Dean Fortin, Mayor of Victoria

On November 15, 2008, Dean Fortin was elected the 51st Mayor of Victoria. He was sworn into office on December 2, 2008. His top priorities include addressing the severe shortage of affordable housing in the city, homelessness, sustainable growth, supporting a vibrant downtown, and advancing a transportation strategy that meets the needs of the growing region.

Mayor Dean Fortin serves as the Co-Chair for the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, and serves on the Victoria Regional Transit Commission.

Dean was first elected to City Council in 2002. During his tenure as Councillor, he participated on many committees addressing vital issues like finance and personnel, housing, social planning, and the environment.
Mayor Fortin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography, a Bachelor of Laws, and a Masters Degree in Education (Counselling).
Dean is a long-time resident of Victoria. He lives in the Oaklands neighbourhood of Victoria with his wife and daughter.

Themes

Liveable Cities – homelessness/affordable housing/transportation
City Services – what are cities core services – i.e. water, roads, etc.
Local Government – public consultation, access
Motivations, challenges and rewards of being on city council
Finding the time to make a difference.