Initiative Guides

Guide Summary
Guide to the Initiative Process Elections BC has prepared this guide to help individuals understand the initiative process. To ensure compliance with the law, participants in the initiative process should refer to the Recall and Initiative Act and Regulations.
The Initiative Process in British Columbia – Pamphlet The Recall and Initiative Act allows voters to petition to have a proposed new law or an amendment to an existing law introduced in the Legislative Assembly. This pamphlet gives an overview of the process.
Guide to Initiative Communications This guide provides a summary of the requirements for initiative communications and advertising during an initiative petition period and an initiative vote period.
Guide to Initiative Petition Canvassing (HTML | PDF) Initiative is a process that allows registered voters to propose new laws or change existing laws. Canvassers must register with Elections BC prior to canvassing for signatures. This guide summarizes the responsibilities of canvassers.
Application Process for Initiative Petition Opponents Other than registered initiative petition advertising sponsors, individuals or organizations who intend to incur expenses to oppose an initiative petition must apply to Elections BC to register as an opponent. This pamphlet outlines the process.
Media Obligations for Initiative Petitions and Votes Under the Recall and Initiative Act, the media has certain obligations relating to the publication or broadcasting of initiative advertising. Elections BC has prepared this guide to highlight and summarize some of the legislated provisions for media outlets (e.g., radio, newspapers, television, magazines).
Application Process for Initiative Vote Opponents and Proponents Other than registered initiative vote advertising sponsors, individuals or organizations who intend to incur expenses to promote or oppose an initiative vote must apply to Elections BC to register as an opponent or proponent. This pamphlet outlines the process.