Elections, AAP, Referenda

Local Government Elections - Next Election - October 2018

Starting in 2014, municipal elections in B.C. are held every four years.  They are conducted according to the rules and regulations set out in the Local Government Act, which covers local government elections throughout B.C., and the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.

The Town of Ladysmith uses electronic voting machines to count ballots. You still mark a paper ballot by hand, but the vote counting is done electronically. As we no longer carry out a manual count of each and every vote, the vote tally can be calculated within minutes of the close of polls. The paper ballots are kept in case a recount, whether electronic or manual, is required.

Fire/Rescue Truck Alternative Approval Process (AAP)

The Town of Ladysmith held an Alternative Approval Process for elector approval to borrow up to $638,000 through the Equipment Financing Program of the Municipal Finance Authority of British Columbia (MFA) for a new 2018 Ladysmith Fire/Rescue Truck. 

The vehicle to be purchased is a Pumper Apparatus consisting of a 2018 Spartan Metro Star six person cab and chassis with formed aluminum body, 450 HP Cummins diesel engine, 3000 EVS Allison transmission, 1500 GPM fire pump, 1000 gallon water tank. This vehicle will be built by Fort Garry Fire Trucks in Winnipeg, Manitoba and will be replacing the 1990 Pierce Fire Apparatus.

The estimated yearly payment is $34,520  The term of the loan will be up to 25 years.

In accordance with section 175 of the Community Charter, Council must seek the elector approval through an Alternative Approval Process to borrow these funds.  The area to which this Alternative Approval Process applies is the Town of Ladysmith as defined by its municipal boundaries.

Council will borrow the money and purchase the new Fire/Rescue vehicle. Submissions of opposition were due by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November, 7, 2017. Note that at least 10 per cent (699) of the electors in the Town of Ladysmith needed to sign an elector response opposing the borrowing for this not to be approved.

What is an AAP?

When a local government needs to borrow money over more than five years, the Community Charter requires that this must be approved by the electors.  An Alternative Approval Process (AAP) is the method most commonly used by local governments in British Columbia for approval of borrowing . In an AAP, people who do not support the borrowing are required to submit an "elector response form". As the Town did not receive any response forms indicating opposition to the borrowing, the AAP is deemed to have passed and the Town can now proceed to borrow the funds and buy the new fire truck.

The deadline to submit an elector response form if you are opposed to the Town borrowing funds for a new Fire/Rescue vehicle was 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

There are two types of electors -- resident and non-resident.

You qualify as a Resident Elector (who lives in the Town of Ladysmith) if you:

  • are 18 years of age or older; and
  • are a Canadian citizen; and
  • have lived in British Columbia for at least 6 months; and
  • have lived in the Town of Ladysmith for 30 days or longer; and
  • are not disqualified from voting in an election, or otherwise disqualified by law.

You qualify as a Non-Resident Property Elector (who owns property in the Town of Ladysmith but does not live here) in the Town of Ladysmith if you are:

  • age 18 or older; and
  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months; and
  • a registered owner of real property in the Town of Ladysmith for at least 30 days ; and
  • not entitled to register as a resident elector; and
  • not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law

If there is more than 1 registered owner of the property, only 1 of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the other owners, submit an elector response form as a non-resident property elector.

Who can run for office in Ladysmith?

You may run for any local government office if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen;
  • are at least 18 years old on election day;
  • have lived in British Columbia for at least six months (i.e., you moved here on or before May 13, 2014); and
  • have not been disqualified from voting in this election.

You do not have to live or own property in Ladysmith to run for office here.

You may not run for local government office if you:

  • are a judge of the Provincial Court, Supreme Court or Court of Appeal;
  • are an employee or salaried officer of the Town of Ladysmith (unless you have taken a leave of absence to run for office and agree to resign if elected);
  • are under sentence for an indictable offence and are in custody or in prison;
  • have been found guilty of an elections offence, such as double voting or  buying votes, and are prohibited from holding office; or
  • have been disqualified from this election for failing to:
    • file a disclosure statement in a previous election;
    • make an oath of office; or
    • attend meetings.

For more information about running for office, click on this link for a Local Elections Candidates Guide produced by the Province of BC -- BC Government Candidate Guide, or pick up a copy at City Hall.

For information about the new rules for campaign financing under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, click here.

Where can I learn more about local government?

For information about local government elections in B.C., click here

For information about local governments in B.C., click here

Where can I get more information about local government elections?

Don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions or need more information:

Corporate Officer:  Joanna Winter, 250.245.6417, jwinter@ladysmith.ca

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