Resilient Saanich Updates

The Resilient Saanich process is taking place between 2020 and the end of 2023, developing an Environmental Policy Framework, a Biodiversity Conservation Strategy, and an Enhanced Stewardship Program. We have just moved into Milestone3 of the initiative, as described in the Terms of Reference approved by Council. A State of Biodiversity report was presented to Saanich Council in March of 2023 by Diamond Head Consulting (DHC).

Public Engagement

Milestone 1 Phase: A public engagement process closed on March 15, 2021. You can still read the engagement information on the Resilient Saanich Virtual Open House.

Milestone 2 Phase: Still open– participate in the Community StoryMap engagement to help inform the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy development. A Milestone 2 progress report was approved by Council on August 22, 2022, including Resilient Saanich Principles and Goals and an updated workplan for Milestone 3.  

Milestone 3 Phase: Open now – participate in the upcoming Public Engagement opportunities, combining a discussion of the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy and the Urban Forest Strategy:

Public Open Houses on the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy and the Urban Forest Strategy

Date: Tuesday, April 18
Time: 5:00-7:30pm
Location: Cedar Hill Golf Course clubhouse
Format: In-person

Date: Wednesday, April 19
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Format: Online
Location: Saanich website link (TBA)

State of Biodiversity Summary Report:
View an updated version of Diamond Head’s State of Biodiversity Summary Report

Ongoing: You can subscribe to the e-Bulletins (below) and check the Resilient Saanich Technical Committee meeting page for updates on their work.

Resilient Saanich e-Bulletins

To keep informed of project updates and participation opportunities, you can subscribe to the Resilient Saanich e-Bulletins. The following are e-Bulletins (in PDF format) that have been sent out since the start of the project:

Resilient Saanich Factsheets
(PDF Documents)

Factsheet #1: FAQs [887 KB]
Factsheet #2: Biodiversity Conservation Strategy Examples [3 MB] 
Factsheet #3: Biodiversity Targets [509 KB]
Factsheet #4: Biodiversity Conservation Resources [526 KB]
Factsheet #5: Biodiversity Related Saanich Reports [2 MB]
Factsheet #6: Biodiversity and Protected Areas in Saanich [535 KB]
Factsheet #7: Environmental Stewardship Examples [556 KB]