Whistler's Council is comprised of a Mayor and six Councillors who are elected for a four-year term. The current Council was elected on October 20, 2018.
The primary functions of municipal Council are:
- To establish administrative policy,
- To adopt bylaws governing matters delegated to local government through the Local Government Act and the Community Charter, along with other Provincial statutes for the protection of the public, and
- To levy taxes for these purposes.
Municipal Council represents the citizens of Whistler, providing community leadership by serving as the legislative and policy making body of the municipality. The Mayor and Council approve policy and budgets and provide direction to the Chief Administrative Officer.
Council is responsible for:
- Providing good government for its community,
- Providing works, services, facilities, and other things that the municipality considers necessary or desirable for all or part of the community,
- Providing stewardship of the public assets of the community, and
- Fostering the current and future economic, social and environmental well-being of the community.
A municipal council makes decisions collectively, meaning that it is not individual council members but rather the council as a whole, based on a majority vote, that decides and acts for the municipality.
Portfolios of Council
Whistler’s Councillors also take responsibility for a portfolio. Leveraging Councillors’ knowledge, skills and experience, the portfolio leads are:
- Environment: Councillor Arthur De Jong
- Social Services & Regional Cooperation: Councillor Jen Ford
- Finance and Audit: Councillor Ralph Forsyth
- Tourism Economy: Councillor John Grills
- Housing: Councillor Duane Jackson
- Arts, Natural History, Traditions & Heritage: Councillor Cathy Jewett
Portfolio leads are an additional tool for continued collaboration between boards and committees with the RMOW and Council, provide further opportunities for enhancing relationships with provincial and federal counterparts, and further champion these areas of municipal interest.
Council continues to vote on all municipal issues and portfolio leads do not have any additional decision-making capacity.
Legislative Services Department