The Islands Trust operates within the Ministry's South Coast Region (Lower
Mainland and Vancouver Island Districts). The Trust Area is shown on the Trust Area
Map. It includes:
- All land, except Indian reserves, on all the islands that are darkened
in the map
- The water between these islands, within the boundaries shown on
The region is approximately 5178 square kilometers, or 2000 square
miles, in size.
Mandate and Responsibilities
In 1974, the Government of British Columbia enacted special protective
legislation entitled the Islands Trust Act. The Act states that
the object of the Islands Trust is to “preserve and protect the trust
area and its unique amenities and environment for the benefit of the
residents of the trust area and of the Province generally.”
On April 1, 1990, the Act was amended to establish the Trust as an
autonomous local government, with land use planning and regulatory authority
similar to those of a Regional District. Broad authority for coordinating
work with other agencies, organizations, and groups ensures that the
objective of the Act is carried out.
Approving Officer: The Islands Trust may assume the rural
subdivision approving authority under Section
77.1 of the Land Title Act and appoint an Approving Officer to rule
on subdivisions within the islands under its jurisdiction. As of Dec
31st, 2004, no Approving Officer has been hired.
For more information about the Islands Trust, see their website at www.islandstrust.bc.ca.