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See Elections BC's Comparison of STV Boundaries and 2009 Boundaries for your address by clicking here.
(many people don't know that their constituency would be 4 or 5 times larger with BC-STV)

Constituencies or Electoral Areas?

British Columbia's Electoral Boundary Commission was asked to draft both new single member constituencies for our current electoral system and boundaries for BC-STV that would be used in 2013 if the referendum passes. The Commission drew BC-STV boundaries as combinations of the single member constituencies; it did't break any of the single member constituencies into pieces to be distributed between two or more BC-STV electoral areas. That makes it possible to look at which of the 85 single MLA constituencies would be merged so as to form each of the 20 multiple-MLA electoral areas for BC-STV.

With our current system you get one vote and you elect one MLA. With BC-STV you still get one vote but between two and seven MLAs would be elected depending on the electoral area where you live. The numbers or rankings that are marked on each ballot are not separate votes but are instructions to be used in the complicated counting system.

Maps for the single MLA constituencies to be used for the 2009 election are available on the Elections BC website as are maps for the multiple-MLA constituencies that would be used with BC-STV.

20 BC-STV Electoral Areas

85 Single Member Constituencies
   
Only One Vote but 2 - 7 MLAs
One Vote - One MLA
   
BC-STV Electoral Areas for May 2013 if referendum passes
Single member FPTP constituencies
for May 2009 election
(required to elect: most votes)
area
Km Sq
population

 

Burnaby-New Westminster

5 MLAs to be elected
but only
One Vote per Voter

required to elect: ONLY 16.7%

population: 261,348

 

Burnaby-Deer Lake 14 52,730
Burnaby-Edmonds 22 49,911
Burnaby-Lougheed 37 48,884
Burnaby North 24 51,274
New Westminster 18 58,549

 

Capital Region

7 MLAs to be elected
but only
One Vote per Voter

required to elect: ONLY 12.5%

population: 345,164

 

Equimalt-Royal Roads 68 47,961
Juan de Fuca 2,736 43,376
Oak Bay-Gordon Head 322 48,953
Saanich North and the Islands 1,543 55,201
Saanich South 92 49,430
Victoria-Beacon Hill 98 50,939
Victoria-Swan Lake 18 49,304

Cariboo-Thompson

5 MLAs to be elected
but only
One Vote per Voter

required to elect: ONLY 16.7%

population: 194,013

 

Cariboo-Chilcotin 43,295 30,385
Cariboo North 39,838 31,805
Fraser-Nicola 33,792 31,049
Kamloops-North Thompson 21,625 49,769
Kamloops-South Thompson 2,384 51,005

Columbia-Kootenay

4 MLAs to be elected
but only
One Vote per Voter

required to elect: ONLY 20.0%

population: 144,827

Columbia River-Revelstoke 39,714 32,513
Kootenay East 11,172 37,718
Kootenay West 12,016 39,713
Nelson-Creston 13,220 34,883

 

Fraser Valley East

5 MLAs to be elected
but only
One Vote per Voter

required to elect: ONLY 16.7%

population: 241,180

Abbotsford-Mission 663 49,731
Abbotsford South 211 49,590
Abbotsford West 105 48,541
Chilliwack 146 49,338
Chilliwack-Hope 10,833 43,980

Fraser Valley West

4 MLAs to be elected
but only
One Vote per Voter

required to elect: ONLY 20.0%

population: 218,527

Fort Langley-Aldergrove 234 59,050
Langley 95 58,808
Maple Ridge-Mission 390 50,195
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows 1,945 50,474

Mid-Island

4 MLAs to be elected
but only
One Vote per Voter

required to elect: ONLY 20.0%

population: 204,308

Cowichan Valley 1,682 55,040
Nanaimo 462 50,854
Nanaimo-North Cowichan 2,720 49,402
Parksville-Qualicum 959 49,012

North Central

3 MLAs to be elected
but only
One Vote per Voter

required to elect: ONLY 25.0%

population: 130,507

Nechako Lakes 73,757 26,436
Prince George-Mackenzie 20,361 45,379
Prince George-Valemount 31,539 46,885

North Island-South Coast

4 MLAs to be elected
but only
One Vote per Voter

required to elect: ONLY 20.0%

population: 202,520

Alberni-Pacific Rim 13,141 42,275
Comox Valley 2,493 59,482
North Island 45,074 53,662
Powell River-Sunshine Coast 20,979 47,101

 

North Shore-Sea to Sky

4 MLAs to be elected
but only
One Vote per Voter

required to elect: ONLY 20.0%

population: 210,163

North Vancouver-Lonsdale 27 53,642
North Vancouver-Seymour 396 52,203
West Vancouver-Capilano 80 55,157
West Vancouver-Sea to Sky 9,642 49,161

 

Northeast

2 MLAs to be elected
but only
One Vote per Voter

required to elect: ONLY 33.3%

population: 64,411

Peace River North 175,808 38,485
Peace River South 30,340 25,926

 

Northwest

3 MLAs to be elected
but only
One Vote per Voter

required to elect: ONLY 25.0%

population: 73,638

North Coast 143,922 23,135
Skeena 31,637 30,011
Stikine 196,437 20,622

 

Okanagan-Boundary

3 MLAs to be elected
but only
One Vote per Voter

required to elect: ONLY 25.0%

population: 148,697

Boundary-Similkameen 15,986 43,052
Penticton 1,904 53,687
Westside-Kelowna 1,140 51,958

 

Okanagan-Shuswap

4 MLAs to be elected
but only
One Vote per Voter

required to elect: ONLY 20.0%

population: 217,377

Kelowna-Lake Country 1,166 51,950
Kelowna-Mission 540 53,231
Shuswap 8,607 53,658
Vernon-Monashee 5,038 58,538

 

Richmond-Delta

5 MLAs to be elected
but only
One Vote per Voter

required to elect: ONLY 16.7%

population: 271,863

Delta North 32 51,628
Delta South 463 45,774
Richmond Centre 374 59,166
Richmond East 92 57,798
Richmond-Steveston 31 57,497

Surrey North

4 MLAs to be elected
but only
One Vote per Voter

required to elect: ONLY 20.0%

population: 206,211

Surrey-Fleetwood 20 50,284
Surrey-Green Timbers 19 52,934
Surrey-Tynehead 60 50,989
Surrey-Whalley 29 52,004

 

Surrey South

4 MLAs to be elected
but only
One Vote per Voter

required to elect: ONLY 20.0%

population: 207,774

Surrey-Cloverdale 121 50,875
Surrey-Newton 14 53,711
Surrey-Panorama 62 52,060
Surrey-White Rock 62 51,128

 

Tri-Cities

4 MLAs to be elected
but only
One Vote per Voter

required to elect: ONLY 20.0%

population: 197,278

Coquitlam-Burke Mountain 619 46,732
Coquitlam-Maillardville 32 51,706
Port Coquitlam 35 52,692
Port Moody-Coquitlam 81 46,148

 

Vancouver East

5 MLAs to be elected
but only
One Vote per Voter

required to elect: ONLY 16.7%

population: 277,651

Vancouver-Fraserview 13 57,276
Vancouver-Hastings 14 55,595
Vancouver-Kensington 9 54,967
Vancouver-Kingsway 9 57,185
Vancouver-Mount Pleasant 13 52,628

 

Vancouver West

6 MLAs to be elected
but only
One Vote per Voter

required to elect: ONLY 14.3%

population: 312,592

Vancouver-Fairview 9 52,020
Vancouver-False Creek 7 43,943
Vancouver-Langara 15 57,047
Vancouver-Point Grey 44 54,823
Vancouver-Quilchena 22 56,409
Vancouver-West End 11 48,350

 


 

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