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Boards, Commissions and Committees

Representatives from the City of Lethbridge and other members of the community are involved in many different boards, commissions and committees (BCCs) that help guide and shape our city. BCCs provide Lethbridge City Council with information, advice and recommendations regarding important community issues and topics.

BCCs are made up of a combination of citizens, organizational representatives, City staff representatives and members of Council. They are formed to help handle City affairs efficiently and orderly by representing the broader community. All appointed members work together to bring their experience and expertise to achieve Council’s defined mandate of the BCC and deliver on its work plan.

Volunteer for a position on a BCC

We recruit for new board, commission or committee volunteers annually during the summer and fall. At this time recruitment is closed. If you have any questions you can contact us at:

View our Boards, Commissions and Committees Toolkit for more information on BCCs, how to apply, the recruitment process, BCC descriptions and more.

Standing Policy Committees

Council’s Standing Policy Committee model allows our local government to look at issues throughout the City with a more focused lens, providing for more Council deliberation and public participation. Standing Policy Committees are ongoing, permanent committees that report to City Council and have other BCCs report directly to them. View our Committee Reporting Structure for more information.

The Audit Standing Policy Committee provides recommendations and advice to Council in fulfilling its oversight and stewardship responsibilities related to monitoring the internal controls over:

  • Financial reporting
  • Independence and performance of auditors
  • Overseeing reviews of departments and projects

Risk identification and exposure, including items arising from the BCCs that report to it

The Civic Works Standing Policy Committee provides recommendations and advice to Council on the planning, development and implementation of programs, approaches or policies relating to:

  • Public infrastructure
  • Land use and development
  • Parks
  • Fleet and environmental matters

This includes items coming from the BCCs that report to it.

The Community Safety Standing Policy Committee helps Council fulfill its responsibilities by making recommendations on planning, development and implementation of municipal strategies relating to:

  • Animal control
  • Emergency and protective services
  • Public safety
  • Regulatory services

This includes items coming from the BCCs that report to it.

The Cultural and Social Standing Policy Committee advises Council on broad social and cultural matters that affect residents of the City, and make recommendations regarding the planning, development and implementation of municipal strategies to meet community social and cultural needs. This includes items coming from BCCs that report to it.

The Economic Standing Policy Committee helps Council fulfill its responsibilities relating to:

  • Planning, development and implementation of the City’s financial planning and budgeting
  • Fiscal policy development and fiscal strategies
  • Revenue
  • Tax

This includes items coming from the BCCs that report to it.

The Governance Standing Policy Committee helps Council fulfill its responsibilities relating to legislation and governance practices and frameworks by planning, developing and implementing strategies. These strategies ensure the City functions effectively and efficiently to support Council’s intentions, directions and expected outcomes. This includes items coming from the BCCs that report to it.

Standing Committees

Standing Committees are ongoing committees established by Council, specializing in a specific matter or topic related to the community.

The Advocacy Advisory Committee develops and implements an advocacy plan to ensure that City work is shared and communicated with partners and other levels of government.

The Assessment Review Board fields appeals to the assessed values of properties and other items taxed by the City.

The Combative Sports Commission regulates, governs and controls boxing, kickboxing, martial arts and wrestling bouts, contests and exhibitions held within the City. The commission is committed to providing a safe environment for both participants and spectators. It stresses the need for fairness and safety for all combatants.

The Heart of Our City Committee champions the Heart of Our City Master Plan as the framework document for revitalizing Lethbridge’s urban core and provides strategic leadership on the topic to Council.

The Historic Places Advisory Committee  evaluates and makes recommendations on the potential designation of historical properties.

The Lethbridge Emergency Advisory Committee provides guidance and direction to the Lethbridge Emergency Management Agency. It advises Council on the development and status of emergency plans and programs each year.

The Lethbridge Downtown Business Revitalization Zone Board represents and administers the business of the Downtown Business Revitalization Zone Association in the development of the zone. The board works to:

  • Improve, beautify and maintain property
  • Develop, improve and maintain public parking
  • Promote the zone as a business or shopping area

The Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee advises Council on issues relating to reconciliation. It champions the Reconciliation Implementation Plan as it pertains to the City, and within the Lethbridge community, to promote mutual understanding and support for the urban Indigenous community and the City’s relationship with the Blackfoot Confederacy and Métis  Nation of Alberta, Region 3.

The Subdivision Development and Appeal Board hears appeals regarding decisions made by the development officer or subdivision authority on development or subdivision applications.

The Youth Advisory Council fosters a relationship between Lethbridge City Council and the youth of the city through advocacy, education and engagement. The Youth Advisory Council:

  • Advises City Council, City staff and community partners on issues related to youth and the community
  • Conducts relevant research and consultation that addresses current, emerging and future concerns of Lethbridge youth
  • Provides a forum to address and discuss concerns that affect youth in Lethbridge

Special Purpose Committees

Special Purpose Committees are formed under the legislated powers of the City but have their own constitution or bylaws.

The Lethbridge Library Board advocates for exemplary library services within the City. The board:

  • Establishes a Plan of Service
  • Approves board policies
  • Prepares budgets
  • Employs the Chief Executive Officer, who manages the Lethbridge Public Library

The Lethbridge Police Commission oversees the Lethbridge Police Service. The commission:

  • Appoints the Chief of Police and evaluates their performance
  • Establishes policies that provide for efficient and effective policing
  • Issues instructions, as necessary, to the chief relating to policy
  • Ensures a sufficient level of staff to carry out the functions of the service
  • Represents the interests and concerns of the public

The Sir Alexander Galt Museum and Archives Board of Directors sets the objectives and operating policies of the Galt Museum and Archives, ensuring the public has a voice in how it is used. It aims to ensure that resources, spaces and programs remain accessible for all members of the community.

Ad Hoc Committees

Ad Hoc Committees are short-term committees which have a specific purpose and clearly defined life span.

The Animal Welfare Committee advises on projects to improve the welfare of animals in the city, including:

  • Reducing feral cat colonies
  • Spay and neuter program of the No Kill Alliance (NOKA)

Joint Committees

Joint Committees are created through an agreement between two or more organizations.

The Inter-municipal Committee works to:

The Joint Committee of the City of Lethbridge and Lethbridge School Boards is made up of members from City Council, the Lethbridge School Division and the Holy Spirit Catholic School Division. It evaluates issues of common community concerns regarding education.

External Committees

External Committees are not formed by City Council, but Council members and/or citizens may be appointed to them. Learn more about the community’s External Committees, including:

  • Chinook Arch Regional Library Board
  • Cor Van Raay LINK Pathway Committee
  • Economic Development Lethbridge
  • Green Acres Foundation
  • Highway 3 Twinning Development Association
  • Lethbridge Housing Authority
  • Mayors and Reeves of Southern Alberta
  • Oldman Watershed Council

Dissolving a committee

If a committee has completed its mandate, merged with another committee or completed an annual review process, it may be dissolved.


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