BC Electoral Boundaries Commission launches online electoral district mapping application

THE BC Electoral Boundaries Commission will begin the final meetings of its preliminary consultation phase next week, and now BC residents can propose changes to electoral districts through a new online mapping application. 

Between April 26 and May 12, the Commission will visit 15 communities in the North, Interior, and some coastal regions: Masset, Prince Rupert, Terrace, Smithers, Quesnel, Williams Lake, Prince George, Vanderhoof, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Dease Lake, Powell River, Sechelt, West Vancouver, Squamish. 

There will also be virtual public meetings for these regions on Tuesday, May 3, and Friday, May 13. 

“We are looking forward to hearing from residents of the North, Interior, and coastal regions at our upcoming public meetings,” says Justice Nitya Iyer, Chair of the BC Electoral Boundaries Commission, on Wednesday. “We are pleased to have received more than 600 submissions already. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to provide input.” 

The Commission has launched a new online mapping application that allows users to propose changes to electoral districts by moving electoral district boundaries. The size of the electoral district (in sq km) and its population update in real time. 

“We hope that British Columbians try our new mapping tool and find it a useful way to provide input to the Commission,” says Iyer. “Hearing from people about local boundary issues is invaluable to our work.” 

Visit the Commission website to try the new mapping application, view the schedule of public meetings, or make a submission. 

The deadline to provide input for the preliminary report is May 31.