Local government is the most accessible and responsive level of government, made up of local citizens elected by the community, which together form the City Council. Coquitlam City Council leads an organization that:
All local governments in British Columbia are granted their powers by the Provincial Government. The legal framework and foundation for local government is set out in provincial laws called the Local Government Act and the Community Charter.
Local government provides and maintains the community’s basic essential services:
Local government also shapes the community through policies and land-use planning, responding to the community’s needs and planning for the community’s future. Local Governments have the authority to pass bylaws to:
The City provides a range of services including water and sewer, garbage and recycling collection and road maintenance, but it is also involved in strategic planning, growth management, recreation programs and facilities, and financial planning. How does the City manage to do all of this? A Mayor and Council, elected every four years, are responsible for setting the City’s policies in accordance with the terms outlined in the Local Government Act.
To put the policies selected by Mayor and Council into use, Mayor and Council are assisted by the City Manager. The City Manager reports to Mayor and Council and holds the task of implementing the policies set out by Council through various departments. In Coquitlam the City Manager oversees eight service areas:
These departments, in turn provide services such as water and sewer, recreation programs, road maintenance, fire and rescue services, planning, inspections and police services.
The City of Coquitlam motto is:
"ANIMUS FLUMINUS VIRES POPULI"
The Spirit of the Rivers (is) the Strength of the People
On October 30, 1990, the coat of arms with this inscription was received officially at a ceremony held in the Council Chambers of Coquitlam’s old Municipal Hall.
The symbolism in the armorial bearings (the area between the two Clydesdale Stallions) signifies:
The design of the coat of arms was done with the assistance of Mr. Graham Anderson, a Cowichan, British Columbia resident who is knowledgeable in heraldry. The artist who interpreted the heraldry design was Mr. Alistair Priestly of Port Moody, British Columbia.
The City Flag is a representation of the City crest in a rectangular flag format.