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Islands Trust

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 map

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