That Council adopts the following recommendations of the Council Compensation Review Committee ("the Committee"):
1. That increases in compensation for members of the City of Richmond Hill Council for the 2022 to 2026 Term of Council should be aligned with increases provided to non-unionized City Staff, including an increase of 1.70% effective January 1, 2023, with an annual cap of up to 2.25% in subsequent years (effective date of the increases - January 1, 2024, January 1, 2025 and January 1, 2026);
2. That the remuneration by-law or policies for Council include the following provision:
a) A Member of Council who is appointed Acting Mayor for a consecutive period greater than one (1) month shall be entitled to receive the same remuneration payable to the Mayor, provided that any increase in remuneration shall only begin on the first day of the second month. For greater certainty, an Acting Mayor shall not receive the same remuneration as the Mayor for any service as Acting Mayor that is less than or equal to one (1) month in duration.
3. That the current benefits provided to members of the City of Richmond Hill Council be maintained without any adjustments;
4. That the Member of Council Severance Remuneration By-law No 79-91, be repealed and replaced with a new Severance Remuneration By-law, to come into effect on November 15, 2022, with the following provisions:
a) Subject to paragraph (b), the amount of severance payable shall be an accumulated amount calculated at the rate of one month's current remuneration at the time the Member ceases to be a Member for every consecutive year of service on Council or part thereof to a maximum severance remuneration equal to eighteen (18) months current remuneration, subject to the following conditions:
i) A Member of Council shall only be entitled to receive severance remuneration if he or she is defeated in a regular municipal election and has not been reelected to Council. For greater certainty, and notwithstanding the generality of the foregoing, a Member of Council shall not be entitled to receive any severance remuneration in the event that he or she resigns as a Member of Council; does not seek reelection in a regular municipal election; retires as a Member of Council; or, ceases to be a Member of Council as a result of any judicial or other legal proceedings or disqualification under the operation of any federal or provincial legislation;
ii) Severance remuneration shall not be paid to the estate of a Member of Council in the event that the Member dies while in office; and
iii) The severance remuneration for partial years of Council membership shall be prorated;
iv) A Member who is charged with legal wrongdoing shall not receive severance remuneration until such charges are withdrawn or the Member is acquitted.
b) Where a Member of Council who is entitled to severance remuneration in accordance with paragraph (a) was at the time that they ceased to be a Member of Council, entitled to additional remuneration as Acting Mayor, the severance payable to that Member shall be calculated based on the Member’s salary if they were not Acting Mayor;
c) A person who is a Member of Council on the date the new severance by-law comes into effect (November 15, 2022) shall not be entitled to severance under any predecessor by-law, but any prior service shall be included in the calculations of the Members of Council’s consecutive service;
d) For greater certainty, and notwithstanding anything in paragraph (a) to the contrary, a Member of Council who has received severance under the new or any other predecessor by-law shall not be entitled to receive severance for any past service already paid out by the City;
e) Any severance remuneration paid under the severance by-law shall not be subject to any deduction because of membership in the Ontario Municipal Employees' Retirement System or any additional or alternative retirement system in effect at that time.
5. A similar Committee to review and make recommendations regarding Council's compensation should be established in the year preceding the next municipal election year as was done for this review;
6. Future Committees should continue to be provided with relevant comparative compensation data (Appendix A) at the inaugural meeting, as it facilitates a more efficient and effective review process.