HIRRA Anniversary Event Feb. 25

The “Hornby Island Ratepayers’ Association” was officially registered as a non-profit society on Dec. 28, 1973, although the group had originally started meeting in 1954. The Anniversary Celebration open-house at the Community Hall is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 25 from 3:00 to 6:00pm. There are plans for refreshments (thanks to the Hornby Island Co-op), cakes, archival displays, reminisces, appreciations, speeches, a door prize of oak firewood, and volunteers sharing what HIRRA Committees are currently working on. Spread the word and plan to come celebrate decades of “local direct democracy” on Hornby.

HIRRA Feb. 14 Meeting Agenda

  1. Agenda
  2. Minutes of the Dec. 13, 2023 HIRRA meeting
  3. Executive Report and community appreciation
  4. Community Announcements:
    Anniversary event Sunday, Feb. 25
    HIAC trail update
    Connected Coast subsea cable mariner signage info
    BC Parks sub-committee updates
  5. Community Hall Committee report: including the Heritage Register.
  6. Recycling Waste Management report:
  7. Composting Toilet Residuals: MOTION to proceed with the Composting Toilet Residuals pilot project under the Recycling Waste Management Committee and to approve the letter of understanding between HIRRA and Comox Strathcona Waste Management. View here: Letter of agreement HIRRA CSWM re CT residuals


Statements of Significance for Hornby Buildings

With generous partner funding support of $5,000, provided by the Comox Valley Regional District during 2023, the Community Hall Committee, contracted a local area cultural heritage consultant to prepare three cultural heritage Statements of Significance for the Hornby Island Community Hall, Hornby Island’s First Schoolhouse, and the Room to Grow. The initial focus of work has been to recognize public heritage buildings on Hornby Island. 

The development of statements of significance, is the first step to developing a first Hornby Island Community Heritage Register. A Community Heritage Register is a list of historic places specific to a community that have been identified by the local government—in this case Hornby Island and HIRRA, respectively—as having special value or significance. The list’s primary function is to recognize and celebrate historic places within the community.

A heritage register can be an important tool for the community, as places listed on the register receive recognition for their heritage values and significance. They are thus better positioned to access heritage conservation tools and incentives and be eligible for various funding sources.

On December 13 at the Regular Hornby Island Local Trust Committee Meeting, the LTC approved the development of a project charter for the HI Community Heritage Register project, considered a small project for their 2024/25 work program. Updates on this work by the committee and the Islands Trust planning staff  through 2024, will be posted to the HIRRA website, local Hornby and Grapevine papers.

For information, please contact the HIRRA Executive Administrator.

To read the Statements of Significance, and learn further information on this important work, view the summary report here: 2023 Heitage SoS Report

Dec. 13 HIRRA Hybrid Meeting Highlights

A motion was passed for Water Stewardship to become a HIRRA Committee. There was lively discussion about the BC Parks report on their plans for the expansion to Tribune Bay Park and revision of the campsite layout. Hornby Island Athletic Association (Joe King Ballpark) also gave updates on their projects and the new “Joe’s Cafe” social time several days a week.

The next HIRRA meeting will be Feb. 14, 2024.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS and THANK YOU to all HIRRA members, Committee volunteers, and staff for your time and dedication to managing tax funding locally.


2024 HIRRA Budgets Approved

The November 8, 2023 HIRRA meeting was devoted primarily to reviewing and approving the 2024 budgets and five-year financial plans for HIRRA’s tax-funded services: Fire Protection, Recycling Waste Management, Community Hall, Recreation Programs, Comfort Stations (Privies), Emergency Preparedness and Invasive Plant Control. Forty-four people attended.
Thank you to all the dedicated Committee volunteers, staff, and Executive for their work on the 2024 budgets. All the budgets were reviewed and approved by the membership. The approved budgets are still subject to review by Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) staff and Board of Directors. We expect the CVRD to confirm approval of HIRRA budgets in April 2024.


Committee Volunteers Needed

HIRRA Executive and Management Committee members serve two-year terms (staggered so not all are up for election in a given year). Thank you to all the volunteers who were elected at the April 12, 2023 AGM. There are still vacancies on the following Committees: Comfort Stations, Emergency Preparedness, and Boat Ramp. Volunteers must be HIRRA members to be appointed to fill these vacancies. If you are interested, register as a HIRRA member now! Contact the Executive Administrator for more information.


Community Vision Renewal Zoom Event

HIRRA and HICEEC (Hornby Island Community Economic Enhancement Corporation) are collaborating to review and renew the Hornby Community Vision created in 2002. Over 85 people attended the in-person Vision Renewal event at the Community Hall to look at the existing Vision statements, accomplishments over the last twenty years, and possible goals for the future. Many people provided feedback and input. An additional 28 people attended the Zoom event on March 1 to give feedback on the Vision in a different format. The draft Vision documents are posted on HICEEC’s web-site: https://hiceec.org/about toward the bottom of the page. Stay tuned for the next steps in the Vision Renewal.


Composting Toilet Residuals Project

At the October 12, 2022 HIRRA meeting, a majority of participants approved sending a letter to Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) requesting that the Comox Valley Sewerage Service (CVSS) accept stabilized composting toilet residuals from Hornby at their composting facility. Stay tuned for opportunities for further discussion and decisions about the Pilot Project details.

Background documents include the original Sept 2020 CVRD staff report on the Hornby Composting Toilet Feasibility Study. View here:  Composting Toilet Study
CVRD staff updated their report in Nov. 2021 based on feedback from the HIRRA Recycling Committee. View here: Composting Tiolet Study Follow Up 
CVRD staff gave a presentation to the Feb. 2022 HIRRA meeting. View here: Hornby Composting Toilet Presentation Feb 2022.
The CVRD page has more information on Composting Toilets here


Collective Agreement with Recycling Depot CUPE Employees Ratified

Thanks to the HIRRA negotiating team, Recycling Depot staff and CUPE representatives, the Collective Agreement bargaining was concluded successfully.  The DRAFT Collective Agreement was presented at the June 8, 2022 HIRRA general meeting and ratified by the members. The Recycling Depot staff have also ratified the Collective Agreement. View the complete document here Draft_Collective Agreement 2023-26  All changes are highlighted in bold in the draft Collective Agreement. Note that an error was found in the pay table on p. 28. The corrected table may be viewed here: Corrected C.A. wage rate chart May 22


Volunteer Appreciation

Thank you to all HIRRA Committee volunteers (retiring, continuing and stepping up). There are still vacancies for the six positions: Recycling Waste Management member, Emergency Preparedness members, Fall Fair member, Boat Ramp member and appointee to the HICEEC Board. If you are interested in volunteering for one of these positions, please contact the Executive Administrator for more information.

More than 60 dedicated volunteers, members of our community, work behind the scenes of HIRRA. 
In partnership with the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), volunteers on HIRRA Committees manage and oversee these tax-funded services:
~ Fire Protection via Hornby Island Fire Rescue
~ Recycling and Waste Management including the Free Store
~ Community Hall maintenance
~ Comfort Stations at various locations around the island
~ Invasive Weed Control
~ Emergency Preparedness planning and education
~ Community Recreation programs offered year round

HIRRA Committees also manage and oversee these services without tax funding:
~ Regional Parks and Trails Advisory to CVRD (including: Mount Geoffrey Regional Nature Park and adjoining Crown Land trails, Sandpiper Beach, Grassy Point, Hidden Beach, Clamshell Place, Periwinkle Place, St. John’s Point Road and Tralee Point, and the Hornby Roadside Trails)
~ Fall Fair organization
~ Cemetery maintenance and management
~ Boat Ramp Advisory to CVRD

In addition, HIRRA is responsible for the public well on Sollans Road and the Crown Land lease that provides space for the Clinic; Hornby/Denman Community Health Care Society buildings; Farmers’ Market in the Copse, and Hornby Island Arts Council’s new Arts Centre site.

The Doris Savoie Centre building that houses First Credit Union and the HIRRA administration office, and the RCMP office are both located on land owned by HIRRA.

HIRRA is truly at the heart of the island and the hard-working volunteers keep everything running smoothly for the benefit of the whole community. Please know how much we appreciate all that you give!


New Cemetery Land Needed 2017

In the spring of 2017 an ad hoc Committee was formed, charged with finding suitable land for a new Cemetery. The existing Cemetery can still accommodate cremated remains but has little room left for full body burials, so there is an urgent need for more suitable land. Contact the Administrator or Cemetery Committee members for more information.

Historic Reports:

In late 2022, HIRRA received a hard copy of Rogers Cell Tower Proposal for a 63 meter tall tower (including 3m lightning rod) housing “numerous panel antennas and dishes” and having a small fenced and locked “compound” at the base containing “equipment necessary to operate the facility”, to be located in the old gravel pit between Recycling Depot and Spark building.
A PDF of the proposal HIRRA received may be viewed here: Rogers Information Dec 22
Inquiries should be sent to the consultant, Brian Gregg by email: .

Prior to the Nov. 8, 2022 Zoom meeting between HIRRA Executive members, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) and other stakeholders, HIRRA circulated a public survey to assist with discussion and prioritization of Hornby roads issues. This report summarizes the results of that survey: Hornby Roads Survey report Dec 1-22.

View the 2022 Report on Hornby Food Security here: Hornby Food Security Report 01 18 2022

The April 2021 Covid Community Conversation report is available here: Hornby Is COVID Community Conversation Report, April 2021. The facilitators took all the notes and feedback from the April 11, 2021 community conversation by Zoom and created this final report with accompanying whimsical artwork by Rae Mate.

Rats and us: Daniel Siegel created a worksheet on rat management and circulated to all at the November 2013 meeting. Download the rat control worksheet.





Next HIRRA Meeting:

Feb. 14, 2024 7:30pm Hybrid at Room to Grow or by Zoom

Contact Administrator to register for the meeting.

Regular meetings are on the second Wednesday of each month except August and January.

We value our unique opportunity to self govern and respectfully acknowledges that we are meeting on the unceded traditional territory of the K’òmoks First Nation.

Ferry Location Tracker

Follow this link to view the real-time location of the Hornby and Denman Island ferries: Hornby/Denman Ferry Location

Water Sample Results

Well water sample results for Hornby Island can be viewed via searching the Island Health drinking water web-site.

Beach water sample results can be viewed in the “North Island Beach Sampling Results” PDF on the Island Health recreational water web-site.

Comox Valley Regional District


The Hornby Island Residents’ & Ratepayers’ Association (HIRRA) is a non-profit society registered in the province of B.C. since 1973. Through this association we have an opportunity to be self-governing. HIRRA administers our tax dollars via a multi-service contract with the CVRD, and as its name implies, membership is open to residents and property owners of the island.
See the About page for complete information.