Brentwood Bay Open Water Management Updates

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Reporting concerns about vessels in Brentwood Bay

Abandoned and neglected boats impact the health and safety of our shorelines, especially if fuel, chemicals or garbage are leaking into the marine environment.

If you see a boat that looks abandoned, you can help. Go to: Abandoned Boats | CRD

Sewage dumping from private vessel

Oil or fuel leak

Navigational hazard or blocks other boats from the waterway

Sinking Boat

Department of Fisheries and Oceans

1-604-607-4186


Vessel pollution is enforced by Transport Canada and the Coast Guard, via the Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemicals Regulation, which requires all vessels to: have a marine sanitation device or discharge three nautical miles from shore; use a holding tank and a pump out station; or use temporary storage and dispose of safely elsewhere.

Transport Canada

Coast Guard 24/7

1-800-889-8852

Transport Canada


1-800-889-8852

Transport Canada

Coast Guard 24/7

1-800-889-8852

Call 911 for emergency services if:

  • lives are in danger
  • there is a maritime emergency
  • you’ve seen suspicious activities
  • the vessel is an immediate and serious threat to public safety because of fire or explosion

Reporting concerns about vessels in Brentwood Bay

Abandoned and neglected boats impact the health and safety of our shorelines, especially if fuel, chemicals or garbage are leaking into the marine environment.

If you see a boat that looks abandoned, you can help. Go to: Abandoned Boats | CRD

Sewage dumping from private vessel

Oil or fuel leak

Navigational hazard or blocks other boats from the waterway

Sinking Boat

Department of Fisheries and Oceans

1-604-607-4186


Vessel pollution is enforced by Transport Canada and the Coast Guard, via the Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemicals Regulation, which requires all vessels to: have a marine sanitation device or discharge three nautical miles from shore; use a holding tank and a pump out station; or use temporary storage and dispose of safely elsewhere.

Transport Canada

Coast Guard 24/7

1-800-889-8852

Transport Canada


1-800-889-8852

Transport Canada

Coast Guard 24/7

1-800-889-8852

Call 911 for emergency services if:

  • lives are in danger
  • there is a maritime emergency
  • you’ve seen suspicious activities
  • the vessel is an immediate and serious threat to public safety because of fire or explosion
  • Saanich Peninsula Harbours & Waterways Initiative

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    To progress management of the issues in Brentwood Bay, the District proposed a collaborative approach with other jurisdictions. The CRD has agreed to manage a service and work with the peninsula municipalities.

    In March 2021, the CRD Board adopted Bylaw 4391: Saanich Peninsula Waterways Environmental Action Service Establishment Bylaw No. 1, 2020 at the request of North Saanich, Sidney and Central Saanich.

    The new service will provide a forum to bring First Nations, community groups and all levels of government together to collaborate on solutions and coordinate roles and responsibilities for action.

    The service will not have regulatory authority but will dedicate effort and attention through public outreach and engagement, advocacy, pursuit of specific projects and coordination of any local government actions.

    You can read about the service on the CRD's website.

  • Exploring regional coordination

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    Council has directed staff to meet with Tsartlip First Nation to discuss a proposal to collaborate with other Saanich Peninsula municipalities and to join the Capital Regional District Harbour Program for management of open water moorage areas.

    Council also directed staff to contact the District of North Saanich and Town of Sidney to review OCP’s collaboratively to address mutual concerns about the harbours in the Saanich Peninsula.

    As background to this decision, Council has previously made application to acquire a Licence of Occupation (LOO) and this new proposal to work with other municipalities and to join the Capital Regional District Harbour Program will be undertaken concurrently with the LOO process. The District of Central Saanich remains committed to working together with Tsartlip First Nation and other levels of government to address community concerns about Brentwood Bay in a coordinated and collaborative approach.

  • Summer 2019 update

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    Central Saanich has received an offer of a Licence of Occupation from the Province. The District is working to ensure the language in the licence supports the District’s intent, which is to be able to manage the number and placement of mooring bouys and be proactive with issues in the bay and not to assume other governments’ responsibilities. Our goal is to supplement the responsibilities of the federal and provincial government, not assume them.

    If you own or lease a mooring buoy in Brentwood Bay and have not made application, you are encouraged to do so. Council has established a list of priorities for the mooring buoys, including liveaboards and length of tenure in the Bay.

    For more information on the District's management plan for the Bay, please see FAQs.

  • Do you own or lease a mooring bouy in Brentwood Bay?

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    As we await a decision from the province on the District's application for a Licence of Occupation, we are reminding anyone who owns or leases a mooring bouy to register with the District of Central Saanich.

    Registration forms are available on this site. It is currently voluntary; however, over 40 owners of mooring buoys have made application.

    Council has established a list of priorities for the mooring buoys, including liveaboards and length of tenure in the Bay.


Page last updated: 10 May 2022, 11:52 AM