Rainwater Harvesting Rebate Program

A rainwater harvesting rebate program, administered by the Regional District of Nanaimo, is now open and accepting applications.

This incentive program rebates up to $450 for a cistern that is rated for potable use and able to collect a minimum of 4,546 litres (1,000 imperial gallons) of rainwater. In addition, there is up to $300 available for other eligible collection system expenses such as transport piping, debris traps, filters and installation costs. Distribution components (beyond the tank) are not covered under the rebate. This makes a total of up to $750 available per household for the purchase and installation of a rainwater harvesting system.

This rebate program is available to all residential landowners within the RDN.

If you’re on Gabriola and you’re looking to up your rainwater harvesting game, find out more information from the Regional District of Nanaimo here.

Gabriola Visioning 2050


The Gabriola Local Trust Committee wants to know your vision for the community!

What is Gabriola Visioning 2050? The Gabriola Visioning 2050 project will inform the update of the Official Community Plan (OCP). This is an opportunity to discuss and define community vision and values. Through this process, the Gabriola community get to tell elected representatives and others who influence this island community who lives here, what is special about this place, and how to collectively envision the future together.

What is an Official Community Plan? The Official Community Plan (OCP) is a legal document that provides policy direction for planning and land use management including: heritage and cultural preservation and protection, ecosystem preservation and protection, community heath and wellness, community resilience, and stewardship of lands and waters.

How is Gabriola Visioning 2050 connected to the OCP? The land use elements identified through the collective visioning process will become priorities for the OCP review. OCP policies determine where different land uses can be undertaken, how the land can be used, and what can or cannot be altered.

 Why now? The Gabriola OCP has not been substantially updated since 1997, and a lot has changed in the last 25 years. The OCP will help guide changes, address growth issues and strengthen the community’s resilience.


Tell us what is special about this place, and how you envision the future of this community
by completing the


Gabriola Visioning 2050 Survey


Want to tell us even more?

Organize your own engagement event and report back to the Local Trust Committee by March 1st, 2024 using the Group Feedback Form.


Project Launch at the Gabriola Fall Fair

Trustees and staff met with Gabriolans of all ages to hear visions and ideas, and answer questions at the Gabriola Fall Fair. One lucky winner took home a harvest basket filled to the brim with local goodies.

Gabriola Trustees Office Hours

Gabriola Trustees Tobi Elliott and Susan Yates have scheduled time to meet with members of the public at the Islands Trust Office and also at the Gabriola Library.  Dates and times are updated frequently and are posted on the Islands Trust website and on the outside door of the Islands Trust Office.  They are also published bi-weekly in the Upcoming Events column in the Gabriola Sounder.  Please note, Trustees are often also available to meet on an ad hoc basis outside these fixed hours.  Call or email your trustee to set up a time.