Mayor & Council

North Cowichan is governed by a Municipal Council comprised of a Mayor and six Councillors. Under the Community Charter, a municipal council must provide good government; services its citizens need and want; stewardship for its public assets; and a positive economic, social and environmental climate.

Regular Council meetings are generally held on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. Public Hearings www.northcowichan.ca/publichearings are held on the third Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. when required. Committee of the Whole meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. and are also scheduled on an as-needed basis. These meetings are open to the public. Please follow the link to view the 2020 Council Calendar, but please check the live event calendar for any last-minute changes. If you would like to appear as a delegation before Council, please complete a delegation request.

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APRIL 29, 2020: Council decided to resume Regular Council meetings beginning on May 6. These meetings will take place electronically, and are live-streamed www.northcowichan.ca/agendas (click on "Live Stream Viewer"). 

Input about an agenda item?

Public Input takes place near the beginning of each Council Meeting. Because residents are unable to attend meetings in person at this time, input and comments about agenda items can be emailed to Agenda@northcowichan.ca up to 30 minutes before the start of each meeting. The input will be circulated to Mayor and Council, and also read aloud during this portion of the meeting.

Questions about the Council meeting?

Question Period takes place near the end of each Council Meeting. A 10-minute recess will take place to give the public an opportunity to submit their questions by email regarding the business of the Council meeting to QP@northcowichan.ca. The Council meeting will resume after the 10-minute recess, and the Mayor will read out the questions in the order they are received.

Please visit www.northcowichan.ca/COVID19 for the latest information on the municipality’s response to COVID-19.

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View details of the Current Council for a list of committee appointments and contact information.

Responsibilities of Mayor

The mayor is the head and chief executive officer of the municipality. In addition to the mayor's responsibilities as a member of council, the mayor has the following responsibilities:

  • to provide leadership to the council, including by recommending bylaws, resolutions and other measures that, in the mayor's opinion, may assist the peace, order and good government of the municipality
  • to communicate information to the council
  • to preside at council meetings when in attendance
  • to provide, on behalf of the council, general direction to municipal officers respecting implementation of municipal policies, programs and other directions of the council
  • to establish standing committees in accordance with the Community Charter
  • to suspend municipal officers and employees in accordance with the Community Charter
  • to reflect the will of council and to carry out other duties on behalf of the council
  • to carry out other duties assigned by or under legislation

Responsibilities of Council Members

Council members have the following responsibilities:

  • to consider the well-being and interests of the municipality and its community
  • to contribute to the development and evaluation of the policies and programs of the municipality respecting its services and other activities
  • to participate in council meetings, committee meetings and meetings of other bodies to which the member is appointed
  • to carry out other duties assigned by the council
  • to carry out other duties assigned by or under the legislation