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Referendum Information

Looking for information about the upcoming referendum (officially called non-election assent voting) on the proposed events centre project? Here, you will find helpful information that can be used to determine if you are ready to vote. This page will be updated as we receive more information.

Saturday, March 11 is the day of voting with advanced voting days of March 1 and 8. See a list of voting locations further down or download this map of locations.

Council approved the question residents will be asked during the upcoming referendum. The question reads as follows:

"Are you in favour of the City of Nanaimo Council adopting Loan Authorization Bylaw 2017 No. 7237 which will authorize Council to borrow a sum not exceeding $80,000,000, repayable over a period of no more than 20 years, for the development and construction of an event centre that will include an ice arena and other related entertainment, cultural and recreation facilities?"

On the voting day, March 11, you can vote from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at the following locations:

On the voting day, March 11, you can vote from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at the following locations:

On the advanced voting days, March 1 and 8, you can vote from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at the following location:

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When is voting day?

The recommended day for voting is March 11 with advanced voting opportunities on March 1 and 8. The date and voting locations will officially be confirmed in February. 

Am I registered to vote?

You can find out if you are registered to vote by checking the voters list located on the City website. It is also available to view in City Hall (455 Wallace Street) from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

How do I register to vote?

You can register the day of voting by filling out the required application form and provide two pieces of ID. For more information, read through the Elector Registration information sheet.

What identification do I need to bring to register as a resident on voting day, if I am not on the electors list?

You will need two pieces of ID, at least one with a signature. Picture ID is not necessary, but at least one of the pieces must prove both residency and identity. Some examples of identification include a utility bill with your name and address on it, Social Insurance card, Care Card, credit card and Drivers License.

What identification do I need to bring to register and vote as a non-resident property owner?

Non-registered property owners must bring two pieces of ID, at least one with a signature, proof that you are entitled to register in relation to the property you own, and if there is more than one owner of the property, you must have written consent from the majority of the property owners.

Am I qualified to vote in the referendum?

You are qualified if you are:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day 
  • Canadian citizen  
  • resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration
  • resident of OR registered owner of real property in the City of Nanaimo for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration, and
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in the assent voting and not otherwise disqualified by law.

For more information, read through the Elector Registration information page and the Resident Electors Frequently Asked Questions.

Can I mail in my ballot?

Yes, as long as you qualify to vote and meet one of the following:

  • have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity; and/or
  • expect to be away from the voting jurisdiction on voting day (March 11, 2017) and at the times of all advance voting opportunities (March 1 and 8, 2017).

For more information, read through the Elector Registration information sheet.

I don't live in Nanaimo but own property there, can I still vote in the referendum?

Yes. You can find more information on eligibility here.

Why do you keep calling the referendum "Non-Election Assent Voting"?

Non-election assent voting is the official term for a referendum. It includes voting on a bylaw or other matter for which assent of the electors is required or for which the local government is authorized to obtain the assent of the electors. It is often conducted in conjunction with general local elections, but may take place at other times as well. 

Where can I learn more about the proposed events centre project?

You can visit the events centre information page where you will find a number of reports, presentations and announcements related to this project. We are also hosting the following open houses:

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