The Economic Development Commission
In general, the Local Government Act and Community Charter permit a wide range of potential regional economic development tools or functions including, but not limited to, typical project and committee activities, with some restrictions.
The Economic Development Commission (EDC) is a function of the Regional District of Mount Waddington, its membership comprised of four municipalities and four participating electoral areas. The board approve policy, strategy and all associated project and engagement activity.
The Manager of Economic Development is an integral member of the Regional District’s staff and is secretary to the EDC. The role of the manager is to coordinate and execute core activities, provide advice, engage with stakeholders and prepare proposals in cases where the Regional District is the lead agency. There are a number of committees and working groups linked to the economic development function. This includes the MW Workforce Planning and Action Committee (WPAC) and the Vancouver Island North Tourism Advisory Committee (VINTAC). As opportunities and issues arise within the region, other committees and working groups may appear and others may change their focus. The Manager of Economic Development, representing the Commission, works with these groups on issues and projects that contribute to pursuit of the EDC’s regional goals. Other partners, such as external tiers of government, First Nations and the private sector are actively sought on a case-by-case basis.
www.northislandresource.ca is the regional portal maintained by the service in partnership with other public agencies in the region, including both Chambers of Commerce.
www.vancouverislandnorth.ca is the regional tourism portal run by Tourism Vancouver Island under their contract with the RDMW.