Islands Trust - Legislative History
The Islands Trust is a unique form of government, created by the province in 1974 to control unbridled development and to 'preserve and protect' the islands. Since then, the Province has amended the Islands Trust Act many times to make it more effective. For example, it increased local representation in 1977, improved local autonomy in 1989, introduced open meetings and freedom of information in 1998 and updated ethical standards in 2003. Changes to the Act have included:
1974 - The Province recognizes the Gulf Islands as a unique area threatened by over-development and establishes the Islands Trust. The Islands Trust Act solidified the Province's mandate to preserve and protect the environment and unique nature of the islands.
1977 - Islands Trust Act amended to give Islands Trust land use planning authority
1989 - Islands Trust Act amended - Trust Fund Board, Policy Statement and autonomy
1994 - Islands Trust Act amended to allow Trust Council to enter into coordination agreements and to authorize an increase in the size of the Executive Committee
1994 - Islands Trust Policy Statement approved by the Province of BC
1995 - Islands Trust Act amended to enable better coordination of local planning
1998 - Islands Trust Act amended to require open meetings and freedom of information
2000 - Islands Trust Act amended to provide capacity for First Nation protocol agreements
2002 - Islands Trust Act amended due to new Community Charter
2002 - Islands Trust Act amended to enable the Natural Area Protection Tax Exemption program
2003 - Islands Trust Act amended to include new ethical conduct rules
2009- Islands Trust Act amended to enable Islands Trust corporate bodies to hold electronic meetings.
2010 - Islands Trust Act amended to enable Bowen Island Municipality to join the Natural Area Protection Tax Exemption Program (NAPTEP)