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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.

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

Statistics about multi-family developments in the District have been moved to the Property Development section of the website. View the multi-family housing statistics.

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

Q: When will the underground parking in Edgemont Village open?

The general contractor has provide a tentative date of mid-November.

Q: How are development contribution numbers reported?

The timing of development contributions can fluctuate from year to year depending on the number of agreements, value of construction and stage of development. Contributions are generally realized near the front end of the development process. The five year plan is based on best available information including Council direction and decisions received prior to September 2018. Review the Financial Plan