The province of British Columbia is divided into exactly twenty-eight regional districts. Each regional district is a federation of its component municipalities and electoral areas. Initially enabled by the Municipal Act of 1965, the regional districts have three basic roles:
Act as a regional government over issues affecting the entire region, particularly in the area of service delivery
Provide administrative framework for economic or service partnerships between two or more municipalities or areas, and
In the absence of incorporated municipalities, the regional district acts as the "local" government for rural areas.