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Established in the mid-1960’s, regional districts were created to meet service needs for the rural areas and to partner with municipalities within their boundaries on the provision of services that are more regional in nature.

Simply put, we are a partnership of municipalities and electoral areas who work together through the RDEK to provide and coordinate services.

We have three general areas of responsibility:

  • Provision of services
  • Protection of health and safety of citizens
  • Protection of the environment

We offer over 100 services, ranging from very small service areas (in a rural community, for example) to services for 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 – and the breakdown, based on 2016 census, is as follows:

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

Cranbrook (Main) Office                                                        Columbia Valley Office               
 19 - 24th Avenue South                                                         1164 Windermere Loop Road
 Cranbrook, BC  V1C 3H8                                                       Invermere, BC V0A 1K3
 Phone: 250-489-2791                                                             Phone: 250-342-0063
 Toll Free (BC/AB): 1-888-478-7335

Last edited: Wed, January 31, 2024 - 9:42:22