Malcolm Island

POPULATION (2016) 744 - Entire Malcolm Island
PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS (2016) $101,723,493 (Malcolm Island)
PRIMARY CONTACT sdaniels@rdmw.bc.ca

New on Malcolm Island

New on Malcolm Island

Spring 2019 - Malcolm Island Community Newsletter & Planning Article

Learn about what is new for the Regional District of Mount Waddington and Malcolm Island this spring. Get updates on the Sewer System upgrades, find information about the upcoming Solid Waste Management Plan Update, learn more about the Rural Tourism Action Grant program and the Sointula Volunteer Fire Department.

Malcolm Island Newsletter, April 2019

Also learn more about Land use, Planning, & Development on Malcolm Island

Malcolm Island Planning Article, April 2018

Growing Malcolm Island – Our Economic Development Plan

EcoPlan International, a company specializing in community economic development, has submitted a final report that provides a blueprint for community economic development for Malcolm Island. Major recommendations of the Economic Development Plan include the following:

1. Determine a clear role for leadership of the various economic development initiatives
2. Develop a marketing, promotion and attraction campaign that develops branding and messaging based on local assets, like natural beauty, unique history (Finnish and fishing) and arts, culture and healing
3. Help local businesses to thrive and add jobs
4. Provide assistance for job seekers by ensuring that they have the resources needed to find and keep good jobs
5. Promote solutions to improve access (ferry) and connectivity (broadband)
6. Develop initiatives to encourage place-making and visitor experience as a resident attraction strategy
7. Protect core services such as health care, credit union, banking, schools, Co-op and the post-office that are critical to attracting newcomers and visitors
8. Create Local Networks for Economic Development

A copy of the report can be downloaded here. For more information, Contact Pat English, Manager of Economic Development, Regional District of Mount Waddington, 250-956-3301, penglish@rdmw.bc.ca

Malcolm Island Garbage Service

Malcolm Island Garbage Service

View the 2019 Malcolm Island Garbage Collection Calendar!

The garbage truck arrives at the island on the first ferry of every Tuesday. Residents must have garbage bins roadside by 7:45 am to ensure pickup. If the garbage truck passes your property prior to you taking the garbage out, you will miss your collection.

Click on the area you live in to see your route:

Dickenson Point South Sointula
Rough Bay 2 North Sointula
Meynell Veynell
Rough Bay Piggy Point
Mitchell Bay Kaleva

Bylaw No. 812 Malcolm Island Solid Waste Collection


Other Services

Other Services

Fire Protection

Sointula Volunteer Fire Department
120, 13th Avenue, Sointula, BC

Weekly Practice: 7:00pm Tuesdays - New volunteers welcome!


Sewer System

Application to Connect to Sointula Sewer System

A sewage collection and treatment plant is provided for Sointula.  For emergencies involving the sewer systems please call the Malcolm Island Sewer Technician, Alden Barnett at 250-974-7074 or the Regional District of Mount Waddington Operations Manager, Patrick Donaghy at 250-956-3301.

Street Lighting

If a street light is burned out or for more information about street lighting services, please contact Nadine Weldon at the Regional District Office, at 250-956-3301.

Water System

The Sointula Waterworks District is an independant local utility that supplies drinking water to the village of Sointula on Malcolm Island. For more information on how to connect to the Sointula water system, general inquiries or to report a concern, please contact the Sointula Waterworks District at 250-973-2308 or email sointula_water@yahoo.ca.

The Old Medical Clinic
270 1st Street, Sointula, BC
Hours of Operation 10am - 2pm
Sointula Waterworks District


Malcolm Island Advisory Commission

Malcolm Island Advisory Commission

The Malcolm Island Advisory Commission (MIAC) includes nine members that are appointed by the Regional Board to provide advice and recommendations regarding local planning and servicing matters. The Commission meets on a monthly basis as needed at 7:15pm on the fourth Monday of the month. The meetings are held at the Old Medical Clinic (now Sointula Waterworks District office) at 270 1st Street in Sointula. The public is welcome to attend.  Please note that the MIAC may not meet when no matters have been referred to it by the Regional District.

Commission Members: Carmen Burrows - Chair; Joy Davidson - Secretary; Guy Carlson; Chris Chateauvert; Sandra Daniels (Director - Electoral Area 'A'); John Malthouse; Michelle Pottage; Sheila Roote; Dennis Swanson.

2019 Malcolm Island Advisory Commission Agendas and Minutes

2018 Malcolm Island Advisory Commission Agendas and Minutes

2016 & 2017 Malcolm Island Advisory Planning Commission Agendas and MInutes

Malcolm Island Land Use Planning, Development and Building Information

Malcolm Island Land Use Planning, Development and Building Information

Malcolm Island is subject to an Official Community Plan Bylaw (Bylaw No. 708, 2005) and a Zoning Bylaw (Bylaw No. 725, 2006).  The Official Community Plan includes objectives and policies to guide decisions related to planning and land use management into the future.  The Zoning Bylaw is intended to implement the objectives and policies of the Official Community Plan and prescribes detailed regulations related to land use; the siting, size and dimensions of buildings; minimum lot size for the purposes of subdivision; etc.  Please refer to the following links for more information:

Official Community Plan:

Malcolm Island Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 708, 2005

Malcolm Island Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 708, 2005 - Schedule B1, Malcolm Island

Malcolm Island Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 708, 2005 - Schedule B, Sointula

Malcolm Island Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 708, 2005 - Schedule C, Foreshore Designations

Zoning Bylaw:

Malcolm Island Zoning Bylaw No. 725, 2006

Malcolm Island Zoning Bylaw No. 725, 2006 - Schedule A (Malcolm Island)

Malcolm Island Zoning Bylaw No. 725, 2006 - Schedule B (Sointula)

Building Bylaw:

While approval of a Building Permit is not required for new construction, all building must be undertaken in accordance with the BC Building Code.  A Building Bylaw is in effect that requires a Site Permit be applied for an issued prior to undertaking new construction.  The Site Permit process is designed to ensure that new construction conforms to the requirements of Malcolm Island Zoning Bylaw No. 725, 2006.  Please refer to the following links for more information:

Building Bylaw No. 682, 2003 (Consolidated)

Application for Site Permit

Example Site Plan to Accompany Application for Site Permit

Owners Acknowledgement of Responsibility Form - Site Permit


With respect to the subdivision on land, the Ministry of Transportation processes and approves applications for this purpose.  Information, including a copy of the application required for subdivision, can be found on the Ministry's website at:


Applicants are encouraged to consult with the Regional District as a prelude to making application for subdivision.


If you have any questions regarding planning, development and building, please contact the Regional District of Mount Waddington, by telephone at 250-956-3301 or by email at info@rdmw.bc.ca



Electoral Area 'A'