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Advance Voting Day #1 = Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at City Hall (450 Mart Street, Williams Lake, BC)
Advance Voting Day #2 = Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at City Hall (450 Mart Street, Williams Lake, BC)
General Election Day = Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the Marie Sharpe School Gym (260 Cameron Street, Williams Lake, BC)
***Special voting opportunities will also be held for residents of Cariboo Sunset Manor, Williams Lake Seniors Village and Glen Arbor Cariboo Park Home. Dates TBD.
- Are a Canadian citizen**;- Are 18 years of age or older on the day of registration, OR if an election or assent voting is in progress, I will be 18 years of age or older on general voting day for the election or assent voting;- Have been a resident of BC for at least six (6) months immediately before the day of registration;- Have been a resident of Williams Lake for at least thirty (30) days immediately before the day of registration;- Are not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or assent voting and am not otherwise disqualified by law.
All City of Williams Lake residents who meet these requirements can vote. It does not matter whether you rent or own your home.
If you own property in Williams Lake but live somewhere else in BC, you are qualified to vote in the City of Williams Lake election as a “non-resident property elector” as long as you:
- Are a Canadian citizen**;- Are 18 years of age or older on the day of registration, OR if an election or assent voting is in progress, I will be 18 years of age or older on general voting day for the election or assent voting;- Have been a resident of BC for at least six (6) months immediately before the day of registration;- Have been a registered owner of real property in Williams Lake, registered in your name, for at least thirty (30) days immediately before the day of registration;- Are not entitled to register as a resident elector in the City of Williams Lake;- Have not registered as a non-resident property elector in relation to any other parcel of real property in the City of Williams Lake;- Have received the written consent of the majority of individuals registered as owners of the real property to be registered as the non-resident property elector for this property (if there is more than one owner of the property); and- Are not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or assent voting and am not otherwise disqualified by law.
Non-resident property electors can vote only once, regardless of the number of properties they own. If there is more than one registered owner of a property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the other owners, register as a non-resident property elector. If you have any questions about registering and voting as a “non-resident property elector”, contact the Chief Election Officer at 250-392-1773.
**Landed immigrants who are not yet Canadian citizens are not permitted to vote in civic elections.
See the Sam Ketcham Pool Referendum webpage link under “Related Documents & Links” below for more information.
Advance elector registrations will be accepted until September 23, 2014. With the exception of registrations on voting days, elector registrations will not be accepted during the period of September 24 to November 17, 2014.
Resident Electors must produce two (2) valid pieces of identification in order to prove both identity and residency in the City of Williams Lake, one of which must have a signature. Valid ID include:
- BC Driver’s License- Williams Lake Tax Notice- ICBC Vehicle Insurance Documents- Social Insurance Card- BC Identification Card- Credit Card- BC CareCard or Gold CareCard- Utility Bill- Citizenship Card
Non-Resident Electors must produce two (2) valid pieces of identification in order to prove identity, one of which must have a signature, as well as proof of ownership of property in the City of Williams Lake. If there are other owners of the property in question, you must also have written consent from the majority of all the owners stating that you are the one owner who is designated as the Non-Resident (Property) Elector for that property. Non-resident property electors can vote only once, regardless of the number of properties they own.
***Property registered in company/corporation names do not qualify under the Local Government Act to vote in this municipal election.
- Canadian citizen (landed immigrants who are not yet Canadian citizens are not qualified);- Will be 18 years of age or older on November 15, 2014;- Resident of BC for at least the last six (6) months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and- Not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in BC or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding office.
Candidates must be nominated by two qualified resident electors to run for Mayor OR Councillor. Nomination packages for Mayor and Councillor will be available as of August 22, 2014 from the Corporate Services Division at City Hall, 450 Mart Street. Nomination packages for School Board Trustee will be available from School District No. 27.
Nominations for Mayor and Councillor must be filed with the Chief Election Officer or the Deputy Election Officer at City Hall and will only be accepted between 9:00 AM on Tuesday, September 30th and 4:00 PM on Friday, October 10th, 2014. A nomination deposit is not required.
See the Candidate’s Guide to Local Government Elections in BC link below for more information.
“Political campaign signs on behalf of candidates for public office or referendum on election ballots provided that such sign shall be removed within four days following the election. Such signs shall not be installed:
i. On or over a street, including any boulevards or public rights of ways; and,ii. On private property, without the written consent of the property owner where the sign will be located.”
See the Local Election Campaign Financing Act and the Local Elections Statutes Amendment Act under “Related Documents & Links” below.
For more information or answers to questions about LECFA election advertising, third party advertising and campaign financing rules, please contact Elections BC at 250-387-5305, 1-855-952-0280 (toll free), or firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development link under “Related Documents & Links” below for more information.
An individual, other than a candidate, who undertakes an election campaign is a campaign organizer only if he or she accepts financial support for the campaign activities from other people or groups. A group does not need to be incorporated under the Society Act to be a campaign organizer.
Campaign organizers are bound by the same campaign fundraising restrictions and disclosure rules as candidates.
2008: 2,989 of the 6,682 eligible electors voted = voter turnout of 44.7%
2005: 3,857 of the 7,769 eligible electors voted = voter turnout of 49.6%
Deputy Election Officer at 250-392-1774
Alternatively, you can signup for our new pre-authorized payment plan, call City Hall to find out how, 250.392.2311.
No. The City’s garbage contractor does not work on statutory holidays. Your solid waste and recyclables will be collected the following day. For more information on the collection schedule and routes please review the garbage collection guide
All dogs over the age of 2 months in the City must be licensed for the current year. If your dog is not licensed you could receive a $50.00 fine.
If your dog is not currently correctly licensed and is impounded a $50.00 fee will be added to your total (this is in addition to the licensing, impounding and boarding fees).
You are advised to buy your new license ahead of time but are responsible for purchasing whether or not you receive a renewal notice.
The results of this work will leave the pools essentially unchanged from their current form and will not address many other ongoing issues such as the undersized leisure pool and hot tub, deteriorating structural items including roofs, windows, and floor tiles, as well as aging electrical and mechanical systems. These areas will also need to be addressed as individual projects in the near future and will require significant expenditures.
The recommended concept from the Pool Task Force was selected because it provided the best value to address all of these issues and included the direct benefits of an expanded facility.
The expected cost of $40 per $100,000 of assessed value may also be significantly offset by grants from the provincial and federal governments and support from corporate sponsors.
It is not cost effective to haul snow from these areas and would cost the city approximately $350,000 per winter season to haul this snow away.
Yes, it is the responsibility of the property owner to clean and maintain their boulevard in front of their property. In the spring property owners can rake the winter sand off the boulevard into the gutter. The city street sweeper will be around to clean up the streets and winter sand in the spring.
For all after hour calls including weekends, please contact the city’s emergency answering service at 250-392-5255.