The Capital Regional District (CRD) was incorporated in 1966 to provide regional decision-making on issues that transcend municipal boundaries and to enable effective service delivery to residents.
Today, the CRD is the regional government for 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, serving more than 392,000 citizens.
The CRD develops partnerships to facilitate and deliver projects and services to ensure a sustainable, livable and vibrant capital region. The CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and other levels of governments and has direct relationships with individuals, businesses, organizations, institutions and communities that access regional utilities and services.
The CRD plays a key role in providing services that can be delivered efficiently and effectively through region-wide or shared service delivery models. These include the regional water supply, solid waste,wastewater treatment, regional parks, housing, 911 call answer, and recreation facilities.
With more than 200 service, infrastructure and financing agreements with municipalities and electoral areas, the CRD delivers services in the following categories:
- regional, where all municipalities and electoral areas are served
- sub-regional, where two or more jurisdictions are served
- local, in the electoral areas where the CRD is the local government
In addition, the CRD owns and operates the Capital Region Housing Corporation (CRHC), a nonprofit provider of 1,286 affordable rental units throughout the region, and administers the Capital Regional Hospital District (CRHD). The CRHD invests in traditional health care services and provides capital funding for health care infrastructure, such as health facilities and hospital equipment.
As one of BC's Top Employers, the CRD has a skilled workforce of more than 1,100 employees and works with service contractors and a network of more than 1,700 registered volunteers, making it a significant employer in the region.
The CRD was created in 1966 as part of the BC Provincial Government’s initiative to establish the ‘regional district’ concept of local government province-wide. This governance concept was designed to address service requirements that transcend municipal boundaries and where municipal collaboration is required to achieve economies of scale.
In 2016, the CRD celebrated its 50th anniversary. Activities included a community celebration in Centennial Square, geocaching events, regional stories, trivia, a commemorative coffee table book and a regional quilt project. These anniversary legacy projects showcase the collaboration that has built the region and its sense of connection and inclusiveness.