Islands 2050

The Islands 2050 Policy Statement Amendment Project is designed to help Trust Council plan for the challenges and opportunities that the Islands Trust Area will face over the next 30 years.

This work involves updating the Islands Trust Policy Statement, which contains the policies that Trust Council uses to carry out its special provincial mandate to preserve and protect the unique amenities and environment of the Trust Area. The Policy Statement shapes land and marine use planning across the Trust Area, but the current version has not been substantively updated since 1994, and a lot has changed since then.

We are updating the Policy Statement to be current, to adapt to future challenges, and to take advantage of new and developing opportunities. In particular, we are seeking to update the document to better address Trust Council’s priority themes of reconciliation, climate change, and affordable housing.

Latest News

  • We are now wrapping up Phase 3 of Islands 2050 Public Engagement. Thank you to everyone who participated in the 24 in-person community events, 3 virtual community events, focus groups, and online/paper survey. We had some great conversations, heard a diverse range of views, and received many thoughtful ideas from islanders all across the Trust Area.
  • ISL Engineering is now reviewing and analyzing all the public feedback received and consolidating it into an Engagement Summary Report, which will be released in May/June 2022.
  • Trust Council is expected to receive ISL’s Engagement Summary Report at its June 21-23 Trust Council Meeting. Feedback from this third phase of public engagement, along with feedback from First Nations and inter-agency referrals, will inform Trust Council’s decisions on next steps for the Policy Statement Amendment Project.

Public Engagement Phase 3 

Engagement consultants from ISL Engineering were brought in to implement Phase 3 of Islands 2050 public engagement on the Draft New Policy Statement. From February – April 2022, the project team hosted 24 in-person 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.

*View the Information and Q&A Session

*Read the Islands 2050 Fact Sheets:

*Next Steps:

  • Islands 2050 Phase 3 public engagement activities closed on April 17, 2022
  • ISL will prepare an Engagement Summary Report for public release in May/June 2022

Public Engagement Process

Updating the Policy Statement with respect to reconciliation, climate change, and affordable housing involves considering and balancing many inputs, including feedback from the community.

Phase 1 Public Engagement (2019) and Phase 2 Public Engagement (2021) provided public input that informed the development of draft Policy Statement amendments.

In Phase 3 Public Engagement (late February to April 2022), we informed and consulted the public on the draft Policy Statement amendments through a series of public engagement activities. Feedback from this phase of engagement will inform Trust Council’s consideration of amendment recommendations prior to First Reading.

First Nations Engagement

We are undertaking early and meaningful engagement and capacity funding support with First Nations 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:

Get Updates

Learn about upcoming Islands 2050 engagement opportunities and new developments by subscribing to Islands 2050 email updates on our Subscribe page. You may want to also subscribe to your local trust committee updates.

Public Correspondence*

Please feel free to send us an email to,
call 1-250-405-5151or write to us at:
Islands Trust
200 – 1627 Fort Street
Victoria, BC, V8R 1H8

*NOTE:  Islands 2050 input is public. That means your comments could show up on our website or be included in documents that we create and distribute to the public. All materials produced by Islands Trust, including emails, are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Public Correspondence Guidelines

(Updated February 2022)

If you wish to have your feedback posted to the ‘Public Correspondence’ folder below, and considered as part of the public record, please ensure that it fulfills the following criteria:

  • must be limited to feedback about the draft new Policy Statement or the Islands 2050 public engagement process
  • must be addressed directly to Trust Council and/or the Islands 2050 Project Team of staff and consultants
  • must be sent directly by the original named author (forwards and/or anonymous letters will not be posted)
  • must not contain content that is defamatory, profane, or otherwise inappropriate for general circulation (in accordance with Correspondence Policy 7.4.2)
  • must not contain personal remarks about other individuals, their motives or intentions

The Islands 2050 inbox is exclusively for correspondence related to the Islands 2050 Policy Statement Amendment Project. If you wish to share your views on other Islands Trust matters, please visit:

Project Library:

  • About the Project
  • Communications
  • Delegation Presentations
  • Discussion Paper
  • Draft New Policy Statement
  • Fact Sheets
  • First Nations Engagement
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Presentations
  • Public Correspondence
  • Referral Responses
  • Trustee Input