The Town Council of Gander operates under a committee structure where the Deputy Mayor and each member of Council chair a separate Standing Committee of Council. Each member of Council chairs one committee and serves on two additional committees. Each committee is comprised of three Councillors and a Resource Person.

In addition to the Standing Committees, Council may strike ad hoc committees to address specific issues. Ad hoc committees may be mandated to complete their work within a specific time frame, or to remain active for as long as a given issue is deemed to require Council's attention. The Mayor is an ex-officio member of all committees and the Chief Administrative Officer may attend each committee meeting at his discretion.

Under the committee system, the day-to-day business of Council is dealt with in detail first by the committee governing the relevant municipal department. The Committee then presents its findings and recommendations to Council at its next scheduled Regular, Privileged or Special Meeting, as may be appropriate. Council and Committee meetings are convened and governed by specific procedural rules, as required under Section 24 of the Municipalities Act.

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Council Meeting Calendar

Committee of the Whole/Privileged Meeting of Council

Every 2nd Thursday commencing January 12, 2023 @ 1 p.m.
Every 2nd Tuesday commencing January 24, 2023 @ 3 p.m.


Regular Meeting of Council

Every 4th Wednesday commencing January 18, 2023 @ 4:00 p.m.
Regular Meetings of Council are open to the public and are broadcast live by Rogers Television on its community channel and website. Meetings are broadcast beginning at 4:00 pm and repeated the following Sunday beginning at 5:30 pm


Committees of Council

During the committee meetings, issues relevant to that committee's mandate are discussed and the Chair then reports on the meeting at the Regular Meeting of Council. Committee meetings are held during the week preceding each Regular Meeting of Council.

Community Services Committee

Every 4th Tuesday commencing February 7, 2023 at 11 a.m.

Chairperson: Councillor Tara Pollett
Members: Deputy Mayor Bettina Ford, Councillor Wilson Hoffe         
Resource Person: Director of Community Services

The Community Services Committee is one of six standing committees of Council with the mandate to consider matters of but not limited to: 

  • Community recreation
  • Community events 
  • Active and healthy living programming
  • Sport and special event promotion and hosting
  • Senior and youth issues
  • Community grants management and oversight
  • Open/green space maintenance
  • Tourism 
  • Recreation infrastructure planning and maintenance  
  • Other related matters referred to the Committee by Council 

Municipal Works & Services Committee

Every 4th Wednesday commencing January 4, 2023 at 11 a.m.

Chairperson: Councillor Pat Woodford
Members: Councillor Sheldon Handcock, Councillor Tara Pollett
Resource Persons: Director of Municipal Works


The Public Works and Services Committee is one of six standing committees of Council with the mandate to consider matters of but not limited to: 

  • Roadway infrastructure maintenance 
  • Water treatment supply and management
  • Open/Green space maintenance
  • Wastewater/storm water management
  • Civic enhancement planning
  • Refuse disposal programs
  • Building maintenance; and 
  • Other related matters referred to the Committee by Council

Governance & Legislative Services Committee

Every 4th Wednesday commencing January 11, 2023 at 9 a.m.

Chairperson: Deputy Mayor Bettina Ford
Members: Councillor Gina Brown, Councillor Wilson Hoffe
Resource Person: Director of Governance & Legislative Services/Town Clerk

The Governance and Legislative Services Committee is one of six standing committees of Council with the mandate to consider matters of but not limited to: 

  • Communications and community engagement
  • Governance 
  • Strategic planning and initiatives 
  • Legal Affairs
  • Records Management 
  • Intergovernmental relations
  • Political matters and lobbying
  • Organizational transparency
  • Priority setting and strategic planning
  • Corporate image and branding
  • Community Advocacy 
  • Other related matters referred to the Committee by Council

Public Safety & Protective Services Committee

Every 4th Thursday commencing January 5, 2023 at 11 a.m.

Chairperson: Councillor Sheldon Handcock
Members: Councillor Pat Woodford, Councillor Gina Brown
Resource Person: Director of Public Safety & Protective Services/Fire Chief

The Public Safety and Protective Services Committee is one of six standing committees of Council with the mandate to consider matters of but not limited to: 

  • Gander Fire Rescue
  • Fire inspections
  • Emergency operations planning
  • Enforcement of Municipal regulations
  • Community safety
  • Hazard identification and mitigation 
  • Other related matters referred to the Committee by Council

Planning & Development Committee

Every 4th Tuesday commencing January 10, 2023 at 11 a.m.

Chairperson: Councillor Gina Brown
Members: Councillor Sheldon Handcock, Deputy Mayor Bettina Ford
Resource Person: Director of Planning & Development

The Planning and Development Committee is one of six standing committees of Council with the mandate to consider matters of but not limited to:

  • Administration of land use by-law and zoning changes and future land development.
  • Building and construction inspection services
  • Capital infrastructure planning and design services
  • Capital Project Management
  • Investment attraction
  • Monitoring commercial development and land sales agreements.
  • Business retention and expansion initiatives
  • Sustainability
  • Land management
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Occupational health and safety measures; and
  • Other related matters referred to the Committee by Council

Corporate Services Committee

Every 4th Wednesday commencing January 11, 2023 at 11 a.m.

Chairperson: Councillor Wilson Hoffe
Members: Councillor Tara Pollett, Councillor Pat Woodford
Resource Person: Director of Corporate Services

The Corporate Services Committee is one of six standing committees of Council with the mandate to consider matters of but not limited to: 

  • Financial administrative matters 
  • Financial management and audit services
  • Information Systems Management services
  • Human resources
  • Purchasing and tendering services
  • Assessment and taxation services; and 
  • Other related matters referred to the Committee by Council

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