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Boards, Commissions and Committees FAQ

What are Boards, Commissions and Committees (BCCs)?

The Boards, Commissions and Committees (BCCs) are bodies to which Council makes one or more appointments. BCCs can be established by the City of Calgary based on the appropriate municipal and/or provincial legislation, or they can be established externally as a separate corporation.

The BCCs are composed of a combination of citizens, members of Council and City administration representatives representing the broader community to address the issues of those communities. All appointed members work together to deliver on the work plan and bring their experience and expertise to achieve the mandate of the BCC.

Check out the List of Boards, Commissions and Committees that citizens are eligible to apply for. Each link contains information on mandates, eligibility requirements and time commitments for each BCC.

Who can apply?

Residents of Calgary, at least 18 years of age (who are entitled to vote in Calgary's municipal elections) are eligible to apply for volunteer positions on Boards, Commissions and Committees. Specific eligibility criteria vary from one BCC to another, as specified in their relevant bylaws, terms of reference, or provincial Act.

If you are…

  • an individual with a desire to give back to the community
  • an individual with expertise relevant to the qualifications a specific board, commission or committee may be looking for
  • an individual interested in the legislative process
  • an individual with time available to commit to membership

The City of Calgary is looking for you!

When can I apply?

Most of the imminent or existing vacancies are filled during an annual recruitment campaign from mid-August to mid-September. The appointments are made by Council at the Organizational Meeting scheduled annually at the end of October. Applications to serve are not accepted when the recruitment campaign is closed.

How do I apply?

All citizen vacancies will be advertised on, social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter), Calgary Herald and street signs throughout the City. Interested citizens are invited to submit their application while the recruitment campaign is occurring. You may apply for up to two Boards in order of preference, provide contact information, and select the specific qualifications they possess. Applicants must download the application form, answer the four questions and upload the completed form in the online system (resumes are no longer accepted).

Alternatively, applicants may download, complete, print the application form, and deliver via mail, in person or by email.

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

Most positions are volunteer and non-paid.  Mid-term resignations are typically filled from the bank of 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 being experienced by that BCC. Applicants may be asked to participate in a screening process focused on qualifications.
  2. The Nominations Committee considers all the applications received, along with the short list recommended by the BCC.
  3. City Council considers all 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 additional information about the appointment process of public members to Boards, Commissions and Committees.


When will Council appoint members?

City Council will appoint members at the Organizational Meeting of Council in the fall of each year, usually at the end of October.

How will I know if I am appointed?

If you are appointed by Council, the City Clerk's Office will notify all successful applicants via email by the end of October. A letter from the Mayor will follow to confirm your appointment.

Your contact information will be forwarded to the BCC administrative resource for next steps and onboarding procedures.

If you are not selected for an appointment you will receive a letter from the Mayor. Your application will be kept by the City Clerk's Office for one year, and will be considered by City Council in case of a mid-term resignation on a Board, Commission or Committee.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

If you have any questions regarding BCCs, email BCC Administration or call 403-268-5861. The City Clerk's Office is open Monday to Friday (except on statutory holidays), from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.