Social Policy Advisory Committee

About the Committee

The Social Policy Advisory Committee (SPAC) advises Council on matters relating to social planning and the social needs, social well-being and social development of the community. How we plan our cities and neighbourhoods affects the health and well-being of individuals and community in the following ways:
  • Our ability to get around
  • Where and in what type of housing we live
  • What food we have access to
  • Access to income
  • How much and what kind of green space we can play and rest in
  • How safe, connected and included we feel in our neighbourhoods
  • Engagement and sense of belonging


  • First Wednesday of every second month at 7:00 pm in the Blaney Room, City Hall, 11995 Haney Place
  • Committee Bylaw (PDF)

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available upon approval.
Most Recent Agenda | View All Agendas and Minutes

Positions Available

We are currently accepting applications from residents for the following opportunities: 

  • Members at Large 

The terms for these positions will begin January 1, 2020 and will be one or two years in length.

Applications from youth (under the age of 25), seniors and the business community are encouraged.

Apply online or email the Committee Clerk for more information.


Governed by bylaw, the Social Policy Advisory Committee is uniquely designed to provide a variety of perspectives and a broad based approach to community planning. The committee is made up of representation from:
  • City Council
  • School District No. 42
  • Fraser Health
  • Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Network
  • Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Seniors Network
  • Ridge Meadows RCMP
  • A representative of the business community
  • Three Community-at-Large members 
  • One Youth (19-25 years) Community-at-Large member

Current Initiatives

Op​ioid overdose response - social policy engagement workshop

​​Dr. Ingrid Tyler, Medical Health Officer, made a presentation (PDF) at the January 30, 2018 Social Policy Engagement Workshop. A synopsis of the questions and answers following the presentations can be found in the Workshop notes (PDF).

ICM Team Presentation to Social Policy Advisory Committee

Catharine Hume, Co-Executive Director of Rain City Housing, made a presentation at the May 3, 2017 Social Policy Advisory Committee meeting. Ms. Hume provided information on the Integrated Case Management (ICM) Team for Maple Ridge.

Cooperative Efforts

The Social Policy Advisory Committee focuses on improving the social well-being of the community by building community capacity through social services network development, community solutions initiatives, community building initiatives and by encouraging socially sustainable practices for current and future citizens. By creating an opportunity for dialogue between council and local service providers, agencies and other levels of government a collaborative approach to meeting the needs of the community is strengthened. Information is shared, needs or gaps in services are identified and resources and action plans are developed through collaboration.

Tony Cotroneo

Manager of Community Services
Tel: 604-467-7392

Erin Mark

Committee Clerk
Tel: 604-463-5221, ext 5279

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