Malcolm Island

POPULATION (2011) 733 - Entire Malcolm Island
PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS (2009) $125,882,648 (Malcolm Island)
FOLIOS 594 (Sointula)
PRIMARY CONTACT hsoltau@rdmw.bc.ca


Sointula is an unincorporated community in Electoral Area A located on Malcolm Island.


2006 Sointula Census Profile Sointula Cadastral Map
2006 Electoral Area "A" Census Profile Malcolm Island Cadastral Map
Map of Logging Roads on Malcolm Island Sointula Civic Address Map
Malcolm Island Woodlots Map Malcolm Island Civic Address Map


All Residents must put garbage out for collection prior to the arrival of the ferry at Malcolm Island to ensure garbage pick-up during the planned Port McNeill Ferry Terminal Upgrade.  To meet the garbage collection needs, two trucks working on very tight timelines will be sent over to Malcolm Island which impacts the normal pick-up schedule.  Please click this link to be taken to the flyer.

New on Malcolm Island

New on Malcolm Island

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 Services

Malcolm Island Services

Malcolm Island Advisory Planning Commission

The Malcolm Island Advisory Planning Commission includes seven members that are appointed by the Regional Board to provide advice and recommendations regarding planning issues.

The Commission meets at 7:15pm on the third Monday of the month, as required, at the Old Medical Clinic at 270 1st Street.  The public is welcome to attend.


Commission Members:

Jeff Jones, (Chair); Dennis Swanson (Vice-Chair); Sharon Tanner (Secretary); Guy Carlson, Harry Johnson, Chris Chateauvert, Ken McGregor

Address: Box 43, Sointula, BC V0N 3E0 (Secretary's address)


Malcolm Island Local Services Management Committee

Stephanie Eakle; Bonnie Nelson; Carmen Burrows; Cheryl Middleton; John Malthouse; Wanda Laughlin; Heidi Soltau


Fire Protection

Sointula Volunteer Fire Department

Box 7, Sointula, BC V0N 3E0

Phone 250-973-6840

For police, ambulance or fire department EMERGENCIES call 911


Emergency Vehicle Awareness click here


Sewer System

A sewage collection and treatment system is in place to serve the community of Sointula.

For emergencies involving the sewer system call the Sointula Sewer Technician @ 250-974-7074 or the Regional District of Mount Waddington Local Services Department @ 250-956-3301


Sointula Sewer Connection Application


Street Lighting

If a street light is burned out please contact the Regional District Reception at 250-956-3301

Other street light information, please contact Manager of Operations at 250-956-3161


Water System

The community water system serving Sointula is operated by an Improvement District independent of local government.  For more information call the Sointula Water Works District at 250-973-2308


Sointula Recreation Association

The Regional District established a Local Service for the purpose of providing funding to the Sointula Recreation Association to operate and repair community recreation buildings and facilities established a Local Service within a portion of Electoral Area "A".


The Sointula Recreation Association looks after the Finnish Order Hall, a community hall and baseball field. The association also sponsors a number of community recreation initiatives.


For further information on recreation services in Sointula Contact Wanda Laughlin at 250-973-6738


Malcolm Island Regional Emergency Plan

Malcolm Island Regional Emergency Plan

Malcolm Island Garbage Service

Malcolm Island Garbage Service

NEW!  2014 Malcolm Island Garbage Collection Calendar

The garbage truck arrives at the island on the first ferry of the day.  You must have your Garbage Cans at the 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


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

RDMW Development Procedures Bylaw No. 594, 1999 (Consolidated)



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'