CREST is incorporated under the BC Business Corporations Act and regulated by the Emergency Communications Corporations Act. It is a private emergency communications not-for-profit corporation owned by its shareholders and governed by a Board of Directors.
The 20-member Board is responsible for overseeing the Corporation’s strategic direction, its finances, governance and operating results. The members of the Board are nominated by CREST shareholders.
CREST has a small management team, headed by a General Manager that is accountable to the Board for the day-to-day administration of the Corporation.
CREST is largely funded through user agency fees — those organizations using the system. User fees are based on:
- The geographic size of the area they serve,
- The population of the area,
- The number of radios required, and
- The amount of radio traffic generated.
In addition, the Capital Regional District contracts with CREST to provide an emergency communications system for the region.