The City of Vaughan used to be known as Vaughan Township, it was named by Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe in honour of British diplomat Benjamin Vaughan. The city of Vaughan Council is made up of a Mayor, three Regional Councilors and five Ward Councilors. The Mayor of Vaughan is Maurizio Bevilacqua who was elected on October 25th, 2010 by the citizens of Vaughan. The three Regional Councilors are Gino Rosati who is also Deputy Mayor, Michael Di Biase and Deb Schulte that were all elected by the citizens of Vaughan in the year of 2010. There are five major wards in the city of Vaughan (as shown in the area map below) that each have an elected Ward Councilor to represent them. The first ward is managed by Marllyn Lafrate, who manages most of the Northern Vaughan area. The second ward, consists of the southwestern area of Vaughan is managed by Tony Carella. The third ward is mostly central Vaughan which is managed by Rosanna DeFrancesca. The fourth ward is managed by Sandra Yeung Racco, which consists of the west central area of Vaughan. Lastly, the fifth ward is managed by Alan Shefman which is the very southwestern area of Vaughan. All Regional Councilors and Ward Councilors have the responsibility of the ward they were elected for.
The By-Law and Compliance Department at City of Vaughan is to provide enforcement throughout the city; their job is to investigate complaints and to ensure compliance with the City’s by-laws. There are five units in the By-Law and Compliance Department at the City of Vaughan: which are Administration Services, By-Law Enforcement, Animal Services, Property Standards, Licensing, Parking, and Signs.
The Administration Section is an important part of the Department, supporting all Units of By-law and Compliance. They handle general inquiries via phone, e-mail and in person, issue Animal Licenses, Parking Permits, Noise Exemptions etc…, they book appointments for Screenings/Hearings for dispute resolution and more.
The By-Law Enforcement Officers respond to specific complaints that have been reported to the office. They also investigate all of the violations relating to more than 40 By-laws, that include Property standards By-law, Zoning By-law and Debris By-law. Along with providing enforcement the...