Assent Vote for SSI Incorporation Referendum

Official Voting Results

YES 2419
NO 3930

The referendum failed.

The Question

Are you in favour of the incorporation of a Salt Spring Island Municipality? YES or NO?

Background

On March 7, 2017, the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development ordered a municipal incorporation vote for Salt Spring Island electors on September 9, 2017. Currently, Salt Spring Island is a rural area that is part of the Capital Regional District and also the Islands Trust. The Ministerial Order followed a recommendation for an incorporation vote made by the Salt Spring Island Incorporation Study Committee. Prior to making its recommendation, the Committee oversaw an incorporation study and public engagement process to provide residents with information on incorporation. The Salt Spring Island 2015-2016 Incorporation Study was completed on November 21, 2016, and examines the financial, governance and other implications of a potential municipal incorporation for Salt Spring Island.

Who Votes

Qualified Resident Electors and Non-Resident Property Electors (see below) of Salt Spring Island within the Capital Regional District including all of the islands within Ganges Harbour and Russell, Idol and Channel Islands (excluding Fulford Harbour Indian Reserve No. 5), as shown on the map entitled "Proposed Salt Spring Island Municipality" attached as Schedule 1 to the Ministerial Order.

When and Where to Vote

Voting Day, Saturday September 9, 2017, 8am - 8pm

  • Fulford Elementary School Gymnasium, 203 South Ridge Road, Salt Spring Island
  • Gulf Islands Secondary School Multipurpose Room, 232 Rainbow Road, Ganges, BC
  • Community Gospel Chapel, 147 Vesuvius Bay Road, Salt Spring Island, BC
  • A.R. MacNeill Secondary School, 6611 No. 4 Road, Richmond BC
  • Mary Winspear Cultural Centre, 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney, BC

Advance Voting, Wednesday, August 30, 2017 & September 6, 2017, 8am - 8pm

  • Salt Spring Public Library, 129 McPhillips Avenue, Salt Spring Island, BC
  • Community Gospel Chapel, 147 Vesuvius Bay Road, Salt Spring Island, BC

Mail Ballot Voting

Mail Ballot Voting is available to qualified Resident Electors or Non-Resident Property Electors who:

  • have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity, or
  • expect to be absent from the regional district on general voting day (Saturday, September 9, 2017) and at the times of all advance voting opportunities (Wednesday, August 30 and September 6, 2017).

How to Vote By Mail

Eligible electors who meet the criteria must submit a completed mail ballot application form as early as possible in advance of general voting day, September 9, 2017. Completed application forms may be submitted via email, mail, in person or via fax at the following contact information listed below:

Capital Regional District, Legislative & Corporate Services
5th floor, 625 Fisgard Street, PO Box 1000, Victoria, BC, V8W 2S6
Fax: 250.360.3130, Email

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 mail ballot.

Once your application to vote by mail ballot is approved by the Chief Elections Officer or designate the mail ballot package will be mailed to you, or you can arrange to pick it up at the CRD address noted above. If we receive your application at a date that does not permit mailing, you should arrange to pick up a package from the CRD, Legislative & Corporate Services, at the address listed above. To be counted for the referendum voting, your mail ballot must be received by the Chief Election Officer, or delegate, no later than 8pm on September 9, 2017 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.

Elector Qualifications & Registration

Resident Elector

You are entitled to vote as a Resident Elector if you:

  • Are 18 years or older on voting day (September 9, 2017)
  • Are a Canadian Citizen
  • Have resided in British Columbia for the past six months
  • Have resided within the boundaries of the Salt Spring Island (as described above) for the past 30 days.

If registering on voting day, you must provide two documents proving identity and residency (one must have a signature). Please note the CRD is using the Provincial Voters List for Resident Electors for Salt Spring Island.

Non-Resident Property Elector

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

  • Are 18 years or older on voting day (September 9, 2017)
  • Are a Canadian Citizen
  • Have resided in British Columbia for the past six months
  • Have owned and held registered title to property within the boundaries of Salt Spring Island (as described above) for the past 30 days, and do not qualify as a Resident Elector, and provided that you:
    1. Have registered on or before August 10, 2017; or
    2. Apply at the time of voting.

The following information is required at the time of registration:

  • A recent title search, state of title certificate, or property tax notice, showing the names of all of the registered owners,
  • 2 pieces of identification proving identity and residency (one must have a signature), and
  • In the case of more than one owner of the property, a completed CRD Consent Form signed by the majority of the owners designating you as the person entitled to vote for the property (original signatures only; facsimiles of signatures not acceptable).

Please Note:

  1. Only one Non-Resident Property Elector may vote per property, regardless of how many owners there may be. Further, you may vote for only one property, no matter how many properties you own within Salt Spring Island.
  2. You may register on voting day if you meet the qualifications set out above. If you are already registered as a Non-Resident Property Elector on the CRD Non-Resident Property List of Electors, and provided that you still meet all of the requirements of the Local Government Act in order to be registered under this category, you are not required to re-register in order to vote.
  3. No corporation is entitled to be registered as an elector or have a representative registered as an elector, and no corporation is entitled to vote. Individuals who are on title with corporations are not entitled to register or vote. Individuals who own an undivided interest in land on which the balance is held by a corporation are not entitled to vote.
  4. Elections BC is responsible for Advertising and Sponsorship in Local Elections. Please visit their website at elections.bc.ca for additional information.

Proof of Identity

The following are acceptable classes of documents for proof of identity:

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

A more complete list of acceptable identification is available at Elections BC.