Provincial Site-based and Point Voting Areas - Gazetted 09/27/2012

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Published by the Crown Corporations and Agencies - Elections BC
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Site-based Voting Areas are a distinct type of voting area used to designate commercial, not-for-profit, or public residential care facilities that provide long-term care to voters where: • the voters are residents; • the residents have medical or physical limitations that hinder their ability to travel to a regular voting place.

Point Voting Areas are a building or multiple buildings that contain up to 400 registered voters. Each electoral district is divided into voting areas that are used to assign voters to voting places.

These Voting Areas were used for the 2013 General Election.

To adapt to changing demographics, pursuant to section 80 of the Election Act, the voting area boundaries within the electoral districts of British Columbia have been adjusted in this dataset since the last gazette date.

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 the Digital Road Atlas 2 road network. The points have been placed proportionally along a road segment based on the segments road range. The buildings have been offset from the road centre-line by 5 meters.

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 2017-02-23
Record Last Modified 2019-12-17
Resource Status completed

Object Description


Short Name: SBPVA_BS08
Comments: EBC_SBP_VOTING_AREAS_BS08_SVW contains information about provincial point and site-based voting areas in British Columbia, including non-spatial information and spatial information (geographic location). Data is restricted to a single boundary set (8).

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
ADDRESS_STANDARD_ID ADDR_ST_ID NUMBER 10 ADDRESS_STANDARD_ID is a unique identifier for the address description. Once the address has been validated by INDEA, this address ID will be INDEA’s point address ID. Supplied by EBC, e.g., 123
STREET_ADDRESS ST_ADDR VARCHAR2 100 STREET_ADDRESS is a textual string which includes unit, building number, street name, street type, direction, e.g., "Unit 1, 234 Main Street W"
LOCALITY LOCALITY VARCHAR2 50 LOCALITY is the name of the municipality, community, Indian reservation, subdivision, regional district, aboriginal lands, or natural feature where the address is located in, e.g., Saanich
ADDRESS_STATUS ADDR_STAT VARCHAR2 20 ADDRESS STATUS is the status of the address: Active or Retired.
BUILDING_ID BLDNG_ID NUMBER 10 BUILDING_ID is a unique identifier for the building assigned by Elections BC.
BUILDING_NAME BLDNG_NM VARCHAR2 100 BUILDING_NAME is the name by which the building is known, e.g., Doncaster School
BUILDING_PURPOSE BLDNG_PRPE VARCHAR2 100 BUILDING_PURPOSE is the primary purpose which the building serves, e.g., School, Community Hall, Church Hall, other
BUILDING_DESCRIPTION BLDNG_DESC VARCHAR2 100 BUILDING_DESCRIPTION is a description of the building site, e.g., An unconventional description: 'The bottom floor of Saint Andrews Church'
EVENT_ID EVENT_ID NUMBER 10 EVENT_ID identifies the event to which the usage applies
USAGE_TYPE_ID USG_TYP_ID NUMBER 10 USAGE_TYPE_ID indicates the type of usage of the building.
USAGE_TYPE_DESC USG_TYP_DC VARCHAR2 100 USAGE_TYPE_DESC describes the type, and in turn, use of a Building, i.e., 1. DEO Office,2. DEO Satellite Office,3. Advance Voting Place,4. General Voting Place,5. Mobile Site Voting Place,6. Special Voting Area Voting Place (this may be Site Based Voting Area, EIS label),7. Site Based Voting Area,8. Point Voting Area,9. Other Voting Place,10. Advance and General Voting Place.
STATUS STATUS VARCHAR2 20 STATUS is the state of the usage of the building for the event: proposed, confirmed, withdrawn
STATUS_DATE SATUS_DT DATE 7 STATUS_DATE is the date the status was set
ED_ABBREVIATION ED_ABBR VARCHAR2 3 ED_ABBREVIATION is the electoral district abbreviation, e.g., VTS
VA_CODE VA_CODE VARCHAR2 4 VA_CODE is the voting area code; this column is only populated if the building is associated with a voting area, e.g. 09A
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.