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Governance & Service Delivery

Policy Area 8:  Governance and Service Delivery

The Regional District of North Okanagan was incorporated as a regional district on November 9, 1965 under the Municipal Act (replaced by the Local Government Act) of British Columbia. The Regional District is composed of the member municipalities of the City of Armstrong, the District of Coldstream, the City of Enderby, the Village of Lumby, the Township of Spallumcheen, and the City of Vernon, and Electoral Areas B through F. Regional districts have three basic roles: they provide a political and administrative framework for service delivery and act as the local government for Electoral Areas. The Regional District provides a broad range of services which may vary according to local circumstances and preferences and in this regard partnerships may be established amongst the member municipalities and Electoral Areas. Through cooperation and dedication, our elected representatives work together in an effort to best represent the interests of the North Okanagan’s urban and rural citizens.

How Are We Doing?

The Regional District and its member municipalities strive to provide efficient, effective, and fiscally responsible service delivery. In 2015, the communities of the North Okanagan worked as partners in the provision of over 40 services. Shared services address a wide variety needs such as search and rescue; parks, recreation, and culture; animal control, control of noxious weeds and insects, the fire training centre, the performing arts centre, victims assistance and safe communities, Greater Vernon Water, building inspection, public transit, and emergency planning to name just a few. In recent years the parks service was restructured in an effort to better balance responsibilities for administration, operation and maintenance of parks and recreation facilities in the Greater Vernon area. The process was not without its challenges but in a spirit of cooperation, a new structure was defined, and ultimately ratified by the RDNO Board of Directors and the Councils of Coldstream and Vernon.