Central Saanich is a district municipality in Greater Victoria and a member municipality of the Capital Regional District. It is located on the Saanich Peninsula. The district began as a farming community, and many hobby farms, along with a handful of small working farms and vineyards, still exist. In recent decades, the area has seen increasing residential, commercial, and industrial development, especially around the neighbourhoods of Brentwood Bay and Saanichton, which are occasionally referred to as separate communities.
The Mayor of Central Saanich is Alastair Bryson. Municipal councillors elected in 2011 include John Garrison, Cathie Ounsted, Adam Olsen, Terry Siklenka, Carl Jensen, and Zeb King. Councillor Terry Siklenka resigned his seat after a controversy surrounding his taking a job in the Cayman Islands while still receiving his councillor's salary. Councillor Adam Olsen resigned his seat in order to run as the BC Green candidate in Saanich North and the Islands. A by-election to replace both men, held on April 13th, 2013 resulted in the election of new councillors Alicia Cormier and Ryan Windsor.