Islands Trust Response to COVID-19

Islands Trust has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by adjusting its operations to comply with provincial health officer safety guidelines and recommendations and by helping to communicate information to the public.

To learn more and to read our COVID-19 Safety Plan visit COVID-19 page.

Islands Trust Council Approves 2021/22 Budget

Thank you to all who provided feedback on Islands Trust Council’s 2021-22 budget proposal. Trust Council received all public feedback in the March 2021 Trust Council package prior to debating and approving the budget. Your input was heard and considered carefully when we made final decisions on the budget that will guide the coming year’s work.

This year, Islands Trust is grateful to have received a record $563,000 in grants in support of Islands Trust Conservancy’s work and the Regional Freshwater Sustainability project.

The approved operating and projects budget for 2021/22 is $9,059,919.

To learn more about the budget visit the Budget page.

Trust Council Chair Writes to Thank Minister for Changes to Island Coastal Economic Trust

The Islands Trust Council has been advocating with partners for the Province of BC to make the Southern Gulf Islands and Bowen Island eligible for the Island Coastal Economic Trust’s programs and funding. Success!

On April 1, 2020, the Islands Trust Council Chair wrote to thank the Honourable Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery & Innovation.

Congratulations to all involved!

30 Nature Reserves in 30 Years – The Heron Newsletter, Spring 2021

The Islands Trust Conservancy’s Spring 2021 Heron newsletter is special. It marks their 30th anniversary at the close of March – a milestone that we are proud to celebrate with you.

Please visit the Heron Newsletter page to read it. It includes stories from North Pender, Galiano, Gabriola, and Keats – remarkable glimpses into the lives of conservation superheroes, long-time staff, artists, and volunteers.

We have practical tips on fire preparedness (it’s NOT too early to start) and a graphic tour of your Islands Trust Conservancy from 1990 to today.

Please join us to celebrate 30 years living the preserve and protect mandate with passion.

Short Term Vacation Rentals Notice

This notice pertains to Short Term Vacation Rentals (STVR) 0n Mayne Island. STVR refers to the rental of a dwelling for less than 30 days.

The rental of a primary residence to others for less than 30 days is not permitted without a Temporary Use Permit. STVRs are permitted in cottages as home occupations on a residential lot where both a primary dwelling and a cottage are permitted.

To be considered a home occupation, the operator must be permanently residing on the property.

No more than one cottage per lot may be used for short term vacation rental at any one time. Bed and breakfasts are also permitted as a home occupation where up to three bedrooms may be rented in a house occupied by the operator of the business.

Learn more here.

Mayne Island – Housing Review Project

The purpose of this project is to conduct a review of current housing regulations, policies and related incentives on Mayne Island and provide potential options for changes that could provide more flexibility and incentives for increasing flexibility for affordable housing.

The project will also consider the potential environmental footprint and impacts (both positive and negative) of these alternatives.

To learn more about this work please visit the Mayne Island Projects page.