The Cowichan Valley
is one of 27 regional districts in British Columbia. It is comprised of nine electoral areas and four municipalities in the southern part of Vancouver Island. With a population of over 80,000 residents, it covers a land area of 3,473.12 km².
A common question residents have is what services do the various levels of government provide. The Federal Government oversees areas of law and standards that generally affect the whole country – transportation safety, food safety, national defence, and banking. The Provincial Government oversees areas common to the province – health care, hunting and fishing, provincial court and energy production. The local level is governed by Regional and Municipal Governments.