How City Hall Works

Our city, our community, and you. Nestled between the ocean and the mountains, the City of North Vancouver is a compact community approximately five square miles in size. But, don’t let our size fool you. With a diverse population of over 58,000 (from the 2021 census), we’re also considered one of the most livable communities in the Metro Vancouver.

City Hall Working For You

Local government has the most impact on our day-to-day lives and is considered the most accessible level of government. And the City of North Vancouver is no exception. We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional services to our citizens and being open and accessible to you.

Throughout the day, as you take out the garbage, drive your car, visit a library, recreation centre, or enjoy a leisurely stroll through a park or along the waterfront, you’ll experience just a few of the countless services, amenities and gathering places provided by your local government.

The City is responsible for providing important services to our residents, including: clean drinking water, garbage and recycling collection, road and sidewalk maintenance, efficient sewage systems, police and fire services, libraries, recreation centres, and parks, pathways, and green spaces. For more information on the services we provide, visit

City Mayor & Council

The governing body for the City is our Municipal Council, comprised of one Mayor and six Councillors. Elected by the public every four years, their role is to determine policy and to ensure the best interests of our citizens are met.

Reporting to Mayor and Council is the Chief Administrative Officer. Their role is to ensure that the policies and directives of Council are implemented and to oversee our staff team. We’re proud of the high level of service we provide to the community; in fact, many of our employees are also City residents.

To fund the services we provide to the public, the City collects property and utility taxes from all property owners. Every year the City prepares a budget to determine how much it costs to provide services to the community. Your yearly taxes are based on this budget, as well as the current assessment of your property. The City also collects taxes on behalf of other agencies, including TransLink and the Province of BC (school tax).

For more information on our Mayor and Council, visit

For more on how local government works download the Community Effort Booklet.

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Take Part & Get Involved

Council meets most Mondays at 6pm at City Hall. At these meetings Council discusses and votes on various issues and provides direction to staff on how to proceed with City business, policies, programs, developments and budgets. You’re welcome to attend council meetings in person or watch online. You can even speak directly to council at the beginning of a council meeting, either individually or as a group. Council meetings are live streamed on the City website and can also be viewed afterwards.

The City also holds several Public Hearings and Public Meetings throughout the year. These meetings are a great way to stay informed and provide your input on various issues.

Passionate about transportation, libraries, or public art? Then you might want to join one of our many volunteer committees. Your input through these committees helps to keep Council informed as they consider important issues.

For more information on our local government, Council meetings, Public Hearings, and volunteer opportunities, visit

Everyone Loves Our City

Don’t just take our word for it. We asked the question ‘What do you love about our City?’ - here’s what you had to say.

Something for Everyone

There have never been more opportunities to get out, explore, and have fun. Here’s a sampling of how you can enjoy the City of North Vancouver.

We’ve got family fun to pack your calendar! The City coordinates and hosts events and festivals throughout the year, including Spirit of the Season, Kids in the Hall, waterfront festivals, Family Movie Nights in Civic Plaza, and much more.
then head down to Lower Lonsdale. Always fun, the neighbourhood comes alive at night with our Friday Night Market, complete with live entertainment, food trucks, and beverage garden. While you’re there, be sure to visit one of our many restaurants, Polygon Gallery, and Lonsdale Quay Market. 
Our festivals and events are sure to please. Stroll through the farmers markets, enjoy some Jazz in the Plaza, party at Caribbean Days, Filipino Days, Waterfront Festival, Shipyards Night Markets, and Pride at the Pier. There’s something for everyone!
We’re proud to be a walkable city. Take a stroll along the seven kilometre Green Necklace which circles the City’s urban centre. Or wind your way along our scenic waterfront on the Spirit Trail, a fully accessible, paved greenway that extends from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove. Be sure to check out the public art along the way.

Looking for More Adventures?

Visit our Parks, Recreation & Culture section or check out our Community Events Calendar.

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