In 2013, we worked with the Salt Spring Island Governance Study Committee, through the Capital Regional District (CRD), to undertake a Governance Study for Salt Spring Island. The study purpose was to conduct background research on the current rural area governance system, contrast the current system with a municipal system, share information with and engage the residents of Salt Spring Island, and gauge potential interest in a full municipal incorporation study.
Through the study process, property owners and residents were given many opportunities to learn about community governance and to provide input on their ideas and concerns related to governance on Salt Spring Island. The project team utilized fact sheets, surveys, community forums and one-on-one interviews to share information about the project and to engage a broad cross section of the Salt Spring community. One of the main highlights of the engagement program was the high level of participation; over 170 people attended the first set of community forums in August and over 600 people filled out the second community survey.
The Salt Spring Governance Study culminated in the development of a final report in November 2013. The report documented the key differences between the current rural area governance system and a municipal governance system, and it discussed key themes arising from the community engagement activities. The key finding from the Report was that a clear majority of respondents favoured proceeding to a full municipal incorporation study. In turn, the Governance Study Committee made a recommendation that the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development authorize the preparation of a full municipal incorporation study.
Salt Spring Island Governance Study Committee