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 adopted a Strategic Plan to unite the Board of Directors under a common vision for the region and to provide clear priorities and focus for staff. The Plan supports a more strategic approach to financial decisions and ensures resources are focused on the most important issues facing communities in the region and will facilitate increased collaboration and alignment with their partners.