Your Government

Mayor & Council

Council is made up of a Mayor and four Councillors who are elected every four years.

Gail Degagne 
Deputy Mayor/Councillor 
Paul Sharp
Bernadette Kerr 
Councillor Nunzio Scarfone 
Councillor Claire Riley 
council picture


Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Office, 2847 Chiswick Line, unless otherwise posted.  
Please note that the Procedural By-law was recently changed which now allows the Council Meetings to be held in person and electronically.   Click the following link to attend by zoom. link opens in a new window

Meeting ID: 836 5238 6073

Passcode: 123456

To address council with a topic of concern or interest you must submit the 'Request to be Heard Form' and submit it to the Municipal Office by the Wednesday prior to the Council meeting. 
Minutes of these meetings can be obtained from the Meetings and Agenda page.

Anyone wishing to contact a member of Council can do so in one of the following manners:

In writing: Corporation of the Township of Chisholm
  2847 Chiswick Line
  Powassan, ON  P0H 1Z0


By telephone:
After hours: 705-223-0250
By fax: 705-724-5099
By e-mail:


On behalf of Council, Staff, Businesses, Farmers and Community Members, I am both privileged and honoured to welcome you to Chisholm, our little corner of the world, a hidden gem, that we call home.

Chisholm is fortunate to be situated less than three hours north of Toronto and less than thirty minutes south of North Bay. Thereby offering the best of both worlds, access to the many amenities offered in a larger city while still affording a sense of privacy and peacefulness.

It is country living at its’ finest, steeped rich in history, where quality of life is enhanced through a connection with nature.  Our gently rolling hills, farmlands, forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife are sure to captivate. Whether you are looking to take up residence or just pay us a visit, many outdoor opportunities await.  If you are looking to camp, fish, cross-country ski, snowshoe, hike, golf, hunt, kayak, snowmobile, or just spend time by the campfire enjoying a starry night, Chisholm is the place for you.

Our diverse community is both friendly and welcoming.  Our farming community is flourishing, our connectivity is growing, more and more small businesses are being established and collaborative relationships with our neighbouring communities are being fostered.

So, come and enjoy some locally grown produce, meat raised by the farmer next door, hot from the oven Amish donuts, fresh cheeses and preserves, many goods from our local artisans and so much more.

Should you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at the following email: or I can be reached by phone at the Chisholm Township Office: (705) 724-3526 Welcome to Chisholm!


Gail Dégagné, Mayor

The roles of the four Council members include but are not limited to the following duties:
  • To act as representatives of his/her constituents;
  • To determine the range and level of services and programs which are provided to the residents of the municipality; and
  • To work with staff to provide a clear sense of political direction and vision for the Township.

The Mayor is the Head of Council for the Township of Chisholm. Some of the duties of the Mayor include:

  • To provide leadership on the affairs of Council and its committees;
  • To act as a public spokesperson for the municipality on major issues of policy and direction;
  • To liaise with various levels of government;
  • To represent and support Council decisions; and
  • To ensure the planning by Council effectively addresses the strategic issues facing the municipality.

Remuneration and Expenses

The Municipal Act, S.O.2001, requires every municipality to submit an itemized statement of the remuneration and expenses paid to each member of council, and each member of any body (committee) in respect of his/her services. A copy of the statements can be found at the bottom of this page.

2022 Council Remuneration and Expenses