A Local Area Service is a service that is paid for by those who will directly benefit from it. For example, a neighbourhood may be willing to get together and pay to have sidewalks, lighting or sewer lines installed.
These services usually do not meet normal municipal criteria for funded capital works, yet are sufficiently desired by the residents.
When a property owner proposes an initiative, the City provides that owner with a petition to determine whether neighbouring property owners support the initiative.
A successful petition has signatures from at least two-thirds of affected property owners.
If a majority of local owners support a proposed initiative, it is brought to City Council for decisions about approval and funding.
Residents interested in initiating a Local Area Service are encouraged to contact the Engineering Department at 250-478-5999 to get the process started.
Read more about Local Area Services on the provincial government website.