LOCAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT HISTORY
British Columbia's (B.C.'s) local government
system has changed in many ways
since the Local Government
Department (LGD) was formally established.
Throughout its existence,
the LGD has collaborated with other
partners in the system to develop
innovative and pragmatic solutions
to the challenges of the day. Many of
these solutions - such as regional
districts and the Municipal Finance
Authority (MFA) - have attracted national
and international attention.
Mini-histories are short historical
descriptions of notable features in
B.C.'s local government system.
Founding the LGD
describes how the Province
established the Department of
Municipal Affairs (DMA) in 1934.
traces the establishment of the
"instant towns" policy to
support viable resource
communities in B.C.'s
Regional Districts Part 1 introduces the challenges of
regional governance in B.C. and describes pre-1945 policy
developments related to regionalism.
Regional Districts Part 2 continues the story of regional governance in B.C.
initiatives to address regional
planning, rural service delivery
and governance in urban regions
during the 1950s.
Regional Districts Part 3 describes the development of the
regional district concept between 1960 and 1965.