City Council Meeting Wrap-Up – November 7, 2023

Nov 7, 2023

The City Council meeting on November 7 included a declaration of a gender-based and intimate partner violence epidemic in Greater Sudbury.

Gender-Based and Intimate Partner Violence

Council unanimously approved a member’s motion to declare gender-based violence and intimate-partner violence an epidemic in Greater Sudbury. With this motion, Greater Sudbury joins more than 60 Ontario municipalities who have made similar declarations.

“By declaring gender-based and intimate partner violence an epidemic, Greater Sudbury has joined municipal governments across the province in recognizing survivors and advocating for change,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Paul Lefebvre. “We hope this declaration brings greater awareness and attention to all levels of government regarding the resources required to address this growing concern plaguing our communities.”

Read the member's motion (PDF, 11.7 KB)

Read Mayor Lefebvre’s statement from the Council meeting (PDF, 86.7 KB)

November is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and November 25 is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. If you or a loved one are experiencing intimate partner violence, you are not alone. Sudbury and Area Victim Services offers a list of local supports and resources at

Economic Development Support and Results

Council received an update on the ongoing efforts to advance the city’s economic capacity and investment readiness, including business attraction, development and retention. The report provided a comprehensive overview of the City’s Economic Development division, which provides support for existing businesses to stay and thrive in Greater Sudbury, in turn amplifying the city’s competitive advantages for the attraction of new investment.

Code of Conduct Complaint

The City’s Integrity Commissioner (IC), David Boghosian, provided his conclusions regarding complaints he received alleging a breach of the Code of Conduct by three Councillors. He concluded that two of the three Councillors in question violated the Code of Conduct. In accordance with the report, Council voted to impose sanctions of a 30-day suspension of remuneration for Councillor Leduc and a 10-day suspension of remuneration for Councillor Montpellier.

For more details on these and other items from this week’s meetings, visit