RFP for a Transition Consultant to Assist if Amalgamation Referendum Passes

(Duncan & North Cowichan, BC) - If the result of the June 23 referendum vote is in favour of amalgamation in both the Municipality of North Cowichan and the City of Duncan, transition work would need to begin immediately.

The municipalities would need to retain a transition consultant to advise the existing Councils of North Cowichan and Duncan, and the new municipality, on matters such as harmonization of bylaws, priorities, organizational structure, space planning, and more. The transition consultant would be overseen by existing North Cowichan and Duncan Councils through joint Council meetings between the referendum and the fall municipal election.

In order to be prepared, a joint Request for Proposals (RFP) has been issued by the Municipality of North Cowichan and the City of Duncan seeking applications for transition consultants. This process will be structured so that:

  • If the referendum passes, the transition consultant would begin work immediately following the Ministers confirmation and approval of the amalgamation, or 
  • If the referendum fails, the request for services would lapse immediately. 

The Request for Proposals will be open for three weeks, and can be viewed on BC Bid (https://www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca/open.dll/welcome?language=En). 

The Province has also confirmed that if the referendum passes, it would hire an interim corporate officer to prepare a financial plan and procedures for the single, new Council that would be elected in the October municipal election. 

For more information, contact:
Phil Kent, Mayor
City of Duncan
Jon Lefebure, Mayor
Municipality of North Cowichan