The Salt Spring Island Community Economic Sustainability Commission (SSI-CESC) 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
How the CESC Works
The CESC works by facilitating, advocating and building coalitions with interested community partners to achieve goals that will promote a sustainable economy for Salt Spring Island across all economic sectors.
The Commission will consider proposals that coordinate economic development activities within a sector, strategic partnerships that will grow and broaden our economy and recruit and retain business investment on the island.
Note: The CESC is not a granting organization that provides subsidies or seed money for business start-ups.
The CESC meets four times annually. Agendas and meeting locations 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.
Current Strategic Directions
The Salt Spring Island Community Economic Sustainability Commission (CESC) is guided by strategic priorities established in 2014 and renewed in 2016. Moving forward, the Commission will be engaging in the strategic planning process to update goals and objectives for Salt Spring Island's economic capacity building.
As a background, here are links to relevant reports: