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2019 By-Election

OFFICIAL BY-ELECTION RESULTS

Office of Councillor

Candidate Name Valid Votes Elected
Stephen Ashton 38  
Craig Heber 11  
Dan Law 318
Ronnie Lee 123  
Omar Soliman 9  
Cathy Thicke 105  

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Additional Statistics:

Estimated Turnout - 2019 By-Election

Estimated Eligible Voters:

1422

Total Ballots Cast:

604

Number of New Registrants:

100

Estimated Turnout:

42%

Estimated Turnout - 2008 to 2018 General Local Elections

2018 (929 ballots cast/1422)

65%

2014 (519 ballots cast/1,417)

37%

2011 (729 ballots cast/1,209)

56%

2008 (513 ballots cast/1,066)

48%

2018 Local Election Results

Official voting results for the 2018 General Local Election held Saturday, October 20, 2018 are presented below. Candidates receiving the highest number of valid votes for the position of Mayor and the six Councillor positions were declared elected.

Mayor (One Elected)
Candidate Name Valid Votes Elected
Josie Osborne 792
Jarmo Venalainen 69  
Omar Soliman 52  

Councillor (Six Elected)
Candidate Name Valid Votes Elected
Tom Stere 657
Britt Chalmers 608
Andrea McQuade 583
Al Anderson 482
Duncan McMaster 418
Dorothy Baert 377
Chris Heisterman 326  
Stephanie Hughes 309  
Stephen Ashton 219  
Eric Kingsley 142  
Jason Brown 85  
Craig Heber 85  


Looking for other election results? Civic Info has listed the results in all BC municipal elections.

Visit: www.bc.localelections.ca

Voters

Local government voting rights are granted to citizens on the basis of residency or property ownership. There is no corporate or business vote in local elections.

Contact corporateservices@tofino.ca to check your registration status.

In order to be eligible to vote locally as a resident or non-resident property elector, a person must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older when they register to vote, or 18 years or older on general voting day,
  • Be a Canadian citizen,
  • Have been a resident of B. C. for at least six months before they register to vote,
  • Have either lived or owned property in the jurisdiction in which they intend to vote for at least 30 days before they register to vote, and
  • Not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment, or by law from voting in a local election

FAQ - Voters

Please refer to the "Voter's Guide to Local Elections in B.C." for more information. 

Am I eligible to vote?

You are eligible to vote in the District of Tofino municipal election as a resident elector if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen;

  • are 18 years of age or more on general voting day;

  • have lived in British Columbia for at least six months before you register to vote; and

  • have lived in the District of Tofino for 30 days or more before you register to vote; and,

  • are not disqualified by the Local Government Act, any other enactment, or the Courts from voting in a local election.

You may be eligible to vote in the District of Tofino municipal election as a non-resident property elector if you:

  • are eligible to vote as a resident elector in another municipality, regional district or school district; and,

  • own property in the District of Tofino for 30 days or more before you register to vote.

What if I own property with someone else?

Only one non-resident property elector may vote for each property.

In other words, if two or more individuals own a single piece of property, the majority of the owners must designate one owner, in writing, as the non-resident property elector for that property. In this instance, a completed Consent of Registered Owners for Non-Resident Property Elector Registration form must be submitted before registration can take place.

What if I own property with someone else and that person is living on the property?

The person living on the property may qualify as a resident elector because he or she is a resident of Tofino.

As a non-resident property owner, you are also eligible to vote for that property, but you will still need the written consent of the majority of other owners.

What if I own more than one piece of property?

You may only vote as a non-resident property elector for one piece of property in any municipality, regional district or school district regardless of how many properties you own.

In other words, even if you own two pieces of property in one municipality, you may vote only once.

If, however, you own one piece of property in one municipality that you are not a resident in, and a second piece of property in another municipality that you are not a resident in, you may vote in both of those jurisdictions as a non-resident property elector where you own property, and as a resident elector in the jurisdiction where you reside.

How do I know if I’m registered to vote in Tofino? Am I on the list if I voted in the Provincial or Federal Election?

The District of Tofino uses its own list of registered electors, separate from the list maintained by Elections B.C. or Elections Canada. Just because you’ve registered for provincial or federal elections does not mean that you’re on Tofino’s list for local government elections.

If you are not sure whether you’re registered in Tofino, you can find out by calling or visiting the District Office at 121 Third Street, 250-725-3229. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday (excluding holidays).

How can I register?

Advance registrations will be accepted at the District of Tofino Office at 121 Third Street until 53 days before general voting day. If you miss this window, you can still register at the poll when you vote.

You do not need identification to register in advance.

If you decide to register on voting day (or advance voting day) please bring two pieces of identification (ID). The ID must show your residential address and one of them must have your signature.

Do I need identification in order to vote?

If you appear on the list of registered electors, it is not necessary to produce ID at the time of voting.

Please contact Elyse Goatcher-Bergmann, Chief Election Officer, at elysegb@tofino.ca or 250-725-3229 ext. 610 to confirm your registration status.

If you are registering to vote on the day of voting, you must have two pieces of identification (ID). The ID must show your residential address and one of them must have your signature. If your ID doesn’t show your residential address, you can make a solemn declaration as to your residence. The voting clerk will have the form you need to make that declaration.

Suggested types of identification:

  • British Columbia Driver's Licence
  • BC Identification Card issued by ICBC
  • BC Services Card
  • Canadian Passport or Citizenship Card issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • Social Insurance Number card issued by the Government of Canada
  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status (Status Card)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence
  • BC Services Card or BC CareCard or BC Gold CareCard
  • Debit or Credit Card Statement issued by a savings institution
  • Mortgage statement
  • Property Tax Notice issued by the District of Tofino
  • Utility Bill (for electricity, natural gas, telephone or cable service)

Note: Electronic documents (e.g. e-bills) and electronic scans of a paper document are acceptable. Hand-written information on a document is not acceptable.

 

How will my registration information be used? Is my information made public?

In accordance with the Local Government Act, the List of Registered Electors (Voters List) for the District of Tofino will be available for public inspection at the District Office at 121 Third Street between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on weekdays, excluding statutory holidays, commencing the 46th day before general voting day until the close of general voting.

Anyone wishing to inspect the information included in the Voters List will be required to sign a statement that they will not inspect the List, or use the information included in the List, except for election purposes. Each person who has been nominated as a candidate is also entitled to a copy of the Voters List for election purposes.

In order to protect personal privacy and security, you have the right to request that your personal information (name/address) be omitted from or obscured on the Voters List which is made available for public inspection and provided to candidates.

Contact Elyse Goatcher-Bergmann, Chief Election Officer, at elysegb@tofino.ca or 250-725-3229 ext. 610 if you wish to have your personal information omitted.

Do I get time off work to vote in a local government election?

There is no legislated requirement that employers must provide time off work so that employees can vote in a local government election.

The voting place is open on voting day and advanced voting day from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Council Chamber, 380 Campbell Street) to provide time to vote.

I am a member of a First Nation, living on reserve. Can I vote in a local government election?

Eligible electors who live on a First Nations reserve can vote in local government elections; however where you vote depends on whether the reserve is located within the boundaries of the District of Tofino or in the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD).

I moved here two weeks before General Voting Day. Can I vote?

No, you must have resided in the District of Tofino for 30 days to be eligible to vote.

I won’t be here on General Voting Day; how can I vote?

The District of Tofino provides one advanced voting opportunity 10 days before general voting day.

I don’t have access to a vehicle and I live too far to walk to the Voting Place. How do I vote?

Any qualified voter can vote during the advance poll we are offering on October 10th. Alternatively, it is acceptable for candidates or others to provide rides to the voting place.

Can I vote by mail or through the Internet?

No, the District of Tofino does not offer mail-ballot voting, and internet voting is not currently an option in B.C.

I own a company in the District of Tofino; do I get an extra vote?

No. Local government voting rights are granted to citizens, on the basis of residency or property ownership.

There is no corporate vote in British Columbia.

Can someone who has a physical disability or other difficulty receive assistance in voting?

Yes, a solemn declaration will be required and election officials are able to assist you with voting. Check with an election official at the time of voting.

Can a candidate help me vote if I need assistance?

No. Candidates and their representatives and agents are prohibited from assisting electors.

How many people can I nominate to run in the local election?

A person entitled to make a nomination may subscribe to as many nomination documents as there are persons to be elected to fill the office for which the election is being held.

Candidates

To be eligible to run for local government office, a person must have been a resident of BC for at least 6 months before filing their nomination documents.  They do not have to live or own property in the District of Tofino.

In addition, a person must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older on General Voting Day
  • Be a Canadian Citzen
  • Not be disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding office, or be otherwise disqualified by law

A person is ineligible to run for office if they:

  • Have been convicted of and sentenced for an indictable offence and are in custody
  • Have been found guilty of an election offence, such as intimidation or vote-buying, and are prohibited from holding office
  • Are judges of the Provincial Court, Supreme Court or Court of Appeal
  • Are involuntarily confined to a psychiatric facility or other institution
  • Have been disqualified for specified reasons such as failing to file a candidate disclosure statement in a previous election, failing to make an oath of office, or failing to attend local government meetings in the manner and frequency required by the Community Charter
  • Have been otherwise disqualified from being nominated for, elected to or holding office under the Local Government Act, Community Charter, Local Elections Campaign Financing Act or any other enactment or law

Provincial legislation sets out the nomination process, public access to nomination documents, how candidates may run their election campaigns and conduct election advertising as well as campaign financing recording and disclosure rules and certain campaign financing restrictions.

Nomination packages for those interested in running for office will be available from the District Office at 121 Third Street by asking to speak with the Chief Elections Officer (Elyse Goatcher-Bergmann).  Elector Organization Endorsement packages will also be available during this time. 

FAQ - Candidates

Can I run for office?

A candidate for mayor, councillor, or electoral area director must:

  • be 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • have been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months prior to filing nomination documents; and,
  • not be disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Prospective candidates for local office must be nominated by at least two eligible electors from the jurisdiction where the person is seeking election.

Do I have to live in the District of Tofino to run for Council?

No.

Can I be both a local government representative (Mayor, Councillor, electoral area director, islands trustee or school trustee) & a Member of the Legislative Assembly or Member of Parliament?

Yes, however there is a considerable amount of time involved in filling any of these offices; you may choose to do just one.

Can I run for office if I work for the District of Tofino?

No, there is a specific restriction against both working for, and holding office in, the same local government.  However, if you were to take a leave of absence from your job, you could run in the election.  If elected, you would have to resign your job.

When can I start campaigning?

Please contact Elections BC with any questions you or your campaign has about financing or advertising rules.

Elections BC is the non-partisan and independent Office of the Legislature responsible for the administration of the provincial electoral process in B.C. and the campaign financing and third party advertising rules for local elections and non-election assent voting events under LECFA.

Where can I get some information on campaign financing disclosure requirements?

Candidates must be familiar with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA) and its requirements. The Act is available online at BC Laws www.bclaws.ca.

Please contact Elections BC with any questions you or your campaign has about financing or advertising rules.

Elections BC is the non-partisan and independent Office of the Legislature responsible for the administration of the provincial electoral process in B.C. and the campaign financing and third party advertising rules for local elections and non-election assent voting events under LECFA.

You can also refer to Elections BC’s guides for candidates available online at: www.elections.bc.ca/lecf

Is there a limit to what I can spend on my campaign?

Yes. Please contact Elections BC for more information about Campaign Finance legislation.

Elections BC is the non-partisan and independent Office of the Legislature responsible for the administration of the provincial electoral process in B.C. and the campaign financing and third party advertising rules for local elections and non-election assent voting events under LECFA.

How many people need to nominate me to run for office?

The minimum number of nominators is two, but it’s wise to have more in case it turns out that one of them is not an eligible nominator.

Do I have to pay a fee to run for office?

No.

Are there any other requirements for me as a candidate?

You must open a separate bank account for all campaign contributions and expenses.  You should open that account as soon as you receive your first election contribution, or before you spend any money on your campaign.

Please contact Elections BC with any questions you or your campaign has about financing or advertising rules.

Elections BC is the non-partisan and independent Office of the Legislature responsible for the administration of the provincial electoral process in B.C. and the campaign financing and third party advertising rules for local elections and non-election assent voting events under LECFA.

What if I receive no contributions and spend nothing on my campaign, do I still have to open a separate account?

No, however you must open one or more accounts before incurring a campaign expense or as soon as possible after receiving a campaign contribution.

Please contact Elections BC with any questions you or your campaign has about financing or advertising rules.

If I don’t win the election, do I still have to file disclosure documents?

Yes. This applies not only to candidates but to elector organizations and campaign organizers as well.

Can the public view my campaign financing disclosure statement?

Yes. Campaign Finance Disclosures are available at the District Office at 121 Third Street between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday excluding statutory holidays, from the time of filing until 7 years after the election to which they relate.

Can I have campaign signs at the voting place on voting day?

No, there can be no campaign material (signs, buttons, brochures, etc.) within 100 metres of a voting place or advance voting opportunity.

Can I advertise on the day of the election?

No, there can be no election campaigning advertising in newspapers or on radio or television on the day of the election, and there must be no campaign material (signs, buttons, t-shirts, brochures, etc.) within 100 metres of a voting place. 

If you advertise in a weekly newspaper that is distributed on a Saturday be sure that your ad does not appear on Election Day.

Resources


Contacts

Chief Election Officer
Elyse Goatcher-Bergmann
(T) 250-725-3229 ext. 610
(F) 250-725-3775
(E) egoatcher-bergmann@tofino.ca


West Coast Transit Service - Alternative Approval Process

Background

Currently there are limited public transportation options on the west coast which has prompted strong
community interest to improve local transportation services through the creation of a local transit
service.

The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) has been exploring with BC Transit and community
stakeholders the potential for a transit service on the west coast for several years. Public engagement
sessions were held across the west coast in the spring of 2019. The overall feedback for the new transit
service was positive.

The ACRD is proposing to seek approval of the electors by means of an Alternative Approval Process (AAP)  for the adoption of Bylaw E1062, West Coast Transit Service Area Establishment, 2019.

Adoption of Bylaw E1062 is intended to establish and deliver a west coast public transit service to serve
the needs of local residents within the District’s of Tofino and Ucluelet, Electoral Area C – Long Beach,
and the first nation communities of Toquaht, Yuu?u?i??at? Government, Hitacu, Esowista and Tyhistanis. This service would be delivered through the BC Transit partnership model.  The AAP will run between Wednesday, October 16th and Friday, November 29, 2019.

The AAP is structured so that eligible electors that are in favour of the Transit Service do not have to do anything; it is assumed that you are in support if you do not submit a response form opposing the service.  Only those opposed to the service must fill out a response form.

To oppose the service, people can pick up AAP forms at the District of Tofino Municipal Office during business hours, but they must be submitted to the ACRD via email, mail, or fax.  Submissions are due by November 29th, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

FAQ - Alternative Approval Process

What will the annual tax impact be for a residential property?

The tax requisition limit for Bylaw No. E1062 is proposed at the greater of $550,000 or $0.294 per $1,000 of net taxable land and improvements. The annual costs of the service will be apportioned (divided) between the participants using a method of 50% population and 50% converted land and improvements. The following chart presents the estimated costs by jurisdiction as well as the estimated household impact:

*The Yuu?u?i??at? Government and Toquaht Nation portion of the requisition will not be collected by property taxation but instead collected by direct billing to each of these governments and therefore no household impact has been estimated.

What is an Alternative Approval Process?

An Alternative Approval Process (AAP) enables local governments to gain consent of the electorate on a proposed bylaw intended to undertake long-term borrowing, a boundary extension, establish a new regional district service or other matter requiring elector approval.

How does an Alternative Approval Process work?

The AAP is structured so that only eligible electors can sign and submit an Elector Response Form back to the ACRD opposing the initiative prior to the deadline. Eligible electors within the service area have at least 30 days from the second AAP publication in the local paper to submit an Elector Response Form to the Corporate Officer at the ACRD Office.

The number of elector responses required to prevent the ACRD Board of Directors from proceeding with this initiative unless the Board holds a vote (referendum) is 10% (602) of the estimated eligible electors within the District of Ucluelet, District of Tofino, Toquaht Nation, Yuu?u?i??at? Government or Electoral Area “C” (Long Beach).

What if I am in favour of the initiative?

If you are in favour of the Transit Service you do not have to do anything; it is assumed that you are in support if you do not submit a response form opposing the service.  Only those opposed to the service must fill out a response form.

Can anyone participate in an AAP?

The only persons entitled to sign and submit an Elector Response Form are qualified electors (see below for qualifications) within the AAP service area: District of Ucluelet, District of Tofino, Toquaht Nation, Yuu?u?i??at? Government or Electoral Area “C” (Long Beach).

A resident elector is an individual who is qualified to sign an Elector Response Form during an AAP by virtue of living (residing) within the proposed service area. When signing an Elector Response Form, a resident elector must:
• be 18 years of age or older;
• be a Canadian citizen;
• have lived in British Columbia for at least 6 months;
• have lived in the AAP service area (Long Beach Electoral Area, District of Tofino, District of Ucluelet, Yuu?u?i??at? Government or Toquaht Nation) for at least 30 days;
• Not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment from voting in a local election, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

A non-resident property elector is an individual that does not live (does not reside) in the proposed AAP service area but is entitled to vote by virtue of owning real property in the proposed service area. When signing an Elector Response Form, a non-resident property elector must:
• be 18 years of age or older;
• be a Canadian Citizen;
• have lived in British Columbia for at least 6 months;
• be a registered owner of real property within the AAP service area (Long Beach Electoral Area, District of Tofino, District of Ucluelet, Yuu?u?i??at? Government or Toquaht Nation) for at least 30 days;
• not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment from voting in a local election, or otherwise disqualified by law;
Note: Only one non-resident property elector may sign and submit an Elector Response Form per property, regardless of how many people own the property; and, that owner must have the written consent of the majority of the other property owner(s) to sign the Elector Response Form on their behalf. Non-resident Property Elector Consent Forms are available for download on the ACRD website at www.acrd.bc.caProperty owned in whole or in part by a corporation are not qualified to submit an Elector Response Form.

I own a business - can I submit a form?

There is no Corporate Vote – no corporation or business is entitled to submit an Elector Response Form.

Where can I get an Elector Response Form?

Elector Response Forms are available for download off the ACRD website at www.acrd.bc.ca or can be picked up at the following local government offices, Monday through Friday during regular office hours:

ACRD

3008 Fifth

Avenue

Port Alberni, BC

District of 

Ucluelet

200 Main Street

Ucluelet, BC

District of Tofino

121 Third Street

Tofino, BC

 

Toquaht Nation

1971 Peninsula

Road

Ucluelet, BC

Yuu?u?i??at? Gov.

700 Wya Road

Hitacu, BC

 

How and where do I submit the Elector Response form once completed?

The deadline for providing Elector Response Forms is 4:00 pm on Friday, November 29, 2019. Elector Response forms can be submitted by mail, email, fax or in person by the deadline to the Corporate Officer, ACRD Office, 3008 Fifth Avenue, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 2E3, email: responses@acrd.bc.ca, fax: (250) 723-1327. Elector Response can only be submitted by the deadline to the ACRD office. Submissions received after the deadline will not be accepted.

Get Involved!

The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District is hosting an Open House to discuss the proposed Tofino-Ucluelet Transit Service and Alternative Approval Process (AAP).  Come out and provide your feedback, ask questions, and learn more about the process. 

Tofino-Ucluelet Transit Open House

Wednesday, October 30, 2019  |  4:00PM - 7:00PM
District of Tofino Council Chambers
380 Campbell Street


Further information regarding this Alternative Approval Process is available on the Regional District website at www.acrd.bc.ca, or by contacting Wendy Thomson, Manager of Administrative Services at (250) 720-2706 or email: wthomson@acrd.bc.ca