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Governance Model

TransLink, officially the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority, is a regional transportation authority created by the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Act.

Governance

Under the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Act (the Act), TransLink has a governance structure that includes: the Board of Directors, the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation. A Screening Panel, established annually, is responsible for nominating candidates for appointment to the Board. The Board has the responsibility and the mandate to make decisions in the interest of TransLink within the limits established by the Act.


Under TransLink’s governing legislation, an independent Screening Panel is established annually. The following entities must each appoint one member by June 30:

  • Greater Vancouver Gateway Society

  • Organization of Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia

  • Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation

  • Minister Responsible for TransLink

  • Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

The Screening Panel recruits candidates to replace the TransLink directors whose terms are ending. The Screening Panel provides a shortlist of candidates to the Mayors’ Council by September 15 of each year.

The Mayors’ Council then appoints individuals, from the candidate list, to fill upcoming director vacancies.

The Mayors' Council is composed of the 21 mayors in Metro Vancouver, the Chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation, and the elected representative of Electoral Area “A”. The Mayors' Council:

  • appoints Mayors' Council Chair and Vice Chair

  • appoints seven TransLink Board members, from a candidate list presented by the Screening Panel

  • approves long-term transportation strategies (greater than 30 years)

  • approves 10-year transportation investment plans

  • approves first-time short-term fares and short-term fare increases (increases in short-term fares (e.g., passes shorter than 3 days in duration)) beyond 2% per year, based on April 1, 2008 fares

  • approves changes in customer satisfaction survey processes

  • approves changes in customer complaint processes

  • oversees sale of major facilities and assets

  • approves variations in TransLink Director Compensation Levels

  • approves TransLink's Executive Compensation Plan

See the current Mayor’s Council

The TransLink Board of Directors is composed of seven individuals appointed by the Mayors' Council (from a candidate list presented by the Screening Panel), the Mayors' Council Chair and Vice-Chair (at their option), and up to two members appointed by the Province. The TransLink Board of Directors:

  • appoints TransLink Chair and Vice-Chair

  • appoints TransLink CEO

  • supervises the management of the affairs of TransLink

  • submits long-term transportation strategies to the Mayors' Council for approval

  • submits 10-year transportation investment plans to the Mayors' Council for approval

  • approves TransLink's annual operating budgets

  • proposes to Mayors’ Council changes to customer satisfaction survey processes and conducts surveys annually

  • proposes to Mayors' Council changes to customer complaint processes and implements approved processes

  • publishes annual reports

  • holds public annual general meetings

  • establishes subsidiaries and appoints their Board Chair and members

See the current Board of Directors

  • responsible for the day-to-day management of TransLink

  • Appointed by and reports to the TransLink Board of Directors

Learn more about TransLink's Chief Executive Officer.

  • responsible for the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Act that establishes TransLink and its governance system

  • establishes provincial environmental, transportation, and economic objectives that TransLink must consider when developing long-term transportation strategies

  • contributes funding for major capital projects

  • The Province has the ability to appoint up to two individuals to the TransLink Board of Directors

  • responsible for the regional growth strategy and regional air quality objectives that TransLink must consider when developing long-term transportation strategies

  • provides input to TransLink on its long-term transportation strategies and 10-year transportation investment plans

  • provides input to the Mayors' Council on proposed borrowing limit increases in 10-year transportation investment plans


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