FORT ST. JOHN -- The City of Fort St. John Council and Chief Administrative Officer are in Vancouver this week for the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention.

The convention is held for local governments to hold discussions and advocate their policies to the provincial government through formal resolution sessions and meetings. It is held over a week, starting Monday.

According to the City of Fort St. John, they submitted three resolutions for consideration. They include registering fees on title to increase transparency, creating an economic immigration program that provides local governments the ability to streamline and approve foreign workers, and additional addiction treatment capacity in rural and remote communities.

Council will also meet with several cabinet ministers and shadow ministers during one-on-one meetings to discuss local issues. The discussions include: the overdose prevention site, decriminalization of drugs and safety in public places, RCMP funding and tax fairness considerations and issues, additional classroom space for middle schools in School District 60, funding and value of post-secondary education in northern and Indigenous communities, update on the Taylor Bridge project, Alaska Highway intersection safety, update on the Blueberry River First Nation decision, hosting provincial sporting events in the province and viable housing projects.

The city stated in their press release that they are committed to addressing a wide range of local issues and collaborating with other levels of government to improve life in Fort St. John.