2019 Powell River April 12-14




qathet Regional District and the City of Powell River are joint hosts for 2019. Convention information will be updated as available.

Category: 2012-2013 Priorities

In follow-up to the AVICC Policy Paper#1: Report on Socio-Economic Impacts of BC Ferries Service Reductions – April, 2014 which was endorsed April 12, 2014 at the AVICC Convention April 12, 2014 in Qualicum Beach, a follow-up study and policy paper is being considered at the 2014 UBCM Convention.

Download a copy of UBCM Policy Paper #1:  Boatswains to the Bollards:  A Socioeconomic Impact Analysis of BC Ferries (PDF).

See the September 10, 2014  UBCM Compass article which preceded the distribution of the Policy Paper to members and highlights the key findings.



AVICC has actively supported the work being undertaken by the Island Corridor Foundation over the years. To encourage VIA Rail to work with the Island Corridor Foundation and its rail operator Southern Railway of BC to come to an agreement to offer efficient passenger service on the island, President Cross wrote Marc Laliberte, VIA Rail’s President and CEO August 14, 2013 Request to Via Rail [PDF].

Derelict Vessels – This issue continues to be on the forefront of AVICC priorities. Executive wrote Minister Thomson on June 26, 2013 Letter re Derelict Vessels [PDF] expressing concern that little progress has been made to date, that proposal for a UBCM clinic on the topic, and advising that we would be seeking a meeting with him during the UBCM Convention through one of our members. Click here for the Minister Thomson’s Response [PDF]. Islands Trust who has provided significant leadership on this file has arranged for a meeting with Minister Thomson during the UBCM Convention. 27 representatives from 17 local governments will be in attendance.

Nominations to Serve on DFO Aquaculture Management Advisory Committees (AMACs) – Nine members responded to the invitation to serve on either the Finfish or Shellfish AMAC. Executive recommended one nominee and one alternate for each committee to UBCM. The recommendations were:

  • Finfish AMAC Nominee: Strathcona EA Director and Vice-Chair Jim Abram
  • Shellfish AMAC Nominee: Nanaimo EA Director Bill Veenhof
  • Finfish AMAC Alternate: Port Hardy Mayor Bev Parnham
  • Shellfish AMAC Alternate: Tofino Councillor Dorothy Baert