Stewart McDannold Stuart
Client Bulletin
August 2021
 
Electronic Meetings: Bill 10 Requires Adoption of New Procedure Bylaw Provisions For Continuation of Electronic Meetings

Changes to the authority for local governments to hold electronic board and council meetings are afoot.    After the current authority under the COVID Related Measures Act/Ministerial Order M192 to hold electronic meetings expires on September 28, fully electronic regular council, board, and committee meetings will only be possible if council or the board has enacted certain amendments to its procedure bylaw. According to the Province’s “Guidance for Adapting to the New Electronic Meetings Framework”, similar changes are planned for the Regional District Electronic Meetings Regulation.  This document also states that these bylaw amendments cannot receive first reading until after the new electronic meeting provisions of the Community Charter come into effect on September 29.   This means that there will be a gap in the authority to hold fully electronic committee and regular meetings that will last from September 29 until a local government is able to enact the required procedure bylaw amendments. (more…)