Governance Review Citizen Advisory Committeee

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 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. 
  • On-line Survey – a public survey will be available on the Saanich website beginning March 1 and running through to the end of May. 
  • Public Meetings – four 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
Sat. May 6 1 – 3 p.m.

Town hall

Location to be determined
Wed. May 17 7 – 9 p.m.

Town hall

Saanich Commonwealth Place

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