Neighbourhoods and the City

Neighbourhood organizations have evolved as an important part of community improvement, whether through independent projects and activities, or through their relationship with City Council and staff.

Role of Neighbourhood Associations

Neighbourhood Associations meet regularly to discuss issues affecting their neighbourhoods. They typically circulate community newsletters and invite residents to monthly meetings. They usually serve as an intermediary between local government and neighbourhood residents and may receive presentations from City staff and residents’ groups. The Mayor appoints Councillors to act as a liaison to each neighbourhood association, a role guided by specific terms of reference. Councillors and City staff attend monthly meeting to provide information and respond to queries. Councillors may also relay neighbourhood issues to Council if an issue requires Council attention. 

Neighbourhood Associations usually have Community Association Land Use Committees (CALUCs) that help review proposed property developments in the neighbourhood.  Community Association Land Use Committees work with the City’s Planning Department and have specific terms of reference.

Some neighbourhood associations operate community centres that provide a range of services for the neighbourhood, such as childcare, recreation and fitness. 

Neighbourhood Team

City Neighbourhood staff are dedicated to supporting residents and neighbourhood organizations address issues and make improvements in their communities. They attend neighbourhood association meetings to identify concerns, provide information and follow up on resolving issues. They also pursue longer term improvements to City service delivery and neighbourhood capacity building.

Contact us at neighbourhoods@victoria.ca to discuss concerns in your neighbourhood, opportunities for funding projects or if we can help you with City services.

Here is a list of all your neighbourhood City contacts.