Courtenay Council Meeting Highlights for May 10

May 12, 2023

This update covers highlights from the May 10, 2023 Council meeting. If there’s something from the meeting that you’d like more detail on, the full agenda, video, and minutes (when available) of each meeting are posted on the City of Courtenay website at 

Council respectfully acknowledged that the lands on which this meeting was conducted are the Unceded traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation.


  • Councillor Morin acknowledged May 17th as the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia as well as May as Rhododendron Month.

  • Mayor Wells acknowledged May as being Guillain-Barre Syndrome and Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy Syndrome Month. Both are potentially catastrophic nerve disorders.

  • Councillor Cole-Hamilton acknowledged May as Huntington Disease Awareness Month.

  • Councillor Hillian acknowledged May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

  • Councillor Jolicoeur acknowledged May as Mental Health Awareness Month in Canada.

  • Councillor McCollum acknowledged May as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Month.

Staff Reports

  • 2023 Emergency Operations Centres and Training – Grant Application
    Council approved authorizing an application made to the Union of BC Municipalities Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (Emergency Operations Centres & Training 2023) for $30,000 to be used in 2023-2024 to support the regional application led by the Comox Valley Regional District for EOC training. Council agreed that the primary applicant will apply for, receive, and manage the grant funding on their behalf, if successful in grant funding.

    The 2023 application will include a plan for:
    -Regional Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) training and exercise – Finance Branch
    -Regional ICS/EOC training and evacuation exercise
    -Indigenous cultural safety and humility training for EOC staff

External Reports

  • RCMP Annual Performance Plan and Priorities 2023 – 2024
    Council deferred the RCMP Annual Performance Plan and Priorities correspondence for a future Council meeting when an RCMP representative can attend.

  • Habitat for Humanity - 1375 Piercy Avenue
    Council directed staff to work with Habitat for Humanity and return with a report with options to address their requests to:
    -Waive building permit fees and development cost charges for 1375 Piercy Ave
    -Return security deposit (letter of credit) for 1375 Piercy Ave
    -Confirm laneway contribution for 1375 Piercy Ave

Internal Reports

Courtenay Fire Department 2022 Annual Report
Courtenay Fire Department briefed Council on activities for the year ended 2022. Council received the report. 

Council Reports

Members of Council are given the opportunity to describe various meetings and events they have attended.

Council Resolutions

Unfinished Business

  • Comox Valley Cycling Coalition
    Council directed staff to return with a report on options to address the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition's requests to:
    -Consider personnel dedicated to active transportation
    -Improve maintenance of cycling lanes (sweeping and paint)
    -Collaborate with users to resolve difficult areas
    -Better knowledge and planning of secure bike parking and other end of trip routing or facilities

  • North Island College Students’ Union – Menstrual Equity
    Council directed staff to return with a report with on options, costs and implications of providing free menstrual products in City-operated facilities, and of joining the Period Promise campaign Notice of Motion.

  • 2023-2026 Strategic Priorities
    Council adopted the 2023-2026 Strategic Priorities. The priorities are purposefully aligned with the new City of Courtenay Official Community Plan and its four cardinal directions: climate action, reconciliation, equity, and community well-being. View Council’s Strategic Priorities here:


For Adoption

The meeting adjourned at around 6:51 p.m., the next meeting is Wednesday, May 31, 2023 and will be available on the City of Courtenay’s YouTube Channel: