How do I report an abandonded boat?

    If you know of a vessel in the capital region that appears abandoned or wrecked that is onshore, afloat or sunk, please see: 

    Helpful information includes:

    • Exact location
    • Vessel name and description
    • License number or other identifier
    • How long it’s been in that location
    • Photos

    If it's after hours or the vessel is an immediate threat. please call Transport Canada's 24-hr line at 1-800-889-8852.

    Why is the District proposing managing Brentwood Bay?

    The District is making application for a Licence of Occupation over an area of Brentwood Bay to address community concerns about a number of issues in the Bay. The main concerns are derelict and abandoned boats (in prior years the area has been cleaned up, but due to the lack of regulatory oversight, the Bay fills up again), sewage/garbage, vessels numbers and speed. The Licence of Occupation, if issued by the Province, will give the District the authority to regulate the number and placement of moorage buoys in the area under Licence, and allows the District to get out ahead of potential problems while manageable.

    Management of the Bay does not transfer the responsibility of Provincial and Federal governments to the District in terms of recovering sunken vessels or any of their other responsibilities. Instead, it grants us the ability to manage Brentwood Bay to ensure all residents (on water and on land), as well as visitors, can enjoy the Bay. The intention is to make progress on existing issues and lessen the likelihood of new issues. We encourage ongoing communication and input from community members.

    Why do I require Protection and Indemnity insurance to moor to a bouy?

    Vessels owners on the moorings require Protection and Indemnity (essentially third party liability) insurance, to ensure that the District or other parties don't bear the cost of something that results from uninsured vessel being in the licenced area. The insurance is for the liability to other vessels and docks, not for the replacement of vessels. 

    The cost of such insurance could be verified by calling an agent. Protection and Indemnity insurance is available from a number of brokers and insurance agencies and the cost depends on your vessel's size and condition. Household insurance does not cover this risk. Proof of a holding tank and pump out will be required.

    Why do mooring buoy owners have to pay to occupy a space in Brentwood Bay?

    To manage the bay, the District is hiring a company or non-profit agency to register boaters and monitor the bay. The fees being collected are to pay for this third party and see the management of the bay be self funding and cost-neutral to the District and tax payers.

    How much will managing the Bay cost?

    The expense of having a contractor oversee the Licence of Occupation area of Brentwood Bay will be covered by the fees charged for moorage. The mooring buoys are privately owned, so there is no cost to the district to replace them. There is no cost to the Licence of Occupation is a 'nominal rate moorage', which means the District cannot make money on it. The general taxpayer will not be paying anything once the service is set up. (In our 2018 budget we have listed the expense of managing the Bay, that expense will be covered by the revenue of the moorage program. Please note the mooring fees being proposed are less than a third of what moorage would cost in the local marinas.)

    How does this impact those living on their boats in the bay?

    The District does not want to displace anyone. The reports to Council are clear in stating individuals currently living on their boat in the bay are recommended for first priority for moorings buoys. This is a key point: if liveaboards have insurance, pay the lease fee, have holding tanks (already required by federal law) and pump vessels, then liveaboards are in fact granted initial priority for a buoy and are not discouraged in any way.

    We are trying to reduce the fees to as minimal as possible; the fees collected for management of the Bay must be and will be used only to pay for the cost of the regulatory service. The District will not make any revenue from managing the Bay.

    We will continue to involve those who live on their boats in discussions about the Bay. During the community consultation this past summer, we engaged multiple stakeholders, including on board dwellers. The working group included over 30 participants and at least 11 participants are believed to live on their boat (six specifically signed in stating they were liveaboards). Two representatives of the BC Nautical Residents Association also attended. All meetings of the working group were open to the public and participation was open to drop-ins (this was designed to remove any barriers to participation).

    What was the community consultation process and results?

    The District of Central Saanich commenced a community consultation this past summer and engaged multiple stakeholders, including on liveaboards.

    The working group included over 30 participants and at least 11 participants are believed to be liveaboards (six specifically signed in stating they were liveaboards). 

    The discussion of the Management Plan commenced at the meeting of September 27 2017 and liveaboards were invited and have attended every subsequent meeting. Two representatives of the BC Nautical Residents Association also attended. All meetings of the working group were open to the public and participation was open to drop-ins (this was designed to remove any barriers to participation).

    An open house was held in Brentwood Bay on August 22, 2017 with approximately 50 people in attendance.

    A survey was conducted with approximately 300 responses.

    District Council, as well as district staff, have been and remain accessible to all stakeholders on this issue. Council meetings are open to the public and videos of the meetings are posted online. 

    Regular updates were posted to the engagement website (PlaceSpeak) dedicated to hearing from the community on Brentwood Bay; it was viewed close to 3,000 times.

    All members of the community are encouraged to participate in the on going conversation. 

    Survey findings (highlights):

    One of the strongest messages heard from the Tsartlip First Nations community was the desire to use the harbour as a food source. The Bay is currently closed to harvesting due to contamination.

    Sewage discharge and garbage from vessels moored and operating within the area was recognized as the most significant concern for the community. 90% of respondents support the Saanich Inlet being a 'no sewage dump zone' and 89% support strict enforcement of the required holding tank law. 

    Abandoned and sunken vessels were the next highest concern, followed by the accumulation of too many vessels and navigating the crowded waters safely. 

    There is support for regulating the number of buoys in Brentwood Bay, with 78% agreement, 18% neutral and 4% is disagreement. 37% of respondents believe that acceptable, affordable moorage currently exists in Brentwood Bay, 14% disagree and 49% neutral on the question. 80% of respondents support dedicated moorage being available for visiting boaters in Brentwood Bay. It is known that moorage is not always available. 

    There is a high concern about unlicensed and possibly uninsured vessels (84%).

    Navigational channels are a concern for 69% of the survey respondents.