Islands Trust is working closely with governments and agencies as we adapt operations. We are looking into adjusting our meeting processes and will announce changes when we are able.
Islands Trust COVID-19 workplace Safety Plan
Islands Emergency Response Centres
The Province of BC coordinates agencies during a pandemic event. Regional Districts in the Trust Area have the responsibility for coordinating emergency response on the islands. For local information:
Islands Trust Public Office Hours & Planner on-island Offices
Islands Trust staff remain available via email or telephone, Monday to Friday, it is public access to physical offices which vary at this time due to COVID.
Call ahead, during health order restrictions, hours have varied.
- Victoria Office - (limited public hours) Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Salt Spring Island - Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Gabriola Island - Tuesday to Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.
- Southern islands - Galiano, Mayne, North Pender and Saturna Islands, by appointment only. Check with the local planner.
Islands Trust Meetings
Local Trust Committees, Executive Committee, Council Committees and Trust Council are meeting electronically. Provincial Ministerial Emergency Order 192 permits local governments to hold meetings electronically. Meetings are advertised on our website or be notified by joining a subscriber list. To find a specific meeting, visit the associated committee calendar for details.
Islands Trust Continues Operations
Islands Trust Conservancy
As of May 2020, Islands Trust Conservancy meetings are being held electronically.
Islands Trust Conservancy operations continue and staff are available by phone or email. Currently all Islands Trust Conservancy Nature Reserves remain open to the public, but all public events have been cancelled. In collaboration with our island partners, we are monitoring the use of nature reserves to ensure that social distancing measures are being followed. For further information, the public can sign up for the latest news, visit our website at www.islandstrustconservancy.ca or visit us on the Islands Trust Conservancy Facebook page.
Land Use Applications
For new applications or for a general inquiry, call or email one of our offices or contact a planner. If you have an application instream, you will be informed of its status and next steps.
Islands Trust Updates and Social Media
COVID-19 Information - Trusted Sources
Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, should contact their health-care provider, or call 8-1-1.
For non-medical provincial information about COVID-19 (e.g. financial support options for individuals and businesses, advice regarding travel, emergency order interpretation, and any other questions) call 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319), 7:30am-8pm, 7 days a week.
BC Ferries: Travel Advisory and COVID-19 webpage
Islands Trust News Releases
Local Trustee and Committee (LTC) Releases