Councillor Heather Deal

Councillor Heather Deal was elected to the Vancouver Park Board in 2002 and elected to her first of four terms on Vancouver City Council in 2005. She served as the Deputy Mayor of 
Vancouver in 2016.

Councillor Deal focuses on Vancouver's livability, bringing her passions for arts and culture, animated public spaces, active transportation, and heritage to City Hall. She has brought forward initiatives to:

  • Support artists
  • Expand creative spaces
  • Create the food cart program
  • Improve accessibility throughout the city
  • Retain heritage
  • Support local food and drink
  • Increase safety of people walking and cycling.

At the regional level, Councillor Deal chairs the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Committee and has worked on:

  • Waste reduction
  • Air quality
  • The Metro Max cultural website
  • Ecological health projects
  • The Experience the Fraser program

At the federal level, she has focused on:

  • Environmental health
  • Urban Aboriginals
  • Infrastructure
  • Transportation
  • Increasing women's participation in politics

Councillor Deal is a biologist with a long history of working on ecosystem and habitat issues. After 25 years in the Vancouver Bach Choir, including serving as president of the choir's board of directors and bringing the choir to the Downtown Eastside for free concerts, she has joined the Jubilate Choir.

Raised in Michigan, she received her BA in biology from Oberlin College (Ohio) in 1982 and moved from Cleveland to Vancouver for a medical research job in 1984. After receiving her M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia in microbiology/immunology in 1988, she did cancer research before changing her career path to focus on environmental issues. Councillor Deal developed science/environmental programs for UBC Continuing Studies, designed and taught courses for people restoring fish habitat in rivers for the Province of BC, and worked on marine habitat issues with the David Suzuki Foundation.

Councillor Deal is an avid cyclist, camper, hiker, and reader, and enjoys gardening on her Kitsilano balcony. She also loves to enjoy the great local arts and food that Vancouver has to offer.

Appointment to Council committees

  • Chair, Standing Committee on City Finance and Services

Appointments to City advisory boards and committees

  • Arts and Culture Policy Council
  • Active Transportation Policy Council
  • Public Art Committee
  • Vancouver Food Policy Council
  • Vancouver Heritage Commission

Appointments to regional, provincial, and national bodies

  • Director, Metro Vancouver Board
  • Chair, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Committee
  • Metro Vancouver Intergovernment and Finance Committee
  • Metro Vancouver Appointment to the Fraser Basin Council Board of Directors

Contact Councillor Heather Deal

Vancouver City Hall
453 West 12th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4

Phone: 604-873-7242

Fax: 604-873-7750



Annual financial disclosure statement

Annual financial disclosure statements are submitted each year on January 15 by the incumbent mayor and councillors pursuant to the BC Financial Disclosure Act .

View Councillor Deal's 2018 financial disclosure statement  (270 KB)

Oath of office

Read Councillor Deal's oath of office (40 KB)