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:

  • P. Carol Friesen, Chief Election Officer at 604.793.8081
  • Janice McMurray, Deputy Chief Election Officer at 604.793.2986
  • Jacqueline Morgan, Deputy Chief Election Officer at 604.793.2986

Candidate's Guide to Local Elections in BC from Elections BC

Election Procedures Bylaw 2018, No. 4520

Election Sign Bylaw 2013, No. 3899 (Consolidated)

Financing Disclosure Statements 

Participants must file disclosure statements with Elections BC by 4:30 pm on Friday, January 18, 2019. 

Financing Disclosure Statement Late Filing Deadline with $500.00 Late Filing Fee is Monday, February 18, 2019.

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

Description Date File Size
General local elections 101 2018-06-11 393KB
Thinking about running for local office 2018-06-11 397KB
What every candidate needs know 2018-06-11 427KB

Nomination Package

Nomination Packages will be available for download on July 27, 2018. In the event there are are changes to the nomination documents, we request that you provide your contact information.