Municipalities in BC
may provide any service which the municipal council considers necessary or
desirable for the community. These services may be delivered directly by the municipality
or through another public authority or organization; the municipality has the regulatory
authority in relation to those services to regulate, prohibit and impose requirements.
While most services are delivered within the municipal boundaries, a municipality may provide
services outside its boundaries if it obtains the consent of the other government
where it proposes to deliver the services (a regional district board for a rural area or a
municipal council for another municipality).
Municipal infrastructure is required for many of these services such as providing drinking water, sewage collection and treatment, fire protection, cultural/recreational facilities, and transportation service. Essential infrastructure includes:
It is vital to the sustainability of communities that municipal governments provide
this infrastructure such that related services can be enjoyed. Sustainable infrastructure
is that which does not compromise future generations and is accomplished by addressing
environmental, economic, and social dimensions in current infrastructure provision.
The provincial government through the
Local Government Infrastructure and Finance Division
provides support and statutory approvals to local governments and
improvement districts in the administrative, financial
and engineering spheres.