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Islands 2050

Islands 2050: The Future of the Trust Area

What is Islands 2050?

Islands 2050 is the Islands Trust’s public engagement process designed to help the Trust plan for the challenges and opportunities that the Islands Trust Area will face in the next 30 years, particularly as it prepares for the realities of climate change. Islands 2050 supports Trust Council’s initiative to modernize its guiding document through public and First Nations engagement.

We want your input!

Read the Policy Directions Report first and then provide your input.

Three ways to share your input:

1. Attend the Virtual Open House, March 3rd, 7-9 p.m.

To Register: Virtual Open House

Send a question in advance:

2. Email, Call or Mail


Call: 250.405.5151

Mail: 1627 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8R 1H8

3. Present to Trust Council

Contact Lori Foster, Executive Coordinator, at  or 250.405.5161. The next Islands Trust Council meeting is March 9-11 via Zoom Video Webinar.

Islands 2050 input is public. That means your comments could show up on our website or be included in documents that we create and distribute to the public. All materials produced by the Islands Trust, including emails, are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection Act.

News Release: Islands Trust Policy Statement amendment open house March 3 - Final opportunity for public comment prior to the new policy drafting step

What is the Policy Statement?

The Policy Statement provides and shapes land and marine use planning in the Islands Trust Area. The document guides the preserve and protect mandate of Islands Trust, but the last version of the Policy Statement was written in 1994 and a lot has changed in the last 26 years:

• Trust Council made a commitment to reconciliation and engagement with First Nations.
• The population got older.
• Trust Council declared a climate emergency.
• Development pressures in the neighbouring cities of Vancouver,
Victoria and Seattle, caused land prices to go up and reduced
housing options.
• Trade increased so more cargo ships are travelling and anchoring in
the Trust Area.

We are updating the Policy Statement to be current, to be able to adapt to future challenges, and to take advantage of new and evolving opportunities.

The Policy Statement helps shape the 20 official community plans — documents providing direction for community growth and change — plus associated bylaws, policies and regulations.

It is used to guide:

  • Local trust committee special projects.
  • Decisions on rezoning applications and associated proposed bylaw amendments.
  • Advocacy to other levels of government about things that matter locally.




Updating the Islands Trust Policy Statement is a multiyear project that started in September 2019 with community and First Nations engagement.

Updating the Policy Statement has seven stages:

  • Stage one is public engagement. We met with the public and gathered input face-to face and online.
  • Stage two is reporting back what we heard during the public engagement.
  • Stage three is policy analysis and sharing what we learned. We will seek public input on policy directions and key themes.
  • Stage four involves applying what we learned and drafting a revised Policy Statement Bylaw.
  • Stage five is when the revised bylaw (Policy Statement) will go to Trust Council and be introduced for first reading. We will seek public input on the draft bylaw as well as feedback from First Nations and referral agencies.
  • Stage six is second reading of the bylaw (Policy Statement) at Trust Council. Council will discuss the bylaw and possibly making amendments. Then, during the third reading, there will be a final discussion about the bylaw before it is approved.
  • Stage seven, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing will approve and adopt the bylaw (Policy Statement).

Throughout the seven stages, Islands Trust is meaningfully engaging with First Nations government and communities through a parallel process.

How We Have Gotten Public Input

During stage one, public engagement, we traveled across the Islands Trust Area and hosted 24 public events. We rode the ferries with our information booth, held evening open houses, set up booths at key community locations, and welcomed ideas online through a comment forum called Thought Exchange. During the engagement, we asked three questions:

  • What do you value about the Area?
  • In the context of a changing climate, what concerns do you have about the future of the Area?
  • What opportunities do you feel will help us preserve and protect the Area?

For more information about the first phase of public engagement in Fall 2019, read our 'What we heard report’.

We are now in stage 3 and seeking public input.

Prior News Releases

July 20, 2020 news release: Islands Trust Releases What We Heard Islands 2050: The Future of the Trust Area report

September 6, 2019 news release: Islands 2050: The Future of the Trust Area

How to get more involved

We encourage individuals, community groups and agencies to write to us, and provide their input.

1627 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8R 1H8

Stay informed

Thank you for your interest and contribution to the Island’s 2050 engagement process.

Sign up for our Island’s 2050 subscriber notice, and we’ll email updates to you.

For more information about Islands 2050, please contact:

Gillian Nicol
Program Coordinator, Trust Area Services
(250) 405-5195

Clare Frater
Director, Trust Area Services
(250) 405-5192



Page last updated: 17/02/21
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