization to decide whether to disclose certain other kinds of records, including:

    • Draft bylaws, draft private bills and records of meetings that are authorized by statute to be held in the absence of the public; • advice or recommendations within the organization;
    • Law enforcement information;
    • Information which could prejudice the financial or other specified interests of the organization;
    • Information subject to solicitor-client privilege;
    • Information which could endanger the health or safety of an individual;
    • Information already available to the public or soon to be published.

    Government organizations must:

    • Design and implement records systems which adequately protect personal privacy;
    • Assist in locating records requested;
    • Determine if the requested record might contain personal information or third party information that affects the interests of someone other than the requester and, if so, allow the affected person to make representations about the disclosure of this information before granting access;
    • Within 30 days of receipt of an access request, make records available, deny access or notify the requester of any delay because of a need to obtain representations from affected persons or because of extraordinary circumstances;
    • Give written reason for any denial of access;
    • Inform the person being denied access of his or her right to appeal to the Information and Privacy Commissioner within 30 days of receiving the government organization’s response.

    Application fees & request forms:

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    Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
    Telephone: (705) 272-4361
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    Cochrane 2020 Strategic Plan

     

    Message from Council:

    On behalf of Council of the Town of Cochrane, I am proud to present the Town’s 2020 Strategic Plan.

    From breathtaking vistas to Lake Commando to plentiful farm fields with rich soils, Cochrane enjoys a refreshingly natural and rural character. From our historic downtown to our lakes and rivers, the Town of Cochrane remains grounded with a distinctive northern small-town feel.

    Throughout this strategic plan you will find ways in which Council plans to preserve our unique rural and urban blend while inspiring Cochrane to become the envy of northern Ontario.

    Council and I look forward to working with you to advance this plan and continue to improve our Town.

    Sincerely Yours,

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    Message du Conseil

    Au nom de la ville de Cochrane et en mon nom personnel,  je suis enchanté de vous présenter le Nouveau Plan Stratégique pour l’année 2020.

    Un séjour au centre-ville, vous permettra de constater l’agréable ambiance du lac Commando avec ses nombreux sentiers pédestres.  Vous pourriez vous déplacer allègrement et jouir du beau paysage au centre de notre municipalité.

    De plus, nos régions rurales débordent de nombreuses terres fertiles offrant d’énormes possibilités dans le développement de l’économie agraire ainsi que des randonnées  divertissantes dans l’air pur du nord de l’Ontario.

    Grâce à sa diversité économique et ses nombreux avantages naturels tels que ses lacs et rivières, la ville de Cochrane est toujours l’envie des communautés avoisinantes.

    À l’intérieur de ce plan stratégique, vous trouverez des démarches qui permettront au Conseil de maintenir un équilibre entre le développement urbain et rurale, tout en garantissant un niveau de vie satisfaisant pour tous ses citoyens.

    Le conseil et moi-même sommes énormément motivés de travailler en consultation avec les citoyens afin d’améliorer la qualité de vie des gens de notre municipalité.

    Bien à vous
    Denis Clement
    Mayor / Maire / Okemah

    • Vision

      To build a community today that future generations will be proud of

      At the Town of Cochrane we wish to honour the investments our forefathers gifted to us by ensuring that we are making similar investments that will create long term wealth for our children’s future.

      It all starts with a vision
      Our vision of the community is long term and forward thinking. Investments that we make today will affect our future.

      Here to Serve
      Council and staff at the Town of Cochrane are here to serve our people. It’s our mandate to offer an array of services that protect, enhance and sustain our community. Our community can count on us to deliver.

    • Welcome

      Welcome to the Town of Cochrane’s 2020 Strategic Plan.

      This document outlines Council’s plan for the coming year and how we are going to be a healthy, self-sufficient and resilient community.

      For the people who call Cochrane home it is a thriving community which we are extremely proud of. It is a caring community that embraces its rich past as a lighthouse for our promising future. Cochrane offers an enviable quality of life and features opportunities for youth, adults and seniors.

      We welcome you to join us on our quest to become a place that our future generations will be proud of.

    • We Value

      We Value
      We value our people and understand that our unique blend of cultures strengthens our social fabric and strengthens us as a community.

      We Value
      We value our built environment and thank our founding fathers for building a community that has stood the test of time.  We are proud of our community assets and seek to strengthen and build on them.

      We Value
      We value our future while honouring our past. With our vast natural resource wealth and our strategic location our future is bright.

    • 2020 Objectives

      Population Retention
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      e asked ourselves How might we retain our population by providing economic opportunities for everyone? It is our objective to retain and grow our population.

      Fiscal Health
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      e asked ourselves How might we build a community that is in good financial health? It is our objective to keep more money in people’s pocket.

      Strengthening Our Unique Blend of Cultures
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      e asked ourselves How might we strengthen our unique blend of Cultures? It is our objective to stop cultural segregation and the removal of socio-economic barriers for our people.

      Physically Healthy Community
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      e asked ourselves How might we build a community that is in good physical health? It is our objective to grow while we maintain our physical health.

      Self Sufficient
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      e asked ourselves How might we become a self-sufficient community? It is our objective to be strategic about our growth and development.

    • How might we retain our population

      Create a Better Business Environment
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      e want to create an environment where business can thrive. We will do this by working locally and investing in what we already have.

      Increase Local Competition
      C
      ompetition in our business sector is good for everyone. It fosters innovation and economic resiliency.

      Find and Exploit New Economic Markets
      O
      ur world is changing, and we need to take advantage of new opportunities and markets.

      Attract and Strengthen Smaller Businesses
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      hen a new small business opens we want to roll out the red carpet and put away the red tape. Healthy competition is good for everyone.

      Utilize the By-Products of Our Natural Resources
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      hether its agricultural biomass or value-added forestry production we need to use all our resources to our advantage.

    • How might we build a community that is in great financial health

      Keep Our Debt Low
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      e want to work toward the lowest debt possible with a target of zero.  We will focus on small incremental changes that make a difference in people’s lives. Not mega projects built with “free” money.

      Being Prepared for the Unexpected
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      hether it be a freak weather event or an unforeseen infrastructure failure we need to be prepared. We will do this by keeping our reserves in healthy shape.

      Stabilize Our Tax Base
      W
      e need a sustainable municipal taxation program that is predictable for people. We want to avoid massive tax increases due to poor planning and lack of foresight.

      Good Governance
      O
      ur elected officials need the right tools and processes that allow for good decisions. We will do this by introducing a committee structure that will lead to better governance.

      Modernize Our Business Practices
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      e need to keep our operations modern in order to find efficiencies and costs savings for our taxpayers.

    • How might we become a self sufficient community

      Growth Based on Need
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      e want to ensure that our growth does not end up hurting us with infrastructure expenses that we can’t maintain. We need to utilize and sustain the assets that have been passed down to us by previous generations.

      Strategic Planning
      C
      ouncil needs to review and develop their strategic priorities each year by developing an annual strategic plan and sticking to it.

      New Growth to Pay for Health Amenities
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      e need to ensure that new growth pays for itself and makes a meaningful contribution to the health of community. We need to ensure that new development contributes to parks and greenspace development in new neighbourhoods.

      Growth Based on Need
      W
      e need to be disciplined where new growth happens. Growth should be based on need and what helps the community. We don’t need development for the sake of development and we need to protect what finite land inventory we have.

      Official Plan and Zoning Review
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      e need to keep our Official Plan and Zoning By-laws current. We will do this by re-evaluating these plans to ensure they align with the vision for the community.

       

       

    • How might we strengthen and celebrate our unique blend of cultures

      Stopping Cultural Segregation
      W
      e strengthen our community by welcoming and including all cultures. Together we are stronger and by celebrating each other’s unique cultures we can achieve anything we set our minds to.

      Removal of Socio-Economic Barriers
      E
      very person in our community has the right to achieve their full potential. We will work to remove socio economic barriers in order to uplift our residents.

      Collaboration Among Groups
      W
      e encourage citizen involvement in our community; however, we will work to avoid duplication and encourage all community groups to collaborate with one another.

      Maintain the Services We Have
      W
      e want the Town to collaborate with other organizations that provide valuable services for our residents. We will work to strengthen our existing services.

      Better Active Transportation
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      ot all people can drive automobiles. We need to allow people from the entire community options for accessing basic needs including walking and biking.

    • How might we build a community that is in good physical health

      Growth That Keeps Us Healthy
      A
      s we grow, we need to ensure our built environment does not contribute to poor physical health. We will do this by ensuring development contributes to our health.

      Affordable and Healthy Food
      A
      ccess to fresh whole foods is key for maintaining our individual health. We will work to ensure our community has access to high quality food and discourage unhealthy food choices in our operations.

      Access to Healthy Amenities
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      e want to encourage our citizens to move as a key-way to maintain personal health. We want every member of our community to have access to healthy amenities that promote healthy lifestyles.

      Plan for More Parks and Playgrounds
      G
      reat public parks and playgrounds contribute significantly to a healthy community. We want to prioritize more parks and playground space for our residents.

      Grow Our Own Food
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      e don’t want to rely on exotic foods from far away lands. We are blessed with rich agricultural land that can support the growth of our own food production.

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