Local Governments

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.

Local Election Reform

The B.C. government is reforming local election legislation which governs elections for municipal office (mayor and councillors), electoral area directors, some park boards, the Islands Trust, and Boards of Education. During a local election year over 1660 elected positions are filled providing elected representation to over 250 government bodies.

Environmental Infrastructure

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.

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Finance

Local Government Finance covers local revenue sources such as fees, charges and property taxes to fund operating and capital service expenditures. 

Governance & Powers

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

Green 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.

Incorporation & Restructure

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.

Planning & Land Use

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. 

More Local Government Topics & Resources

Find additional information about the wide variety of topics that municipalities and regional districts deal with as they manage change and provide governance and services to their communities.