Government Structure

Council

Bowen Island Municipal Council is responsible for governing the municipality under the authority of the Community Charter,  Local Government Act and the Islands Trust Act.

Bowen Island Municipal Council is comprised of a Mayor and six Councillors and is the elected decision-making body responsible for the operation of the municipal government. The Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer who chairs regular Council meetings and is the key spokesperson for Council to the Public. Council aims to be accessible to all its residents, to consider their needs and concerns, and to make financially sound decisions. This fulfills the role of the municipality and enhances the quality of life for all residents.

Term of Office

The term of office for Council members is mandated by the Community Charter. Section 119 of the Charter states that the term of office for Council members, including the Mayor, is now four years starting from the first Regular Council Meeting following the election.

Local Elections are held the third Saturday in November, every 4 years. 

Municipal Staff

Council provides direction to municipal staff who provide a variety of services. The Chief Administrative Officer and senior management team carry out Council's decisions. They conduct the affairs of the municipality according to the law and enforce municipal bylaws and policies.

The current organizational chart shows the municipally paid positions and their full-time equivalencies within the organization. The Personnel Policy provides information about the general employment practices and conditions at Bowen Island Municipality.

To provide for the functions and services available through the municipality, money is raised through the collection of property taxes. Taxation is imposed in May of each year and is levied against land and improvements.

Section 7 of the Community Charter states that the purposes of a municipality are as follows:

  • providing for good government of its community,
  • providing for services, laws and other matters for community benefit,
  • providing for stewardship of the public assets of its community, and
  • fostering the economic, social and environmental well-being of its community.

Read the 1999 Bowen Island Restructure Study here.

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