Information for candidates

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Who May Run

You may run for local government office if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen; and
  • are at least 18 years old on election day; and
  • have lived in BC for at least six (6) months prior to the date of nomination; and
  • have not been disqualified from being nominated, elected or holding office.

Please note, you do not have to live in the jurisdiction for which you are running for office. You may file nomination papers for mayor or councillor, not both. 

For an overview of what to expect before, during and after the election, check out the video series provided by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.

Who May Not Run

You are not eligible to run for local government office if you:

  • are a judge of the Provincial Court, Supreme Court or Court of Appeal;
  • are an employee or salaried officer of the local government (unless you have taken a leave of absence to run for office and agree to resign if elected), including if you are running as a regional district electoral area director when employed by a municipality which is a member of that regional district;
  • are under sentence for an indictable offence and are in custody or in prison;
  • have been found guilty of an elections offence, such as double voting or buying votes and are prohibited from holding office; or
  • are disqualified for not filing a disclosure statement in a previous election or for not making an oath of office or attending meetings.

Key Dates for Candidates

July 22, 2022Candidate packages available
August 17, 2022, 6:00 pm and 7:00 pmInformation session for potential candidates
August 30, 2022 to September 9, 2022Nomination period
July 18, 2022 to September 16, 2022Pre-campaign period
September 17, 2022 to October 15, 2022Campaign period
October 5, 8, 12, 13, 14, 2022Advance voting opportunities
October 15, 2022General voting day
October 31, 2022 to November 3, 2022New Council orientation
January 13, 2023Deadline for campaign financing disclosure statement
February 13, 2023Late deadline for campaign financing disclosure statement ($500 penalty)

Campaign Financing and Advertising

New campaign financing and advertising rules were introduced for the 2022 general local election. Get more information through Elections BC.

In accordance with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, for the 2022 general local election, the following expense limits for candidates during the campaign period apply: Elections BC - Candidate Expense Limits