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General News · 8th April 2022
SRD Communications - Elaine
The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) will be updating its Official Community Plan for Cortes Island in the next year. To help prepare for this update, the SRD has retained Urban Systems Ltd. to conduct a study and collect data related to active transportation networks, facilities, and challenges on Cortes Island.

This project is fully funded through the Union of BC Municipalities’ Active Transportation Planning (ATP) grant program, which helps local governments add active transportation elements into planning documents (such as Official Community Plans) and to identify opportunities to improve existing active transportation networks.

Active Transportation refers to a range of human-powered modes of transport, such as walking and cycling. Through this project, the SRD hopes to better understand how residents and visitors move across the island and how the regional district can encourage more trips by active transport modes. We know that local knowledge and input is critical, so hope you will share with us!


This survey is open to all Cortes community members from April 8th to May 1st and we kindly ask you to share it with your networks and neighbours.

Active Transportation Workshops:
We will be hosting a series of workshops, one virtual and one in-person, to share an overview of this project, and to hear your thoughts on active transport priorities for Cortes Island and opportunities for collaboration with Cortes-based organizations.

If you, or another representative from your organization, are interested in participating in the workshop(s), please RSVP to and include your preference (virtual or in-person attendance on Cortes Island). We will be sure to provide the information necessary for your participation.

Virtual Workshop
Thursday, April 21st from 2:30-4:00 pm

In-Person Workshop on Cortes Island
Tuesday, April 26th from 1:30-3:00 pm

at Mansons Community Hall, 983 Beasley Rd.

For more information about this project, please visit or contact the project team below if you have any questions about the study.


Meredith Starkey
Manager, Planning and Parks
Strathcona Regional District
Telephone: 778-346-9143

Beth Hurford
Community Transportation Consultant
Urban Systems
Telephone: 250-220-7060