British Columbia Resort Associations
A Resort Association is incorporated under the
Societies Act for the purpose of
delivering a range of promotional services to a Resort Community. These
services include activities such as marketing, planning special events,
developing signage and acting as a central booking agency for events and
accommodations. The Resort
Associations Act has provisions that outline the organizational
structure of the society and empowers it to charge a levy to its members
in order to support the cost of its operations.
The Resort Association as a society is guided by
its bylaws and and funded by member levies. This differs from a
Business Improvement Area which is a
Local Service Area created under the
Local Government Act and funded
from Local Government taxes.
A Resort Association has a high degree of local
control over a resort business promotion scheme. It is accountable to
its members and, to a lesser degree, to the Local Government within
which it is located.
Associations Act was previously called the
Mountain Resort Associations Act
until it was renamed in 2007. At the that time, changes were made to
broaden its application to other Resort Communities. In addition, the
petition of property owners in the Resort Area is more directly linked
to the creation of the Resort Association.
Resort Communities with all types of amenities such
as ski hills, hot springs, lakefronts and wineries, or ocean shorelines
can benefit from the creation of a Resort Association. The purposes of a
Resort Association are to promote, facilitate and encourage the
development, maintenance and operation of a Resort Promotion Area.
Resort Associations are not directly involved in the operation of a
Resort or in the delivery of community services such as fire protection
or water systems.
Resort Areas are eligible to form a Resort Association if:
In order to explain the process for creating Resort Associations, a Quick Reference Guide To Creating A Resort Association (PDF 187KB) has been developed. More detailed information about the establishment process is also provided, including a Resort Associations Creation Checklist.
For more information on resort associations, please contact the Community Relations Branch.