We envision increasing economic development potential in the region, with a special emphasis on sustainable, resilient local economies for all the communities in the capital region.


Economic development often relies on partnership contributions from all levels of government. As the local government for the Salt Spring Island, Southern Gulf Islands and Juan de Fuca electoral areas, the CRD advances committee and commission-directed projects and provides data and recommendations from the CRD Regional Information Service.

The CRD supports economic development by administering two electoral area commissions, undertaking data analysis and research projects, investing in major strategic projects, providing services that contribute to the health, safety and quality of life for regional residents, and managing a stable financial and fiscal environment.

Key activities related to our commitment to economic development are outlined in the following plans and strategies:

  • The CRD Board Priorities confirm the CRD’s vision, mission and mandate and set the long-term strategic direction for the CRD in order to respond to community needs.
  • The CRD Corporate Plan outlines how the CRD will respond to community needs and deliver on the CRD Board Priorities, ongoing service commitments and approved plans over four years.
  • Anticipated initiatives, staffing, timing and service level requirements for rural economic development are outlined each year in the Electoral Areas Community Need Summary.

The Salt Spring Island Community Economic Development Commission develops and promotes a sustainable economic strategy for Salt Spring Island. The Southern Gulf Islands Community Economic Sustainability Commission works toward achieving a resilient and sustainable local economy.

The Electoral Areas Committee oversees and makes recommendations to the Board regarding services in the Electoral Areas, including local economic development.