2019 Powell River April 12-14




qathet Regional District and the City of Powell River are joint hosts for 2019. Convention information will be updated as available.

Category: BC Ferries

The Boatswains to the Bollards: A Socioeconomic Impact Analysis of BC Ferries Report prepared on behalf of AVICC and UBCM by Larose Research and Strategy was considered at the 2014 UBCM Convention.

The following recommendations of the policy paper were endorsed unanimously by the UBCM membership:

That the UBCM membership endorse the following actions:

  • Request that the Province reverse its November 2013 decision, and restore service levels and ferry fares to 2013 levels.
  • Request that the Province take a ‘pause’ or ‘time out’ to consider the results of this SEIA and commit to undertaking further socioeconomic impact analysis that will build on these findings.
  • Request that the Province take action to recognize the coastal ferry system as an extension of the highway system and administer and fund it accordingly.

Request that the Province work cooperatively with coastal communities and other interested parties on the development and implementation of a long-term strategy for the coastal ferry system, based on solid socioeconomic impact analysis, that will ensure the sustainability of coastal communities and the ferry service.

Members of the RD Chairs group met with the Premier and Minister Stone during UBCM Convention with the agreement that they would meet again in November.



In follow-up to the AVICC Policy Paper#1: Report on Socio-Economic Impacts of BC Ferries Service Reductions – April, 2014 which was endorsed April 12, 2014 at the AVICC Convention April 12, 2014 in Qualicum Beach, a follow-up study and policy paper is being considered at the 2014 UBCM Convention.

Download a copy of UBCM Policy Paper #1:  Boatswains to the Bollards:  A Socioeconomic Impact Analysis of BC Ferries (PDF).

See the September 10, 2014  UBCM Compass article which preceded the distribution of the Policy Paper to members and highlights the key findings.