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Welcome to the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Area

The largest of the southern Gulf Islands, Salt Spring is home to over 10,000 people and is one of Canada's top tourism and retirement destinations. The Salt Spring Island trust area enjoys one of the warmest year-round climates in Canada, and is popular for its easy-going lifestyle, rich culture and serene beauty. Encompassing nearly 20,000 hectares and including numerous islets, the Local Trust Area is located 11 kilometres north of the Swartz Bay ferry terminal on Vancouver Island. The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Area is home to some of the rarest ecosystems in the world. To learn about the conservation status of the Salt spring Island Local Trust Area, view the island profile.

Important Information: North Salt Spring Waterworks District Water Supply Statement



Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee News 

Until July 26, 2019 | Affordable Rental Housing Cottages Survey

The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee (LTC) wants to hear from Island residents and property owners about a plan to allow full-time residential use of accessory cottages on approximately 400 Island properties. Until now, seasonal cottages have only been permitted for “temporary” occupancy of less than 30 days.

Please take a few minutes to fill out the SURVEY and share your thoughts with the LTC. Your opinions will assist the LTC as it seeks to address the Island’s affordable housing challenges in a manner consistent with the mandate of the Islands Trust. 

For more information on the LTC’s “Affordable Rental Housing – Cottages” project, visit the project webpage here.


July 8, 2019 | Planner Enquiry Hours

Salt Spring Island Office Planner Enquiry Hours Will Be Held: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Monday - Friday (excluding Statutory Holidays)
To make an appointment please call: 250-537-9144 or email:


June 25, 2019 | SSI LTC Regular Meeting Highlights

The SSI LTC: read for a third time and forwarded to Executive Committee, Bylaw nos. 488, 489 (amended) & 490 for the Industrial Land Uses project. Once approved, Bylaw no. 488 is to be forwarded to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing for review. The SSI LTC agreed to assign the Statutory Right-of-Way application for the Ganges Harbourwalk to the CRD; directed staff to respond to two pieces of correspondence; and requested staff provide a report regarding options for short term vacation rentals and Standing Resolution SS‑017-120.  Bylaw No.515 was amended and read a third time for 154 Kings Lane (Meadowlane) and a Cost Recovery Agreement was endorsed. ALR applications were forwarded for 192 Vesuvius Bay Road & 1200 Beddis Road to the ALC with comments and support; an ALR application for 641 Fulford-Ganges Road was declined to be forwarded to the ALC; applications for 151 Sharp Road (Salt Spring Wild Cider) & 105-109 McPhillips Avenue (Platinum Cannabis) were forwarded to the LCRB with comments; and a Development Permit and Heritage Alteration Permit (as amended) were issued for 134 McPhillips Avenue. The Town Hall was well attended.


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Page last updated: 05/07/19
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