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.

Meetings update 

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.

A link to join the live meeting broadcast is posted 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Next meeting: May 22, 2024

Join the meeting (Via Webinar)

Online meeting password: RAC

Join by phone (audio only)

1-604-646-8916
1-855-699-3239 (Canada - toll free)

Access code:  TBD

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

Mandate and scope

  • Advises Council and staff on strategic City priorities relating to renters including initiatives aimed at protecting renters and existing rental housing, creating new rental housing, and providing renter-focused services
  • Advises Council and staff on enhancing access and inclusion for renters to fully participate in City services and civic life
  • Considers the impacts of provincial and federal legislation affecting renters and provides information to Council and staff
  • Works collaboratively with counterparts from other civic agencies to identify opportunities for joint action on issues of mutual interest
  • Works co-operatively with external agencies and groups whose activities affect constituent communities
  • Engages in outreach to disseminate information and encourage participation from constituent communities

Meetings and administrative procedures

  • The Renters Advisory Committee holds six regular meetings per year, in addition to working sessions generally scheduled during intervening months throughout the year.
  • Type A Advisory Committees may, at their discretion, establish sub-committees focused on relevant topics of interest, non-members may participate in sub-committees and attend regular meetings if invited.
  • A member who is absent from more than two consecutive regular meetings without a leave of absence is deemed to have resigned.

Remuneration

  • Type A Advisory Committee members and alternate members are eligible to receive reimbursement for certain meeting-related expenses.
  • Non-member subcommittee participants are not eligible to receive reimbursement.
  • A light meal will be provided to Type A Advisory Committee members attending in-person regular meetings held over lunch or dinner hours.

Eligibility

Persons appointed to a Type A Advisory Committee 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 related to the mandate of the advisory body in Vancouver
  • Have connections to relevant communities, groups, and/or organizations in Vancouver
  • Be able to demonstrate relevant experience or knowledge, abilities, and skills related to the mandate of the advisory body
  • Be able to work in a team environment with intercultural sensitivity

Term limit

Beginning in 2019, no member of the public shall serve for more than eight consecutive years on the same Type A Advisory Committee. A former member is eligible for reappointment after one year of non-membership.

Terms of Reference

Membership 

Appointments end December 31, 2024

  • Kawa Ada
  • Heather Barclay
  • Travis Barker
  • Eva Ciesielska
  • Laurel Cowan
  • Margareta Dovgal
  • Nicolas Poppell
  • Scott Robinson
  • James Tod
  • Spencer van Vloten
  • Colleen Wickstrom
     

Liaisons

  • Council Liaison: Councillor Fry and Councillor Montague
  • Staff Liaison: Graham Anderson, Planner, Housing Policy

Terms and Membership Composition

Persons appointed to a Type A Advisory Committee 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 related to the mandate of the advisory body in Vancouver;
  • Have connections to relevant communities, groups, and/or organizations in Vancouver;
  • Be able to demonstrate relevant experience or knowledge, abilities and skills related to the mandate of the advisory body.
  • Be able to work in a team environment with intercultural sensitivity.

Composition:

  • Up to 12 members of the public (quorum is a majority of appointed members);
  • Up to 2 non-voting Council liaisons (appointed by Mayor);
  • Up to 2 non-voting staff liaisons (appointed by City Manager);
  • 1 non-voting Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioner liaison and/or staff liaison (optional);
  • 1 non-voting Vancouver School Board Trustee liaison (optional);
  • 1 non-voting Vancouver Public Library staff liaison (optional);
  • 1 non-voting Vancouver Police Department staff liaison (optional).

Length of term:

  • Term ends immediately before the first Monday after November 1 in the year of a general local election. However, no regular meeting shall be held between the last day of the nomination period and general voting day.
  • Members are appointed until December 31, 2024, at which point appointments are automatically renewable to the end of the term, and recruitment shall be conducted to fill any vacancies arising.
  • Beginning in 2019, no member of the public shall serve in more than eight consecutive years on the same Type A Advisory Committee. A former member is eligible for reappointment after one year of non-membership.

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.

2024 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 17, 2024 Agenda Minutes
March 6, 2024 Agenda Minutes
May 22, 2024    
July 31, 2024    
September 18, 2024    
November 20, 2024     

2023 meetings, agendas, and minutes

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
July 5, 2023  Agenda  Minutes
September 6, 2023 Agenda  Minutes 
November 8, 2023 Agenda Minutes

2022 meetings, agendas, and minutes 

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 19, 2022   Agenda Minutes
March 9, 2022 Agenda Minutes
May 25, 2022 Agenda Minutes
July 13, 2022  Agenda Minutes
July 20, 2022 (Special Meeting) Agenda Minutes
September 14, 2022  Agenda Minutes

2021 meetings, agendas, and minutes

The meetings listed below are open to the public. 

Meeting date Agenda Minutes
January 27, 2021 Agenda Minutes
March 17, 2021  Agenda Minutes
May 12, 2021 CANCELLED  
July 14, 2021 Agenda Minutes
September 15, 2021 Agenda Minutes
November 10, 2021 Agenda Minutes 

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 Agenda Minutes
September 23, 2020 Agenda Minutes
November 18, 2020 Agenda Minutes

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

2021-2022 in Review

An overview of the committee's accomplishments in 2021-2022, along with future goals. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no Council of Councils event was held.

2021-2022 Work Plan

The 2021-2022 Work Plan summarizes the high priority objectives for the committee term and establishes an action plan to achieve those objectives.

2019-2020 in Review

An overview of the committee's accomplishments in 2019-2020, along with future goals. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no Council of Councils event was held.

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

Staff Contacts

Staff Liaison

Graham Anderson, Planner, Housing Policy

Phone: 604-829-9264

Email: Graham.Anderson@vancouver.ca


Alyse Stewart, Meeting Coordinator

Phone: 604-873-7050

Email: Alyse.Stewart@vancouver.ca

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