Municipalities and regional districts provide British Columbians with essential local and regional services such as clean water, sewer systems, parks and recreation, and fire protection. These local governments plan and shape their communities, and exercise the vision through the adoption of bylaws.
Whether you live in a rural area, a small town, or a big city, locally elected officials represent citizens and taxpayers; they make decisions together to meet your community’s needs now and in the future.
The B.C. government has recently made changes to local elections legislation that governs elections for municipal offices (mayor and councilors), electoral area directors, some park boards, the Islands Trust, and Boards of Education.
Environmental infrastructure are critical public services (drinking water, wastewater and stormwater management) provided through complex and expensive infrastructure systems. These services are essential to protecting the environment, public health and economic well-being of communities. Provincial grants help support these essential investments.
Local Government Finance covers local revenue sources such as fees, charges and property taxes to fund operating and capital service expenditures.
Municipalities and regional districts in B.C. are empowered by provincial legislation to govern in a wide range of areas. Local government governance and powers focus specifically on how municipal councils and regional district board of directors organize, operate, provide services and make themselves accountable to their communities.
Green communities are complete, compact communities that encourage "mixed-use" development, energy efficiency, lighter infrastructure and alternative transportation to reduce GHG emissions and achieve environmental and social benefits.
As communities, regional districts and improvement districts evolve over time; boundary adjustments, new incorporations or shifts in service providers may be required to help communities realize their goals regarding efficient and cost-effective government.
Through community plans and regional growth strategies, citizens and their local governments establish a vision for the social, environmental and economic well-being of their communities and regions.