Share Your Bright Ideas: Council Standing Committees & External Community Boards

We're looking for community-minded individuals who want to help shape Victoria's future. The City of Victoria is accepting applications for citizens to serve on committees and boards to provide advice on a variety of important topics.

Council Standing Committees

Membership: Four Council members (Mayor is alternate) and three Citizen members

Term: Two Committee terms within the three-year term of Council office:

  • a first term that ends November 30, 2014, in the year of a general election
  • a second term that ends May 31, 2016, eighteen (18) months following an election

Rotation: Citizen members may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms

Meeting Frequency: The time commitment is about two hours per meeting, once a month. Members may be asked to serve on sub-committees from time to time.

Community Services Standing Committee

The purpose of the Committee is to guide the development of City bylaws and policies being prepared by City administration respecting the delivery of City programs and services to the community. Through its participation in the policy development process the Committee will consider potential policy options, evaluate those options in terms of community need and City resources, and make recommendations to the Council. Specific subject matters for Committee consideration include:

1. Arts and culture policies, programs and facilities

2. Parks and recreation facilities, programs and services

3. Policies and programs to support affordable housing development

4. Policies to support community social service delivery

5. Policies and programs aimed at developing community capacity

6. Policies to support community livability, particularly Downtown

7. Energy conservation strategies and policies

8. Policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

9. Liquid and solid waste management policies and practices

10. Transportation infrastructure planning

11. Policies and programs that support good stewardship of parks, natural spaces and the urban forest

12. Policies and practices that support a healthy marine environment

13. Policies and practices to promote good environmental air quality

Corporate and Strategic Services Standing Committee

The purpose of the Committee is to guide the development of City bylaws and policies being prepared by City administration respecting some of the City's corporate services. Through its participation in the policy development process the Committee will consider potential policy options, evaluate those options in terms of City needs and resources, and make recommendations to the Council. Specific subject matters for Committee consideration include:

1. Policies to guide financial management and reporting

2. Policies to guide corporate performance management and reporting

3. Policies respecting the disposition of City property

4. Policies that guide City Bylaw Enforcement activities

5. Policies that guide civic engagement and communications

External Community Boards

The Board of Cemetery Trustees of Greater Victoria is responsible for oversight of the development, operation and long-term maintenance of Royal Oak Burial Park and acts as trustees for various fund accounts. The Board was established by the City of Victoria and District of Saanich in 1922 and consists of three representatives from each municipality. The term is for three years commencing on March 1, 2014. The Board meets 8-10 times per year in the form of a weekday working lunch. From time to time, extraordinary meetings may be called.

The Board is seeking qualified applicants with:

1. Education and current senior management experience in the following disciplines: a not for profit organization, a unionized workplace, municipal operations, a commercial business, marketing, accounting and investment; and

2. Specific knowledge and experience in the fields of labour law and human resources management in a unionized setting, including collective bargaining; financial planning, investment and economics; business management in a highly regulated setting; generally accepted accounting practices and financial reporting; marketing and community engagement, local community demographics and issues management.

Persons who are currently working or have worked in any capacity, directly or indirectly, for a death care service provider, corporation or other form of death care organization along with relatives of a sitting trustee or an employee of the Board may be disqualified from appointment.

Victoria Family Court and Youth Justice Committee works cooperatively with the Youth Court and Youth Workers by examining resources available to young offenders, assisting the Court when requested, making recommendations to the Court and the Attorney General. The City of Victoria has one appointee on the VFCYJ Committee whose term is for one year commencing January 1st of each year. Victoria City Council is seeking qualified applicants with experience in education, heath, probation or welfare, who would serve without remuneration. The time commitment is two hours per meeting in the form of a working lunch. The general membership meeting is held on the third Wednesday of the month and the steering committee meeting is held on the second Wednesday of the month. Members may be asked to serve on sub-committees from time to time.

How To Apply

Citizens and organizations interested in participating on any of these Committees or Board are invited to download the application package below and forward the completed application to:

Corporate Administrator
City of Victoria,1 Centennial Square
Victoria BC V8W 1P6

Fax: 250.361.0348

The deadline for the submission of all applications to City Hall is 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 26, 2014.

Applicants submitting applications are requested to include the following information in their application: name, address, postal code, home and/or business telephone number, occupation, history of community involvement, other relevant history, technical or special expertise and reasons for seeking an appointment.

The personal information collected by the City of Victoria will be used and stored in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.