The Corporation of Delta is taking steps to transform from a District Municipality into a City.
In a notice posted earlier this week, the municipality says the move is intended to clarify Delta’s identity as a municipality – something that often gets confused owing to it’s “Corporation” name.
By law, all municipalities are actually corporations, but Delta is the only one in B.C. that calls itself that.
Delta has a population of about 98,000 – well over the minimum 5,000 necessary to be considered a city.
The move follows other recent municipal reclassifications, such as the City of Maple Ridge and the City of West Kelowna, and officials estimate the process will cost about $5,000.
But it’s not a done deal.
The municipality is holding a vote, of sorts, on the change. Residents who oppose the idea have until 4 p.m. on March 31 to sign a form opposing the name change.
If 10% of Deltans eligible to vote – about 7,000 people – say no, the initiative will be defeated.
If not, the municipality can apply to the province to have its name officially changed to the City of Delta.