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CESC supports a resilient and sustainable local
economy that improves and
maintains the Southern Gulf Islands' economic prosperity, social equity
and environmental quality.


The Community Economic Sustainability Commission (CESC) is an advisory commission of the Capital Regional District Board. The Commission is comprised of the CRD Electoral Area Director for the Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area and members representing Galiano, Saturna, Mayne, and North/South Pender Islands. CESC endeavours to assist in preserving and strengthening existing business, attracting new business and coordinating local economic sustainability initiatives that contribute to the economic prosperity, social equity, and environmental quality of the Southern Gulf Islands.


CESC wants to draw, from the incredible pool of talent on the Southern Gulf Islands, those people who are willing to share their creative energy to help generate a resilient economy. It will take innovative thinking to develop sustainable income opportunities that provide prosperity and wellbeing for the people and the region.


CRD Endorses Housing Strategy for the SGI


Approaching housing solutions in the Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area (SGI EA) is as unique as the islands themselves, and is the central theme to a new report prepared in consultation with Island residents and endorsed by the Capital Regional District (CRD).

The Southern Gulf Islands (SGI) Housing Strategy states, like many communities in the CRD, housing affordability is the result of complex factors. However in the SGI EA, these factors are compounded by the unique characteristics of the islands as rural, remote, environmentally sensitive, and growth constrained.

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Capital Regional District reports on 2023 grant funding for the Electoral Areas


In 2023, the CRD awarded over $100,000 through electoral area Grants-in-Aid to 23 projects for initiatives benefitting local communities.

“The Electoral Areas of the Capital Regional District are diverse and dynamic communities that benefit from the funding provided by the Canada Community-Building Fund and Grants-in-Aid. These funds enable us to support local priorities that enhance the quality of life for our residents,” said Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area Director, Paul Brent. “We are grateful for this support, and we look forward to seeing the positive impacts of these projects in our electoral areas.”

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