The Regional District of Nanaimo provides a full range of services to residents in the region. It provides:
• local services to individual electoral areas, such as community parks, water utilities, and animal control;
• sub-regional services to areas that cross municipal and/or electoral area boundaries, such as building inspection, bylaw enforcement, community planning, sewer utilities, and emergency planning; and
• regional services to the entire region, such as administration, grants-in-aid, regional planning, regional parks, liquid waste management planning, and solid waste management.
Each municipality and electoral area has a say in what services the Regional District provides to it.
The strategic plan influences Regional District of Nanaimo decisions about the services it provides to ensure the region continues to be a place where people enjoy living, working, playing, visiting, and doing business. As illustrated in the diagram, the Board Strategic Plan provides direction to the Regional Growth Strategy, which in turn provides direction to a full spectrum of operational plans, such as official community plans, liquid waste and solid waste management plans, and plans concerning recreation and parks. Operational plans are implemented using tools such as business plans and budgets, bylaws, and agreements.