Islands 2050

About the Project

The Islands 2050 Policy Statement Amendment Project was launched in 2019 and is designed to update the Islands Trust Policy Statement, the document that expresses how Trust Council plans to carry out its mandate to preserve and protect the Islands Trust Area. The Policy Statement shapes conservation-oriented land use planning across the region, but the current version has not been meaningfully updated since 1994 and a lot has changed over the past 30 years. Trust Council is now updating the Policy Statement to adapt to current and future challenges and opportunities, and to reflect its commitments regarding reconciliation, climate change, and affordable housing. This work involves engaging First Nation governments, partner agencies, and the public, who each have important roles to play in preserving and protecting this special region for current and future generations.

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Public Engagement 

Updating the Policy Statement involves considering and balancing many inputs, including feedback from the public.

  • Public Engagement Phase 1:
    In Fall 2019, Public Engagement Phase 1 sought public feedback on values, concerns, and suggestions related to preserving and protecting the Trust Area over the next 30 years. The project team hosted 24 local community events across the Trust Area, including open house evenings, group discussions, engagement booths in communities and on ferries, and an online comment and discussion forum. See the Phase 1 “What We Heard” Report for more details. Feedback from this phase of engagement informed Trust Council’s committees as they developed preliminary policy directions for amendments to the Policy Statement.
  • Public Engagement Phase 2:
    From January to March 2021, Public Engagement Phase 2 centred around the release of a Policy Directions Report that outlined preliminary policy directions for amendments to the Policy Statement and sought public feedback through an Online Survey and Virtual Open House.  Feedback from this phase of engagement informed the development of draft amendments to the Policy Statement.
  • Public Engagement Phase 3:
    From February to April 2022, engagement consultants from ISL Engineering led a third phase of public engagement to inform and consult the public on the draft amendments to the Policy Statement through 24 local community events, a virtual information and Q&A session, a two-part interactive virtual community workshop, a number of small focus groups, and an online/paper survey. See the Phase 3 Engagement Summary Report for more details. Feedback from this phase of engagement informed Trust Council’s decisions in June and September 2022 regarding further revisions to the draft Policy Statement and next steps for the project.

First Nations Engagement

We are undertaking early and meaningful engagement and capacity funding support with First Nation governments in the Trust Area, to guide all stages of the Islands 2050 Policy Statement Amendment Project. Beyond government-to-government relationship building and engagement, we are also beginning to engage with Indigenous people living on the islands to learn and build relationships.

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Project Timeline

The Islands 2050 Policy Statement Amendment Project began in 2019 and will go through several iterative stages, meaning that each stage of the project will build on, and be informed by, the stages that came before it.

Read the Draft New Policy Statement

View the DRAFT new Policy Statement Bylaw No. 183:

(***Note: Staff are currently revising the July 2021 draft below according to Trust Council’s 2022 resolutions. Stay tuned for the next draft in 2023!)

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Project Library:

  • About the Project
  • Agency Referrals Phase 1
  • Communications
  • Delegation Presentations
  • Discussion Paper
  • Draft New Policy Statement
  • FAQ
  • First Nations Engagement Phase 1
  • First Nations Engagement Phase 2
  • Indigenous Community Engagement
  • Presentations
  • Public Correspondence
  • Trustee Input