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Alternative Approval Process

What is an Alternative Approval Process?

The Alternative Approval Process (AAP) process allows you to indicate if you are in opposition to a proposal. Certain agreements, bylaws (such as a borrowing bylaw or a park exchange bylaw) or other matters require permission from the electors before they can be adopted by Council. There are two options to achieve that permission: through an AAP or through Assent Voting (formerly known as a referendum).

Councils commonly use an AAP to gauge public opinion - it is a less expensive option than using Assent Voting and can be used whenever the legislation requires the City to obtain permission from the electors.

Additional Information

Community Charter (see Section 86)

AAP: A Guide for Local Governments in BC (PDF)