About Our Diocese

About Our Diocese

The Diocese of British Columbia is a regional expression of the Anglican Church of Canada, part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and one part of the whole body of Christ. Established in 1892, the Diocese of British Columbia originally covered the entire Canadian province of British Columbia. Over time as the population of the province grew, new dioceses were formed. The Diocese of British Columbia is now one of five dioceses of the Ecclesiastical Province of BC & Yukon, and includes Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands of the Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia), and Kingcome Inlet.

Diversity & Unity

We are a thinking church; we value reason and thought, and we value diversity as part of our unity. With our roots in the British Isles, our current expression has been uniquely shaped by a long history in a Canadian context. We are progressive church, open to the leading of the Spirit in this time and place. We are committed to healing and reconciliation with the First Peoples of Canada. We seek the full inclusion of all people, are committed to serving the poor and working for economic equality for all people on these islands and inlets. We acknowledge that we are on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish, Nuu-'chah'nulth and Kwakwaka'wakw and we thank them for their hospitality. 

Faith in Action

Over 4000 members strong, the Anglican church on these islands and inlets is actively engaged in service to our communities in the areas of healthcare, food justice, affordable housing, seniors' support service, prison ministry, military chaplaincy, environmental stewardship and activism, LGBTQ2 services, childcare, art and music, education, refugee sponsorship and newcomer support, poverty reduction and reconciliation. Learn more about the collective ways we are a part of what God is up to in the world by visiting the Faith in Action section of our website.