Council's core authorities and responsibilities are defined by the Municipal Act of Manitoba. Below lists Council’s Role and the Duties of Council Members.
A council is responsible
(a) for developing and evaluating the policies and programs of the municipality;
(b) for ensuring that the powers, duties and functions of the municipality are appropriately carried out; and
(c) for carrying out the powers, duties and functions expressly given to the council under the Municipal Act or any other Act.
Each member of a council has the following duties:
(a) to consider the well-being and interests of the municipality as a whole and to bring to the council's attention anything that would promote the well-being or interests of the municipality;
(b) to participate generally in developing and evaluating the policies and programs of the municipality;
(c) to participate in meetings of the council and of council committees and other bodies to which the member is appointed by the council;
(d) to keep in confidence a matter that is discussed at a meeting closed to the public under subsection 152(3) and that the committee decides to keep confidential until the matter is discussed at a meeting of the council or of a committee conducted in public;
(d.1) to comply with the code of conduct for members of council;
(e) to perform any other duty or function imposed on the member by the council or the Municipal Act or any other Act.
In addition to performing the duties of a member of a council, the head of council has a duty
(a) to preside when in attendance at a council meeting, except where the procedures by-law or the Municipal Act or any other Act otherwise provides;
(b) to provide leadership and direction to the council; and
(c) to perform any other duty or function assigned to a head of council by the council or by the Municipal Act or any other Act.