The City of Colwood is a spectacular seaside community set apart by its outstanding natural setting and exceptional quality of life.

This vision is described in detail in the Colwood Official Community Plan.


As stewards of the quality of life cherished by those who live, work and play in Colwood, we provide excellent service that respects the uniqueness and diversity of the community. We work to continually improve our services and build positive relationships with citizens and partners.


Accountability - We serve the needs of the community, consulting residents and stakeholders regularly and providing timely reports on projects.

Collaboration - We focus on partnerships to achieve our goals, and on informing and involving residents and stakeholders to ensure excellence.

Innovation - We embrace creative ideas and have the courage to lead with innovation.

Flexibility - We are responsive to the needs of the community and continually evaluate and strive to improve our service.

Integrity - We honour the public trust by being transparent in decision making and using local knowledge and industry best practice to protect our environment and quality of life for residents.

Community Goals

  • Colwood's waterfront is a gently enjoyed, world class destination.
  • People and nature are exceptionally well-connected.
  • Family friendly neighbourhoods provide housing choices.
  • Residents have realistic transportation choices.
  • Vibrant streets and public spaces promote community connections.
  • Colwood is carbon neutral, energy positive, water smart, and prepared to adapt to a changing world.

Strategic Priorities

Resource Management

Controlling costs through effective management

We advocate for the availability and affordability of housing and public services. We focus on building resilience and long term stability by ensuring our natural and man made infrastructure and assets are maintained and funded over the long term. We prepare for future expenditures by planning proactively.

Promote Well Planned Economic & Community Growth

Expanding the tax base with new commercial and employment opportunities

Colwood provides a strong, sustainable economy with a wide range of business and investment opportunities. Careful management and active promotion create the environment for businesses to succeed. We proactively invest in economic growth and quality of place.


Creating places where people want to spend time and enjoyable ways to get there

We promote a safe, attractive and active community. Our city is planned and designed to maximize livability while maintaining affordability and protecting air, land, water, green spaces and forests. The City’s Official Community Plan, Land Use Bylaws and Transportation Plans work together to create a vibrant community. 

Service Excellence

A committment to customer-focused service and continuous improvement

Careful management, fiscal responsibility, innovation, monitoring and community involvement create the environment, infrastructure, services and workforce required to provide exceptional service. We inform and involve residents in decisions that affect them, promoting shared responsibility. We build community capacity to prevent future problems and expenditures.