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


Meetings are generally held the first Wednesday of every second month at 6:00 pm in the Blaney Room, City Hall, 11995 Haney Place. 

All regular meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in appearing at a meeting as a delegation please email the Committee Clerk. Please include in your email your presentation topic and the date you would like to appear.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available upon approval.

Most Recent Agenda | View All Agendas and Minutes


The Social Policy Advisory Committee is uniquely designed to provide a variety of perspectives and a broad based approach to community planning. The Committee will be made up of the following members:


Voting Members:

  • One Council liaison (or alternate)
  • One School District No. 42 (or alternate)
  • One Fraser Health representative (or alternate) 
  • One Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Network representative (or alternate)
  • One Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Seniors Network representative (or alternate)
  • Four Members at Large appointed by Council, with the goal of representation from youth, senior, and business communities and interest and/or expertise in social policy matters 

Standing Invitation Members (non-voting):

  • Ridge Meadows RCMP representative
  • Two additional members nominated by Fraser Health, representing different streams of the organization 

Current Initiatives

Opioid 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 Engagement


Tel: 604-467-7392

Corinn Howes, Acting Deputy Corporate Officer


 Tel: 604-463-5221, ext. 5279