Next general municipal election: Saturday, October 20, 2018

Key Dates

Requirements to vote

In order to be eligible to vote locally as a resident or non-resident property elector, a person must:

  • be 18 years of age or older when they register to vote, or 18 years or older on general voting day,
  • be a Canadian citizen,
  • have been a resident of BC for at least six months before they register to vote,
  • have either lived or owned property in the jurisdiction in which they intend to vote for at least 30 days before they register to vote, and
  • not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment, or by law from voting in a local election

View the Voter's Guide to Local Elections in BC

Requirements to be a candidate for Council

To run in the election, you must:

  • be 18 years of age or older on general voting day; and
  • be a Canadian citizen; and
  • have lived in BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and
  • not be disqualified by law from being nominated, elected, or holding office.

View candidate guides and resources on the Province of BC website

Elections BC local election candidate guidelines

What Every Candidate Needs to Know

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