Frequently Asked Questions

What are Council committees?

Council committees make recommendations and give advice to City Council. Some committees even act in a "quasi-judicial" role – they have the authority to make decisions and judgments for the City.

Council committees generally fall into two categories:

  • Standing Council Committees: A permanent council committee
  • Ad Hoc Committee: A short-term committee established to serve a specific purpose
How are Council committee members chosen?

Council committee members are chosen throughout the year. A nomination committee reviews all applications, and makes recommendations to City Council. City Council makes the final decision on all committee appointments.

Some committee positions require specific expertise relevant to the issues the committee deals with. Others only require time, dedication, and desire to give back to the community.

Who can apply?

Specific membership and eligibility requirements vary depending on the Board, Commission or Committee. If you are interested in applying, read the Board's, Commission's or Committee's information on mandates, eligibility requirements, and time commitments. The City of Red Deer is looking for:

  • Individuals with a desire to give back to the community;
  • Individuals with specific expertise relevant to the qualifications a specific board, commission or committee;
  • Individuals interested in the legislative process;
  • Individuals with time available to commit to membership.
How do I apply to become a committee member?

Legislative Services is accepting applications for Boards, Commissions and Committees. To apply for a position:

  • Complete and sign the  and deliver via mail to City of Red Deer, Legislative Services, PO Box 5008, Red Deer T4N 3T4; or in person to Legislative Services, 2nd floor, City Hall or email to; or
  • Copies of the application form can also be picked up at Legislative Services, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 4914 – 48 Avenue.

The application deadline is Monday, September 30, 2019 at 9 a.m.

Why are there separate application forms for each committee?

Each committee has unique experiences/skill sets for which they are recruiting. Individual application forms allow you to describe the strengths you have that are specifically needed for each committee.

How are members selected?

Applications are reviewed by the Nomination Committee who makes recommendations to Council.  City Council reviews all recommendations at the annual Organizational Meeting of Council, and appoints the most qualified individuals.  The City of Red Deer Committees Bylaw provides additional information about the appointment process of public members to Boards, Commissions and Committees.

When will Council select members?

City Council will select and appoint members at the Organizational Meeting of Council on October 29, 2018.

What if I am not a successful applicant?

Following the Organizational Meeting of Council, Legislative Services will notify applicants with respect to the status of their application. If you were not selected for an appointment at the Organizational Meeting of Council on October 29, 2018, please note that all applications received in 2018 will be kept by Legislative Services for one year, and will be considered by the Nomination Committee throughout the ensuing year when vacancies arise on Boards, Commissions and Committees.

Need assistance?

Contact Legislative Services for more information:

Phone:  403-342-8132