Our Goals

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Vancouver Island & Coast Conservation Society

The Vancouver Island and Coast Conservation Society works for sustainable development on the Island and along the coast, integrating local, rural and community sustainability and stewardship with the protection of essential ecological systems.


VICCS will promote practices and implementation of sustainability and stewardship for Vancouver Island and the coast, fostering the balanced approach first advanced in 1987 by the UN report ‘Our Common Future’ , which encourages local and global long-term objectives for economic, social, cultural and environmental health and well-being.


• Assemble Island ideas and perspectives concerning land use, growth and development, ecological systems, habitat requirements and communities.

• Formulate consensus and preferences for Island and coastal land and water use, and for sustainable community development.

• Encourage discussion and educational initiatives for the Island and coastal communities particular to sustainability best practices for land, water and air, food security, waste and pollution, wildlife and biodiversity, and climate change.

• Serve as a point of contact and exchange of information among existing organizations and institutions with similar objectives, seeking partnership and cooperative initiatives with all sectors and interests.

• Represent local, Island and coastal perspectives to relevant authorities.

• Assist local, Island and Canadian efforts for sustainability and stewardship, furthering outreach for sustainable development to coastal communities.

• Identify and attract sources of funding in support of these objectives.


A Day For Our Common Future…

Update …as of December 19th support for our initiative had increased to include the Province of British Columbia, as well as 15 BC municipal governments – all proclaiming December 11th 2014 ‘A Day For Our Common Future’. With British Columbia representing 13% of Canada’s population, and the local government support comprising some 30% of BC’s …

A Senator for Vancouver Island

Open Letter… The Right Honourable Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada 80 Wellington St. Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2 Re: A senate seat to represent Vancouver Island January 19, 2015   Dear Prime Minister Harper, This open letter is a response to your December remark, that you’re not “getting a lot of calls from Canadians to …


Vancouver Island has potential, a historic past, and an important place in Canada’s future. Islanders build local economies, protect the environment and celebrate our coastal culture. We pull together, foster community resilience, and look for innovative ways to take responsibility – to govern for sustainable development. VICCS campaigns are here to help.  

Heritage & Beautification

 A Letter to Our Local Communities… Cedar – Yellowpoint – Cassidy – South Wellington Community Plans & Events, & Canada 150 Dear Friends & Prospective Community Partners, With this letter I am pleased to bring our ‘Heritage & Beautification’ project to your attention. The project began when we asked ourselves what we could do for …