Racial and Ethno-Cultural Equity Advisory Committee

The mandate of the Racial and Ethno-Cultural Equity Advisory Committee (formerly known as the Cultural Communities Advisory Committee*) is to advise Council on enhancing access and inclusion for Vancouver's diverse cultural communities to fully participate in City services and civic life.

Committee name change approved by Council on March 6, 2019.

Meeting updates

Meetings may be convened by electronic means as authorized by Section 14.14 of the Procedure By-law. Advisory Bodies may elect to conduct their meetings in person, by electronic means, or as a hybrid of the two. 

If attending in person, please continue to respect the personal space of others.

Virtual meetings use Cisco WebEx Events. No software download is required. In the event of a virtual meeting, use the link below to view the meeting live through your web browser.

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Following the meeting, minutes will be posted online and can be found in the ‘Meetings’ tab below.

Terms of reference

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
  • Reviews and advises Council and staff on the development, implementation and assessment of City policies and services related to strengthening ethno-cultural engagement, addressing racism and racial inequities and promoting racial justice and equity in the City;
  • Supports and advises on cultural celebrations and events in the City;
  • Works with Council and staff to identify and research issues, and advocate on behalf of residents to remove barriers to City services and enhance participation in civic life for racial minorities communities; and
  • Meaningfully engages with Council, staff, residents and other organizations as appropriate to advance Racial and Ethno-Cultural Equity in the City.


The committee:

  • Works cooperatively with other advisory bodies as appropriate;
  • Acts as a resource for staff in public engagement processes and / or civic events; and
  • Exchanges information with the public on issues of interest.

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;
  • Presents accomplishments and progress to date at the annual Council of Councils event; and
  • 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 meets six times a year and does not meet in August. Generally, the committee meets once a month on a Thursday at 5:30 pm at City Hall.

Time commitment

Outside of regular meetings, one to two additional hours a month is spent on email and other correspondence, meetings, research and networking. Preparation time for all meetings is required.

Attendance requirement

A member who is absent from more than two consecutive formal meetings without a leave of absence is deemed to have resigned.


The Racial and Ethno-Cultural Equity Advisory Committee is temporarily inactive, pending Council approval of terms of reference in early 2023.


  • Council Liaison:
  • Park Board Liaison:
  • School Board Liaison:
  • City of Vancouver Staff Liaison:
  • Park Board Staff Liaison:

Terms and Membership Composition

Persons appointed to an advisory body shall meet the following essential criteria:

Not be employed by the City of Vancouver;
Live or work in Vancouver, or have a significant body of experience with issues in Vancouver; and
Be able to demonstrate relevant experience or knowledge, abilities and skills related to the mandate of the advisory body.

Persons appointed to the Racial and Ethno-Cultural Equity Advisory Committee shall meet the following additional criteria:

Be a member of visible or cultural minority groups.


15 members of the public (8 is quorum)
1 non-voting Council liaison
1 non-voting Park Board Commissioner liaison
1 non-voting School Trustee liaison
2 non-voting staff liaisons

The appointment of civic members to each advisory committee shall meet the composition objectives set out in the Diversity on Advisory Bodies policy.

Length of term:

Committee members are appointed until November 6, 2022.
No member of the public shall serve for more than four consecutive years on the same advisory body. A former member is eligible for reappointment after one year out of office.

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.

The meetings listed below are open to the public. 

2022 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 13, 2022 Agenda Minutes
March 10, 2022 Agenda Minutes
May 12, 2022 Agenda Minutes
July 14, 2022 Agenda Minutes
September 8, 2022 Agenda


2021 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 14, 2021 Agenda Minutes 
March 18, 2021 Agenda Minutes
July 15, 2021 Agenda Minutes
September 9, 2021 Agenda Minutes
November 25, 2021 Agenda Minutes

2020 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 16, 2020 Agenda Minutes
March 26, 2020  CANCELLED -
May 21, 2020  CANCELLED -
June 4, 2020  Agenda Minutes   
July 16, 2020 - Special  Agenda  Minutes
September 24, 2020  - Cancelled  Agenda -
November 19, 2020  Agenda Minutes

2019 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
June 20, 2019  Agenda Minutes
September 5, 2019 Agenda Minutes
November 14, 2019  Agenda Minutes

2018 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 11, 2018 cancelled Agenda Minutes
March 8, 2018 Agenda Minutes
May 10, 2018 cancelled Agenda Minutes
July 19, 2018 Agenda Minutes
October 11, 2018 Agenda Minutes

2017 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
February 16, 2017 cancelled Agenda Minutes
May 25, 2017 Agenda Minutes
July 20, 2017 Agenda Minutes
August 25, 2017 (Special Meeting) Agenda Minutes
September 14, 2017 Agenda Minutes
November 9, 2017 Agenda Minutes

2016 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
February 18, 2016 Agenda Minutes
April 21, 2016 Agenda Minutes
May 26, 2016 Agenda Minutes
October 13, 2016 cancelled Agenda  
November 3, 2016 cancelled Agenda Minutes
December 8, 2016 Agenda Minutes

2015 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
April 9, 2015 Agenda  Minutes
June 4, 2015 Agenda  Minutes
October 8, 2015 Agenda  Minutes
November 26, 2015 Agenda  Minutes

2014 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
February 12, 2014 Agenda Minutes
April 10, 2014 Agenda Minutes
May 21, 2014 Agenda Minutes
September 3, 2014 cancelled Agenda Minutes

2013 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
March 7, 2013 Agenda Minutes
July 4, 2013 cancelled Agenda -
October 2, 2013 Agenda  Minutes
December 5, 2013 Agenda Minutes

2012 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
April 10, 2012 Agenda Minutes
October 11, 2012 Agenda Minutes
November 8, 2012 Agenda Minutes
December 13, 2012 cancelled Agenda Cancelled

Report of Activities, 2021–2022

An overview of the committee's 2022 accomplishments.
View the Committee's report (pdf)

September 22, 2022

The Racial and Ethno-Cultural Equity Advisory Committee writes a letter to City Council regarding Anti-Black Racism.

Read the Letter PDF file (302 KB)

April 26, 2022

The City of Vancouver Racial and Ethno-Cultural Equity Advisory Committee writes letter of support for Van Black Library to Mayor and Council and VPL.

Read the letter of support PDF file (321 KB)

June 8, 2020

The City of Vancouver Racial and Ethno-Cultural Equity Advisory Committee calls for Race-based health data collection in British Columbia.

Read the news release (342 KB)

October 19, 2018

On October 19, 2018, the CCAC released their Spaces Report as well as a Final Report, upon the completion of their term.

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.

August 28, 2017

On August 28, 2017 the CCAC released a statement condemning the recent rise in anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, and Islamophobic protests, violence, and vitriol.

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.

2012-2014 term in review

An overview of the committee's closing term accomplishments and recommendations for continuation of the work was presented at the Council of Council's December 2014.

Resources for advisory committee members

Racial and Ethno-Cultural Equity Advisory Committee

Staff Contacts
Mumbi Maina
Social Policy
Phone: 604-873-7465

Jennifer Reddy
Social Policy
Phone: 604-675-5927

April Sumter-Freitag 
Social Policy 
Phone: 604-871-6424

Kevin Burris
Manager, Civic Agencies
Phone: 607-707-5412