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.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update: advisory bodies

We're transitioning to virtual advisory body meetings as an interim response to the health emergency. These meetings will be convened by electronic means as authorized by Ministerial Order No. M192, Local Government Meetings and By-law Process (COVID-19) Order No. 3.

The next meeting will be held July 15, 2020.

A link to join the live meeting broadcast will be posted below 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Virtual meetings will be held using Cisco WebEx Events. No software download is required, simply use the link below to view the meeting live through your web browser. 

Event password: RAC

Join the meeting

Join by phone (audio only)

1-855-699-3239 (Canada - toll free)

Access code: TBA 

Consent - Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy

To view or participate in meetings virtually, I consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of my personal information outside Canada as described below. The City of Vancouver collects your personal information in accordance with section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for purposes of organizing and administering advisory body meetings. For virtual advisory body meetings, your contact information will be shared with the City’s web conferencing provider, Cisco WebEx. Information submitted to WebEx will be stored on servers in the United States and may be accessed in the United States or internationally for technical support purposes. If you have questions about the collection of this information, please contact the director of access to information and privacy by emailing, phoning 3-1-1, or mailing a letter to 453 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1V4.

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

Terms of reference

Terms of reference approved by Council on February 27, 2019.

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


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
  • Presents accomplishments and progress to date at the annual Council of Councils event
  • 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 two consecutive meetings without obtaining a leave of absence from the committee. Membership will be terminated following the second such absence.


  • Emily Bailey
  • Louise Chivers
  • Matt Damario
  • Xenia Dandridge
  • Taylor Fleming
  • Emmett Keyserlingk
  • Catherine Li
  • Megan Morrow
  • Melissa Penner
  • Matthew Pi
  • Jacint Simon
  • Anne Vavrik

Terms end December 31, 2020.


  • Council Liaison: Councillor Pete Fry
  • Council Liaison: Councillor Jean Swanson
  • Park Board Liaison: Not assigned
  • School Board Liaison: Trustee Estrellita Gonzalez
  • Staff Liaison: Jennifer Hales

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
  • Be able to demonstrate relevant experience or knowledge, abilities and skills related to the mandate of the advisory body


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

Length of term:

  • Committee members are appointed until December 31, 2020.
  • 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.

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.

2020 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings listed below are open to the public.

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 29, 2020 Agenda Minutes
March 25, 2020 CANCELLED  
May 20, 2020 CANCELLED  
June 17, 2020 Agenda Minutes
July 15, 2020 - Special    
September 23, 2020    
November 18, 2020    

2019 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings listed below are open to the public.

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
June 19, 2019 Agenda Minutes
September 18, 2019 Agenda Minutes
November 20, 2019 - CANCELLED Agenda Minutes

2018 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings listed below are open to the public.

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 24, 2018 Agenda Minutes
March 28, 2018 Agenda Minutes
May 23, 2018 Agenda Minutes
July 18, 2018 Agenda Minutes
September 26, 2018 Agenda Minutes
October 24, 2018

Special Agenda

Special Minutes

2017 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings listed below are open to the public.

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 18, 2017 - Cancelled    
March 30, 2017 Agenda Minutes
May 24, 2017 Agenda Minutes
July 19, 2017 Agenda Minutes
September 13, 2017 Agenda Minutes
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
April 13, 2015 Agenda Minutes
May 19, 2015 Agenda Minutes
June 25, 2015 - Special Agenda Minutes
September 22, 2015 Agenda Minutes
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

Staff contact

Diana Jeliazkova

Affordable Housing

Phone: 604-829-9279

Meeting Coordinator

Irina Dragnea
Phone: 604-873-7050

Resources for advisory committee members