B.C. mayors could descend on Oak Bay

Oak Bay is in the running to host a mayor’s caucus in early 2017

Oak Bay is in the running to host a mayor’s caucus in early 2017.

Twice a year mayors from around B.C. are invited to learn more about the industries that drive the provincial economy, participate in field tours and spend a day meeting with colleagues to discuss emerging issues.

One of those meetings is held during the Union of BC Municipalities convention and the other hosted by various communities. The 2016 caucus was held in May in Fort St. John.

Mayor Nils Jensen hopes to bring those delegates here next year.

“We have an opportunity to be considered to host,” Jensen said. “We have hosted two other similar situations.”

He noted it was several years ago that Oak Bay hosted the Association of Vancouver Island Communities that “stretched the limits” of meeting space in the community; the other large gathering was the BC Association of Police Boards.

The program would be funded through sponsorship and registration.

“I’m very confident we could put together a budget that would see no implications for the taxpayers,” Jensen said.

Council approved Jensen throwing Oak Bay in the mix for the 2017 mayor’s caucus meeting.