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Research Division

Policy & Research Division


The Local Government Policy & Research Division provides services and leadership in policy development, legislative program management, program development, intergovernmental relations, research and economic analyses. Significant goals of the branch include:

  • to enable sound ministry and governmental decisions respecting change in legislative and program policy in all aspects of local government;
  • to manage or lead processes able to make the ministry's strategic legislative initiatives successful from the perspective of government and our clients; and
  • to help the local government system adapt to the reformed local government legislation and stabilize its new relationship to the province.

The Division is involved in policy, legislative and program development and evaluation in all aspects of local government.

Major clients and contacts include:

  • Intergovernmental Committee on Urban and Regional Research (Muniscope)
  • Municipal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Provincial agencies and offices involved in policy development and the annual legislative process
  • Union of B.C. Municipalities (CivicNet BC)

Client Services

The Division coordinates the preparation of government's responses to UBCM resolutions which are endorsed at or following each annual UBCM Convention. The UBCM provides a searchable database of all UBCM resolutions and responses from 1984 onwards, including provincial responses from 1992 onwards. This database shows the disposition of all resolutions, whether endorsed, defeated, withdrawn or otherwise disposed.

As an aid to research on local government, a bibliography on local government was prepared in 1989; comments on the bibliography can be sent to:

Contact Information

Policy and Research Division
Ministry of Community and Rural Development
6th Floor
800 Johnson Street
PO Box 9847 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9T2
250 387-4050 in Victoria
For toll free access call Enquiry BC:
Call 604-660-2421 in Vancouver or
1-800-663-7867 elsewhere in B.C. and request a transfer to
250 387-4050 in Victoria
250 387-6212
Policy & Research Division

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