Boards and Committees
In addition to Council sitting as Committee of Whole or as Council, there are many District/Local Boards or Committees that Council elects/appoints council members or staff to or through the exercise of it’s powers appoints the public to. Some District/Local Boards have members that are shared by multiple municipalities and most of these organizations levy money from the municipality under legislative authority or make special funding requests. The main distinction between a Board and a Committee is that a Board can exercise it’s granted powers, a committee is more of an advisory group that makes reports/recommendations to a Board or a Council. District Boards are created under different pieces of legislation and may have Council appointees on their Boards and as such there may be no control by your local Council. Local Boards can be created by separate legislation or by a single or by a group of municipalities again how it is created will decide how decision making is made. Examples of these are as follows:

1) District Boards

District Social Services Board (DSSAB)
North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit
School Boards

2) Local Boards

Belvedere Heights (home for the aged)
Parry Sound Planning Board (Planning Act)
Parry Sound Area Industrial Park Board
West Parry Sound Museum Board

3) Local Committees

West Parry Sound Health Centre Advisory Committee
Parry Sound District Emergency Management Service (land Ambulance) Committee
Provincial Offenses Act Committee
Community Policing Committee
911 Committee, Committee of Adjustment
Property Standards Committee
Economic Development Strategy Committee

Often municipalities may set up temporary committees to address very specific projects, ie. fund raising for a specific cause, trail planning, master plans for recreation, culture, etc.