What happens at Municipal Hall? Keep reading to learn about how local government has a huge impact on day-to-day life.
What is local government?
In Canada, governments include federal (Canada), provincial (British Columbia) and local (West Vancouver).
A local government is a city, district, town or village—also known as municipalities. West Vancouver is a district.
No matter where you live in British Columbia, you and your neighbours benefit from local government. Local governments provide basic essential services, respond to the community’s needs and plan for the community’s future.
Mayor and Council
West Vancouver Council is the elected decision-making body for the District and is comprised of the mayor and six councillors. The mayor is the chief executive officer.
Mayor and Council lead by establishing bylaws and policies.
Local government is the level of government closest to residents. This means that elections have a huge impact on day-to-day life.
Elections are held every four years in October. Voting in an election gives residents the opportunity to choose the leaders of their municipality.
The mayor and six councillors are residents elected by voters to represent the community.
According to the Local Government Act s.66(1), a person is eligible to be nominated to be the mayor or a councillor if they are:
an individual who is, or who will be on general voting day for the election, age 18 or older
a Canadian citizen
a resident of British Columbia, as determined in accordance with section 52, for at least 6 months immediately before the relevant time
not disqualified by this Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in British Columbia or from being nominated for, being elected to or holding the office, or be otherwise disqualified by law