Friday, August 25, 2023

UBCM Talking Points 2023

September makes for convention season for BC municipal leaders as the province's elected officials and their senior staff members, along with a string of BC government and opposition members prepare to take part in the UBCM convention. 

Like many communities across BC, Prince Rupert, Port Edward and Regional District will be sending delegations of elected officials and senior staffers to the five day event in Vancouver.

The 2023 edition is the 120th Annual Convention and it takes place at the Vancouver Conventions Centre from September 18-22, the theme for 2023 is "Balancing Act" explained as follows:

As we embark on a new term, we benefit from fresh perspectives and approaches around our board and council tables. There are opportunities to explore and assess our environment for both new and returning elected officials. We aim to balance the priorities ahead and craft plans that create impact in our communities. 

These plans are undoubtedly set in an environment of uncertainty. Many households brace as the impacts of inflation settle in, and stresses around housing affordability and attainability mount. Local governments also feel this strain as they balance tight budgets and limited resources alongside community growth. In the face of these urgent challenges, constituents continue to expect the ideals of good governance front and center—strong financial stewardship, transparency, and accountability. 

BC’s local leaders are well-equipped to foster stability, fortified by the lessons of resiliency learned through the last few years. But we also recognize an urgent need to align our personal wellness with our professional responsibilities. To serve our communities most sustainably we must establish equilibrium with our own physical, emotional and social wellbeing. 

We also recognize that there are opportunities to flourish when we embrace inclusivity, balance perspectives, and widen our circles. Local governments and Indigenous communities continue to foster relationships and approaches to operations with UNDRIP and DRIPA at the fore. Together, communities are growing capacity and local solutions through varied knowledge and viewpoints.

As we head towards convention week, we will offer up items of interest below culled from developments that come out of the gathering. 

Items from the blog focused on the North Coast and related to the convention can be found in this archive listed in their own section and, highlighted in red,  our blog contributions to the theme will be marked by our blue NCR icon, allowing you to find them with a quick scan.

Notes on the convention that are related to the North Coast and Northwest involvement from other media sources will listed below in green typeface.

Notes of interest from other communities will be highlighted in orange .

A look at the Program for the Vancouver event can be found here.  

As well you can also explore  the UBCM Book of Resolutions that will be considered during the course of the five day convention.

Readers of the blog can also find updates on information from UBCM by way of their website and through twitter a wider look at the thoughts of convention delegates can be explored from the  #UBCM2023 hashtag

The UBCM executive is providing for Convention bulletins, with notes on how the convention program is evolving and other notes of interest for convention time you can access those notes here.

North Coast Review notes 2023


From elsewhere in the Northwest

September 21 -- RBA Struggles without Government (video)


From around British Columbia



The UBCM homepage for Convention 2023 can be found here.

Other items related to UBCM, as well as the work of provincial and municipal officials can be reviewed on our political portal D'Arcy McGee.

You can access this archive from our Extra Editions link found as part of right hand column.


  1. We can't afford to paint lines on the road. We should not be sending councilors to the meeting.

    1. Ah yes, then let’s just give up trying to convince the Province to help at all and do it all in our own. Shall we give the $65 million back too?