Proposed CRD Board Procedure Bylaw Changes due to COVID-19

Mar 13, 2020

Victoria, BC– On Wednesday, March 18 at the scheduled Capital Regional District (CRD) Board meeting, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Bob Lapham will recommend that the Board implement changes to the procedure bylaw to permit electronic meeting participation and provide an update on adjustments to the upcoming schedule of CRD Board meetings.

Regional and Hospital Board meetings will be recommended to move to a bi-monthly schedule and may be held virtually via electronic means. It is also recommended that Committee meetings will be suspended after March 18 until further notice, with essential items going directly to the CRD Board. Commissions will be advised to meet only to consider essential business.

“Staff are proposing these measures as a proactive approach in their response to this evolving situation in order to protect both staff and the public as we work to mitigate the risk of transmission associated with COVID-19,” said CRD Board Chair Colin Plant.

The CRD continues to actively monitor the status of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and take appropriate precautions. We are actively reviewing upcoming public events, educational programs and other small group gatherings and will provide updated information as decisions are made. Currently, all CRD facilities remain open, with increased cleaning and signage.

What the CRD is doing:

As an organization, the CRD is:

  • Increasing cleaning protocols at our facilities including rec centres with a focus on public areas and touchpoints
  • Placing signage at facilities reminding members of the public and staff to follow public health recommendations, including staying away if they are feeling sick
  • The Emergency Operations Centre is active as of March 11, 2020
  • CRD is strongly recommending that their employees avoid all unnecessary travel outside of Canada

    What you can do:
    At this time, public health officials recommend the same precautions you would use to prevent the common cold or flu. We ask all visitors to our facilities and participants in our programs to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds,
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing,
  • Avoid others who are unwell, and
  • Stay home when you are sick

    Please take precautions you feel necessary for the safety and well-being of yourself and your loved ones based on verified information from the following resources.

For updated information on the CRD’s response to COVID-19, please visit


The CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, foster community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region. Visit us online at




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