Boards, Commissions and Committees

Boards, commissions, and committees

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Overview


Boards, commissions, and committees (BCCs) of The City of Calgary strengthen our community. They provide chances to take part in our city's future direction.

Boards, commissions, and committees:

  • provide advice and guidance to Council
  • make recommendations to Council, or
  • hear and decide appeals on City matters.

BCCs can include citizens, Council members, and/or City staff. Most of the positions are unpaid. Some positions offer a small payment. The City of Calgary supports diverse representation on BCCs.

Join a City board

Your passion needs a seat at the table! Gain a rewarding experience on a board, commission, or committee by:

  • taking part in the decision-making process,
  • giving back to your community, and
  • providing guidance to Council on local issues.

The City of Calgary supports a variety of perspectives on BCCs, reflecting the diversity of the community and encourages all qualified citizens to apply. For more information, see the FAQ and the BCC List.

To apply, go to the BCC List and click on your board of interest to find its application form or click on the Vacancies tab. If you have questions about the application process, or require assistance with the form, contact us.

Application deadline: Monday, Sept. 12 at 4 p.m.

Vacancies in 2022


Boards, commissions, and committees with vacancies in 2022 are listed below.
For information on mandates, composition, and membership, see the BCC List.
For more information on the recruitment process, see the FAQ.

  • Advisory Committee on Accessibility
  • Anti-Racism Action Committee
  • Assessment Review Board
  • Audit Committee
  • Beltline Community Investment Fund Committee
  • BiodiverCity Advisory Committee
  • Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee
  • Calgary Airport Authority
  • Calgary Planning Commission
  • Calgary Police Commission
  • Calgary Technologies Inc. (Platform Calgary)
  • Calgary Transit Access Eligibility Appeal Board
  • Calgary Transit Public Safety Citizen Oversight Committee
  • Climate Advisory Committee
  • Combative Sports Commission
  • Friends of HMCS Calgary Committee
  • Licence and Community Standards Appeal Board
  • Saddledome Foundation
  • Social Wellbeing Advisory Committee
  • Subdivision and Development Appeal Board
  • Urban Design Review Panel

Appointment process


1. Apply

Potential applicants review board requirements and responsibilities. Applications must be submitted by Sept. 12 at 4 p.m.

2. Review

Applications to each BCC are reviewed for the skills needed within that BCC. Applicants may be asked to participate in a screening process.

3. Nominations

The Nominations Committee considers the applications received, along with a short list recommended by the BCC.

4. Appointment

City Council considers the applications received, the BCC short list, and Nominations Committee recommendations. City Council appoints the most qualified individuals.

FAQ - frequently asked questions


What are boards, commissions, and committees (BCCs)?

Boards, commissions, and committees (BCCs) are bodies to which Council makes one or more appointments. BCCs are created based on the municipal and provincial legislation. They can be created as a separate corporation.

The BCCs include a combination of citizens, members of Council and City staff. They address community issues. Members use their experience and expertise and work together to deliver on the work plan and achieve their mandate.

Check out the List of Boards, Commissions and Committees that citizens are eligible to apply for. To see which BCCs citizens are eligible to apply for and for information on mandates, eligibility requirements and time commitments for each BCC, check out the List of Boards, Commissions and Committees.

Who can apply?

To apply for volunteer positions on boards, commissions, and committees, you must be:

  • a resident of Calgary,
  • at least 18 years of age, and
  • meet specific eligibility criteria for the BCC, as specified in bylaws, terms of reference, or provincial legislation.

If you have:

  • a desire to give back to the community,
  • expertise relevant to a specific board, commission, or committee,
  • an interest in the legislative process, and
  • the time to commit to membership

The City of Calgary is looking for you!

When can I apply?

You can apply during the annual recruitment campaign. In 2022, recruitment runs Friday, Aug. 12 at 8 a.m. to Monday, Sept. 12 at 4 p.m.

The appointments will be done by Council during their meeting on Oct. 25, 2022.

How do I apply?

All citizen vacancies are advertised on:

  • Calgary.ca/boards,
  • social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter), and
  • street signs throughout the city.

Submit an application during the annual recruitment campaign. In 2022, recruitment runs Friday, Aug. 12 at 8 a.m. to Monday, Sept. 12 at 4 p.m.

Fill out all required fields on the online application form. You have the option to attach your resume to your application. To find the application form, go to the board you're interested in on the BCC List or click on the Vacancies tab.

The Council policy on Governance and Appointments of Boards, Commissions and Committees (CP2016-03) provides more information on the appointment process.

Most positions are volunteer and unpaid. Mid-term resignations are typically filled from the applicants collected in the annual recruitment.

How are members selected?

Appointments are made in three steps:

  1. The applications to each BCC are reviewed by the Chair and the administrative resource. Submissions are compared to the skill gaps within that BCC. Applicants may be asked to participate in a screening process focused on qualifications.
  2. The Nominations Committee considers the applications received, along with a short list recommended by the BCC.
  3. City Council considers the applications received along with the short list submitted by the BCCs, and the recommendations of the Nominations Committee. City Council appoints the most qualified individuals.

Applicants may be selected for interview by BCC members or the Nominations Committee. Calgary Police Service security checks are required prior to appointment to some Boards, Commissions and Committees.

The Council policy on Governance and Appointments of Boards, Commissions and Committees (CP2016-03) provides more information on the appointment process of public members.

When will Council appoint members?

City Council appoints members at the Organizational Meeting of Council in the fall of each year, usually at the end of October. In 2022, the appointments of citizens will be done on October 25.

How will I know if I am appointed?

The City Clerk's Office notifies successful applicants by email by the end of October. A letter from the Mayor confirms your appointment.

Your contact information is forwarded to the BCC administration for next steps and onboarding procedures.

If you are not selected for an appointment, you receive a letter from the Mayor. The City Clerk's Office keeps your application for one year. Your application is considered by City Council in case of a mid-term resignation.

What Council members are on boards, commissions, and committees?

To see what boards, commissions, and committees a Council member sits on, go to the List of Boards, Commissions and Committees.  Use the search bar to type in a Council member name.

    

Contact us


BCC Administration

Hours of operation:

Monday to Friday (except statutory holidays), 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Telephone: 403-268-5861

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