Municipal Government

Municipal governments are local authorities created by the Province of British Columbia to provide services that are best managed under local control. Municipalities raise revenue (largely from property taxes and provincial grants) and impact people’s daily lives in numerous ways, from the provision of drinking water and garbage pick-up to parks, community centres and fire services. By and large, municipalities obtain their powers and responsibilities through two pieces of legislation; the Community Charter and the Local Government Act.

Community Charter

The Community Charter is the provincial legislation providing municipalities with most of their powers and responsibilities. There are still some powers and responsibilities in the Local Government Act, particularly with respect to elections and land use planning.

Local Government Act

The Local Government Act is the provincial legislation providing regional districts with most of their powers and responsibilities. It also governs elections and land use planning for municipalities, who look to the Community Charter for most other powers and responsibilities.