Provincial Electoral District Voting Areas - Gazetted 02/23/2017

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Published by the Crown Corporations and Agencies - Elections BC
Licensed under Elections BC Open Data Licence

An area containing up to 700 registered voters. Each electoral district is divided into voting areas that are used to assign voters to voting places. (Election Act, s. 1, 80)

These voting areas were used in the 2017 Provincial General Election, the 2018 Kelowna West By-Election, the 2019 Nanaimo By-Election and the 2020 Provincial General Election.

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.0° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -113.5°

Additional Information


For use in the administration of provincial elections.

Data Quality

This dataset is aligned to base features such as: the Digital Road Atlas 2 road network, the Freshwater Atlas, and road centre-line aligned municipal and regional district boundaries.

This dataset has been thinned to reduce file size, and improve draw times for web applications. For the legally defined electoral district voting area boundaries please contact:

Lineage Statement

Electoral Geography Division, Elections BC. Converted from Informix/DB2 to ESRI file geodatabase feature class by Elections BC.

More Information

Contact Information

NameKevin Pangman (pointOfContact)
OrganizationCrown Corporations and Agencies
Sub-OrganizationElections BC
NameGlen Beckwith (pointOfContact)
OrganizationCrown Corporations and Agencies
Sub-OrganizationElections BC

Access & Security

Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Public

Metadata Information

Record Published 2016-12-01
Record Last Modified 2020-10-24
Resource Status completed

Object Description


Short Name: VOT_AREA
Comments: EBC_VOTING_AREAS_BS10_POLY_SVW contains information about provincial areal (polygonal) voting areas in British Columbia, including non-spatial information and spatial information (boundary linework). Data is restricted to a single boundary set (10).

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
VOTING_AREA_POLY_ID VTNG_R_ID NUMBER 10 VOTING_AREA_POLY_ID is a system generated unique identification number.
BOUNDARY_SET_ID BNDRY_S_ID NUMBER 10 BOUNDARY_SET_ID Identifies the boundary set to which this voting area definition applies, e.g., 8. It is a foreign key to EBC_BOUNDARY_SETS
ED_ABBREVIATION ED_BBRVTN VARCHAR2 3 ED ABBREVIATION is the electoral district name abbreviation, e.g., 'VTS'
VA_CODE VA_CODE VARCHAR2 4 VA_CODE is the voting area code; uniquely identifies a voting area within a boundary set and electoral district. The value is 3-digit leading zero numeric with an optional single character suffix. E.g., '020', '020S'
EDVA_CODE EDVA_CODE VARCHAR2 7 EDVA_CODE Is a string concatenation of the ED ABBREVIATION and VA CODE, e.g., 'VTS020S'
VA_TYPE VA_TYPE VARCHAR2 20 VA TYPE Is the type of voting area: 'Areal' for features in this table
DATA_ACCESS_LEVEL DT_CCSS_LL VARCHAR2 10 DATA_ACCESS_LEVEL defines the level of system access: Public (may be displayed through the BCEDE service), or Restricted (may not be displayed through the BCEDE service). The Point VAs may be displayed through BCEDE; the SVAs may not.
GAZETTE_DATE GZTT_DTE DATE 7 GAZETTE_DATE is the date the associated active voting area boundary was gazetted
FEATURE_AREA_SQM AREA_SQM NUMBER 19 FEATURE_AREA_SQM is the system calculated area of a two-dimensional polygon in square meters.
FEATURE_LENGTH_M FEAT_LNGTH NUMBER 19 FEATURE_LENGTH_M is the system calculated length or perimeter of a geometry in meters.
SHAPE SHAPE SDO_GEOMETRY 64 SHAPE is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
OBJECTID OBJECTID NUMBER 38 OBJECTID is a column required by spatial layers that interact with ESRI ArcSDE. It is populated with unique values automatically by SDE.
SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA BLOB 4000 SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA is a binary column used by spatial tools to store annotation, curve features and CAD data when using the SDO_GEOMETRY storage data type.