Assent Voting 2022

A drawing of the proposed exterior of the Golden indoor aquatic centreThere is a single assent vote (referendum) being conducted in conjunction with the 2022 Local Government Elections. It is in regards to the proposed development of a new indoor aquatics centre in Golden to replace the aging outdoor pool. Only residents of Electoral Area A and Golden can vote in this referendum because they are the only areas where taxpayers will be contributing for the new facility. See our Voter Information page for eligibility requirements.

The assent vote is planned in conjunction with the Local Government Elections on October 15, 2022.

Assent Vote Question

At the June 16, 2022 Regular Meeting, the CSRD Board approved the question for the upcoming voter assent process as:

“Are you in favour of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District adopting Golden and Area Aquatic Centre Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 5849, 2022, which will permit the Regional District to borrow up to $18 million over a 30-year term to be utilized towards the capital cost to construct an indoor aquatic centre as an addition to the existing Golden and District Recreation Centre?”

What is the project?

The proposed Indoor Aquatic Centre facility would include a six-lane 25m lap pool, a separated leisure pool, lazy river, tots’ area, hot tub, sauna, steam room, multi-purpose room and a large lobby space intended as a community hub. The estimated cost of the facility is $35 million, with a $17 fundraising campaign underway. The referendum will seek approval of the electors for the remaining $18 million.

More detailed project information, including an online calculator to determine the financial impact to your specific project, can be found on the Golden On Deck website.

How do I vote?

Voters in the referendum can cast ballots by:

  • Mail 
  • Advance Voting - Wednesday, October 5, 2022
  • General Voting Day - Saturday, October 15, 2022

The procedure and voting requirements are the same as for voting for an Electoral Area Director. This is explained on the Voter Information page

Mail Ballots

Mail ballot voting is available for resident electors and non-resident property electors in the CSRD. Voters need to sign up to receive a mail ballot using this online form

Mail Ballot Request Forms must be received by the CSRD before 12 PM (noon) on Monday, October 3, 2022. These forms will be checked to ensure the citizen is eligible to vote. If so, a mail ballot package will be mailed out or will be available for pick up from the CSRD Office. 

Forms filled out after October 3 will be accepted, but may not be able to be sent and mailed back to the CSRD before the deadline. Voters assume this risk if requesting after the deadline.

To be counted, your mail ballot must be received by the Chief Election Officer at the CSRD Office no later than 8 PM (local time) on Saturday, October 15, 2022.

Please note: once you request a mail ballot, you will not be issued another ballot.

Where can I vote?

  1. Advance Poll - October 5, 2022

Advance voting for the Town of Golden and Electoral Area A will take place from 8 AM to 8 PM on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at:

  • Golden Civic Centre - 806 10th Avenue South, Golden
  • CSRD Office - 555 Harbourfront Drive NE, Salmon Arm
  1. general Voting Day  - October 15, 2022

Scrutineer Application

Scrutineers for and against each 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. One scrutineer for and one scrutineer against the question will be appointed for each voting place, if sufficient applications are received.

Applications to act as a scrutineer will be received by the Chief Election Officer at the office of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, 555 Harbourfront Drive NE, Box 978, Salmon Arm, BC during the period: 9 AM, Monday, September 19, 2022 to 4 PM, Thursday, September 29, 2022.

Applications will only be received online during this period using this application form.

Interested persons can obtain information on the requirements and procedures for making an application by contacting:

Jennifer Sham, Chief Election Officer
Columbia Shuswap Regional District
Box 978, 555 Harbourfront Drive NE, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4P1