Regional Government

Area 'C'/Christina Lake Fire Protection Loan Alternative Approval Process

What is an Alternative Approval Process?

An alternative approval process is a form of approval that allows electors to indicate whether they are against a local government proposal moving forward. Provincial legislation enables local governments to use the Alternative Approval Process (AAP) to engage citizens about proposed bylaws or other matters requiring electoral approval. An AAP can be used to gain approval for long-term borrowing, boundary extensions, establishing new services or other matters requiring elector approval. Known as a counter-petition, the AAP requires that 10% or more of eligible voters sign and submit a form of opposition to the proposed initiative in order to prevent the local government from proceeding with the proposed initiative.

How an AAP Works

  • A staff report is provided to the RDKB Board that describes the plan for conducting the AAP. It includes key information about the proposed elector approval process to ensure elected officials fully understand the implications of using an AAP to obtain approval. The report also provides staff with an opportunity to plan the process to conduct the potential AAP.
  • Elector response forms are made available at RDKB offices and on the RDKB’s website. Signed forms received after the deadline has passed cannot be counted. If 10 per cent or more of the total number of eligible electors sign and submit response forms, the RDKB cannot proceed with the proposed matter without first holding an assent vote (i.e. referendum).

For more information on this process, please visit the Province of BC website.

Current Alternative Approval Processes

Electoral Area C/Christina Lake - “Portion of Electoral Area ‘C’/Christina Lake Local Service Fire Protection Area Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 1758, 2021” (Christina Lake Fire Service Alternative Approval Process)

Below is an outline of the current AAP. For full details, please visit our public engagement site -

The fire service needs to borrow funds to purchase fire service protection vehicles and equipment, including a new tender/pumper engine, a primary fire rescue engine, a command vehicle, a heater and boiler and an exhaust removal system.

The project proposes that residents in the service area authorize the RDKB to borrow up to $1,285,000 to purchase these items. The loan would be repaid over a 20-year period.

For more information about the proposed initiative including costs or how to register your opposition, please visit

Elector Response Forms
If you are not in favour of this initiative, please complete and return the Elector Response Form

Please note that the only persons entitled to sign Elector Response Forms are the electors of the Service Area, which is the area to which the approval process applies. Eligible electors are persons meeting all of the Resident or Non-Resident Property Elector qualifications - see Notice of Alternative Approval Process.

Important Documents