Local Government Regular Meetings

Municipal councils and regional district boards are required to hold regularly scheduled meetings.

First Regular Meeting

Municipal Councils

The first regular municipal council meeting must be held sometime during the first ten days of November following the general local election. The specific day is set by the council's procedure bylaw.

If a quorum of council members elected at the general local election has not taken office by that time, the first regular council meeting must be called by the corporate officer and held as soon as reasonably possible after a quorum of members has taken office.

Regional District Boards

The first regular regional district board meeting must be held after November 1 every year. At that meeting, the directors must select a chair and a vice chair.

Meeting Schedule

Municipal Councils

A municipal council must make a meeting schedule available to the public that includes the date, time and place of regular meetings. Council must provide in its procedure bylaw for the giving of advance public notice as to the date, time and place of council meetings.

At least once a year, council must give public notice of the schedule's availability in the municipality's public notice posting places identified in its procedure bylaw (for example, on the municipal website or in city hall), and by advertisement once each week for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper distributed at least weekly in the municipality.

Regional District Boards

A regional district board must provide in its procedure bylaw for the giving of advance public notice as to the date, time and place of board meetings and for establishing the procedures for giving that notice.

Meeting Attendance

Holding local government office represents a significant time commitment. Councils usually hold one meeting every week or two, and regional district boards generally hold one meeting each month.

Councillors and regional district board members may also sit on special committees, boards or commissions that may require additional meetings and time commitment.

Disqualification for Absence

Disqualification does not apply if the absence is due to illness or injury or is with the leave of the council or board.