Public Safety Committee


The purpose of the Public Safety Committee is to provide a forum for engaged citizens to discuss concerns and propose solutions that would serve to enhance safety and security within the City of Nanaimo. The Public Safety Committee will advise Council on strategic and policy initiatives related to the City's provision of public safety programs with a goal of maintaining and enhancing a safe and healthy community.

The Committee will:

  • Discuss and provide recommendations to Council related to:
    • residential and commercial business safety
    • public nuisance matters
    • graffiti and vandalism
    • vehicular crime
    • traffic safety
    • enhancing public safety and security
    • fire safety
  • Review and provide recommendations to Council regarding community safety concerns
  • Receive information from groups and agencies dedicated to community safety, including the Nanaimo RCMP, Nanaimo Fire Rescue and City of Nanaimo Bylaw Services
  • Support advocacy work relating to public safety including integrated enforcement, social responses and the protection of vulnerable persons
  • Discuss issues referred to the Committee by Council, the CAO, GM's or Directors
  • Work with Council to increase public awareness and education on matters related to public safety and security


The Committee shall be comprised of eleven (11) voting members:

  • Two (2) members of Council
  • Nine (9) members-at-large


The members at large shall be appointed by resolution of Council and all residents are eligible to apply. Members of the Committee shall:

  • Reflect a broad cross-section of City of Nanaimo residents
  • Be appointed on the basis of their availability, experience and expertise and not as formal representatives of particular organizations
  • Have no conflict of interest with Council or the Committee and should advise the members when a potential conflict may exist on a specific issue and recuse themselves


Meetings will be held once every two months. In addition to regularly scheduled meetings, the Committee can meet upon call of the Chair.


The following City Departments may provide support to the Committee in accordance with the City of Nanaimo Committee Operating Guidelines:

  • Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
  • Legislative Services and Communications
  • Parks, Recreation and Culture
  • Engineering and Public Works
  • Community Planning
  • Nanaimo Police Support Services
  • Nanaimo Fire Rescue & Emergency Management
  • Bylaw and Parking Services
  • Other Staff as required


Non-voting representatives may be invited to attend the meeting specific to topics of shared interest. All regular meetings are open to the public.


To view meeting agendas and minutes please visit the Meetings Documents and Videos Page.

Live stream video will become available once the meeting has started.


Terms of Reference

2024 Public Safety Committee Key Date Calendar

2024 Public Safety Committee Membership List

Last updated: January 16, 2024

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