Council Update - October 3rd, 2022

Tue, October 4, 2022

Did you miss last night's Council meeting? Check out the summary below of the main agenda items from the meeting:

Council Summary - October 3rd, 2022

  • Council passed a Framework Policy on Reconciliation - which will direct City efforts in pursuing additional, more specific policies and programs and serve as a basis for moving forward with the City's reconciliation efforts. Reconciliation involves recognizing and being accountable to the intergenerational impacts of colonization, attempts at assimilation, and cultural genocide facing Indigenous communities and Peoples and committing to taking a role and assuming responsibility to work towards a better future. The Framework Policy addresses commitments with respect to language and culture, including place-naming opportunities, employment equity and cultural sensitivity training, as well as entrenching the City's commitment to continue to work together advance shared objectives like housing. Given the complexity and broad-base of issues considered under the umbrella of reconciliation, this policy will be a living document, and the framework provides direction for a committee of indigenous representatives to be developed to continue this work. For more information, see the full policy in the Agenda package, here. Additional information will be provided as elements of the policy framework are enacted. 
  • Council directed the Mayor to write a letter to the Premier and Cabinet requesting immediate action on providing funding and new/restored revenues to enable the City of Prince Rupert to respond to our critical infrastructure renewals as soon as possible

  • Council approved Temporary Use Permit 22-03 for 191 Metlakatla Road for A portion of land to be used on a temporary basis for a shipwrecking yard and for the storage, handling, and sale of scrap materials. The permit is subject to conditions including a $5,000 cash bond until use is discontinued, no hazardous materials brought on or stored on site, and all additional permitting is obtained.

  • Council gave first, second and third readings of the Digby Island Ferry and Prince Rupert Airport Ground Transportation Systems Tariffs, Fees and Charges Amendment Bylaw No. 3503, 2022, which proposes a slight increase in fees year over year to keep up with inflationary costs. 

  • Council gave final approval to the Police Detachment Temporary Borrowing Bylaw 3502, 2022, which authorizes the City to borrow up to $25 million to build the new RCMP detachment. This authorization is occurring following the completion of an alternative approval process that was conducted in order to gain the assent of the electors for borrowing. 

  • Council voted in support of an application for full funding to UBCM to develop a Low Carbon Climate Resilience Plan. 

  • Council gave final approval to the Permissive Property Tax Exemption Bylaw 3501, 2022. For more information on permissive exemptions, go to: