What is the Role of Regional Districts?

The local government system in British Columbia is unique in Canada because, in addition to the 162 municipal governments, it is comprised of 27 regional districts.

Regional districts can provide a broad range of services with the exception of roads and policing. The choice of services is determined by the regional board but only with the support of the electors. Therefore, the breadth of services varies with each regional district according to its circumstances and local opinion.

Regional districts are the planning jurisdiction for electoral areas and can adopt zoning bylaws and official community plans. In addition, regional districts can have a region-wide planning role by developing a regional growth strategy.