Renters Advisory Committee

The mandate of the Renters Advisory Committee is to advise Council on strategic City priorities relating to renters, to monitor and respond to the impacts of provincial and federal legislation affecting tenants and to advise Council on enhancing access and inclusion for renters in developing City policy and civic life.

Terms of reference

Terms of reference approved by Council on December 16, 2014.

Policy advice

The committee:

  • Provides input to City Council and staff about issues of concern
  • Considers any matters which may be referred to the committee by Council or staff
  • May take positions on policy initiatives from other levels of government within the mandate of the committee

Collaboration

The committee:

  • Works co-operatively with other agencies whose activities affect constituent communities, including initiating and developing relevant projects
  • Acts as a resource for staff doing public involvement processes and civic events

Awareness and outreach

The committee:

  • Exchanges information with the constituent communities and the general public about relevant programs and issues of interest
  • Engages in outreach to disseminate information and encourage participation from constituent communities

Planning and reporting

The committee:

  • Produces an annual work plan with specific objectives by no later than April of each year, in consultation with Council and staff liaisons, for distribution to Council and civic departments for
    information
  • Submits an annual report to Council describing its accomplishments for the year, including reference to each objective set out in the work plan and any arising issues to which the committee has responded

Meeting frequency

The committee holds regular meetings six times per year, in addition to working sessions throughout the year.

Time commitment

In addition to preparation time for regular meetings and working sessions, committee members typically spend time on research, correspondence, as well as attending events relevant to the committee.

Attendance requirement

Members may miss no more than four consecutive meetings wthout obtaining leave of absence from the committee. Membership will be terminated following the fourth such absence.

 

Membership

The Committee is comprised of 15 voting members (8 is quorum).

Committee members are selected through the City of Vancouver's Civic Committee public selection process.

The Committee Chair is selected by the members at the first meeting for the Council term of the Committee.

The current Committee term is March 1, 2017 to November 4, 2018.

Members must reapply to be reappointed.

Members

Karen Ameyaw
Nathasha Edgar
Jaraad Marani
Annie Martin
Samrah Mian
Daniel Oleksiuk
Noah Quastel
Andrew Sakamoto
Karen Sawatzky
Maddison Spenrath
Meseret Taye
Andrea Winkler
Vacant
Vacant
Vacant

Liaisons

City Council: Councillor Andrea Reimer

City Council: Councillor Tim Stevenson

Park Board: Commissioner Erin Shum

Vancouver School Board: Trustee Estrallita Gonzalez

City Staff: Graham Anderson, Housing Policy and Projects

All Regular Meetings are open to the public.

In addition to the regular meetings listed here, the committee also meets several times per year for informal working sessions. Please contact the Meeting Coordinator for more information.

2017 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings listed below are open to the public.

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - Cancelled    
Thursday, March 30, 2017 Agenda Minutes
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Agenda Minutes
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Agenda Minutes
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Agenda Minutes
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Agenda Minutes

2016 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings listed below are open to the public.

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
February 17, 2016 Agenda Minutes
April 13, 2016 Agenda Minutes
June 8, 2016 Agenda Minutes
September 14, 2016 - Cancelled Agenda Minutes
October 12, 2016 Agenda Minutes
November 23, 2016 Agenda Minutes

2015 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings listed below are open to the public.

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
 Monday, April 13, 2015 Agenda Minutes
 Tuesday, May 19, 2015     Agenda Minutes
 Thursday, June 25, 2015 - Special  Agenda Minutes
 Tuesday, September 22, 2015  Agenda Minutes 
 Tuesday, November 19, 2015 Agenda Minutes

Visit the Committee's FaceBook page to learn more about their latest work.

2017 in Review

An overview of the committee's 2017 accomplishments and future goals as presented at the Council of Council's on October 12, 2017.

2017-2018 Work Plan

The 2017-2018 Work Plan summarizes the high priority objectives for the committee term and establishes an action plan to achieve those objectives.

 

2016 in Review

An overview of the committee's 2016 accomplishments and future goals as presented at the Council of Council's on November 9, 2016.

Rental Recommendations 2015: Reforming the BC Residential Tenancy System - presented to Council on November 17, 2015

Contact the Renters Advisory Committee

renters.advisory.committee@vancouver.ca

Staff contact

Graham Anderson

Housing Policy

Phone: 604-829-9264
graham.anderson@vancouver.ca

Meeting Coordinator

Lori Isfeld
Phone: 604-871-6355
lori.isfeld@vancouver.ca

Resources for potential and appointed members

The Procedure Bylaw regulates the procedures of Council and its committees and other bodies.

Procedure Bylaw PDF file (150 KB)

The Code of Conduct Policy sets minimum expectations for the behaviour of Council officials, staff, and advisory body members in carrying out their functions.

Code of Conduct Policy PDF file (140 KB)

The Accessibility Event Guidelines help to ensure events are accessible to all, and were developed in consultation with the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee.

Accessibility Event Guidelines PDF file (210 KB)