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.

Accessibility & Inclusion Committee

  • Citizen Members (with lived and learned accessibility experience)

On September 1, 2022 the Accessible BC Act (ACBA) came into effect with a goal of making BC a more inclusive province. Part of this legislation requires some organizations to develop an Accessibility Committee and an Accessibility Plan. The AIC must include members who identify as having a visible or invisible disability; and/or represent organizations that serve people with disabilities; and those who represent the diversity of British Columbia, including Indigenous people. The AIC will work to identify, prevent and eliminate barriers within our region in support of new regulations to make B.C. more inclusive for people with disabilities.

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. 


Community Health Plan 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 Plan, 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 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 defence 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 defence; to develop guidelines & outline responsibilities for all services in the event of an emergency; to review emergency operations, resources and capabilities for adequacy.

Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC)*
  • Regional Council Chair
  • Citizen members appointed for two-year terms
  • Staff representation appointed by CAO

The purpose of the Northern Rockies Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) is to investigate ideas and solutions and provide advice in the form of information, options and recommendations to Council on climate change, waste diversion, energy efficiency, green technology, and other topics associated with environmental sustainability in the Northern Rockies.


Find the Terms of Reference here.

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 Action Committee (TAC)* 
  • Regional Council Appointee
  • Committee-appointed Chair 
  • Committee-appointed Vice-Chair
  • Citizen members appointed for two- or three-year terms
  • Staff representation appointed by CAO

The purpose of the Northern Rockies Tourism Action Committee (TAC) is to assist in the
implementation of the 5- year Regional Tourism Strategy (2022-2027), to develop and empower
ambassadors to advocate on behalf of the tourism sector; 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 strategy, 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


View the Terms of Reference (2022)

Apply to be on the TAC by submitting an Expression of Interest.

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