The Salt Spring Island Community Economic Development Commission (SSI-CEDC) was established by the Capital Regional District with a mandate founded in the ultimate respect for SSI’s rural ambience, environment and unique quality of life to:
- Develop and promote a sustainable economic strategy for Salt Spring Island
- Preserve and strengthen existing businesses and attract new business
- Advance and implement economic development initiatives, in collaboration with other public, private and not-for-profit organizations
The membership of the CEDC consists of the CRD Regional Director and eight appointed Volunteer Commissioners.
CEDC Strategy + Action Plan
The Salt Spring Island Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) has developed an economic development strategy for Salt Spring Island outlining comprehensive action plans in the areas of communication, advocacy, tourism, agriculture, diversifying the economy, business support, and beautification of the Ganges and Fulford villages.
How the CEDC Works
The CEDC works primarily by engaging with others who are interested in community economic development related to projects that strengthen the economy and foster partnerships with other organizations and individuals.
In fulfilling this mandate, the Commission will consider proposals that coordinate economic development activities within a sector service area including the advancement of an active marketing program for the encouragement of both new and existing island businesses and potential investors.
In particular the CEDC is looking for strategic partnerships designed to target ways to deliver on initiatives that will market Salt Spring Island, grow and broaden their economy , and recruit and retain business investment on island.
Note: The CEDC is not a granting organization that provides subsidies or seed money for business start-ups.
Proposals to the Commission must describe how a project/initiative will promote and strengthen the Salt Spring Island economy and be in alignment with the CEDC Economic Development Plan. The proposal’s initiatives should link to economic and business development, such as:
- Qualifying a need or opportunity
- Contributing to long-term viability (resiliency) of community
- Identifying a commercial opportunity
- Providing employment benefits
- Promoting sector development and capacity building
- Improving the overall rural economy of Salt Spring Island
SSI CRD Director
Gary Holman has lived his life in the Salish Sea region. He was born and raised in the Fraser Valley, before buying land on Salt Spring Island 40 years ago and moving here permanently in 1989. He graduated with an MA in economics from Simon Fraser University. As a consulting economist by profession, he worked on projects such as the fisheries component of the Nisga’a Treaty and land and resource management planning throughout British Columbia.
For most of his time on Salt Spring, Gary has been a volunteer, for example serving on the Board of the Salt Spring Island Conservancy, Chairing the Islands Trust Advisory Planning Commission, and acting as President of the local Abbeyfield Society. Gary also served for 10 years as the former CRD Director for Salt Spring and as MLA for Saanich North and the Islands.
The CEDC meets monthly from 4 – 6 PM. Agendas and meeting location are posted on the CRD website approximately 3 days in advance. Members of the public are always welcome.
Residents, businesses and associations interested in speaking to the Commission about economic matters are welcome to address the Commission as a delegation. Delegations need to register with the CRD’s Salt Spring Administration office, by completing the delegation form, at least one week in advance of the meeting they wish to address. Please note that presentations are limited to five (5) minutes.
CEDC 2019 Meeting Dates:
- January 14, 4-6 PM
- March 11, 4-6 PM
- September 9, 4-6 PM
- November 4, 4-6 PM