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November 29, 2021

On November 27, 2021 a referendum for the proposed Hornby and Denman Islands high-speed internet initiative was held. The official results have been tallied and the community has voted in favor of moving forward with the project. 94% of voters were in favour of establishment of the service, authorizing the necessary borrowing and entering into an agreement with CityWest, the telecommunications service provider.  Voter turnout was 55% of the estimated eligible electors.

 YesNo
Advance Voting Opportunity:
Wednesday November 17, 2021 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at the CVRD Office
421
Special Voting Opportunity:
Wednesday November 24, 2021 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Denman Island Senior’s Centre
973
Special Voting Opportunity:
Wednesday November 24, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Hornby Island Community Hall
855
Mail Ballot Voting23410
General Voting Day:
Saturday November 27, 2021 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at the Denman Island Senior’s Centre
42621
General Voting Day:
Saturday November 27, 2021 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at the New Horizons Seniors Hall
30841
TOTAL NUMBER OF VALID VOTES CAST119281

“I am thrilled to see the community voted in favor. The new service will bring high speed internet to both Hornby and Denman Islands, and will provide both homes and businesses top-notch connectivity.” explains Comox Valley Regional District Electoral Area A Director Daniel Arbour. “Seeing projects like this come to fruition after years of research and community interest is so amazing. Thank you to the Hornby/Denman Internet Committee for bringing this issue to light and helping find a community solution with CityWest.” 

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.

On December 7, the CVRD Board will consider adoption of the bylaws upon which next steps for the project can be developed.

To learn more about the project and referendum results 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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