How Local Government Works
In British Columbia, local government is considered the most accessible level of government:
- Local citizens are elected by the community to serve on the Council or Board;
- All meetings are open to the public and public can speak directly to the Council or Board;
- Citizens participate directly by volunteering on committees or commissions.
The citizens of the District of Sooke voted to become a municipality in 1999 and upon incorporation elected their first Mayor and Council . This first Council began the ongoing task of establishing bylaws and policies for the planning for the community's future and for the provision of services.
Local government is a community effort! For more information, see
Local Government in British Columbia - A Community Effort.