City Hall 101

In Victoria, we have an elected Mayor and 8 Councillors who develop policy directions plan the budget for the City based on the City’s Strategic Plan and current needs and the opinions of citizens.  Topics are discussed by Council at their Committee of the Whole meetings, usually held every Thursday morning at 9am. 

The results of discussions are then brought for formal Council approval, usually every second Thursday of the month starting at 6:30pm.  It is City staff’s job to support Council in its decision-making process and ensure that their directions to staff are implemented.  Agendas for upcoming Council meetings and videos of current and past meetings can be found here.  If you would like to address Council during their meeting, you can find out more here.

This very short video explains local government’s role in the provincial context, and this booklet provides a more detailed description of how things work.