Welcome to the Regional District of East Kootenay

**IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR FIREFOX USERS: Changes in the most recent versions of Firefox are causing issues with the links on our site.  We are working to address the problem; however, it could take some time. In the meantime, to view links from the Firefox browser, you can either save the file and open from your computer or use a different browser (such as Edge, Chrome or Explorer). We apologize for the inconvenience**

Located in the southeast corner of BC, The Regional District of East Kootenay is a local government dedicated to providing quality service to our residents and property owners.  We work together as a partnership of municipalities and electoral (rural) areas to provide and coordinate services.

We take great pride in:

  • Providing over 100 different services
  • Protecting the health and safety of citizens
  • Protecting the environment

Unlike a municipality, which has one boundary and one set of taxpayers, Regional Districts have a different boundary (and a unique set of taxpayers) for every single service we offer. These “boundaries” are called service areas and can be very small (for example, one area within a small rural community), or very large (covering the entire region).

Some of the services we provide include: land use planning, water supply, sewage disposal, fire protection, recreation, mosquito control, street lighting, community parks, emergency management programs, solid waste and recycling, transit, 9-1-1, library grants, regional parks, and invasive plant control.

Our total population is 60,439 based on the 2016 Census.  The breakdown by area is:

  • Rural Areas - 15,896
  • Municipalities - 43,839
  • First Nations - 704

For further information about the RDEK or our Board of Directors, click on the “About” tab at the top of this page.

We couldn't help but notice...

...that you're using Internet Explorer to browse the site. We hear from some of our visitors using this browser that the site doesn't display properly. If you are having issues, we've written up some suggestions for improving your browsing experience.