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Last chance to vote: Vancity encourages Lower Mainland residents to vote in Transit Referendum

May 27, 2015 -- To make it more convenient for residents to vote in The Transportation and Transit Referendum (transit plebiscite), Elections BC has opened several Plebiscite Service Offices throughout the Lower Mainland where you can register to vote, get a voting package.

Completed voting packages must be received at Elections BC or a Plebiscite Service Office by 8 p.m. on May 29, 2015.

Plebiscite Service Offices locations include:

  • Capilano Mall
  • Central City Mall
  • Chinatown Plaza
  • Coquitlam Centre
  • Lougheed Town Centre

View the full list of locations

Vancity supports building healthy communities that are financially, socially and environmentally sustainable. Improving our transit infrastructure is fully aligned with our commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our region. It’s also consistent with our support of the Poverty Reduction Coalition and its focus on improved infrastructure for people on low incomes.

The Mayors’ Transportation and Transit Plan offers one way of moving towards that goal. Lower Mainland residents are encouraged to participate in the referendum by voting through their mail-in ballot.

A more effective public transit and transportation system will:

  • increase commuting options for Metro Vancouver’s fastest growing areas like Surrey;
  • increase employment opportunities for people seeking better jobs;
  • enable people to access education and training opportunities;
  • improve access to social services;
  • reduce pollution and greenhouse gases; and
  • build our economy by improving the movement of people and goods.

If approved, the plan will reduce traffic congestion by 20 per cent. This could save commuters up to 30 minutes per day through some of the region’s most congested corridors.

To fund this investment, the plan proposes a regional 0.5 per cent increase to the Provincial Sales Tax.

Voter information

  • The voting takes place March 16 to May 29, 2015, by mail-in ballot.
  • Mail-in ballots started to arrive at homes by March 16.
  • You must be registered to vote in British Columbia to participate in the referendum.
  • If you need to register, you can visit one of the Plebiscite Service Offices, go online or call 1-800-661-8683.

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