A municipal council or a regional district board may decide to establish a commission to provide advice or undertake some economic development work on behalf of the board or council.


Commissions are used when the council or a regional district board:

  • Does not have the capacity to undertake an initiative
  • Feels a delegated body could better deliver the service

Economic development needs subject matter experts and community involvement. A commission provides an opportunity for widespread input from stakeholders and the community through representation on the board. The commission can operate at "arm’s-length" from the council or regional district board.


The council or regional district board can delegate some of its authority to the commission within limits established by legislation.

The commission cannot:

  • Exercise authority to make a bylaw
  • Delegate its responsibilities to another body or person unless authorized

How to Proceed

Regional District Committees and Commissions is the place to start with your commission.