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 Comox Valley Regional District Denman and Hornby High-Speed Internet Service Non-election Assent Voting – November 27, 2021

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

Key Dates Deadlines
October 30, 2021 – November 27, 2021 Assent Voting Proceedings Period
Saturday, November 27, 2021 General Voting Day
Friday, February 25, 2022 Financing disclosure statement filing deadline
Monday, March 28, 2022 Financing disclosure statement late filing deadline with $500 late filing fee

NEW 2021 Capital Regional District Pender Island Health Care Centre Non-Election Assent Voting – November 20, 2021

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

Key Dates Deadlines
October 23, 2021 – November 20, 2021 Assent Voting Proceedings Period
Saturday, November 20, 2021 General Voting Day
Friday, February 18, 2022 Financing disclosure statement filing deadline
Monday, March 21, 2022 Financing disclosure statement late filing deadline with $500 late filing fee