Pender Islands Health Care Centre Referendum

Official Assent Voting Results

YES 791
 NO 142

The referendum has passed.

The Question

On Saturday, November 20, 2021 qualified electors within North and South Pender Islands in the Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area of the CRD, will be asked to vote on the following question:

"Are you in favour of the Capital Regional District (CRD) Board adopting Bylaw No. 4441, "Pender Islands Health Care Centre Contribution Service Establishment Bylaw No. 1, 2021", authorizing the CRD to establish a service to contribute to the costs incurred by the Pender Islands Heath Care Society in operating the Pender Islands Health Care Centre and to raise a maximum annual requisition up to the greater of TWO HUNDRED and THIRTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($235,000) or $0.1803 per ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,000) of taxable land and improvements for the purpose of funding the operating costs of the service.

YES or NO?"

Background

On July 14, 2021 the CRD Board gave three readings to Bylaw No. 4441 which proposes to establish a contribution service for the Pender Islands Health Care Centre.

The Local Government Act requires that elector approval be obtained in order to establish this service. A question to obtain participant approval will be on the referendum ballot on November 20, 2021, with an advance voting opportunity on November 17, 2021. Mail ballots will also be available.

Bylaw Synopsis

The intent of Bylaw No. 4441, the “Pender Islands Health Care Centre Contribution Service Establishment Bylaw No. 1, 2021”, is to establish a new service to contribute to the costs incurred by the Pender Islands Health Care Society in operating the Pender Island Health Care Centre. The bylaw permits the CRD to raise a maximum annual requisition for the purpose of funding the operating costs of the service to the greater of two hundred and thirty-five thousand dollars ($235,000) or $0.1803 per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of taxable land and improvements in the service area. It is estimated that the participants will pay an additional $93.00 per average household on an annual basis if the bylaw is approved.

Please note that this synopsis of Bylaw No. 4441 is not intended to be or understood as an interpretation of the bylaw. A copy of the complete bylaw and this notice may be viewed at the Capital Regional District offices located at 625 Fisgard Street, Victoria B.C. during business hours.

When & Where to Vote

Advance Voting - 8am to 8pm, Wednesday, November 17. 2021
Voting Day - 8am to 8pm, Saturday, November 20, 2021
Location - Pender Islands School, 5714 Canal Road, Pender Island, BC

Mail Ballot Voting is available to qualified Resident Electors and Non-Resident Property Electors. To register to vote by mail, eligible electors must submit a completed mail ballot application form no later than 4:30pm on November 19, 2021. Completed application forms may be submitted via email, mail, or in person at: Capital Regional District, c/o Legislative Services, 5th floor, 625 Fisgard Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 1R7

Tel: 250.360.3642
Email (bottom of second page)

If you are not on the Provincial Resident Elector List or the CRD Non-Resident Property List of Electors, you may register at the time of filling in your ballot. If you wish to confirm that your name is on the List of Electors, please call 250.360.3642. After receiving a mail ballot application, the CRD will send out the applicable mail ballot package commencing on or about October 29, 2021. To be counted for the assent voting, your mail ballot must be received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 4:30pm on Friday, November 19, 2021 at the CRD address listed above. It is the obligation of the person applying to vote by mail ballot to ensure that the mail ballot is received by the Chief Election Officer within this time limit.

Voter Eligibility

Please note that the CRD will be using the Provincial Voters List for Resident Electors and offering same day registration on voting days.

You are entitled to vote as a Resident Elector or Non-Resident Property Elector if you are:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day (November 20, 2021); and
  • a Canadian Citizen; and
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least six months immediately before the day of registration; and
  • a renter, resident homeowner, or non-resident owner of real property on North or South Pender Island within the Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area in the CRD for at least 30 days before the day of registration; and
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or another enactment from voting; and

For Non-Resident Property Electors, the property cannot be held in trust for a corporation or another trust; and if there is more than one registered owner of the property, the written consent form must be signed by the majority of the owners designating one owner to register and vote. Please provide proof of ownership of property, either in the form of a recent land title registration or the current property tax notice.

Elector Identity Documents

When registering you must provide two documents proving identity and residence (one must have a signature).

The following are valid identity documents for proving elector identity:

  • BC driver's licence
  • BC ID card issued by the Motor Vehicle Branch
  • BC CareCard or Gold CareCard
  • Request for Continued Assistance from SDES8
  • Social Insurance Card (Canada)
  • Citizenship Card (Canada)
  • Real property tax notice (rural or municipal)
  • Credit card or debit card issued by a savings institution
  • Utility bill

For more examples of accepted identification, please visit Elections BC.

Official Results

Notices

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Additional Information

Contacts

Regarding Bylaw 4441 or the Referendum Process:
Marlene Lagoa, Deputy Corporate Officer
Tel: 250.360.3127
Email