Gatineau's Municipal Council comprises the Mayor and 18 councillors, each representing an electoral district. They represent residents, and serve as legislators and administrators. The members of the Municipal Council meet regularly in Council meetings and on different committees. They sit three times a month as a Plenary Committee.
Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 285,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.