The 2018 Municipal Election will determine the way forward to local politics in B.C.
The general voting day is this Saturday and along with voting for mayor, council, rural CVRD area directors, and school board trustees, there are two referendum questions on the ballot.
The Regional Voting Officer with the Cowichan Valley Regional District Kathleen Harrison explains what it takes for both questions to be adopted.
“Approval in the legislation, the default, is area-by-area, however, there is a provision to pass a resolution that approval be sought over the entire service area and that’s what the board did,” said Harrison. “That means all nine electoral areas and all four member municipalities, consisting of the City of Duncan, the Municipality of North Cowichan, the Town of Lake Cowichan, and the Town of Ladysmith.”
In order for the ‘yes’ vote to be successful, a majority of voters in all nine CVRD electoral areas along with all four municipalities need to vote in favour of adoption.
Polls are open from 8 am to 8 pm on October 20 and non-registered voters need to bring two pieces of identification.
Official Referendum Questions:
Are you in favour of the Cowichan Valley Regional District adopting “CVRD Bylaw No. 4201 – Cowichan Housing Association Annual Financial Contribution Service Establishment Bylaw, 2018” to provide regional programs and services to affordable housing and homelessness prevention?

Are you in favour of the Cowichan Valley Regional District adopting “CVRD Bylaw No. 4202 – Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Service Establishment Bylaw, 2018” to support regional programs related to drinking water and watershed protection?