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.

Council meets every first and third Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and holds public hearings on the third Wednesday meeting at 6:00 p.m. The 2020 Council Calendar [PDF - 131 KB] has been approved; however, please check the live event calendar for any last-minute changes. The meetings are open to the public. If you would like to appear as a delegation before Council, please complete a delegation request [PDF - 455 KB].

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MARCH 19, 2020: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, North Cowichan has cancelled all Regular Council, Committee of the Whole (COW) and Committee meetings, Public Hearings, and has placed a 90-day postponement on all public engagement processes underway or scheduled to be undertaken as a precautionary measure.

Council will only hold emergency meetings electronically for the foreseeable future. The notice for any such a meeting shall identify the place where the public may attend to hear, or watch and hear, the proceedings. However, as this will be an electronic meeting, members of the public will be asked to provide their input or ask a question about an agenda item in advance of the meeting, and in writing to the Manager, Legislative Services at info@northcowichan.ca (must be received at least 30 minutes in advance of the meeting).

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