The Regional District typically provides services specifically requested by its members. This is because the Regional District is a federation of its members which pay collectively or individually for services received. Many services are broad, covering the entire Regional District, while others are provided to a single community or group of communities.
By law, only the areas that subscribe to a service are responsible for paying the cost of that service. In some cases, the Regional District will also provide services which have been mandated by the Province of British Columbia such as emergency planning or solid waste management planning. Provincially mandated services must still be established by bylaw. The unique feature about Regional District service offerings is the ability to customize the geographical limits used for the delivery of each service. This "soft boundary" capability allows the natural scope of the service to become the primary consideration.