Your elections questions, asked and answered

Do you have questions related to the 2018 local general election but can't find the answers? We can help.

The information on this page is designed to help you if you are considering a run for elected office. It includes links to some of the most commonly requested information about the election process, as well as links to pages that outline key District policies, priorities, and decisions.

If you don't find the answer you need, use the form at the bottom of this page to ask your question, and we'll personally respond to you within five business days. We'll also add your answer to this page, for the benefit of the community (while removing your name to protect your privacy).

Questions about the upcoming election

There is a significant amount of general information about the upcoming election here on our site, so we recommend you start by reviewing that:

In addition, the Province of BC and Elections BC both offer a large amount of helpful guidance related to both voting and running in the election, written in easy-to-understand language:

Questions about District policies, priorities, and decisions

Here is some key information it will be helpful for you to know if you decide to run for District office.

Questions about property development in the District

New units of housing by stage of development, both historical and forecast

Here is an overview of multi-family developments in the District from adoption of the Official Community Plan (OCP) in 2011 until October 1, 2018. The data include details for market ownership, market rental, and non-market rental units that are in process, or have been completed.

900 units proposed for the North Shore Innovation District are not included in this data, as Council voted to postpone considering those units until after the 2018 general local election.

Net change in residential units, by housing type and stage of development

Multi-family residential units proposed or built between 2011 and October 1, 2018 are listed here, along with the stage of the development process each unit was at as of October 1, 2018.

During this period, there were a total of 1,646 net new residential units built and occupied in the District.

  Rezoned Built and occupied
Market ownership 3,766 1,156
Market rental 462 410
Non-market rental 228 80
Net gain / (loss) 4,456 1,646

Rental care beds, gross

Market and non-market rental care beds planned or provided since 2011 are listed here, along with the stage of the development process each was at as of October 1, 2018.

  Rezoned Built and occupied
Market rental care beds 61 31
Non-market rental care beds 181 33
Net gain / (loss) 242 64

What the stages of development mean

  • Rezoned — Council has approved the rezoning
  • Built and occupied — Construction has been completed and an occupancy permit has been issued by DNV staff

The residential units anticipated for Council's consideration before the end of this term are included in this analysis to assist with Council's evaluation of potential outcomes. Council retains unfettered discretion when considering these development applications.

Supporting documents

These documents show the net new multi-family residential units approved (zoning bylaw adopted) listed by project name:

New multi-family residential units, current and previous Council terms

Here are the gross number of new multi-family residential units approved by Council (for both the current and previous terms) by housing type and by number of bedrooms (studio, 1- bedroom, 2-bedroom, 3-bedroom, and 4+bedroom).

Note that:

  • Data does not include safe houses, emergency, supportive, or transition housing or care beds, secondary suites, or coach housing
  • Senior’s housing is included (e.g. Kiwanis), and has been broken out for ease of interpretation. Senior’s housing is designed for individuals and couples, typically without children at home, which means fewer bedrooms are typically needed. 

Rezoned December 1, 2014 -October 1, 2018 (4-year Council term)

  Studio 1 bed 2 bed 3 bed 4+ bed Sum by type
Non-market (excluding seniors) 0 22 14 13 3 52
Non-market seniors (not care)  0 106 0 0 0 106
Market rental (excluding seniors) 0 92 90 49 2 233
Market seniors (not care)  0 0 0 0 0 0
Market ownership  14 377 856 528 61 1,836
Total excluding seniors 14 491 960 590 66 2,121
Percentage of total excluding seniors 1% 23% 45% 28% 3%  
Totals 14 597 960 590 66 2,227
Percentage of total 1% 27% 43% 26% 3%  

 

Rezoned December 5, 2011 - November 17, 2014 (3-year Council term)

  Studio 1 bed 2 bed 3 bed 4+ bed Sum by type
Non-market (excluding seniors) 0 46 20 4 0 70
Non-market seniors (not care) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Market rental (excluding seniors) 10 156 122 9 0 297
Market seniors (not care) 8 79 9 0 0 96
Market ownership  8 594 1,174 323 1 2,100
Total excluding seniors 18 796 1,316 336 1 2,467
Percentage of total excluding seniors 1% 32% 53% 14% 0%  
Totals 26 875 1,325 336 1 2,563
Percentage of total  1% 34% 52% 13% 0%  

Related housing data

Housing Continuum

This chart illustrates the number of residential units in 2011 plus the estimated demand in 2030 for housing across the entire continuum, from single-family detached homes to emergency and supportive housing.

Related Council materials

July 17, 2018  — Community amenity and housing update (Council workshop)

Staff updated Council on the current state of affairs related to Community Amenity Contributions (CACs) and housing (non-market and market rental) that have been approved since 2011 and pending Council consideration to the end of the term. 

June 19, 2018 — Development update (Council workshop)

Staff provided an update on approved residential development since 2011, as well as residential development applications that staff anticipate will be presented to Council for consideration this term.

April 17, 2018 — Rental and affordable housing strategy update (Council workshop)

Staff provided an update on implementation of the Rental and Affordable Housing Strategy (RAHS), endorsed by Council in November 2016.

February 19, 2018 — OCP Implementation Review Committee quarterly update (Regular Council meeting)

Staff provided a quarterly update on the work of the OCP Implementation Review Committee, as mandated in the committee's terms of reference.

November 20, 2017 — OCP Implementation Review Committee workplan (Regular Council meeting)

Staff provided the OCP Implementation Committee's workplan to Council for their approval, as mandated in the committee's terms of reference.

Learn more about multi-family residential developments

Answers to questions submitted by residents and candidates

These are the answers to questions that were submitted to us through the form on this page.

Q. Can I give myself the title "Candidate" before I have been officially nominated?

The status as "candidate" does not exist until 4:00 pm on Friday, September 14, 2018 when the Chief Election Officer must declare as candidates for an elected office all persons who have been nominated for the office (LGA s. 97(1)).

Q. Can I use the District’s logo or coat of arms on my card?

The District has polices that govern the use of the municipal Coat of Arms and the corporate logo. These two symbols may only be used for authorized District business, such as letterhead, business cards of Council and staff, and advertising, publications and other informal communications pieces. It is specifically prohibited from being used for political or commercial purposes and may not be used by non-DNV persons, businesses or other groups/organizations without express written permission from the Municipal Clerk.

Q. Is there a District bylaw that regulates the placement/use of election signs for local elections?

As per the Street and Traffic Bylaw, any person may place an election campaign sign on a Highway for the purpose of promoting a candidate or political party for election to public office.

Election campaign signs:

  • are prohibited on Highway Medians
  • are prohibited on or in front of District flower or shrub beds
  • are prohibited on a Highway within 100 metres of the District Municipal Hall;
  • for Local Government and School District Elections must not be posted more than 21 days prior to Voting Day
  • must be removed within 8 days following Voting Day
  • those placed in a prohibited area may be removed by an Enforcement Officer.

Q. What should I include in the 250 word candidate profile statement?

The on-line candidate profile statement is new to the District of North Vancouver in 2018, we are offering the opportunity to all candidates to provide a picture and a statement of their campaign platform which will be posted on the District website.

The information included in this statement is up to the individual candidate, we are not able to provide guidance on the content. 

Q. I may be sponsored by CUPE or NVTA, should I fill in the elector organization document in the nomination package?

No, candidates should not fill in the elector organization documents. To clarify:

  • Candidates for Mayor and Council should complete only the forms listed in the nomination document section entitled Mayor and Councillor and submit these to the CEO during the nomination period
  • Candidates for School Trustee should complete only the forms listed in the nomination document section entitled School Trustee and submit these to the CEO during the nomination period
  • Elector Organizations endorsing candidates for Mayor and/or Council should complete only the forms listed in the Elector Organization Endorsement Package for Mayor or Councillor and submit these to the CEO during the nomination period
  • Elector Organizations endorsing candidates for School Trustee should complete only the forms listed in the Elector Organization Endorsement Package – School Trustee and submit these to the CEO during the nomination period
  • Third Party Sponsors must register and submit documents directly to Elections BC

Q. How many nominators are required for Council candidates in the District of North Vancouver?

The District of North Vancouver requires two nominators who are on the list of electors and who meet the requirements listed on page C2-1 of the Candidate Nomination Package.

Learn more from the province's elections website

Q. What are the responsibilities of a Councillor?

Councillors are the essential democratic link between the citizens of the municipality and their local government. 

Councillors are responsible as voting members of the council to represent and balance the interests of citizens and community groups with the long term and immediate needs of the broader community of the District.

Every council member has these responsibilities:

  • Consider the well-being and interests of the municipality and its community
  • Contribute to the development and evaluation of the policies and programs of the municipality respecting its services and other activities
  • Participate in council meetings, committee meetings and meetings of other bodies to which the member is appointed
  • Carry out other duties assigned by the council
  • Carry out other duties assigned by the Community Charter or any other legislation

Q. Do Councillors receive remuneration?

Yes, District of North Vancouver Councillors receive remuneration.

The July 9, 2018 Regular meeting of Council item 9.8 Council Remuneration provides the full report regarding changes to remuneration which will come into effect for the new Council. 

Read the full report regarding remuneration (starts on page 173)

Q: Do nominators need to confirm they are a registered elector in the District through the Municipal Clerk’s Office?

When candidates submit their nomination documents the Chief Election Officer will check the names and addresses of the nominators against the 2018 list of electors. If a nominator is not on the list of electors the candidate will have two options:

  1. obtain the endorsement of another registered elector (who is on the list)
  2. contact the nominator who is not on the list and ask them to come to the Clerk’s Office and verify that they are an eligible elector in the District of North Vancouver.

The list of electors is available for review, upon signature, in the Clerk’s Office Monday – Friday between 8 am and 4:30 pm. Electors in the District of North Vancouver may also call the Clerk’s Office to verify if their name is on the list of electors, the telephone number is 604-990-2211. 

Q: Are CUPE and NVTA considered elector organizations?

The rules regarding endorsement of candidates by unions have changed from previous elections. Information regarding sponsorship of candidates by organizations such as CUPE or NVTA should be obtained directly from those organizations or Elections BC. You can contact Elections BC at 1-855-952-0280 or lecf@elections.bc.ca

Q: The Employer Health Tax appears to be an issue with other municipalities. How does it affect the District of North Vancouver?

The Employer Health Tax will have a varied impact on municipalities. The District is managing the impact of the Employer Health Tax by redirecting savings.

Q: What are your options for receiving and submitting ballots?

The two options for voting are to vote in person or by mail ballot.

If you require a mail ballot, please complete the Mail Ballot Application form before September 26

The mail ballot package must be returned to the Chief Election Officer before 8 pm on Saturday, October 20. The ballot cannot be in any other form except the original ballot. It is the responsibility of the elector to ensure that the ballots are returned before the deadline. 

Learn more about advance voting and general voting day

Q: I would like to know more about the ongoing Inter River Field 1 ATF preload construction. How many trucks per hour are expected for delivery of preload sand? Is this an acceptable frequency? How much does this impact the field installation cost?

Contractors for this type of work generally would use tandem truck and trailers to deliver material. By using this equipment within the proposed schedule, it’s anticipated that around six trucks per hour, five days a week, would be delivering sand to the preload site. Per DNV bylaws, deliveries 7 days a week would not be permitted. These construction methods required to preload the site to achieve the quality base for the Artificial Turf Field are considered acceptable.

The cost of the preload was included in the overall ATF field budget and is required to provide a field that will have a high quality, long term playable surface. The District seized an opportunity to obtain preload sand from the current construction of the North Shore Waste Water Treatment Plant which will reduce costs to the District and reduce traffic volumes on the Second Narrows Bridge.

Q: I own a house with my partner in the District but I am not on title. Am I still eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector?

You must be on title to be eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector. Additionally, as per the Local Government Act, "(5) If there is more than one individual who is the registered owner of real property, either as joint tenants or tenants in common, only one of those individuals may register as a non-resident property elector under this section in relation to the real property." If you were also to be on title, only one individual could register as a non-resident property elector.

Get the details from the Local Government Act

Q: What are your options for receiving and submitting ballots?

The two options for voting are to vote in person or by mail ballot.

If you require a mail ballot, please complete the Mail Ballot Application form before September 26

The mail ballot package must be returned to the Chief Election Officer before 8 pm on Saturday, October 20. The ballot cannot be in any other form except the original ballot. It is the responsibility of the elector to ensure that the ballots are returned before the deadline. 

Learn more about advance voting and general voting day

Q: Are maps available of the bubble zones around each voting place?

These maps are available upon request. Please request through our webform below.

Q: Who enforces sign placement on provincial property within DNV jurisdiction?

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure regulates sign placement on provincial highways. Please contact the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to report signs on provincial property.

The Street and Traffic Bylaw has more information regarding sign placements and deadlines. 

Q: How is cannabis regulated in the District of North Vancouver? Where can I learn more?

Cannabis growing, harvesting, storage, packaging, dispensing, or sale is currently prohibited in the District of North Vancouver as per Zoning Bylaw Part 403A.  Find more information on our website

The District recently concluded consultation with the public and various stakeholders regarding cannabis sale and consumption in the District. The results of this consultation will be presented to Council some time this fall, at which point staff will seek direction from Council respecting any potential amendments to our current bylaws.

Find more information in the latest staff report on this topic: Item 9.8 from the July 11, 2018 Regular Council Agenda

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