Elector approval process
On occasion Council is required to obtain the approval of the electors before taking action, the most common being prior to adoption of a loan authorization bylaw or prior to taking on certain types of liabilities.
Obtaining the approval of the electors
Under the Community Charter there are two ways to obtain the approval of the City’s electors when required:
- by referendum (called “assent of the electors” in the Community Charter) or
- by using the alternative approval process (AAP)
Deciding which approval method to choose
In almost all cases, Council has a choice in determining which process to employ in obtaining approval of the electors. Each matter is dealt with on a case-by-case basis when it comes before Council.
Some of the considerations include:
- the scope of the matter (cost, impact on taxes, importance to the community)
- extent of previous or ongoing public consultation about the matter
- the time available to conduct either an AAP or a referendum
Other things to consider in making the choice are outlined by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development .