News Flash

CSRD News

Posted on: May 4, 2022

Official results confirm voters opposed to Sorrento-Blind Bay Incorporation

Subdivision in Blind Bay as seen from Shuswap Lake

As required by the Local Government Act, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District’s Chief Election Officer has released the Declaration of Official Results for the Incorporation Assent Voting in Sorrento and Blind Bay.

The results indicate that residents, based on the projected impacts, do not believe that incorporation is in the best interest of the community at this time. Residents clearly prefer to remain unincorporated within an Electoral Area.

Eligible voters within the boundary of the proposed Sorrento-Blind Bay Incorporation Area had the opportunity to vote by mail, advance voting or general voting on the question:

"Are you in favor of the incorporation of the municipality of the District of Sorrento-Blind Bay?"

  • Yes or No

The official results for the Sorrento-Blind Bay Incorporation Assent vote area as follows:



Yes272
No2,027


Assent vote breakdown:


YesNo
Mail ballots1391
Advanced voting - April 20, 2022, Shuswap Lake Estates Community Hall50690
Advanced voting - April 20, 2022, CSRD Office737
General Voting, April 30, 2022, Sorrento Memorial Hall53418
General Voting, April 30, 2022, Blind Bay Memorial Hall149791
Total number of valid votes cast2722,027


The Sorrento-Blind Bay Incorporation Study was undertaken to determine what incorporation would mean for the communities, and to communicate the information to residents. Once informed, residents were given the opportunity to vote. The projected population of the area is approximately 5,600 people, however, a number of those would be underage or otherwise ineligible to vote.

“We are very pleased with the number of citizens who engaged with this process and took the time to cast their ballot,” says Jennifer Sham, Chief Election Officer. “The turnout clearly showed the level of interest in the community and that they appreciated the chance to have their say on this important decision.”

Sham also thanks the community for their participation and patience with this public engagement process taking place during the pandemic.

“We know COVID-19 posed additional challenges, so it is gratifying that so many people remained involved and came out for the vote to see the project through.”

Based on the result of the vote, the CSRD will now proceed with the default option of dividing Electoral Area C into two separate Electoral Areas, each to be represented by its own elected Director. This will take place as part of the October 15, 2022 General Local Government Elections.

 Declaration of Official Results (PDF)


Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in CSRD News

A person holding a sponge under a tap that isn't running

Scheduled water shut offs in Anglemont

Posted on: September 9, 2022
An image of the fire the BC Wildfire Service is classifying as K41512 - Anstey Peninsula.

New wildfire start in Anstey Peninsula

Posted on: August 17, 2022
High water in Blind Bay

Shuswap Lake close to 349-metre mark

Posted on: June 26, 2022
A headshot of Jennnifer Sham, new Corporate Officer

CSRD names new Corporate Officer

Posted on: May 12, 2022

Gift a Metre of Rail Trail

Posted on: December 21, 2021

Support Saturday's Holiday Train at Home

Posted on: December 16, 2021

Power Restored to Golden, Electoral Area A

Posted on: December 10, 2021
Edna and Laureen Felix Have Set up an Outdoor Space Where They Can Conduct Traditional First Nations

First Nations Supports Offered to Evacuees

Posted on: November 26, 2021
Kevin Flynn

Director Kevin Flynn remains Board Chair

Posted on: November 19, 2021
CSRD Administrative Offices Building Exterior

Board Endorses Proof of Vaccination Policy

Posted on: November 19, 2021
Morgen Matheson

New Team Leader Joins Shuswap Tourism

Posted on: November 9, 2021