Governance & Powers

Elected mayors, councillors and electoral area (rural) directors serve on municipal councils and/or regional district boards to govern and provides services. They must follow requirements, processes and standards to make decisions that are transparent and accountable to their communities.

Governance and powers focuses on the political and administrative structures, processes and authorities of municipalities, regional districts, and other local bodies - such as improvement districts, the Islands Trust, local community commissions and park boards.

That includes matters such as: organization of councils and boards; processes by which citizens elect their representatives; services that are provided and how they are provided; regulatory rules that councils or boards can set; and, procedures that local authorities must follow when exercising their legislative powers.

Learn more about local government governance and powers