Registered voters can use the initiative process to propose a new provincial law or changes to an existing provincial law.
The voter must collect signatures from 10% of the registered voters in each of the province’s electoral districts for an initiative petition to succeed.
The initiative process is unique to B.C. – no other province or territory in Canada has initiative legislation.
Elections BC administers the initiative petition process according to rules established in the Recall and Initiative Act.
There are currently two initiative petitions underway on changing voting opportunities in provincial elections and conducting a Surrey policing binding referendum.
The Chief Electoral Officer has approved fourteen initiative petition applications since the Recall and Initiative Act came into force in 1995. One petition, the 2010 Initiative Petition to End the Harmonized Sales Tax, was successful.
The Recall and Initiative Act allows for public inspection of initiative petition sheets for up to a year after the petition is submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer.