Local Assent Voting

Assent voting is 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.

Elections BC oversees election advertising rules for local elections and assent voting in B.C., including registering advertising sponsors. Local governments administer all other aspects of the vote.

For more information about the rules, read the Guide for Local Non-election Assent Voting Advertising Sponsors in B.C. (PDF) or visit our Local Elections FAQs.

Current non-election assent voting dates and information


NEW 2021 Cariboo Regional District Quesnel Arts and Recreation Centre Upgrade Non-election Assent Voting – June 19, 2021

For information not related to advertising, such as what the assent voting question is or how to vote, please contact the Cariboo Regional District

Key Dates Deadlines
May 22, 2021 – June 19, 2021 Assent Voting Proceedings Period
Saturday, June 19, 2021 General Voting Day
Friday, September 17, 2021 Financing disclosure statement filing deadline
Monday, October 18, 2021 Financing disclosure statement late filing deadline with $500 late filing fee

NEW 2021 Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District Okanagan Falls Sewer System Non-election Assent Voting – June 5, 2021

For information not related to advertising, such as what the assent voting question is or how to vote, please contact the Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District

Key Dates Deadlines
May 8, 2021 – June 5, 2021 Assent Voting Proceedings Period
Saturday, June 5, 2021 General Voting Day
Friday, September 3, 2021 Financing disclosure statement filing deadline
Monday, October 4, 2021 Financing disclosure statement late filing deadline with $500 late filing fee

2021 Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District Apex Mountain Fire Protection Service Non-election Assent Voting – March 27, 2021

For information not related to advertising, such as what the assent voting question is or how to vote, please contact the Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District

Key Dates Deadlines
February 27, 2021 – March 27, 2021 Assent Voting Proceedings Period
Saturday, March 27, 2021 General Voting Day
Friday, June 25, 2021 Financing disclosure statement filing deadline
Monday, July 26, 2021 Financing disclosure statement late filing deadline with $500 late filing fee