August 21, 2013 14:23 ET
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Aug. 21, 2013) - The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for British Columbia has concluded its work of redrawing the province's federal electoral map.
The independent commission was created in February 2012 to set boundaries so that each electoral district contains roughly the same number of people while also taking into account communities of interest or identity, historical patterns and geographic size in sparsely populated regions.
After considering the views of the public and objections by members of the House of Commons, the commission submitted its final report to the Chief Electoral Officer for transmission to the Speaker of the House. The report was tabled in the House today.
The Chief Electoral Officer will use this report when drafting the representation order, which is expected to become official in fall 2013. The new electoral map will be used at the first general election called at least seven months after that date.
The commission's office in Vancouver is now closed. Requests for information on the next steps in the redistribution process can be directed to Elections Canada's Media Relations Office.
To consult the report, visit www.federal-redistribution.ca.
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