November 12, 2021

On November 27, 2021 there will be a referendum for the proposed Hornby and Denman Islands high-speed internet initiative.

“The proposed new service would enable high speed internet in homes and businesses on both Hornby and Denman Islands. This is something I have heard many community members ask for over the past several years,” explains Comox Valley Regional District Electoral Area A Director Daniel Arbour. “The cost for this service would be approximately $40 per year for a period of ten years for a property assessed at $500,000. After ten years it will drop to zero dollars and you will still be receiving the CityWest services you signed up for including phone, cable and internet.”

Total project costs are estimated at approximately $7.6 million with 90 per cent being covered by grants. A community contribution of 10 per cent or $760,000 is required as part of the grant funding criteria.

In order to establish the service, qualified electors will be voting on the following question:

  • “Are you in favour of the CVRD adopting Denman and Hornby Islands High-Speed Internet Contribution Service Establishment Bylaw No. 672, 2021, Denman and Hornby Islands High-Speed Internet Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 673, 2021, and Denman and Hornby Islands High-Speed Internet Capital Contribution Agreement Authorization Bylaw No. 678 to authorize the following:
    • establish and operate a service for providing capital financing for high-speed internet infrastructure;
    • borrow $767,677 to be repaid over a maximum 10 year period to finance the development of the high-speed internet infrastructure; and
    • enter into a 20 year agreement with City West Cable and Telephone Corp. to provide up to $760,000 in capital financing for the development of the high-speed internet service infrastructure?”

There is no need to pre-register to vote, as the registration of all electors for this assent vote takes place at the time of voting. Electors may vote by mail and can request a mail ballot package by filling out an online form or by contacting the Legislative Services at elections@comoxvalleyrd.ca or by calling 250-334-6000. Mail ballot applications will be received up until 4:30 pm on Thursday November 25, 2021.

Voting DayDateLocationVoting Hours
Advance VotingNovember 17, 2021770 Harmston Avenue, Courtenay8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Special VotingNovember 24, 2021Denman Island Seniors Centre, 1111 NW Road, Denman Island9:00 am - 12:00 pm (noon)
Special VotingNovember 24, 2021Hornby Island Community Hall, 4305 Central Road, Hornby Island2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
General VotingNovember 27, 2021Denman Island Seniors Centre, 1111 NW Road, Denman Island8:00 am - 8:00 pm
General VotingNovember 27, 2021

New Horizons Seniors Hall, 1765 Sollans Road, Hornby Island, BC

8:00 am - 8:00 pm

To learn more about the referendum and voting details visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/islandsinternet

The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services for residents and visitors to the area. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.

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