Islands 2050

Islands 2050: The future of the Trust Area

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 in the past 25 years.

We are now 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.

Get Involved

You can be part of the Islands 2050 public engagement process by reading the draft new Policy Statement and providing input. We hope you will read the document cover-to-cover, to understand how everything is interconnected, and participate in the third phase of formal public engagement activities that will be announced in December 2021 / January 2022.

Islands 2050

Read the Draft New Policy Statement

View the DRAFT new Policy Statement Bylaw No. 183:

View the Policy Statement that we currently use:

You May Also Find Helpful

  • Background Information on the Policy Statement Amendment Project and draft new Policy Statement

Overview – Policy Statement Amendment Project  (Updated July 2021)

  • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the draft new Policy Statement:

FAQ – Draft New Policy Statement  (Updated July 2021)

  • Discussion Paper which helped guide Trust Council’s discussion about the Policy Statement Amendment Project during the March 2021 Trust Council meeting.

Discussion Paper – The Islands Trust Object: Past, Present and Future – Mar 2021

Project Timeline

The Islands 2050 Policy Statement Amendment Project has seven stages:

  • Stage 1 began with the first phases of public and First Nations engagement in Fall 2019.
  • Stage 2 involved reporting back on what we heard during the first phase of public engagement.
  • Stage 3 involved presenting some preliminary policy directions and seeking further public input.
  • NOW: Stage 4 involves drafting amendments to the Policy Statement bylaw. There will be months of public engagement on the draft new Policy Statement bylaw, as well as feedback from First Nations and referral agencies.
  • Stage 5 is when the draft new Policy Statement bylaw will go to Trust Council for consideration of first reading.  NOTE: Based on input, Trust Council may amend the draft new Policy Statement prior to first reading.
  • Stage 6 is second reading of the bylaw (Policy Statement) by Trust Council. Council will discuss the bylaw and may make amendments. Then, during the third reading, there will be a final discussion about the bylaw, and possible amendments, before it is approved.
  • Stage 7 is when the Minister of Municipal Affairs will approve the new Policy Statement bylaw and Trust Council will adopt the bylaw through fourth reading.

Public Engagement

The Islands 2050 Policy Statement Amendment Project has three phases of public engagement:

  • Public Engagement Phase 1 (Fall 2019):

In Phase 1, we traveled across the Islands Trust Area and hosted 24 public events. We rode the ferries with our information booth, held evening open houses and group discussions, set up booths at key community locations, and also welcomed ideas online through a comment forum called Thought Exchange.

We asked the public three questions:

  1.  What do you value about the Trust Area?
  2.  In the context of a changing climate, what concerns do you have for the next 30 years?
  3.  What opportunities do you see to preserve and protect the Trust Area?

We summarized all we had heard during the first phase of public engagement in the What We Heard Report.

  • Public Engagement Phase 2 (Jan-Mar 2021):

In Phase 2 of public engagement, we released a Policy Directions Report (Jan 2021) and launched a public survey related to the report. We published the Policy Directions survey results through our Survey and Polls webpage. We also hosted a Virtual Open House on March 3, 2021 to share information from the Policy Directions Report and answer questions from the public (watch the recording). 

  • Public Engagement Phase 3 (coming soon):

We are currently planning for Phase 3 of public engagement, where we will seek public input on the draft new Policy Statement through a series of in-person and online events. Stay tuned for more details in December 2021 / January 2022.

First Nations Engagement

We are undertaking several phases of early and meaningful engagement and capacity funding support with First Nations governments and treaty alliances 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 foster community connections and understanding.

Learn More:

We Welcome Your Input*

Please send us an email to, call 1-250-405-5151 or 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 the Islands Trust, including emails, are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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.

Project Information:

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