Referenda & Plebiscites
Referenda and plebiscites are opportunities for British Columbians to participate directly in politics and the legislative process. Each event makes citizen involvement possible in a different area.
A referendum is a vote on a matter of public interest or concern, conducted under the Referendum Act, and the results are usually binding on government. A referendum is held whenever the Lieutenant Governor in Council (cabinet) thinks that an expression of public opinion is desirable.
Visit our Referendum page for more information about the referendum process in B.C.
A plebiscite is a vote on a matter of public concern, conducted under the Election Act, and may be binding on government. A plebiscite is held when the Lieutenant Governor in Council (cabinet) directs the Chief Electoral Officer to determine the opinion of voters on a matter of public concern. The government establishes the threshold for success and outcomes of a successful plebiscite.
Visit our Plebiscite page for more information about the plebiscite process in B.C.