Capital Project Loan Authorizations

The City of Prince Rupert is seeking loans this year to complete two major infrastructure projects that will carry our community forward in the decades to come: the replacement of our 100 year old dam, and the development of a new solid waste intake cell at the City's landfill. To complete these projects, the City is proposing to take two loans of $10 million - one for each project. To proceed with borrowing, Council must achieve assent from the electors of Prince. Council has selected to use the Alternative Approval Process to gather elector assent on both of these loan authorizations. 

What is an Alternative Approval Process?
On January 1st, 2004, the Community Charter came into force and prescribes two methods by which a local government may seek approval of the electors. These are Assent of the Electors (which is approval by voting) or Alternative Approval Process which allows Mayor and Council to proceed with an action unless at least 10% of the eligible electors state their opposition within a prescribed period. As previously noted, in this case, Mayor and Council have opted for the latter process. If at least 10% of the eligible electors state their opposition to the proposed Loan Authorization Bylaw, the matter requires the Assent of the Electors if Mayor and Council wish to proceed with the loan. The Alternative Approval Process under the Community Charter replaces the Counter Petition Opportunity under the Local Government Act.  Official notices regarding the Alternative Approval processes, including how to participate, are linked below. 

Who is eligible to participate in the Alternative Approval Process?
An eligible elector for the purpose of this Alternative Approval Process is a person entitled to be registered as an elector and who meets the following criteria:

  • Is age 18 or older;
  • Is a Canadian citizen;
  • Has been a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months;
  • Has been a resident of the City of Prince Rupert for at least 30 days; and,
  • Is not disqualified from voting by the Local Government Act or any other act.

A non-resident property elector who meets the following criteria is also an eligible elector:

  • Is not entitled to register as a resident elector for the City of Prince Rupert;
  • Is age 18 or older;
  • Is a Canadian citizen;
  • Has been a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months;
  • Has been a registered owner of the real property within the City of Prince Rupert for at least 30 days; and,
  • Is not disqualified from voting by the Local Government Act or any other act.

Note: Corporations or land held in a corporate name are not entitled to vote. In the case of multiple owners of a parcel, only one person (with consent of the majority of owners) may vote as a non-resident property elector.
 

Legal Notices of Alternative Approval Processes (to be printed in two consecutive editions of the Northern View, June 11th and June 18th):


To further assist the community in understanding these projects, how the loans will be repaid, and how to provide input into the Alternative Approval process, we have also developed the two videos as well as two FAQs that are also linked below.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Videos:

Woodworth Dam Loan Authorization

New Landfill Cell Loan Authorization

More information, including an Elector Response Form should you disagree with either loan authorization, can be obtained by contacting Corinne Bomben, Chief Financial Officer at City Hall at 424 3rd Avenue West, Prince Rupert BC, by calling (250) 627 0935, or by emailing cityhall@princerupert.ca