Committees & Boards

Volunteering on a Statutory Committee

Interested in volunteering your time, sharing your expertise and helping your community? The City of Coquitlam is seeking volunteers for its two 2021 statutory committees, the Board of Variance (PDF) and the Coquitlam Public Library Board  (PDF) .

These committees provide information and well-considered advice on issues affecting Coquitlam for the consideration of City Council at staff. They also provide committee and board members a unique and meaningful way to share their expertise and insights to help shape their community. 

2021 Board of Variance / Library Board Volunteer Application Form

Board of Variance 

Coquitlam’s Board of Variance is an autonomous body with authority to vary requirements of the Zoning Bylaw within prescribed statutory limits. This authority is exclusive to the Board. Hearings follow the procedures prescribed in Part 14, Division 15 of the Local Government Act and the City’s Board of Variance Bylaw No. 4030, 2009.

The five member volunteer Board generally meets on the third Tuesday of each month (excluding August and December) at 7:00 pm for approximately two hours. In addition to this time commitment, members are required to read relevant background material, and often undertake site inspections, prior to the meeting. All meetings are open to the public and involve the weighing of information and evidence to determine if variances are to be approved or declined.

Council will be appointing two members effective January 2021. Each appointment will be for a three-year term.

Library Board 

Coquitlam City Council invites applications from residents of the City of Coquitlam to fill vacancies on the Coquitlam Public Library Board commencing January 2021.

Citizens who have had some level of community involvement, board experience and a general interest in this field are encouraged to apply.

There are four vacancies on the Coquitlam Public Library Board starting January 2021. The term of appointment is two years and the appointment is a voluntary position with no remuneration.

Information Sessions for prospective Board Members will be held on:

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020
Time:  6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Via videoconference

Date: Wednesday, Oct.14, 2020
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Via videoconference

Please register for a session by contacting Lily Vukasovic at 604-937-4137 or

The Coquitlam Public Library Board is established pursuant to the Library Act and is responsible for the provision of public library services in Coquitlam.

For further information about serving on the Coquitlam Public Library Board, please contact Todd Gnissios, Executive Director, at 604-937-4132

Advisory Committees

Advisory Committees are created to provide information, well considered advice, and recommendations for consideration by Council and staff on specific issues of civic concern. Advisory Committees and Task Forces are made up of citizen representatives and one or two Council members appointed by Council.

Information regarding Committee mandates, membership and meeting schedules can be found in the following links:

Committee Structure

Most Council Committees are chaired by Councillors with additional Councillors serving as Vice-Chair and/or members of the Committee. The membership of some Committees (Standing Committees) are made up of only Council members, while others have both Council members and citizen and/or organization representatives. The Mayor is an ex-officio member of all Committees.

Advisory Committee News

Sign-up to receive email notification of upcoming Advisory Committee Meeting dates and information links regarding agendas available for download from the City’s website. 

Standing Committees

Standing Committees are committees of Council members appointed by the Mayor. Standing Committees provide a more informal forum in which Council can meet as a whole to receive information from members of the public and staff and address high level strategic and budget policy decisions. In addition to Council-in-Committee, the Mayor has established a Finance Standing Committee and Strategic Priorities Standing Committee to address high level strategic budget and policy decisions.

Any decisions made in Council-in-Committee meetings that require Council approval are normally considered at the Regular Council Meeting the following week (or in two weeks time, dependent on the schedule).

Statutory Committees

Statutory Committees and Boards are created and regulated through provincial and/or federal legislation and have a unique function within the Municipal framework. Statutory Committee membership is determined by the Committee or Board’s enabling legislation.

Information regarding Committee/Board mandates, membership and meeting schedules can be found in the following links:

Tri-Cities Rotating Committees & Task Forces

There are select Committees which are comprised of representatives from the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra) and for which the administration is shared on a rotating basis between the Cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody. These include:

Interested in Volunteering on a Board or Committee?

The City recruits to fill positions on advisory and statutory committees and boards on an annual basis (typically in the fall) or when a vacancy arises. The City advertises vacancies on the City’s website and social media channels, as well as in the local paper, inviting residents to submit an application form by a specific deadline.

If you are interested in volunteering your time and expertise, in an unpaid capacity, on any of the City’s advisory or statutory committees and boards, you should check back regularly to learn about available opportunities.

Further information related to becoming a Committee member can be obtained by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at 604-927-3026 or via email.