Courtenay Council Meeting Highlights for May 31

June 5, 2023

This update covers highlights from the May 31, 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.


  • June 8, 2023, marks the 31st annual World Ocean Day, which celebrates the ocean's importance in everyday life and highlights the need to protect it.
  • On June 21st, 2023, the City commemorates National Indigenous Peoples Day, honouring and respecting the rich traditions and cultural practices of the K’ómoks First Nation.
  • June 2023 is designated as Myasthenia Gravis (MG) Awareness Month, aiming to raise awareness about this rare neuromuscular/autoimmune disease.

Introduction of Late Items

  • Peer Assisted Care Teams – Councillors Morin and Hillian
    Council waived notice of motion for this item to permit its timely consideration in advance of selections in June. The item was considered a little later in the agenda under Council Resolutions.


Staff Reports

  • Development Variance Permit No. 2302 – 2300 Ryan Road
    Council approved this application to permit higher ceilings in meeting rooms in new student housing on North Island College property.

  • Revitalization Tax Exemption - 995 England Avenue
    Council approved the City entering into a Revitalization Tax Exemption Agreement with Canadian Community Housing Ltd. The subject property falls within “Area 2” identified in the Downtown Courtenay Revitalization Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 2937 and is eligible for a 100 percent municipal tax exemption for five years. 
    Council made a further motion to ask staff to bring a report on the use of the revitalization tax exemption and possible improvements to the policy.

  • 2023 Pride Parade Proposal
    Council approved a temporary road closure on 5th Street/5th Street Bridge on Saturday, August 26 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., for use by Queer Culture for a Pride Parade.

  • BC Active Transportation Grant Application - 5th Street Corridor Improvements
    Council directed staff to submit an application to apply for grant funding for the extension of the 5th Street bike lanes from Menzies Avenue to Willemar Avenue through the BC Active Transportation (BCAT) Infrastructure Grants Program.

Internal Reports

External Reports

Council Reports

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

Council Resolutions

  • Acting Mayor Schedule
    Council adopted an Acting Mayor schedule until September 2025.

  • Council Appointments
    Council made the following appointments:
    Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association Board: Mayor Wells
    Alternate: Councillor Cole-Hamilton

    Junction Community Advisory Committee: Mayor Wells
    Alternate: Councillor McCollum


  • Peer Assisted Care Teams, Councillors Morin and Hillian
    Council pledged its strong support to have Courtenay selected for implementation of Peer Assisted Care Teams (PACT), and to commit to partnerships with community organizations to develop PACT teams should the City of Courtenay be selected.


For First and Second Reading


The meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m., the next meeting is Wednesday, June 14, 2023 and will be available on the City of Courtenay’s YouTube Channel: