Governance Model

The South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (commonly known as TransLink) is a regional transportation authority created by the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Act. TransLink is governed by the Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation and TransLink's Board of Directors.

 

Independent Screening Panel

Under TransLink’s governing legislation, an independent Screening Panel is constituted 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
  • Vancouver Board of Trade

The Screening Panel recruits candidates to replace TransLink directors whose terms are expiring. The Screening Panel provides the shortlist of candidates to the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation by September 15. The Mayors’ Council then appoints individuals, from the candidate list, to fill upcoming director vacancies.

 

The Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation (Mayors' Council)

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 (≥ 30 years)
  • approves 10-year transportation investment plans
  • approves first-time short-term fares and short-term fare increases (increases in short-term fares (i.e. passes shorter than 3 days in duration) beyond two per cent 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

 

TransLink Board of Directors

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

 

Chief Executive Officer

  • responsible for the day-to-day management of TransLink
  • reports to the TransLink Board of Directors

 

Province of BC

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

 

Metro Vancouver

  • 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

 

On June 25, 2014, the Province of BC officially passed into legislation a new governance structure for TransLink. This new legislation effectively dissolved the office of the Regional Transportation Commissioner. An archive of the Commissioner's decisions and orders in 2013 and 2014 is available in the Commissioner's Archive Document Library.