The Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) is a vision for the future of the capital region, guiding decisions on regional issues such as transportation, population growth and settlement patterns. The RGS promotes the long term livability of the region with policy intended to enhance social, economic and environmental performance. The current RGS was adopted in 2018 and amended with updated population projections in 2021.

British Columbia’s Local Government Act (LGA) section 452 sets out requirements for RGS monitoring and reporting. The CRD developed its RGS indicators to support consistent annual reporting and meet the legislative requirements.

The CRD RGS Indicators Report consists of 20 indicators for RGS monitoring. Each indicator includes a description of what is being measured, why it is important and a discussion of trends. Over time, the indicators will help identify progress being made toward RGS implementation or alert the region to a need for change if progress is not being seen.

The RGS and Local Governments

Local governments and the CRD developed the RGS in partnership. All affected local governments must accept the RGS before the CRD Board can adopt it as a bylaw. Within two years of becoming a bylaw, each municipality must submit a Regional Context Statement to the CRD Board describing how their Official Community Plan aligns with the Strategy. The CRD Board is reviewing Regional Context Statements as they are received from each municipality in relation to the 2018 RGS.

In the case of the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area, all official community plans must be consistent with the Strategy.

The RGS applies to the following local governments:

Central Saanich | Colwood | Esquimalt | Highlands | Langford | Metchosin | North Saanich | Oak Bay | Saanich | Sidney | Sooke | Victoria | View Royal | Juan de Fuca Electoral Area

Salt Spring Island and the Southern Gulf Islands, though part of the CRD, are excluded from the bylaw as they are part of the Islands Trust land management area.

Regional Growth Strategy Amendment

On April 14, 2021, the CRD Board amended the 2018 RGS to update population, housing and employment projections. The projections were prepared by BC Statistics based on 2016 census information which became available in early 2019. Updated projections were summarized in a report presented to the board. The amendment replaces Table 1 on page 7 of the Regional Growth Strategy with information shown in sub-regional population projections. Amending the RGS to incorporate updated population projections delivers on a commitment made during a non-binding dispute resolution process conducted in late 2017 prior to RGS adoption in March 2018.

Sustainability & Resilience

A sustainable community effectively balances economic, social, cultural and environmental interests for the present and the future. A resilient community has the capacity to adapt to changes. For more information visit British Columbia’s: Local Government Planning for Sustainability & Resilience

You can learn more about how the CRD contributes to sustainability and resilience with what we do in collaboration with the communities we serve.

The CRD’s RGS applies to communities in our Growth Management Planning Area (GMPA). Each community contributes to the RGS through their Official Community Plans.

RGS GMPA Official Community Plans (OCP)

GMPA Electoral Area Planning

Electoral Area land use planning for Salt Spring Island and the Southern Gulf Islands is provided by Islands Trust.