​​What is an Improvement District?​

  • A form of elected “local government” individually set up in the past by the BC Government so that unorganised territories could provide themselves with specific municipal-like services and functions under the Local Government Act.

  • Now (2006) outmoded because of the creation of Regional Districts throughout the province and which provide all manner of municipal services and functions.

  • “Improvement district trustees are elected by landowners in order to direct the operation and administration of those public services for which the improvement district is responsible. There is an expectation of improvement district trustees that they will make informed, transparent decisions. Many decisions made by Trustees require an understanding of legislation, insurance, property assessment, taxation, meeting procedures, basic water system design, water quality standards, fire protection, labour relations and bylaw enforcement. Learning about these issues is often an ongoing process for improvement district trustees.



To assist Trustees the provincial government has published a Handbook for Trustees”

Improvement District Trustee's Handbook - 2012

Who We Are

  • David Maude - elected April 08, 2017, will serve until 2020

  • Brian Dearden - elected April 08,2017, will serve until 2020

  • Wayne Peace - elected April 21, 2018, will serve until 2021

  • Debra Milne - elected April 13, 2019, will serve until 2022

  • Doug Hill -  elected April 13, 2019, will serve until 2022

MIID Staff

  • CAO:                                                            Katherine Somerville

  • Fire Chief:                                                   Kyle Stobart

  • Deputy Chief:                                             Eric Walker

  • Admininstrative Assistant (part-time):  Hailey Flynn

  • Recording Secretary (part-time):            Gerrie Wise

By Letters Patent (1964)

april 20, 1964

and as amended (1983)

september 15, 1983

Order in Council #615 (1985)

march 27, 1985

Order in Council #1536 (1987)

july 29, 1987

Order in Council #1528 (1989)

october 20, 1989

Order in Council #1542 (1993)

november 12, 1993

Order in Council #371 (2005)

march 30, 2005

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What We Do

  • Manage our resources and properties as well as maintain accurate and transparent financial records.

  • Provide governance and oversight to the Fire Department.

  • Prepare and pass Bylaws for our activities as well as for our revenues and major capital expenditures.

  • Hold regular public meetings on the island.

  • All Board meetings are held the 2nd Monday of the month. Please call the Administrator (250)-539-5116 or email: miid@shaw.ca if you would like an item added to the agenda


training house fire - 2009

MIID Service Responsibilities

Fire Protection              
Health Centre & Medical Evacuation Heliport              
Garbage Collection & Disposal



Fire Protection Service

Mayne Island Fire Rescue provides a broad range of services to our community - ranging from emergency and non-emergency responses. The Fire Department is often called on to fill the void in many various needs of the community. Services provided include Fire Protection and Suppression, Vehicle Rescue, Medical First Response, Fire Prevention and Education, Inspections - including emergency vehicle access (driveway inspections), Burning Permits, and Addressing and Address Verifications.


Fire Protection for Mayne Island is provided by the Mayne Island Fire/Rescue Service (MIFRS). The MIID Board of Trustees is involved at the governance level with the Fire Department. Property taxes for Fire Protection purposes are billed directly to property owners by the B.C. Surveyor of Taxes based on property valuations set by the B.C. Assessment Authority.


The Department is managed by our full-time Fire Chief,  Kyle Stobart.  Firefighters are paid for their time spent on call-outs and regular weekly training. This is the general practice for almost all Volunteer Fire Departments within British Columbia. It provides some compensation for disruption of their working and private life. The MIFRS actively participates in Mutual Aid Agreements, training exercises and courses with Fire Departments on the Southern Gulf Islands, Parks Canada and the CRD.


The important considerations for the Improvement District with respect to the operations of the Fire Department are:

  • The increasing risk to Mayne Island of wildfire damage and destruction; due in part to recent dry summers and in part to the increase in population and building on the island;

  • The increasing complexity of Fire Protection operations, equipment, regulations, training, building requirements, workers’ safety as well as reporting requirements;

  • The increasing cost of Fire Protection components such as equipment, clothing, salaries, training, insurance, fuel, etc.; and

  • The diminishing proportion of permanent residents able and willing to serve as Firefighters.

For more information about MIFRS visit their website at www.mayneislandfire.com



Fire Prevention and Education is the number one method of stopping fires before they start

Mayne Island Fire Rescue is committed to working within and with its community to develop and deliver fire and life safety education programs.

  • Fire extinguisher training,

  • Fire safety sessions,

  • fire hall tours & more...

Independant garbage collection & drop off site operators provide a fee per bag service, whereby bags of garbage may be collected or dropped off for a fee set by those operators.


The responsibility for correct business licenses, WCB and ICBC coverage and appropriate land use permits, zoning and licenses rests solely with the operator(s), not the MIID.

The HC opened in 1976.

Mayne Island Health Centre & Medical Evacuation Heliport


Operation of the Mayne Island Health Centre has been a mandated objective of the MIID since 1983, though the MIID did not take a significant role prior to 2006.


The Health Centre & Heliport is available to anyone, whether resident or visitor. MIID is responsible to serve only as the landlord for the Health Centre and Heliport and is not involved in providing Health and Emergency Medical Services.


Under an agreement with the Mayne Island Health Centre Association (MIHCA), the MIID operates the Health Centre building as the landlord and the MIHCA manages the delivery of medical and community-health services other than those provided by the Vancouver Island Health Authority (‘VIHA’).


Capital Improvements in the years since 2007 have included:

The well pump, water treatment system and the hot water heater have all been replaced.

  • The plumbing system has been upgraded to ensure that potable water will be supplied at all times and to satisfy VIHA Public Water Standards.

  • The emergency electrical system is now fully operational and connected to our emergency generator.

  • The heliport was brought up to Transport Canada requirements.

  • Roof replaced.

  • New Furnace HVAC installed.

  • Completion of the expansion of the Emergency/Treatment Room. MICHA took the lead on the planning and fundraising for this capital project.

  • Double-glazing and sound-proofing


Ongoing operating costs:

  • Cleaning to meet stringent VIHA and Medical requirements

  • Utilities such as Heating &Lighting

  • Accounting, Collection of Tax billings


The doctor pays a commercial rent to the MIID for the use of her offices and examination rooms while VIHA pays rent for the emergency room and the nurses‟ office. Other income derived from the rentals of the meeting rooms, consulting room and treatment room are collected by the MIHCA for support of their Community Health activities:

  • The Health Centre is available to the community 7 days a week.

  • Emergency use doubles in the summer months.

  • 15 Health Care Professionals use the Health Centre

  • Many Community groups meet at the facility.


Why does the MIID take the responsibility for the Health Centre? Our responses are:

  • It is part of our mandated responsibilities (as per our Letters Patent) and this Board of Trustees takes this matter very seriously.

  • It is a vital part of the delivery of normal and emergency medical services to Mayne Islanders and our visitors. There are no alternatives available on the island and if we did not provide this space we would likely not have a doctor on island.


Provincial government rules do not permit the MIID to add this tax to Property Taxes but do authorize MIID to directly bill Mayne Island land owners as a legal and lawful tax.

When you receive your Health Centre & Heliport Tax Bill, please pay promptly so that needed repairs and maintenance can be done without delay.



Mayne Island Health Centre (2010) 

Medical Evacuation Heliport (2007)

Emergency/Treatment room expansion (2013) 

Mayne Island Health Centre (2014) 

The HC opened in 1976. In 2007, the Mayne Island Improvement District (MIID) took responsibility for its maintenance and renovation. However, MIHCA continues to manage it.


Mayne Island Health Centre Association - home page

Related Health Centre Documents:

Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) between the Mayne Island Improvement District (“MIID”) and the Mayne Island Health Centre Association (“MIHCA”) ................................here


Mayne Island Heliport - Update 17 January 2006 ........................................here


Heliport Memorandum, 2006 ........................................here

Garbage Collection and Disposal


Other than general oversight, the MIID is not actively involved in the Garbage Collection and Removal, which was included in the original mandate in 1964.

Garbage Collection and Removal is currently done by independent operator(s). Services are operated on a fee-per-bag basis with the fee being collected by the operators.

Please contact the respective operators for information on their fee schedules and hours of business and collection / drop off days.

  • Independant garbage collection & drop off site operators provide a fee per bag service, whereby bags of garbage may be collected or dropped off for a fee set by those operators.

  • The responsibility for correct business licenses, WCB and ICBC coverage and appropriate land use permits, zoning and licenses rests solely with the operator(s), not the MIID.




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