Governance Review Citizen Advisory Committee


During the November 15, 2014, municipal election, 88 per cent of those who voted in Saanich indicated support for a community-based review of the governance structure and policies within Saanich and its partnerships within the Region. In response, the Governance Review Citizen Advisory Committee (GRCAC) was established by Council to conduct an independent review and report back in fall 2017. 

The GRCAC provides input and guidance to staff, consultants and Council regarding public and stakeholder engagement during the Governance Review.  A key objective of the committee is to consult broadly with the community to obtain a diversity of feedback. 

Governance Matters …. Get Engaged!

Numerous opportunities are available for the public and stakeholders to participate in the review over the coming months.  The formal engagement process was launched February 9 and has been extended to June 15th.  It includes:

  • “Coffee chats”, focus groups and community meetings – from February to May, the Committee will be out in the community meeting with individuals and groups, continuing a process that began informally in November 2016. 
  • Written submissions – an email address has been set up to receive written submissions and questions, at
  • Online consultation – There are a variety of ways to have your say from the comfort of your home.  When you sign up with PlaceSpeak you will have access to a number of diverse consultation opportunities - take our survey, respond to a poll and participate with other citizens in the discussion forum.  And, you can come back and re-engage at your leisure throughout the consultation period.  We encourage you to take advantage of these methods to provide your input.  
  • Public meetings – public meetings will be convened to allow opportunities for broader discussion. These have been designed to accommodate as many residents as possible, with two different formats, and both daytime and evening sessions available on weekdays and weekends.  Dates and locations are: 



Meeting format


Wed.  April 12

7 – 9 p.m.


Cedar Hill Golf Course Clubhouse
Sat.  April 22 1 – 3 p.m.


Gordon Head Recreation Centre
Mon. May 15 12-3 p.m.

Pop-up booth

Uptown plaza
Wed. May 17 7 – 9 p.m.

Town hall

Saanich Commonwealth Place
Sat. May 27 1 - 3 p.m.

 Town hall

Garth Homer Centre

The public is welcome to attend the regular meetings of the GRCAC, held the last Wednesday of each month. Schedules, agendas and minutes are available online. Meetings are held in the Kirby Room, Saanich Police Station, 760 Vernon Avenue.

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