Pender Island, Photo: Davy Rippner
Pender Island, Photo: Davy Rippner

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East Point, Saturna Island Photo: Katie Dentry
East Point, Saturna Island Photo: Katie Dentry

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Mayne Island
Mayne Island

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Pender Island, Photo: Davy Rippner
Pender Island, Photo: Davy Rippner

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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.

Announcements

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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​Referendum Planned for SGI Transportation Service

 

On June 8, 2022, the Capital Regional District (CRD) Board received the Southern Gulf Islands Transportation Integration Plan, which presents a business case for a new transportation service for the Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area. After consideration of the plan’s recommendations, the CRD Board gave three readings to Bylaw 4485, an important step towards the establishment of an integrated Southern Gulf Islands (SGI) Transportation Service.

 

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