Vancouver City Council

Vancouver City Council is the governing body of the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The council consists of a mayor and ten councillors elected to serve a four-year term. Monthly, a deputy mayor is appointed from among the councillors. The current mayor is Kennedy Stewart, who sits as an independent. City council meetings are held in Vancouver City Hall. The most recent election was on October 20, 2018.

Vancouver City Council
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Kennedy Stewart, Independent
Structure
Seats10 councillors and mayor
Vancouver Council Apr 2021.png
Political groups
  •   Green (3)
      NPA (1)
      COPE (1)
      OneCity (1)
      Independent (5)
Elections
Plurality at-large voting (councillors)
First past the post (mayor)
Last election
October 20, 2018
Next election
October 15, 2022
Meeting place
Vancouver City Hall
Vancouver, British Columbia
Website
vancouver.ca/your-government/vancouver-city-council.aspx

StructureEdit

Unlike many other cities of its size, all Vancouver city councillors are elected at-large, rather than being elected to represent municipal wards.[1] A proposal to move to a conventional ward system was rejected by voters in a 2004 referendum.[2] The mayor chairs council meetings and appoints members to regional boards, such as the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors.

The Vancouver Charter outlines the structure, powers and responsibility of the city council. Under the charter, the mayor and City Council have the power to:[3]

  • Pass by-laws regulating such things as businesses, building, noise, and land use
  • Buy and sell property
  • Collect property taxes and other taxes
  • Approve major spending for all parts of the City government
  • Take on debt
  • Allocate funds for special activities, such as arts and community services
  • Set up departments and offices for City services
  • Hire staff for City departments and offices

Council also maintains a number of standing committees which meet to deliberate on specific topics and hear from speakers. Examples include the City Finance and Services Committee and the Policy and Strategic Priorities Committee. Each committee consists of the entire City Council. City Council also holds public hearings for spot rezonings.

MembershipEdit

2018–presentEdit

Council membership as of April 21, 2021:[4]

Party Name Position
  Independent Kennedy Stewart Mayor
  Independent[a] Rebecca Bligh Councillor
  NPA Melissa De Genova Councillor
  Independent[b] Lisa Dominato Councillor
  Independent[b] Colleen Hardwick Councillor
  Independent[b] Sarah Kirby-Yung Councillor
  Green Adriane Carr Councillor
  Green Pete Fry Councillor
  Green Michael Wiebe Councillor
  COPE Jean Swanson Councillor
  OneCity Christine Boyle Councillor

2014–2018Edit

  Gregor Robertson Vision Mayor
  Raymond Louie Vision Councillor
  Heather Deal Vision Councillor
  Kerry Jang Vision Councillor
  Andrea Reimer Vision Councillor
  Tim Stevenson Vision Councillor
  Elizabeth Ball NPA Councillor
  George Affleck NPA Councillor
  Melissa De Genova NPA Councillor
  Adriane Carr Green Councillor
  Hector Bremner (elected October 14, 2017) Yes Vancouver Councillor

Hector Bremner's seat originally belonged to Geoff Meggs, who had been elected as a Vision Vancouver candidate during the 2014 municipal election. His seat was vacated as a result of Premier John Horgan appointing Meggs as his chief of staff.

2011–2014Edit

  Gregor Robertson Vision Mayor
  Raymond Louie Vision Councillor
  Heather Deal Vision Councillor
  Tony Tang Vision Councillor
  Kerry Jang Vision Councillor
  Andrea Reimer Vision Councillor
  Tim Stevenson Vision Councillor
  Geoff Meggs Vision Councillor
  Elizabeth Ball NPA Councillor
  George Affleck NPA Councillor
  Adriane Carr Green Councillor

2008–2011Edit

  Gregor Robertson Vision Mayor
  Raymond Louie Vision Councillor
  Heather Deal Vision Councillor
  George Chow Vision Councillor
  Kerry Jang Vision Councillor
  Andrea Reimer Vision Councillor
  Tim Stevenson Vision Councillor
  Geoff Meggs Vision Councillor
  David Cadman COPE Councillor
  Ellen Woodsworth COPE Councillor
  Suzanne Anton NPA Councillor

2005–2008Edit

  Sam Sullivan NPA Mayor
  Suzanne Anton NPA Councillor
  Peter Ladner NPA Councillor
  Kim Capri NPA Councillor
  Elizabeth Ball NPA Councillor
  B.C. Lee NPA Councillor
  Raymond Louie Vision Councillor
  Tim Stevenson Vision Councillor
  George Chow Vision Councillor
  Heather Deal Vision Councillor
  David Cadman COPE Councillor

2002–2005Edit

  Larry Campbell COPE/Vision Mayor
  Fred Bass COPE Councillor
  David Cadman COPE Councillor
  Jim Green COPE/Vision Councillor
  Peter Ladner NPA Councillor
  Raymond Louie COPE/Vision Councillor
  Tim Louis COPE Councillor
  Anne Roberts COPE Councillor
  Tim Stevenson COPE/Vision Councillor
  Sam Sullivan NPA Councillor
  Ellen Woodsworth COPE Councillor

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Elected as part of the Non-Partisan Association but left the party to sit as an independent on December 6, 2019[4]
  2. ^ a b c Elected as part of the Non-Partisan Association but left the party to sit as an independent on April 21, 2021[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Geller, Michael (November 5, 2018). "Wards or not, Vancouver's electoral system needs reforming". Vancouver Courier. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  2. ^ Matas, Robert (October 18, 2004). "Vancouver rejects ward system". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  3. ^ "Vancouver City Council". Vancouver.ca. City of Vancouver. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  4. ^ a b Smith, Charlie. "Rebecca Bligh cites importance of inclusion as she quits NPA and becomes an independent councillor". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  5. ^ Fumano, Dan. "3 of 4 NPA councillors quit party citing 'backroom deal'". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 21 April 2021.

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