ALERT: Significant snowfall expected

Significant snowfall is occuring and expected to continue on Bowen Island. Crews are plowing and salting roads in the following order of priority:

-Main roads and bus routes
-Secondary roads, once the snow fall has stopped
-Third-priority roads, after the snow fall has stopped and all other main and secondary roads are passable

Please make room for plows. Vehicles parked on narrow roadsides make it difficult or impossible for plows to get through. There are many dead-end roads on Bowen. If a plow is unable to turn around at the end of a road, it can't clear the road.

Property owners are responsible for making sure the sidewalks next to their property are kept clear of snow and ice, to ensure the safe passage of pedestrians.

Read more about snow and ice removal

Departments

Council provides direction to municipal staff who provide a variety of services. The Chief Administrative Officer and senior management team carry out Council's decisions. They conduct the affairs of the municipality according to the law and enforce municipal bylaws and policies.

The current organizational chart shows paid positions and their full-time equivalencies within the municipality. The Personnel Policy provides information about the general employment practices and conditions.

To provide for municipal functions and services, funds are raised through the collection of property taxes. Taxation is calculated in May of each year and is levied against land and improvements.

Section 7 of the Community Charter states that the purposes of a municipality are as follows:

  • providing for good government of its community,
  • providing for services, laws and other matters for community benefit,
  • providing for stewardship of the public assets of its community, and
  • fostering the economic, social and environmental well-being of its community.

Our Mission Statement

In carrying out its mandate, Bowen Island Municipality will work towards conducting operations in a way that:

  • Improves the economic, environmental and social well-being for present and future generations;
  • Encourages and fosters community involvement;
  • Enhances the small, friendly, caring character of the community;
  • Maintains an open, accountable and effective operation; and
  • Preserves and enhances the unique mix of natural ecosystems and green spaces that Bowen Island possesses.