New information and updates: May 9, 2018

The following FAQs have been updated with the most recent information:



Would amalgamation affect regional representation?

 

OLD: Representation on the CVRD Board of Directors is determined by voting units based on total population. The CVRD uses a voting unit of one vote per 2,000 population (or portion thereof). Up to five votes can be cast by one Director. Based on these rules, Duncan currently has one Director with a voting strength of three votes. North Cowichan has three Directors with a voting strength of 15 votes in total.

If amalgamation were to proceed, the new municipality would have the same number of directors on the Regional Board as there are now. The number of votes would change from 18 to 17 as a result of the total combined population.

UPDATEDRepresentation on the CVRD Board of Directors is determined by voting units based on total population. The CVRD uses a voting unit of one vote per 2,000 population (or portion thereof). Up to five votes can be cast by one Director. Based on these rules, Duncan currently has one Director with a voting strength of three votes. North Cowichan has three Directors with a voting strength of 15 votes in total.

If amalgamation were to proceed, the new municipality would have the same number of directors on the Regional Board as there are now. The number of votes would also remain the same, at 18 votes.



Would the costs for running an amalgamated municipality be higher than running separately?

OLD: The total costs of running both Duncan and North Cowichan Municipal Councils are on par with other municipalities of a comparable size.

UPDATEDOn a per capita basis, Duncan and North Cowichan’s current combined General Government expenses are generally in line with those of peer communities, even though the Duncan/North Cowichan per capita expenses include expenses for two councils, two Chief Administrative Officers, two Finance Directors, two Corporate Officers, etc. This comparison indicates that there may be only limited opportunities to realize long-term efficiencies associated with streamlined General Government. See page 39 of the Technical Report.