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COVID-19 Response

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Islands Trust is working closely with governments and agencies as we adapt operations. We are looking into adjusting our meeting processes and will announce changes when we are able. 

Islands Trust COVID-19 workplace Safety Plan 

Islands Trust workplace COVID-19 Safety Plan dated June 28, 2020

Islands Emergency Response Centres

The Province of BC coordinates agencies during a pandemic event. Regional Districts in the Trust Area have the responsibility for coordinating emergency response on the islands. For local information:

Islands Trust Office Locations and Closures - Until Further Notice

  • All main offices (Salt Spring Island, Gabriola Island, and Victoria) are closed to the public (with the exception of limited Victoria boardroom availability for Executive Committee meetings).
  • All planner hours at smaller, on-island offices, (Denman, Galiano, Mayne, North Pender and Saturna Islands) have been cancelled.

Islands Trust Meetings

Local Trust Committees, Executive Committee, Council Committees and Trust Council are meeting electronically.  Provincial Ministerial Emergency Order 192 permits local governments to hold meetings electronically. These meetings are advertised on our website through and subscriber list, and are available for the public to attend electronically.  To find a specific meeting, visit the associated committee calendar for details.

Islands Trust Continues Operations

Islands Trust Conservancy

As of May 2020, Islands Trust Conservancy meetings are being held electronically.

Islands Trust Conservancy operations continue and staff are available by phone or email. Currently all Islands Trust Conservancy Nature Reserves remain open to the public, but all public events have been cancelled. In collaboration with our island partners, we are monitoring the use of nature reserves to ensure that social distancing measures are being followed. For further information, the public can sign up for the latest news, visit our website at www.islandstrustconservancy.ca or visit us on the Islands Trust Conservancy Facebook page.

Land Use Applications

For new applications or for a general inquiry, call or email one of our offices or contact a planner.  If you have an application instream, you will be informed of its status and next steps.

Islands Trust Updates and Social Media

COVID-19 Information - Trusted Sources 

Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, should contact their health-care provider, or call 8-1-1.

For non-medical provincial information about COVID-19 (e.g. financial support options for individuals and businesses, advice regarding travel, emergency order interpretation, and any other questions) call 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319), 7:30am-8pm, 7 days a week.

Current Advisories

BC Ferries: Travel Advisory  and COVID-19 webpage 

Islands Trust News Releases

Local Trustee and Committee (LTC) Releases

Page last updated: 29/06/20
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