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Salt Spring Island Considers Incorporation

Salt Spring Island Considers Incorporation

This webpage offers information about the Islands Trust's role in the current Salt Spring Island governance review and incorporation study. The community-led Incorporation Study Committee (ISC) is the official source of information about the incorporation study and process. On November 21, 2016 the ISC forwarded its final report to the minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and made a recommendation that the minister should proceed with a referendum on the island to allow voters to make a determination on incorporation.

On March 13, 2017 the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development ordered a municipal incorporation vote for Salt Spring Island electors on Sept. 9, 2017.

While the Islands Trust does not take a position on the Salt Spring Island community's decision about incorporation, it is affected by and needs to plan for, the outcome of the vote.

Islands Trust Plans for Potential Incorporation

On September 14, 2016 Trust Council approved a plan for how the Islands Trust would adapt in the first six months after a possible “Yes” vote to incorporate Salt Spring Island. The Transition Plan answers questions that Salt Spring Island and Trust Area residents have been asking about how the Islands Trust would adapt to an annual budget shortfall of $540,000 in the event Salt Spring Island incorporates.

The Transition Plan provides a baseline for a more detailed Adaptation Strategy and action plan for the long-term implications, and indeed the viability of Islands Trust as an organization , if Salt Spring incorporates.

The Islands Trust has referred the Transition Plan to the MCSCD with a request for funding to help implement the action items identified in the Plan.

You can email your comments on the Transition Plan at

Answers to some of the common questions about the Transition Plan are updated frequently.

background and chronology of key milestones in the process is also available.

Page last updated: 13/03/17
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