The Capital Regional District (CRD) is the regional government for 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the nearby Gulf Islands, serving more than 383,000 citizens.
The CRD plays a key role in providing services that can be delivered efficiently and effectively through region-wide or shared serviced delivery models. The CRD develops partnerships to facilitate and deliver projects and services that will ensure a sustainable, livable and vibrant capital region.
The CRD has more than 200 service, infrastructure and financing agreements with municipalities and electoral areas to deliver services in the following categories:
- regional, where all municipalities and electoral areas are served;
- sub-regional, where two or more jurisdictions are served; and
- local, in the electoral areas where the CRD is the local government.
The CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and other levels of governments and has a direct relationship with individuals, businesses, organizations and institutions that access regional utilities and services and with communities that collaborate for regional services on behalf of their residents.
In addition, the CRD owns and operates the Capital Region Housing Corporation (CRHC), a nonprofit provider of more than 1,200 affordable rental units in the region, and administers the Capital Regional Hospital District (CRHD). The CRHD invests in traditional health care service 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 950 employees and works with service contractors and a network of more than 1,700 registered volunteers.
Governed by a Board of Directors and supported by various committees and commissions, the CRD provides regional decision-making on issues that transcend municipal boundaries. It is administered by the Chief Administrative Officer and an executive team of officers appointed by the Board who are delegated various responsibilities and authorities.
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. Since its inception, the CRD has played a key role in providing services that can be delivered efficiently and effectively through region-wide or shared delivery models.
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.