General voting day is October 15, 2022 to elect one Director for each electoral area (A-K).
- Who Can Run?
- Key Dates for Candidates
- Nomination Packages
- Election Signage Regulations
- Campaign Advertising & Financial Disclosure
You may run for local government office if you meet all of the following criteria :
- You are a Canadian citizen;
- You are at least 18 years of age or older on or before general voting day;
- You are a resident of BC for at least 6 months before filing nomination documents; and
- You are not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other Act from voting in an election or be otherwise disqualified by law.
You do not have to live in the jurisdiction in which you are running for office.
For more information regarding candidate eligibility please consult Elections BC.
The BC government has many helpful resources for those thinking of running for local office:
- General local election information
- Thinking of running for local office?
- Elections BC - Local Elections Candidates Information Session (August 2022)
The nomination period begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday, August 30 and ends at 4:00 pm on Friday, September 9. If submitting nomination documents by fax or email, originals must be received by 4:00 pm on Friday, September 16.
At 4:00 pm on Monday, September 19, candidates will be declared by acclamation or by voting. Challenges to nominations will be accepted until 4:00 pm on Tuesday, September 13.
Action or Deadline
|August 23, 2022||
Learn about Campaign Financing and Election Advertising Rules (Elections BC)
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Virtual (Zoom) -
To Request a Zoom link please contact them at 1-800-661-8683 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|August 24, 2022||
Local Government Candidate Readiness Workshop - Castlegar
|August 25, 2022||
Local Government Candidate Readiness Workshop - Creston
|August 30, 2022||9:00 am - Nomination Period beings|
|September 9, 2022||
4:00 pm - Nomination Period ends
Declaration of Candidates
|September 13, 2022||4:00 pm - Challenge to Nomination and Endorsement Period ends|
|September 16, 2022||4:00 pm - Original nomination documents must be received, if sent by email or fax|
|September 17, 2022||12:01 am - Campaign period begins|
|September 19, 2022||4:00 pm - Declaration of election by voting or by acclamation|
A nomination package is available for download by clicking the link above, or pick up in-person from the RDCK office in Nelson between 8:30 am-12:30 pm and 1:30 pm-4:30 pm, Monday through Friday excluding statutory holidays. You may also request a nomination package to be mailed to you by contacting the Chief Election Officer.
Any person who wishes to seek office (the Nominee) as an electoral area director must have a minimum of two (2) qualified nominators. Nominators must be eligible electors in the electoral area in which the nominee is seeking office. The Nominee must also pay a nomination deposit in the amount of $50.
Certain nomination documents, including elector organization endorsements, will be made available here for public inspection as they are received.
- Signs may be placed beginning at 7:00 am local time September 17, 2022.
- Signs must be removed by 8pm local time October 16, 2022.
- Signs placed along road right-of-ways must be set back at least 2m from the paved surface.
- Signs belonging to a candidate must be placed at least 10m apart.
- Signs belonging to different candidates must be placed at least 2m meters apart and in a way that does not obscure their content.
- Signs shall be no larger than 2m x 1m.
- Elections signage shall not:
- be unsightly, dilapidated, structurally unsafe, illuminated, a traffic distraction or interfere with the safety of vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians;
- be permitted to be attached or affixed to vehicles or trailers;
- visually obstruct, simulate, or detract from any traffic control signs;
- be attached to or placed on Regional District structures or property;
- be located within 100 metres of a voting place on voting days;
- obscure fire hydrants or house numbers; or
- contain language that is inappropriate, threatening, or derogatory.
- Election signage may be removed for cause if considered by the CEO as not meeting these requirements.
Elections BC administers campaign financing, disclosure, and advertising rules for local elections and assent voting in BC under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.
Please visit the Elections BC website for more information.
For more information, please contact:
Chief Election Officer
Phone: (250) 352-8173
Deputy Chief Election Officer
Phone: (250) 352-8160
The content on this page was last updated August 12 2022 at 1:14 PM