20 questions municipal councillors should ask about...

Governing bodies in the public sector are being asked more and more to account for both their conduct and the outcomes being achieved. Good governance is the foundation which allows public bodies to meet this expectation. At its most basic, good governance for municipal governments means doing the right things, in the right way, for the right people, in a timely, inclusive, open, honest and accountable manner.

These resources were created to help councils ask appropriate and probing questions on key municipal governance matters. The materials on this page will be updated and developed regularly to assist you

Assessing and evaluating strategy

The 20 governance questions contained in this document were developed as a handy tool to help councils assess their approach to the strategic planning process and risk management without having to wade through volumes of material. The questions cover a range of key issues, from understanding strategy to implementation and monitoring.

Assessing and evaluating strategy

Strategic plan outline

CAO succession planning

Selecting a new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is one of Council’s most important responsibilities and an important way that Council can influence the municipality’s future. The questions contained in this PDF were developed as a handy tool to help municipalities develop a plan for identifying and developing the next CAO, particularly in the event of a sudden departure of the current incumbent.

CAO succession planning

Compensation

The 20 governance questions contained in this document were developed as a handy tool to help municipalities develop compensation practices for elected officials and municipal management.

 Compensation

Crisis management planning

These questions are phrased in terms of a crisis that is a natural disaster, major fire, train derailment and other such crisis situations. They may be adapted for dealing with an organizational crisis (for which the questions on risk, strategy and CAO succession may also be relevant).

Crisis management planning

Information Technology planning

The 20 governance questions contained in this document were developed as a handy tool to help municipalities understand the requirements needed for managing the growing Information Technology requirements within their municipality.

Information Technology

Municipal finance planning

The 20 governance questions contained in this document were developed as a handy tool to help municipality’s assess a council’s role in deciding and monitoring the financial area may be described as part of its fiduciary responsibilities.

Municipal finance planning

Privacy management

The 20 governance questions contained in this document were developed as a handy tool to help municipalities understand the requirements needed for managing privacy risks within their municipality.

Privacy management

Risk planning

The 20 governance questions contained in this document were developed as a handy tool to help municipalities assess their risk management process.

Risk planning