Welcome to the

SKEENA-QUEEN CHARLOTTE

Regional District

PlaceSpeak

The North Coast Regional District (NCRD) is now using PlaceSpeak to inform, consult and engage with citizens throughout the region.  We are reaching out to citizens who have challenges attending public meetings and open houses, but would like to contribute their input on issues that they care about. Please visit www.placespeak.com/ncrd to get registered and begin engaging with the NCRD and your neighbours!

Further information can be found here!

Electoral Area D (Tlell) Referendum

The results of the referendum held in Tlell, B.C. on November 11, 2017 are as follows:

YES: 60
NO: 34

Emergency Notification System for Haida Gwaii

In the event of an emergency, sharing up to date, accurate information is essential for the health and safety of ourselves, our families and our communities.

ePACT is an online emergency network that our communities will use to send out alerts and news updates by telephone, text or email messages to registered contacts in affected communities. ePACT is designed to provide residents with the information and updates you need as quickly as possible so that we can better respond to emergencies- as soon as the local authorities know about it, you know about it.

ePACT is free for families and residents to use. The municipalities you live in pay to use the system so they can better communicate with you in a crisis. This is an island-wide, joint community venture.

To enter your information, please click here!

Northwest B.C. Resource Benefits Alliance

The Northwest BC Resource Benefits Alliance (RBA) is a group of 21 local governments across the Northwest from Masset to Vanderhoof, committed to achieving a resource revenue sharing agreement for the region through negotiations with the provincial government.

Over the past five years more than $13 billion has been spent on major capital projects in the region, including pipelines, transmission lines, mines, clean energy projects, port expansions, LNG plant site preparation and an aluminum smelter replacement just to name a few.  At the same time, the provincial government has earned at least $500 million in incremental revenue associated with these projects.  None of this revenue has come back to the communities.

Local governments estimate that current infrastructure needs total $600 million.  Usually, local governments’ access cost-shared provincial and federal grant programs to help meet their infrastructure needs but this model does not work for everyone.  Infrastructure spending by both levels of government has been significant since the 2009 recession, but the Northwest infrastructure deficit has not been reduced.

The RBA is asking the provincial government to negotiate a revenue sharing agreement with the Northwest that would provide local governments with the resources we need to properly address the infrastructure and service gaps in our communities and create a legacy for our children.  A revenue sharing agreement would make the Northwest more livable and sustainable, creating a vibrant local economy to complement and diversify the region's resource base.

Negotiations need to start now. 

For more information visit the Northwest BC Resource Benefits Alliance website.

Nominations for Appointment to the B.C. Ferry Authority Board

The Coastal Ferry Act mandates a role for the Regional District in the nomination process for the Board of Directors for the BC Ferry Authority Board of Directors. The Regional District is seeking expressions of interest from qualified individuals who wish to be considered for a position as a member of the BC Ferry Authority Board.

The North Coast Regional District, in collaboration with the Regional Districts of Central Coast, Kitimat- Stikine, and Mount Waddington, will be jointly submitting 3 to 5 nominations to fill one position on the Board of Directors for the BC Ferry Authority commencing April 1, 2018. The term of the appointment is 3 years to March 31, 2021.

Detailed information about the Ferry Authority, its Board, requirements for Directors and the nomination form will be available after August 29th on the BC Ferry Authority website at www.bcferryauthority.com.

Individuals interested in being considered for nomination are asked to complete a nomination form on the Authority’s website and submit it to:

Daniel Fish
Corporate Officer
North Coast Regional District
14-342 3rd Ave West, Prince Rupert, BC  V8J 1L6
Phone:  250-624-2002
Fax:  250-627-8493

Completed nomination forms will be accepted until 4:00 PM Monday, September 25th, 2017.

Notice of Alternative Approval Process - Proposed adoption of Vancouver Island Regional Library Borrowing Service Establishment Bylaw No. 614, 2017 and Vancouver Island Regional Library Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 615, 2017

Notice is hereby given that the Board of the North Coast Regional District (NCRD) proposes to adopt the “Vancouver Island Regional Library Borrowing Service Establishment Bylaw No. 614, 2017”, to establish a service for the NCRD to borrow funds on behalf of the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) and the “Vancouver Island Regional Library Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 615, 2017”, to authorize the borrowing of up to One and a Half Million Dollars ($1,500,000) to lend to the VIRL for construction and renovation of library facilities in the Village of Queen Charlotte, the Village of Masset and Sandspit. Under an agreement with the NCRD, the VIRL would service the $1,500,000 debt for the construction of facilities. The maximum requisition of $170,000 contained in the borrowing service establishment bylaw is a safeguard to be levied only in the event that the VIRL is unable to meet is debt service obligations under its agreement with the NCRD. Further information may be found here.

Rodent Control

As part of the North Coast Regional District’s (NCRD) annual review of solid waste collection services on Haida Gwaii, we found there to be a higher than average number of rodents hiding in garbage receptacles collected from residents across the island.

As you know, rodents can cause significant property damage, contaminate food, and potentially spread disease - and their population can multiply rapidly. Getting rid of rats and mice is a responsibility that lies with all property owners and residents must do their part to reduce the rodent population. Whether rodents are seen on private or public property, the public should take the following steps to discourage them quickly and efficiently:

1. Get rid of food and water sources:

  • In the home, garbage should be removed frequently and stored in pest proof containers with tight fitting lids.
  • For pickup, garbage should be kept in (maximum) 2 bags in (maximum) 2 regulation sized garbage receptacles with tight fitting lids.
  • Follow good composting practices for rodent control and use a pest-proof compost container.
  • Remove pet food right after feeding and do not leave it outside overnight.
  • Remove fallen fruits and nuts from your yard.
  • Repair any plumbing leaks to remove a water source.

2. Eliminate hiding and living places:

  • Keep building perimeters clear of plantings, stored lumber or junk.
  • Trim plants near buildings so that 15 to 20 cm (6 to 8 inches) above ground is clear. Trim branches of trees or shrubs to prevent access to roofs or balconies.
  • Remove unused piles of lumber and old sheds.

3. Pest proof buildings:

  • Cover crawl spaces, fresh air and attic vents with 6mm (1/4 inch) metal screening or steel mesh.
  • Seal any possible entry points in the building exterior that are greater than 6mm (1/4 inch). Pay close attention to door jams and gaps between the siding and the house foundation. If you have roof rats, don’t forget to check for holes in areas of the roof.
  • Repair cracks in cement footings and foundations.
  • Build sheds on concrete slabs.

The best way to get rid of rodents is by using traps. When using spring loaded traps for rodents, start by baiting three of them in a row without setting them. Bait with dried fruit, peanut butter mixed with oats, or cheese. Wear gloves when handling a dead rodent and the trap. Double bag the dead rat or mouse, seal the bags, and place the bags in the trash. The trap can be reset if gloves are worn. 

Further information may be found here:

North Coast Regional District Board Highlights

Highlights from the June 16, 2017 Regular meeting of the North Coast Regional District Board can be found here!

2016 CARIP Report

The Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) is a conditional grant program that provides funding to local governments who have signed onto the B.C. Climate Action Charter. Under the Charter, local governments commit to take actions to become carbon neutral in their operations and reduce community-wide emissions by creating more complete, compact and energy efficient rural and urban communities.

The North Coast Regional District's report provides more information on the climate actions undertaken by the Regional District in 2016 and its plans into 2017.

Electoral Areas A & C Land Use Planning Project

The Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District (SQCRD), in partnership with Urban Systems, is undertaking a planning process to develop general land use planning bylaws for Electoral Area A and Electoral Area C. The project will culminate with the preparation of two distinct general land use plans with land use planning designations and policy for each Electoral Area, as well as basic zoning regulations to support these designations. The SQCRD welcomes input from all stakeholders, and encourages you to visit the project webpage found here, or provide comment through Place Speak!

Haida Gwaii Regional Recreation Insurance Coverage Extended to Drop-In Sporting Programs

The Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District and the Haida Gwaii Regional Recreation Commission are pleased to annouance that registration of your drop-in sport program under the Haida Gwaii Regional Recreation Service is now available and we hope to hear from you soon! Click here to find out more.

Paying Your Property Taxes

If you are a municipal resident you will receive your property tax notice from and pay your taxes directly to your municipality.

If you live in a rural area your property tax notice will be issued by the Surveyor of Taxes. The Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District does not have access to these notices, and cannot accept payment. Payments can be made via one of the following ways:

  • At government agents office
  • At your financial institution
  • By mail—payable to the Minister of Finance

Surveyor of Taxes
PO Box 9446, STN Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9V6

  • Through your mortgage agreement
  • By internet/telephone banking

Payee Province of BC—Rural Property Tax
Or payee BC—Rural Tax

For more information on Rural Property Tax for BC the BC Provincial Government has a website at: http://www.rev.gov.bc.ca/individuals/Property_Taxes/Rural_Property_Tax/rpt.htm

Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District Board Strategic Priorities 2015-2018

On April 25-26, 2015, the Board of the Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District held a strategic priorities workshop on Haida Gwaii. The Board adopted the plan at its May 22, 2015 Regular meeting. Highlights of the strategic priorities 2015-2018 report can be found here!

Regional Recycling Facility Extended Hours of Operation

In order for users to take advantage of increased access to recycling services, the SQCRD Regional Recycling Facility will now be open on Sunday afternoons, effective May 3rd, 2015. Click here to find out more!

First Nations and Province Complete Marine Plans

The Marine Planning Partnership plans, which are now complete, provide recommendations for key areas of marine management, including uses, activities and protection and is designed to inform decisions regarding the sustainable economic development and stewardship of the coastal marine environment in the plan areas, which extend from Haida Gwaii to Vancouver Island. Find out more!

Electoral Areas A & C: Community Passenger Ferry Service Study

The Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District has commissioned a report entitled Community Passenger Ferry Service Study to support the process of decision-making and to assess the feasibility of a small passenger ferry service from the mainland to Dodge Cove, Oona River and Hunts Inlet. The report is available for download here.

Changes to Islands Solid Waste Management Fees and Charges

Please be advised that the Regional District has implemented new fees pertaining to commercial recycling. For further information, view the Islands Solid Waste Management Regulation, Fees and Charges Amendment Bylaw No. 584, 2014.

Waste Watchers' Directory: Prince Rupert and Port Edward & Haida Gwaii

To view a listing of the current waste watchers' directory for the Prince Rupert and Port Edward regional recycling depot, please click here

For a listing of the current waste watchers' directory for Haida Gwaii recycling facilities, please click here.

BC Assessment

BC Assessment operates as an independent, provincial Crown corporation, governed by a Board of Directors and is accountable to the Government of B.C.

BC Assessment's head office is located in Victoria. Its 15 area offices are situated in 10 regions in various geographic locations throughout British Columbia

BC Assessment produces independent, uniform and efficient property assessments on an annual basis for all property owners in the province.

Tsunami Debris

The Regional District has had queries regarding the volunteering with tsunami debris clean-up.  At the present time, no organized clean-up is being undertaken.  Please check back periodically and as opportunities become known, they will be posted.