Local governments in BC conduct elections for mayors, councillors and electoral area directors. General local elections in BC are held every four years, on the third Saturday in October. The next general local elections will be held on October 15, 2022.
Voting may be held from time to time on service establishment bylaws or other matters. These voting opportunities may occur at the same time as local elections, or at other times as determined by the Regional Board. The qathet Regional District is not currently running any referendums.
For certain actions that require public approval, local governments may use an alternate approval process. In an AAP, the proposed action is advertised in local papers. If at least 10 per cent of eligible voters sign a petition opposing the proposal, then the Board must reconsider the proposed action or hold a vote on the matter. If less than 10 per cent of eligible voters sign the petition, then the proposal may go ahead.
Property owners in an electoral area can petition the qathet regional district for service. The proposed service area may either be the whole electoral area or only a portion of it. The qathet Regional District also uses the formal petition process for neighbourhood zoning requests. Those looking to petition are strongly encouraged to contact the qathet Regional District before commencing a petition and asked to remain in contact with the Corporate Officer throughout the process.