Official Assent Voting Results

These official results are based on the ballot accounts prepared at each of the voting places noted below. On December 7, the CVRD Board will consider adoption of the bylaws upon which next steps for the project can be developed.

CVRD News: Official Results Show That Hornby and Denman Islands High-Speed Internet Project Moving Forward

 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

Background

On November 27, 2021 there will be an assent vote in respect of the Denman and Hornby Islands high-speed internet initiative. Qualified electors of the proposed service area 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 capital financing for the development of the high-speed internet service infrastructure?

The intent of the proposed bylaws is to:

  • establish a service of providing a capital contribution for high-speed internet infrastructure and provide grants and other forms of assistance that benefit residents and community organizations within the service area; and
  • authorize borrowing up to $767,677 to be repaid over a maximum 10 year period to finance development of high-speed internet infrastructure; and
  • authorize an agreement with City West Cable & Telephone Corporation under which the CVRD may provide capital financing of up to $760,000 for the development of high-speed internet service infrastructure.

Bylaws

The Denman and Hornby Islands High-Speed Internet Contribution Service Area is identified in the map below.

    Background

    To assist with bringing high-speed internet access to Denman and Hornby Islands the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is proposing to provide a financial contribution to build the “last mile” infrastructure necessary to connect homes and businesses within both communities. This proposal follows a number of important initiatives and grants, including:

    • investigation and advocacy by the Denman/Hornby Internet Committee;
    • the Connected Coast Project, a $45 million investment to install a subsea fibre-optic cable along coastal BC to connect to landing sites in rural and remote communities; and
    • a provincial grant of up $5.6 million to City West, the telecommunications provider and subsidiary of the City of Prince Rupert that proposes to install and provide the high-speed internet service on Denman and Hornby Islands.    

    As a community contribution is required as part of the grant funding criteria the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) Board gave direction to pursue the development of a service and the necessary financial instruments to provide a capital contribution towards the development of high-speed internet service on Denman and Hornby Islands. The key aspects of this initiative include:

    • establishing an eligible service to raise appropriate funds;
    • enter into a capital contribution agreement with CityWest Cable & Telephone Inc. (a City of Prince Rupert owned telecommunications corporation that will install the infrastructure and provide internet services);
    • borrowing up to 10 per cent of the community contribution amount for the high-speed internet infrastructure.

    With the total project costs estimated at $7.6 million, the CVRD’s contribution is projected to be up to $760,000. With the 1 per cent Municipal Finance Authority debt issue expense this provides a total borrowing of $767,677.

    Direction to move forward with this project is based on two studies provided below:

    Further background information is also provided below:

    Financial Impact

    The CVRD’s capital contribution for the high-speed internet infrastructure is projected to be up to $760,000.  The estimated impact to taxpayers based on an average house of $500,000 for 10 year debt term would be $39.70 annually. As subscribers will have to pay for the monthly subscription fee with City West for internet services, the CVRD has proposed the 10 year debt term to try and balance the affordability to Hornby and Denman Island residents while still ensuring the borrowing is paid off in a timely manner.

    The proposed service establishing bylaw requisition limit for this service for a debt term of 10 years is $115,000 or $0.1000 per $1,000. This limit over and above the estimated tax rate provides some flexibility for interest rate variability or emerging costs or opportunities in establishing this service.

    Public Involvement

    Residents on Hornby and Denman Islands were invited to participate in two online open houses regarding this initiative. Recordings of the virtual open houses are available below and consolidated Q&A's are available here

    Roadmap to Hornby & Denman High Speed Internet 

    Elector Approval - Assent Voting

    As elector approval is required for this project to proceed the CVRD is conducting an assent vote (i.e. referendum) in November to seek such approval. Elector approval will be obtained if a majority of the votes cast are in favour of the question.

    Qualified electors of the proposed service area 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?
    Assent Voting Dates, Times and Locations
    Voting DayDateLocationVoting Hours
    Advance VotingNovember 17, 2021770 Harmston Avenue, Courtenay8:00 am to 8:00 pm
    Special VotingNovember 24, 2021Denman Island Senior’s Centre, 1111 NW Road, Denman Island9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Special VotingNovember 24, 2021Hornby Island Community Hall, 4305 Central Road, Hornby Island2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    General Voting

    November 27, 2021Denman Island Senior’s Centre, 1111 NW Road, Denman Island8:00 am to 8:00 pm
    General VotingNovember 27, 2021

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

    8:00 am to 8:00 pm

     

    Elector Registration

    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. The Comox Valley Regional District uses “same day registration” and therefore does not maintain a voters list.

    Resident Elector Requirements

    Resident electors will be required to make a declaration that you meet the following requirements:

    • 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 in the Denman and Hornby Islands High-Speed Internet Contribution Service area 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.

    You must bring at least two documents that prove who you are (BC Driver's Licence, BC ID, Care Card, SIN card, Citizenship Card, bank credit or debit card) and where you live (Driver’s License, telephone, hydro, or gas bill, property tax document); one of these documents must contain your signature.

    Non-Resident Property Elector Requirements

    Non- resident property electors must meet the following requirements:

    • 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
    • A Canadian citizen;
    • A resident of British Columbia for at least six months immediately before the day of registration;
    • A registered owner of real property in the Denman and Hornby Islands High-Speed Internet Contribution Service area for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration;
    • The only persons who are registered owners of the real property, either as joint tenants in common, are individuals who are not holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust;
    • Not disqualified under the Local Government Act (LGA) or any other enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.

    Non-resident property electors must produce two pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identity, proof that they are entitled to register in relation to the property and, if applicable, written consent from the other property owners. Non-resident property electors are encouraged to contact the CVRD before voting day to confirm eligibility and documentation requirements.

    Note: If there is more than one registered owner of the property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the owners, register as a non-resident property elector.

    Non-Resident Property Elector Consent Form

    Mail Ballot Voting

    Electors may vote by mail and can request a mail ballot package by filling out the online form below or by contacting the Legislative Services Department at elections@comoxvalleyrd.ca or 250-334-6000. Mail ballot applications will be received up until 4:30 p.m. on Thursday November 25, 2021.

    Application to Vote by Mail

    Your mail ballot package will include instructions on how to complete and return your mail ballot.

    Mail ballot packages will be sent out commencing on or about November 3, 2021. To be counted, your mail ballot must be received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 8:00 pm on Saturday November 27, 2021.  Postage is included for mail ballot packages within Canada.

    Mail ballots can also be returned:

    • In-person at the CVRD Office, 770 Harmston Avenue, weekdays only between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.
    • Before 8:00 pm at the voting places on general voting day (Saturday November 27, 2021).

    It is your responsibility to ensure your completed mail ballot arrives back to the Chief Election Officer on or before the deadline. Please read the mail ballot instructions carefully as they contain important information for you to consider when choosing how and where to return your mail ballot.

    Scrutineer Application

    Scrutineers for and against the question must be appointed if applications are received from persons who wish to volunteer for the positions. Only persons entitled to vote as electors on the question shown above are entitled to act as scrutineers.

    If sufficient applications are received, one scrutineer for and one scrutineer against the question will be appointed for each voting place. One scrutineer for the question and one scrutineer against the question will also be appointed to be present at the determination of the official results and, if necessary, at a judicial recount.

    Applications to act as a scrutineer will be received by the Comox Valley Regional District Chief Election Officer during the period of Monday, November 1, 2021 to Wednesday, November 10, 2021 in any of the following ways:

    • In person at the CVRD office (770 Harmston Avenue, Courtenay, BC) during regular office hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F);
    • By mail to the CVRD office (770 Harmston Avenue, Courtenay, BC V9N 0G8);
    • By email to the CVRD Chief Election Officer 

    Application forms will be available at the CVRD office or by downloading from this webpage here:

    Contact Information

    Jake Martens, Chief Election Officer or Lisa Dennis, Deputy Chief Election Officer at 250-334-6000 or via email.