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 Peace River Regional District Service Establishment Bylaws Non-election Assent Voting – July 17, 2021

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

Key Dates Deadlines
June 19, 2021 – July 17, 2021 Assent Voting Proceedings Period
Saturday, July 17, 2021 General Voting Day
Friday, October 15, 2021 Financing disclosure statement filing deadline
Monday, November 15, 2021 Financing disclosure statement late filing deadline with $500 late filing fee

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