Is a unique federation of local governments serving islands in the Salish Sea. We are responsible for preserving and protecting the islands' unique amenities and environment.
In 1974, in recognition of the special nature of the islands in the southern Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound, the Government of British Columbia enacted the Islands Trust Act to protect this unique part of the world. This remarkable area is home to an exceptional variety of species of birds, fish, intertidal life, wildlife and plants. Outstanding scenery and recreational resources include panoramic viewpoints, sheltered bays with secluded beaches, protected marine waterways and anchorages and pastoral vistas. The islands also support strong communities characterized by a mix of lifestyles, livelihoods and individuals. Island residents join together to bring special skills and viewpoints to sustain a tradition of community involvement.
A form of elected “local government” individually set up in the past by the BC Government so that unorganised territories could provide themselves with specific municipal-like services and functions under the Local Government Act.
Now (2006) outmoded because of the creation of Regional Districts throughout the province and which provide all manner of municipal services and functions.
“Improvement district trustees are elected by landowners in order to direct the operation and administration of those public services for which the improvement district is responsible. There is an expectation of improvement district trustees that they will make informed, transparent decisions. Many decisions made by Trustees require an understanding of legislation, insurance, property assessment, taxation, meeting procedures, basic water system design, water quality standards, fire protection, labour relations and bylaw enforcement. Learning about these issues is often an ongoing process for improvement district trustees. To assist Trustees the provincial government has published a Handbook for Trustees”