Provincial Site-based and Point Voting Areas - Gazetted 12/23/2015

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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 have been used in the following electoral events: 2016 Coquitlam-Burke Mountain by-election, 2016 Vancouver-Mount Pleasant by-election.

To adopt to changing demographics pursuant to section 80 of the Election Act, the boundaries of the voting areas of the Vancouver-Mount Pleasant and Coquitlam-Burke Mountain electoral districts 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 2016-02-04
Record Last Modified 2020-11-03
Resource Status completed

Object Description


Short Name: EBC_SBP09
Comments: EBC_SBP_VOTING_AREAS_BS09_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 (9).

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
ADDRESS_STANDARD_ID DDRSS_STND 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 STRT_DDRSS 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 LCLTY 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 DDRSS_STTS VARCHAR2 20 ADDRESS STATUS is the status of the address: Active or Retired.
BUILDING_ID BLDNG_D 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_PRPS VARCHAR2 100 BUILDING_PURPOSE is the primary purpose which the building serves, e.g., School, Community Hall, Church Hall, other
BUILDING_DESCRIPTION BLDNG_DSCR 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 VNT_D NUMBER 10 EVENT_ID identifies the event to which the usage applies
USAGE_TYPE_ID SG_TYP_D NUMBER 10 USAGE_TYPE_ID indicates the type of usage of the building.
USAGE_TYPE_DESC SG_TYP_DSC 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 STTS VARCHAR2 20 STATUS is the state of the usage of the building for the event: proposed, confirmed, withdrawn
STATUS_DATE STTS_DT DATE 7 STATUS_DATE is the date the status was set
ED_ABBREVIATION D_BBRVTN VARCHAR2 3 ED_ABBREVIATION is the electoral district abbreviation, e.g., VTS
VA_CODE V_CD 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 BJCTD 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.