Established in 1966, the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District provides services to their member jurisdictions. As service providers, the Regional District provides three distinct roles:
- Serves as local government to the six (unincorporated) electoral areas, responsible for providing basic local services such as community planning, water supply and fire protection
- Serves as an inter-jurisdictional service body providing sub-regional services to different combinations of municipalities; electoral areas and First Nations
- Responsible for providing important regional services and undertaking key activities on behalf of, the entire region.
The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District Board of Directors recently adopted the philosophy "we are all one".