Council committees* are created under the  local government legislative framework to provide an opportunity for members of the public to work collaboratively and provide advice on matters referred to them by Council through their Terms of Reference. 

Members of the public interested in joining one of the advisory committees may apply when vacancies are advertised through traditional and social media, with most vacancies occurring at the beginning of the Council term. 

Other committees such as the Board of Variance may be mandated by legislation.

Agriculture Advisory Committee*
  • Citizen Members (advertised for and appointed by Council)
  • Staff Representation (appointed by CAO)

To advise Regional Council regarding the municipal bylaws and policies aimed at the encouragement and guidance of agricultural development, including the Official Community Plans (OCP) and Zoning Bylaws.

Board of Variance (BoV) 
  • Citizen Members (3) 

When a zoning bylaw has been adopted, there are certain circumstances where a person can receive a minor variance to the provisions in the bylaw by appealing to the Board of Variance (BOV). A person may apply to the BOV for a minor variance if they feel compliance with the bylaw would cause them a hardship. For example, if a big rock in their yard made it a hardship to site the house in conformity with the normal setbacks- a person could apply for a minor variance.

The NRRM BOV consists of three appointed citizen members (current term is October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2024), to hear requests at meetings that are open to the public. 


Applications to the 2021-2024 Board of Variance Committee are now being accepted.  Applications must be received prior to August 27, 2021.

Community Health Strategy Steering Committee 
  • Citizen, Agency & Stakeholder Members

In 2017, the NRRM, Fort Nelson First Nation, Northern Health, and local health care providers committed to working collaboratively to develop a Community Health Strategy, with important consultation from residents, stakeholders and others. The work was led by leaders from NRRM, Northern Health, Fort Nelson First Nations and local physicians. The intention was to use the ideas of residents and health related organizations, along with previous studies, to create an action plan that will lead to improved health. This document describes the process and the resulting plan in some detail.

The Community Health Plan document was completed in 2018 and will guide work around ensuring the Northern Rockies is a healthy community, in addition to the addressing areas of concern around health services for the next three to five years.  The work will continue to be led by a Steering Committee representing the groups listed above

Emergency Program Executive Committee (EPEC) 
  • Regional Council Chair
  • Regional Council Vice Chair
  • Staff Representative (as appointed by CAO)
  • RCMP-designated Representative

Required by Provincial law and established by local bylaw, the EPEC Committee meets quarterly and is composed of the Mayor and two Regional Councillors. Providing legislative leadership for the Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) is a function of the Emergency Program Executive Committee. This committee reviews & recommends on all emergency planning to the Regional Council and oversees coordination of local efforts with regional & provincial efforts, for the defense of the area in the case of all civil emergencies. 

Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) 
  • Regional Council Representative
  • Representatives from local emergency response organizations and major industries

Required by the Emergency Response Plan and Provincial Law, this committee serves to establish, maintain and administer emergency plans and responses for the purpose of civil defense; to develop guidelines & outline responsibilities for all services in the event of an emergency; to review emergency operations, resources and capabilities for adequacy.

Toad River Advisory Planning Committee (TRAPC) 
  • Regional Council Appointees (5)
  • Alternate Regional Council Appointees (2)

The mandate of the Toad River Planning Advisory Committee (TRAPC) is to advise Regional Council on any matter referred to the TRAPC by Regional Council including:

  1. Land use applications within or affecting the Toad River Community Area
  2. Other Initiatives within or affecting the Toad River Community Area
Tourism Advisory Committee (TAC)* 
  • Regional Council Chair 
  • Committee-appointed Vice-Chair
  • Citizen members appointed for two-year terms
  • Staff representation appointed by CAO

The purpose of the Northern Rockies Tourism Advisory Council (TAC) is to assist in the implementation of the tourism-related components of the Regional Economic Strategy (2019), to provide advice and feedback to the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (NRRM) related to activities and tactics undertaken to achieve the priorities identified in the plans, and provide an industry perspective (challenges, opportunities, etc.) related to future tourism development and planning in the NRRM. The TAC will help increase economic growth and awareness of the natural, cultural and historic assets within the NRRM.

Alaska Highway Community Society

Regional Council Representative

Fort Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce Regional Council Representative
Fort Nelson Historical Society Regional Council Representative
Fort Nelson Rotary Club Regional Council Representative
Municipal Finance Authority of BC Regional Council Representative, Alternate, Second Alternate
Municipal Insurance Association of BC Regional Council Representative, Alternate, Second Alternate
North Central Local Government Association Regional Council Representative

Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT)

Northeast Regional Advisory Committee (NERAC)
Regional Council Board Member Representative, Alternate
Poplar Hills Golf & Country Club Board Regional Council Representative
Fort Nelson Public Library Board Regional Council Representative
Phoenix Theatre Society Board Regional Council Representative