Council Appointments

The Council application and appointment process takes place in the autumn of each year (usually late September or early October). Pleas check back for future opportunities.

Candidates seeking appointment by Council are asked to submit an online application.

More details of the application process are at the City’s website, including information about vacancies, eligibility and other requirements, and the application form.

Commission Appointments

Commission appointments are usually made at the first Commissioner meeting of the year in early January.

Candidates seeking appointment by the Commission should contact a Commissioner or contact the VCPC office, and submit a letter of interest along with a resume.

Eligibility Requirements

The City of Vancouver is committed to identifying and addressing issues faced by all members of our diverse community and neighbourhoods. The City’s many Advisory Committees offer valuable volunteer opportunities to help shape policies and practices responsive to Vancouver residents. We encourage a broad cross-section of applicants that reflect this rich diversity, including persons with disabilities and those of different ages, income levels, gender identities, sexual orientation, racial origins, neighbourhoods, and backgrounds.


Residential requirements

Applicants  must be a Vancouver elector or Metro Vancouver resident for at least six months preceding your appointment.

Relevant experience or knowledge

Applicants must be able to demonstrate relevant experience or knowledge, abilities, and skills related to the mandate of the civic agency, board, or committee.


Nomination by a community group working on issues related to the civic agency, board, or committee’s mandate will be considered an asset. However, appointees serve in their private capacities and not as representatives of a nominating organization.

Ability to speak a second language will be regarded as an asset.

Some knowledge of civic services or jurisdiction will be regarded as an asset.

Time commitment

Applicants should be able to serve for the full term of the appointment.

Appointees should expect to spend 3 to 5 hours a week in meetings and related work. As well, many Commission activities occur during weekday daytime hours, so applicants  should have a lot of control over their schedule.


Applicants to the Vancouver City Planning Commission may not be employees of the City of Vancouver nor of the Vancouver School Board or Vancouver Park Board.


Applicants may be self-nominated or nominated by organizations.


Individuals who are presently members of a civic agency, board, or committee and who have not served the maximum allowable number of consecutive two-year terms (3) are eligible to reapply.


Successful candidates will serve without remuneration.

Your Information and Privacy

Copies of all applications will be made available to Vancouver City Council, City staff, and the applicable civic agency for the sole purpose of making appointments to civic agencies and committees. Your information is collected under the authority of the British Columbia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and any applicable bylaws.

Resources for potential and appointed members

The Procedure Bylaw  (156 kb) regulates the procedures of Council and its committees and other bodies.

The Code of Conduct Policy  (145 kb) sets minimum expectations for the behaviour of Council officials, staff, and advisory body members in carrying out their functions.