Federal electoral boundaries are being redrawn | www.rebgv.org

As a requirement of the Constitution Act, Federal electoral boundaries are reviewed each decade to ensure they reflect population growth and movement.

Currently this process is well underway in 10 provinces where Federal Electoral Boundaries Commissions have been set up to review boundaries and propose new ones. (Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon each have just one electoral district so don’t require boundary reviews.)

The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for BC has released draft proposed new boundaries at www.federal-redistribution.ca.

BC will potentially gain six new federal electoral districts for a total of 42 districts because the province has seen its population increase by 500,000 new residents to 4.6 million since 2002.

Some electoral boundaries in the Lower Mainland could significantly change which has important implications for where residents vote and potentially for which party represents them in the House of Commons.

Proposed changes to federal ridings in the Board area

The Commission redrew existing electoral boundaries to reflect population changes and with the goal of limiting each riding to no more than 104,000 residents. Changes are non-partisan.

map of existing New Westminster-Coquitlam federal electoral boundary •  Vancouver Granville, a proposed new riding, will include parts of five of the city’s current ridings. 
 •  Delta, a proposed new riding, will include Ladner and Tsawwassen which are currently part of Delta-Richmond East.
 •  Richmond will be divided into two new ridings: Richmond East and Richmond West. New Westminster’s Queensborough neighbourhood will become part of Richmond East, as will Delta’s Annacis Island.
 •  New Westminster, now represented in the Burnaby- New Westminster and the New Westminster-Coquitlam ridings, will be represented in a proposed new riding, New Westminster-Burnaby East.
 •  Mission-Matsqui, a proposed new riding, will include Maple Ridge from 240th Street east, Mission, and parts of Abbotsford.

map of proposed Port Moody-Coquitlam federal electoral boundary 2012

•  Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge, a proposed new riding, will include Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, and a small portion of Port Coquitlam. 
•  New proposed ridings in Coquitlam include Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam in the north and Port Moody-Coquitlam in the south.
 •  Current ridings New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam would disappear.
 •  The Burnaby-Douglas riding will be included in a proposed new riding Burnaby North-Seymour that includes parts of the District of North Vancouver and north Burnaby.