Brentwood Bay Management Plan

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The District is exploring a regional approach to coordinating environmental protection and improvement initiatives on and surrounding the Saanich Peninsula.

The initiative would be a forum for sharing of information, running awareness programs and providing a Peninsula-wide approach to managing open moorage issues. Funded by the three municipalities, we feel we can make greater strides together. Our LOO application will remain open; we have not walked away from it, but a regionally broader approach is the best way forward right now.

The proposed initiative would be coordinated by the Capital Regional District and serve the waters surrounding the Saanich Peninsula, namely Sidney, North Saanich, and Central Saanich, in the areas of:

a. monitoring, mapping, reporting and public education on issues relating to the marine and shore area environments;

b. coordination and collaboration with public authorities and other persons on issues relating to the marine and shore area environments; and

c. implementing programs related to rehabilitation and improvement of the marine and shore area environments.


Reporting concerns about vessels in Brentwood Bay

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

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

The District is exploring a regional approach to coordinating environmental protection and improvement initiatives on and surrounding the Saanich Peninsula.

The initiative would be a forum for sharing of information, running awareness programs and providing a Peninsula-wide approach to managing open moorage issues. Funded by the three municipalities, we feel we can make greater strides together. Our LOO application will remain open; we have not walked away from it, but a regionally broader approach is the best way forward right now.

The proposed initiative would be coordinated by the Capital Regional District and serve the waters surrounding the Saanich Peninsula, namely Sidney, North Saanich, and Central Saanich, in the areas of:

a. monitoring, mapping, reporting and public education on issues relating to the marine and shore area environments;

b. coordination and collaboration with public authorities and other persons on issues relating to the marine and shore area environments; and

c. implementing programs related to rehabilitation and improvement of the marine and shore area environments.


Reporting concerns about vessels in Brentwood Bay

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

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
  • 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.