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September 11, 2017, 9:34 am

Salt Spring Island Residents Vote “No” in Incorporation Referendum

CivicInfo BC, with files from the Capital Regional District

SALT SPRING ISLAND - On Saturday September 9th, voters on Salt Spring Island were asked to vote on the following question:
Are you in favour of the incorporation of a Salt Spring Island Municipality? YES or NO?
The preliminary results were 3,930 “No”, and 2,419 “Yes”.  Final results are expected to be declared early during the week of September 11, 2017.

Background (Capital Regional District Files)
On March 7, 2017, the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development ordered a municipal incorporation vote for Salt Spring Island electors on September 9, 2017. Currently, Salt Spring Island is a rural area that is part of the Capital Regional District and also the Islands Trust. The Ministerial Order followed a recommendation for an incorporation vote made by the Salt Spring Island Incorporation Study Committee. Prior to making its recommendation, the Committee oversaw an incorporation study and public engagement process to provide residents with information on incorporation. The Salt Spring Island 2015-2016 Incorporation Study was completed on November 21, 2016, and examines the financial, governance and other implications of a potential municipal incorporation for Salt Spring Island.

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