The CRD is responsible for ensuring that the services, programs, and resources not only meet the needs identified by our municipalities and electoral areas today but will also contribute to a more vibrant, livable and sustainable region in the future.

Under the governance and direction of the CRD Board of Directors, and its Committees and Commissions the Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Leadership Team, establish corporate policies, practices and approaches that will enable the CRD to continue to excel as an effective, efficient and accessible organization.

How decisions are made

Business is typically brought to the Board through Board Committees or Commissions.

Based on principle of independent but responsible administration:

  • Staff provide independent advice and recommendations to the decision making body (the Board, a standing committee or a commission) by way of a staff report outlining the item and recommending a course of action
  • Typically items are considered by a standing committee of the Board or a commission and a recommendation is made to the Board of Directors for consideration
  • Under the direction of the Chief Administrative Officer, staff are responsible for implementing the decisions of the Board

Committees and commissions provide advice and recommendations to a number of CRD services and initiatives. Their mandate is outlined in Board approved terms or reference or a service establishment bylaw.

Standing Committees are appointed by the Board Chair to provide advice and recommendations to the Board in relation to a CRD service or potential service. These committees are comprised of Board members.

The Board may establish an advisory committee to provide advice and recommendations and may appoint members who are not Directors.

The Board may also establish a Select Committee to consider and report on a specific issue, after which the committee is disbanded.

Commissions are created by a Board bylaw to provide community input into the delivery of specific CRD services. Appointments to the Commissions are made by the Board.