Our Community

The constituency of Saanich North and the Islands was created in 1990 and is one of the most diverse in BC. It has a population of 56,270 (according to 2011 Stats Canada figures) and has a median age of 53 years. It contains the communities of Central Saanich, North Saanich and Sidney, the island of Salt Spring and the southern gulf islands of Galiano, Mayne, North and South Pender and Saturna.

Our constituency boasts near the highest for voter turnout, having had 66.8% of eligible voters turn out to vote in 2009 and 70.26% in 2013.

On this page you can learn about, and get the latest news from, our community. You can also check the constituency map, look up your MLA and check out our community calendar for local events.

Related News

MLA Gary Holman Pressures Government to Support Parkinson’s Sufferers

“This is good news for Paddi and others in this heart wrenching circumstance,” said Holman, “But it’s too bad that this government has to be publicly shamed by the media in order to provide the health care people deserve, particularly our most vulnerable citizens like Paddi. It took a negative news story and the threat of Opposition questions in the legislature on the eve of an election to do the right thing.”

Holiday Greetings and Office Closure

My staff and I would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday! May your days be filled with peace, joy, friends and family. Just a note, our office will be closed from December 16th until January 3rd. During …

Saanich Voice Online: Affordable Housing – Not Just A Downtown Issue

In response to community concerns, Saanich North and the Islands MLA Gary Holman organized a workshop on affordable housing back in 2014. “I didn’t feel that the discussions about affordable housing on the Peninsula were considering all of the needs or based on adequate data,” said Holman. Attending the workshop were representatives from the Capital Regional District (CRD), BC Housing, Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation (CMHC) and various non-profit housing providers and advocates as well as local municipal representatives. Out of that workshop came a call for an affordable housing needs assessment. The assessment was to consider needs for all incomes across the housing continuum, with a particular focus on households with lower or more modest incomes.