At the May 15, 2017 Regular Meeting, Council approved the submission of an official request to the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development to change Delta’s classification and name to the City of Delta. View the report on Delta’s reclassification proposal from the Chief Administrative Officer, along with a report from Delta’s Municipal Clerk presenting the results of the Alternative Approval Process.
If the Ministry approves Delta’s request, a new Letters Patent for Delta will be created which will require approval from the Provincial Cabinet; this process could take six to eight weeks to complete. If Delta’s request is successful, staff will endeavor to include Delta’s new name and classification as part of our Canada 150 celebrations, recognizing Delta as the newest city in Canada!
Delta is seeking to change its classification and name from a District Municipality to a City. The process to change Delta’s classification included the use of an Alternative Approval Process in February and March 2017 to obtain elector approval. For clarity, the proposal is to change Delta’s name from ‘The Corporation of Delta’ to ‘City of Delta’ – Delta would remain a municipality.
Council is pursuing a change in its classification and name to clarify its identity and role as a local government. Our current name, The Corporation of Delta, does not accurately represent the essence of our municipality, nor the provision of services, infrastructure, events and initiatives that Delta provides as a local government.
Often, organizations and individuals incorrectly identify Delta as a private business, due to “the Corporation” being included in its name. All municipalities are legal corporations, but Delta is the only municipality in British Columbia that actually calls itself the Corporation.
The project cost is $5,000, which includes newspaper advertising and other municipal communications. Should this project be successful and Delta proceeds with changing its classification and name, there will be no impact to taxes or any additional taxes.
Official name change from The Corporation of Delta to the City of Delta
- Classification to a City increases recognition of Delta as a local government and municipality; helping alleviate assumptions Delta is a private corporation/business
- Name change will boost Delta’s municipal profile and identity and is consistent with naming conventions for most Lower Mainland municipalities
- Supports simplification of Delta’s official name (from the Corporation of Delta to City of Delta)
- Supports Delta’s economic development, including the South Delta Sustainability Strategy, as cities are more identifiable than Districts
- Classification change does not impact Delta’s access to grant funding from senior levels of government, as these are based on population
Recent Reclassification Examples & Costs
In recent years, both Maple Ridge (September 2014) and West Kelowna (January 2015) have successfully reclassified and renamed themselves from a District Municipality to a City. These municipalities cited their reclassification costs at $3,000, noting expenses were kept minimal (mostly staff time and advertising) by using the Alternative Approval Process to obtain elector approval, rather than a referendum. To save unnecessary costs related to their classification and City name change, both Maple Ridge and West Kelowna also adopted a phased-in approach of updating their stationery as supplies diminish and require replenishment.
Similar to Maple Ridge and West Kelowna, Delta's budget strategy is focused on minimizing costs and the timeframe associated with seeking to change its classification and name; a process estimated to cost Delta a total of $5,000. In terms of updating Delta’s signage and stationery, much of Delta’s bulrush branding does not include or state "the Corporation of", and instead simply indicates “Delta”, which also helps towards cost savings for this project. For instance, most of Delta’s parks and facilities signage along with vehicle fleet branding do not require updates, as these items are already advertised with the Delta bulrush brand.