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Professional development

Councils are expected to support new councillors by offering them professional development programs. It’s never expected that newly elected councillors immediately have all the tools, training, experience and competencies that might be required over a four-year term.

Through a combination of on-the-job experience and professional development programs, councillors will gain knowledge and skills in areas including:

  • budgeting
  • council planning
  • meeting procedures
  • advocacy
  • negotiation
  • media

Professional development is voluntary, but is strongly encouraged and accessible.

Some councillors argue that because they’ve been elected all they need to do is take their place at the council table.

While it’s a democratic principle that candidates are chosen by voters, councillors are often part-time, come from diverse backgrounds and are required to deal with complex issues. It is therefore up to them to be open to continual learning and professional development.

We offer all elected councillors a range of induction and longer-term professional development opportunities.