Vision, Mission & Values


The policies Saanich Council adopts in the Official Community Plan (OCP) express our community's fundamental values and goals. It also established directions to achieve a collective Vision.

The Saanich Vision tells us where we want to go, but not how to get there. That's where our OCP and Strategic Plan come in.

These both allow us to focus our energy on what is most important. By having a plan, we have cleared a path to get from where we are today to where we want to be.


Our Latin motto "Populo Serviendo" means, "Serving the People". We aim to enhance the quality of life for citizens, visitors and future generations in the municipality and the region. We strive to live in harmony with each other and the environment and further Saanich citizens' economic, physical and social well-being.


The following values guide Council and staff decisions and actions:

Honesty - We tell the truth, follow through on commitments, are trustworthy and never accept favours nor misuse public time or property.

Acceptance - We treat everyone equally and justly.

Diligence - We are competent, industrious, creative and resourceful in accomplishing our tasks and we promote a safe and healthy workplace.

Consideration - We have the courage to express our feelings and convictions tempered with a genuine sensitivity toward the feelings and convictions of others. We seek first to understand, then to be understood.

Respect - We hold each other and those we serve in high regard and have a modest sense of our own importance.

Service Excellence - We keep close contact with our customers and continually strive to provide effective service.

Responsibility - We take responsibility for our attitude, actions and behaviour, refusing to blame others or circumstances.

Loyalty - We are dedicated to the District of Saanich, its citizens and our fellow employees.

Stewardship - We are stewards of the environment and community assets, using the principles of sustainable development to ensure our ecological, social and economic future is not compromised.