Corporate Services provides legal and administrative support to District Council, including policy advice and accurate recording of Council decisions to ensure the direction of Council is carried out.
The Corporate Officer leads the Corporate Services Department.
As outlined in the Community Charter and Local Government Act, the Corporate Officer:
- Ensures minutes, bylaws and other records are maintained and kept safe;
- Ensures access is provided to records as required by law;
- Administers oaths and takes affirmations, affidavits and declarations required to be taken under this Act or any other Act relating to municipalities;
- Certifies copies of bylaws and other documents;
- Accepts notices and documents that are required or permitted to be given to, served on, filed with or otherwise provided to the Council or municipality; and
- Keeps the corporate seal and affixes it to documents as required.
Other specific duties of the Corporate Officer include: the preparation and execution of agreements, development of bylaws and policies, processing of all inquiries under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, oversight of the District’s record management, and assumption of the position of Chief Election Officer.
Operating under the umbrella of Corporate Services are the following functions:
Communications strives to improve public engagement and promote District initiatives. The function also supports interdepartmental communication. External communications include correspondence, press releases, advertising, website maintenance, the Community E-Newsletter, social media channels, print materials and the Reader Board located outside of the District Office.
- District of Sicamous Facebook
- District of Sicamous Instagram
- District of Sicamous Twitter
- Community E-Newsletter
Bylaw Enforcement prioritizes education and voluntary compliance with all District bylaws to improve the livability and enjoyment of Sicamous.
Reception provides administrative support to all departments and strives to ensure the public experiences exceptional customer service when engaging with their local government. Reception serves as a customer service information hub responsible for payment processing, permit application processing, cemetery administration, business licensing and the coordination of building inspections.
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy that balances the right of access to District records with the duty to protection personal information. Submit a request for records or learn more about the District's commitment to privacy here.
Records Management ensures systematic control of all records in all forms and media throughout the record lifestyle. The District follows its Records Management Manual which aligns with the 2015 Local Government Management Association's Records Manual, District of Sicamous Records Management Bylaw No. 914 and Procedure PR:5, Destruction of Documents.
Election Administration responsibilities are also assumed by Corporate Services. The Chief Election Officer and Deputy Chief Election Officer are appointed by Council to follow the election process outlined in the Local Government Act. The administration of general local elections and by-elections is a shared responsibility between local governments and Elections BC.