Assent Voting

What is Assent Voting?

Assent voting is the process of voting on a bylaw or another matter for which a local government is required to obtain voters’ permission to spend money on a project. Assent voting is sometimes referred to as a “referendum” and can be held with a local election or on its own. Non-election assent voting is when the assent voting is held on its own. For more information, visit Elections BC.

Below is a brief outline of current assent voting (referendum) opportunites. For full project details, please visit the RDOS Regional Connections public engagement site.

Apex Mountain Fire Protection Service Referendum

The Apex Fire Brigade currently provides a minimal, un-rated fire service to the mountain community. The Brigade was asked by property owners how to provide a rated service; the Brigade has formally approached the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) to create a Regional District fire protection service, to be administered in the same way as existing Regional District fire departments.

The project proposes residents of Apex authorize the RDOS to establish a service for the provision of fire protection and borrow up to $3,000,000 in funds to purchase a fire truck, equipment, and acquire land to construct a fire hall. 

Eligible electors will be voting on the following question:

Are you in favour of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen adopting Apex Mountain Fire Protection Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2920 to provide for fire protection services for the community of Apex Mountain

-AND-

Adopting Apex Mountain Fire Protection Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 2921 to authorize the long term borrowing of up to $3,000,000 (three million dollars) for the purchase of a fire truck and to acquire property and construct a fire hall at Apex Mountain?

For more Information about the proposed initiative, including estimated costs, visit RDOS Regional Connections

 

Voting opportunities

If you do not wish to attend a polling station in-person, request a mail-in ballot package.

Advance Voting:

March 17, 2021
8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Regional District of Okanagan-Simillkameen
101 Martin Street, Penticton BC

 

Voting Day:

Saturday, March 27, 2021
8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Rippin’ Rascals Corner
Lot K550 Beaconsfield Lodge
Apex Mountain Resort

 

Who is eligible to vote in a referendum?

The criteria to participate in the assent voting (referendum) process is the same as for a general local election. To be an eligible elector, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Canadian citizen age 18 years or older;
  • Be a resident of British Columbia for at least six months;
  • Be a resident of the participating area for at least 30 days; and
  • Not be disqualified from voting in an election by the Local Government Act

If you do not reside at, but own property in, the participating area you are eligible to vote under the following criteria:

  • Not entitled to register as a resident;
  • Be a Canadian citizen age 18 years or older;
  • Be a resident of British Columbia for at least six months;
  • Be the registered owner of real property within the participating area for at least 30 days; and
  • Not be disqualified from voting in an election by the Local Government Act

If there are multiple owners of a parcel of land, only one person may represent the majority of the owners as the eligible non-resident property elector. Please note corporations are not entitled to vote.