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General Government


Administration

What we do: The Chief Administrative Officer oversees the administration of the municipality, its officers and employees. Administration keeps Council informed on corporate matters, advises Council on policy and other matters, and ensures Council policies are implemented. The Administration team at the District of Sechelt con­sists of Communications, Arts and Culture, Human Resources and Council support and works closely with all other departments.


Communications

What we do: The Communications Department implements and coordinates the corporate communications, engagement and marketing for the organization as well as providing support to Council by managing council correspondence, booking meetings and travel and providing support for their community meetings. The de­partment works to ensure open and transparent government is achieved utilizing in-person and digital chan­nels.

In addition to internal and external communications, this department supports and leverages the work of Sun­shine Coast Tourism in promoting Sechelt as the premier destination for Sunshine Coast visitors; managing the Sechelt Visitor Information Centre; initiating economic development activities and supports the work of the Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Organization; and, is responsible for the marketing and booking of community facilities.

Mayor and Council welcome input from all community members. This department receives comments and questions on social media, through email, face-to-face and by way of letters. Staff document each item and ensure responses and acknowledgements are issued.


Human Resources

What we do: Human Resources works closely with all departments through providing advice, guidance, rec­ommendations and support in all areas of human resources while adhering to all applicable legislation. This includes recruitment and selection; liaising with the Union, Desjardins, the Municipal Pension Plan, occupa­tional health and safety consultants, lawyers and WorkSafe BC; administering employment contracts and the Collective Agreement; researching and implementing policies; coordinating and conducting employee orienta­tion, performance reviews, performance coaching, training and organizational development, exit interviews, incident investigations; classifying job descriptions; labour and employee relations; managing disability claims; succession planning; and employee wellness initiatives.

Human Resources ensures organizational compliance with the legal framework governing the relationship be­tween an employer and its employees such as the Employment Standards Act, BC Human Rights Code, Occupa­tional Health and Safety Regulations etc.


Corporate Services

The Corporate Services Department responsible for the corporate and legislative services of the District including the preparation, preservation and safekeeping of minutes, bylaws and records of Council and committee business, legal documents, administration of oaths, certifying District documents and other duties established in the Community Charter. The Corporate Officer is the District’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Officer.


Financial Services

The Finance Department oversees the financial operations of the District and coordinates ongoing financial planning. The Finance Department provides financial information, advice and direction to Council, departments, outside agencies, as well as the public. In addition, this department is responsible for general accounting, taxation, accounts receivable, budgeting, payroll administration, investments, purchasing, grant writing, property insurance. The Finance Department also oversees the operations at the airport.


Information Technology

The role of IT is to function as a partner in the development and enhancement of business processes. IT works collaboratively with our clients to provide the technologies that support current and future services for Sechelt citizens. IT services include:
  • Provide a solid, secure infrastructure for staff
  • Troubleshoot technology issues.
  • Streamline business processes through technology.
  • Install, manage and support all hardware, software and communications assets including infrastructure, telephone and audio visual systems, desktop computers and mobile computing devices.
  • Provision of geographic information systems which include detailed asset and cadastral mapping information which tracks properties, right of ways, zonings, and the location of sewer and road assets.


Bylaw Enforcement

Bylaws are designed to protect public safety and enhance livability within the municipality. Bylaw Enforcement Officers routinely encompass both an enforcement and liaison role within the community They are responsible for bylaw enforcement and ensuring compliance with Council bylaws through education, mediation, enforcement and, when required, prosecution. In addition to land use and property related bylaws, the department maintains bylaws on such issues as noise, unsightly premises, pesticides, dog licensing and control. Department activities also include bylaw development, bylaw review and updating, best practices review, training, reporting and collaborating with a broad range of agencies including the RCMP, Vancouver Coastal Health, Transport Canada, Sunshine Coast Mental Health & Addiction Services, Ministry of Agriculture and the Sechelt Fire Department.


Mayor and Council

The primary responsibility of Mayor and Council, as an elected body, is to create regulatory and budgetary policies that represent the aspirations of Sechelt’s residents. These priorities are implicit in the programs set forth and adopted in the District’s annual operating budget. The Council’s services include, but are not limited to: policy formation; community leadership; committees and commissions; governmental communication and collaboration; and public communication.


Airport

The Sechelt Airport is located at the top of Field Road in Wilson Creek. The airport currently provides service to the public via three commercial operators. Land lots at the airport are available to lease for commercial and recreational purposes. An airport expansion plan has been proposed to attract more business to the District.


Non-Departmental Activities

This section captures revenues, expenses and debt payments that are not attached to a specific department or activity.

Schedule of events

Join the Committee of the Whole meetings to watch presentations from each department and participate at the question and answer session following the meeting. Check out the agendas for more information and the calendar for links to join.

Public participation sessions are scheduled for noon on the Monday following each committee of the whole meeting so Council can hear from you. Two evening public participations sessions are also planned:

  • Wed March 10, 3pm: Committee of the Whole - Tourism, Library, RCMP, One-time and New Operating requests, Capital budget requests
  • Mon March 15, 12pm: Public participation on topics from March 10 Committee meeting
  • Wed March 24, 3pm: Committee of the Whole - Capital Budget requests
  • Mon March 29, 7:30 - 8:30pm: Public participation - Capital budget requests
  • Wed March 31, 3pm: Special Committee of the Whole - Capital budget requests and deliberation
  • Tues April 6, 12pm: Public participation session on topics from March 31 Committee meeting
  • Wed April 14, 3pm: Special Committee of the Whole - Capital budget requests and deliberation

Council will continue budget deliberations into April, with the final 2021 Budget and Five Year Financial Plan to be adopted before May 15, per the Community Charter. Special Committee of the Whole Meetings may be scheduled if additional time is needed.

Other ways to Have Your Say:

  • Click on the department links above to take the budget surveys.
  • Email us at finance@sechelt.ca
  • Call and ask to speak to a member of the budget team 604-885-1986