The Alternative Approval Process

The municipality needs your approval

In order for the municipality to borrow the funds to construct a new RCMP facility, elector approval must be sought. This is being done through an Alternative Approval Process (AAP), formerly known as a counter petition. With an AAP, if 10% of eligible electors oppose the proposal to borrow the cost of the new facility, the municipality will have to seek approval through assent voting (a referendum).

The Alternative Approval Process - the details

If less than 10% of eligible electors respond, Council will consider adoption of “North Cowichan/Duncan Integrated RCMP Facility Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 3787, 2020”. This bylaw, if adopted, will establish the borrowing limit up to $48,000,000 to finance the cost of construction of the new RCMP facility that will be repaid over a period of 20 years. However, if more than 10% of eligible electors respond, the municipality cannot proceed with this long-term borrowing as proposed in Bylaw No. 3787 without first holding an assent voting event, which must take place within 80 days from July 14, 2020.

The basis for determining the total number of electors in relation to Bylaw No. 3787, 2020, was determined as follows:

Estimated population  30,949
Estimated number of people 18 years of age or older  27,093
Minus number of people estimated as not being Canadian citizens  1,200
Add estimated number of non-resident property electors  1,023
Estimated total number of eligible electors in the area defined for the AAP  26,916
10% of the total number of eligible electors is estimated to be:  2,692

 

Elector Types

Resident Elector

A resident elector is an individual who is qualified to vote in a jurisdiction by virtue of living (residing) in the jurisdiction. To sign an elector response form as a resident elector a person must:

  • be 18 years of age or older;
  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • have lived in British Columbia for at least six months;
  • have lived in the Municipality of North Cowichan for at least 30 days; and,
  • not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment from voting in a local election, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Non-resident Property Elector

A non-resident property elector is an individual who does not live (does not reside) in the participating service area but is entitled to vote by virtue of owning a real property in that jurisdiction. To sign an elector response form as a non-resident property elector a person must:

  • not be entitled to register as a resident elector in the Municipality of North Cowichan;
  • be 18 years of age or older;
  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • have lived in British Columbia for at least six months;
  • have owned property within the Municipality of North Cowichan for at least 30 days; and,
  • not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment from voting in a local election, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Note: A non-resident property elector may only sign one elector response form regardless of how many properties they may own within the municipality. Where a property has multiple owners who are not entitled to register as a resident elector, only one owner is permitted to submit a signed elector response form and that owner must have the written consent of a majority of the other property owner(s) in order to sign the response form on their behalf. In order to submit an elector response form, the property must be owned by a person as there is no “Corporate Vote”, therefore, properties owned by a corporation or society are not eligible to submit a response form as a non-resident property elector.

Elector Response Forms

The elector response form can be found here or picked up during regular business hours from Municipal Hall at 7030 Trans-Canada Highway (please note: Municipal Hall re-opens to the public on Monday, June 15 in a limited capacity). Only electors of the Municipality of North Cowichan are eligible to sign the elector response forms. Elector response forms will only be accepted if they are the form provided by the municipality or an accurate copy of the form, and completed fully.

Elector Response Forms must be submitted within the 30-day period beginning Friday June 12, 2020 and ending Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The deadline to submit an Elector Response Form is 4:00 pm on July 14, 2020.

For more information on the Alternative Approval Process, please contact the Manager of Legislative Services:

Michelle Martineau
T 250.746.3203
E michelle.martineau@northcowichan.ca