Running for Office

Qualifications for Office

A person is qualified to be nominated, elected, and to hold office as a member of local government if they meet the following criteria:

  • Canadian citizen
  • 18 years of age or older or will be on General Voting Day
  • Resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed
  • Not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in British Columbia
  • A person or a commander of an armed forces unit who has been granted freedom of the municipality, if that person is a Canadian citizen

For more information please contact one of the following:

  • Jacqueline Morgan, Chief Election Officer at 604.793.2934
  • Jennifer Kooistra, Deputy Chief Election Officer at 604.793.2986
  • Janice McMurray, Deputy Chief Election Officer at 604.793.2986
  • Erik Leidekker, Deputy Chief Election Officer at 604.792.9311

Financing Disclosure Statements 

Participants must file Financial Disclosure Statements with Elections BC by 4:30 pm on Friday, May 14, 2021.

Financial Disclosure Statement Late Filing Deadline with $500.00 Late Filing Fee is Monday, June 14,2021.

Please note, all Financial Disclosure Statement forms for local elections candidates, elector organizations, campaign organizers and third party sponsors are available on the Elections BC website at

Please see Attachments Below for Additional Information 

Description Date File Size 
Candidate‚Äôs Guide to Local Elections in BC, 2018 2020-12-27 15.85MB 
A Guide for School Trustee Candidates 2020-12-28 3.16MB 
Become a School Trustee 2020-12-28 207KB 
Election Procedures Bylaw 2004, No. 3016 2020-12-27 18KB 
Election Sign Bylaw 2013, No. 3899 2020-12-27 29KB 
Election Sign Permit 2021-01-04 112KB 
Elector Organization Guide 2020-12-14 9.27MB 
Elector Organzation Endorsement Package 2020-12-14 7.65MB 
Excerpt from the School Act 2020-12-27 151KB 
Excerpts from the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act 2020-12-28 116KB 
Excerpts from the Local Government Act 2020-12-27 268KB 
Frequently asked Questions 2020-12-28 188KB 
General Local Elections 101 2020-12-27 393KB 
Guide to Local Elections Financing in BC 2020-12-28 3.30MB 
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure re Election Signs and Posters Policy 2020-12-28 1.84MB 
Notice of Nomination 2020-12-27 150KB 
School Board of Education Meetings 2020-2021 2020-12-28 98KB 
School District Strategic Plan 2020-12-27 292KB 
School Trustee Election Procedures 2020-12-28 381KB 
Thinking about running for local office 2020-12-27 397KB 
Voter’s Guide 2020-12-14 5.76MB 
Voting Places 2020-12-15 75KB 
What every candidate needs to know 2020-12-27 427KB 

Nomination Package

Nomination Packages will be available for download on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 9:00 am to Friday, January 8, 2021 at 4:00 pm. In the event there are are changes to the nomination documents, we request that you provide your contact information.