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Welcome to the City's online portal for providing feedback on our communications. We'd like to better understand how you prefer to receive information from us, the kinds of information you are looking for, and how we can improve. Your feedback is an important part of the process.

Right now, we're providing information on our proposed Public Notice Bylaw and looking to find out how you currently receive City information. It will take less than 2 minutes to answer our Quickpoll below, and responses are anonymous. Thank you for the taking time to help us do better!


Proposed Public Notice Bylaw

The City is currently considering adoption of a Public Notice Bylaw. Rather than having a requirement to publish in the newspaper for two consecutive weeks as per the current standard, the proposed Bylaw would require publication in the newspaper for a minimum of 1 week, but with our primary methods of notification (where a minimum 2 weeks notice is required) being the City’s Notice section of our website at princerupert.ca and the City’s official Facebook page. This will ensure that the City can meet all notification timing requirements under the Community Charter, while retaining a public notification process that is accessible, reliable, and clearly defined for the public.

Our intent is to meet Rupertites where you are - both online and via print in the local paper. We know not everyone has the internet - which is why we have retained the requirement to publish in the newspaper at least once, and of course, you can always pop into City Hall to have a look at our Notice Board. At the same time, having the website and social media used to meet our two week timeline for notification ensures that we are able to get our notices completed in between the usual two-week window between meetings - helping regulatory processes to move quicker.

So why this change now?

The Province recently changed Section 94 of the Community Charter - which lays out how public notifications are conducted. This change allows municipalities to use alternative means to the newspaper to notify the public, or to adopt an individual bylaw identifying alternative means of publication. Like we mentioned, previously, the minimum standard for statutory notification - for things like public hearings, road closures, budget, the annual report, and other matters that are subject to public feedback - was to publish twice in the local newspaper and post to our notice boards at City Hall. We have also used our website and social media to share these notices, but it was never a mandatory part of our notification process.

In recent months, City staff have encountered challenges to proceed with Bylaw and other regulatory consideration processes efficiently due to the fact that many notices have to be published for a minimum of 7 days to two weeks in the newspaper prior to being considered by Council. Given updated advertising deadlines of the local newspaper, this makes it impossible for us to have a Bylaw read at one meeting, and then given Council consideration at the next.

Under the existing regulations, technically we could still use alternative methods of publication on an 'as needed' basis - but that doesn't give the community a lot of certainty about where and how often they can expect to see notices from us. Having a Public Notice Bylaw is recommended best practice from the Province about how municipalities should keep residents informed.

What will happen with the notices for the Election?

Given that local elections are occurring in October of 2022, it is important to note that the City’s Election Officers will continue to use the newspaper, website and notice boards (current practice) to publish notices for the minimum notification two week periods for nominations, voting information and other information sharing requirements determined by Elections BC. In short, we are proceeding as we have every other year. City Council is not involved in election processes once Elections and Voting Bylaws are passed and thus potential conflict between Council Meeting schedules and publishing deadlines pose no risk to the efficient distribution of these notices.

What will happen next before Council will consider this Bylaw?

Currently, the Bylaw is proposed to come before Council at the August 22nd meeting of Council, alongside an associated amendment to our existing Development Procedure Bylaw to reflect the standards of the new Public Notice Bylaw, if it passes. Before it's considered by Council, the public has the opportunity to get more information, and to provide feedback, as described below.

How can I provide feedback or get additional information?

For more information or to view the proposed Bylaw please contact the front desk of City Hall during regular hours of business, Monday - Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm, call (250) 627 0976, visit the notices section of our website at princerupert.ca, or email Communications Manager Veronika Stewart at veronika.stewart@princerupert.ca.

Comment on the Bylaw can be provided to Council for their consideration before the Bylaw is considered for adoption via the Corporate Administrator, Rosamaria Miller before 4:30 pm August 19th, 2022 by email at rosamaria.miller@princerupert.ca or in writing to Administration, 424 3rd Avenue West, Prince Rupert, BC, V8J 1L7.


Welcome to the City's online portal for providing feedback on our communications. We'd like to better understand how you prefer to receive information from us, the kinds of information you are looking for, and how we can improve. Your feedback is an important part of the process.

Right now, we're providing information on our proposed Public Notice Bylaw and looking to find out how you currently receive City information. It will take less than 2 minutes to answer our Quickpoll below, and responses are anonymous. Thank you for the taking time to help us do better!


Proposed Public Notice Bylaw

The City is currently considering adoption of a Public Notice Bylaw. Rather than having a requirement to publish in the newspaper for two consecutive weeks as per the current standard, the proposed Bylaw would require publication in the newspaper for a minimum of 1 week, but with our primary methods of notification (where a minimum 2 weeks notice is required) being the City’s Notice section of our website at princerupert.ca and the City’s official Facebook page. This will ensure that the City can meet all notification timing requirements under the Community Charter, while retaining a public notification process that is accessible, reliable, and clearly defined for the public.

Our intent is to meet Rupertites where you are - both online and via print in the local paper. We know not everyone has the internet - which is why we have retained the requirement to publish in the newspaper at least once, and of course, you can always pop into City Hall to have a look at our Notice Board. At the same time, having the website and social media used to meet our two week timeline for notification ensures that we are able to get our notices completed in between the usual two-week window between meetings - helping regulatory processes to move quicker.

So why this change now?

The Province recently changed Section 94 of the Community Charter - which lays out how public notifications are conducted. This change allows municipalities to use alternative means to the newspaper to notify the public, or to adopt an individual bylaw identifying alternative means of publication. Like we mentioned, previously, the minimum standard for statutory notification - for things like public hearings, road closures, budget, the annual report, and other matters that are subject to public feedback - was to publish twice in the local newspaper and post to our notice boards at City Hall. We have also used our website and social media to share these notices, but it was never a mandatory part of our notification process.

In recent months, City staff have encountered challenges to proceed with Bylaw and other regulatory consideration processes efficiently due to the fact that many notices have to be published for a minimum of 7 days to two weeks in the newspaper prior to being considered by Council. Given updated advertising deadlines of the local newspaper, this makes it impossible for us to have a Bylaw read at one meeting, and then given Council consideration at the next.

Under the existing regulations, technically we could still use alternative methods of publication on an 'as needed' basis - but that doesn't give the community a lot of certainty about where and how often they can expect to see notices from us. Having a Public Notice Bylaw is recommended best practice from the Province about how municipalities should keep residents informed.

What will happen with the notices for the Election?

Given that local elections are occurring in October of 2022, it is important to note that the City’s Election Officers will continue to use the newspaper, website and notice boards (current practice) to publish notices for the minimum notification two week periods for nominations, voting information and other information sharing requirements determined by Elections BC. In short, we are proceeding as we have every other year. City Council is not involved in election processes once Elections and Voting Bylaws are passed and thus potential conflict between Council Meeting schedules and publishing deadlines pose no risk to the efficient distribution of these notices.

What will happen next before Council will consider this Bylaw?

Currently, the Bylaw is proposed to come before Council at the August 22nd meeting of Council, alongside an associated amendment to our existing Development Procedure Bylaw to reflect the standards of the new Public Notice Bylaw, if it passes. Before it's considered by Council, the public has the opportunity to get more information, and to provide feedback, as described below.

How can I provide feedback or get additional information?

For more information or to view the proposed Bylaw please contact the front desk of City Hall during regular hours of business, Monday - Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm, call (250) 627 0976, visit the notices section of our website at princerupert.ca, or email Communications Manager Veronika Stewart at veronika.stewart@princerupert.ca.

Comment on the Bylaw can be provided to Council for their consideration before the Bylaw is considered for adoption via the Corporate Administrator, Rosamaria Miller before 4:30 pm August 19th, 2022 by email at rosamaria.miller@princerupert.ca or in writing to Administration, 424 3rd Avenue West, Prince Rupert, BC, V8J 1L7.

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