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
Kennedy Stewart, Independent
|Seats||10 councillors and mayor|
|Plurality at-large voting (councillors)|
First past the post (mayor)
|October 20, 2018|
|October 15, 2022|
|Vancouver City Hall|
Vancouver, British Columbia
Unlike many other cities of its size, all Vancouver city councillors are elected at-large, rather than being elected to represent municipal wards. A proposal to move to a conventional ward system was rejected by voters in a 2004 referendum. The mayor chairs council meetings and appoints members to regional boards, such as the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors.
- 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.
|NPA||Melissa De Genova||Councillor|
|Melissa De Genova||NPA||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.
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- Fumano, Dan. "3 of 4 NPA councillors quit party citing 'backroom deal'". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
- Vancouver City Council
- Vancouver's elected representatives, by Wayne D. Madden A compilation of election results for Vancouver, British Columbia at the municipal, provincial and federal levels through 2002. Available on Internet Archive.