Information for Candidates

Local government elections in British Columbia are held every four years. This includes elections for mayors, councillors, regional district electoral area directors, school trustees, trustees for the Islands Trust, local community commissioners and park board commissioners.  

The next general local government elections will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

Nomination Information:
Running for Local Office
- via Province of BC
Candidate Guide 2018 [PDF - 129 KB]
Candidate Nomination Package (fillable form) [PDF - 376 KB]
School Trustee Nomination Package (fillable form) [PDF - 381 KB]

Find out more:
Local Government Election Information - via Province of BC
2018 General Local Elections - via Elections BC

NOTICE OF NOMINATION PERIOD

 Public Notice is hereby given to the electors of the Corporation of the City of Courtenay that a general local election will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 to elect one Mayor, six Councillors and two School Trustees.

The Chief Elections Officer will receive nominations for qualified candidates at Courtenay City Hall, 830 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, B.C. during the following dates and times:

  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. -   Tuesday, September 4, 2018;
  • 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. -   Wednesday to Friday, from September 5, 2018 to September 7, 2018;
  • 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. -   Monday to Thursday, from September 10, 2018 to September 13, 2018;
  • 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. -   Friday, September 14, 2018.

Nomination documents are available at Courtenay City Hall, 830 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, B.C. from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday excluding statutory holidays, or on this webpage.

NOMINATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER 4:00 P.M. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018.


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 on general voting day;
    • resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and
    • not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in British Columbia or from being nominated for, being elected to or holding office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

 

CAMPAIGN PERIOD EXPENSE LIMIT

In accordance with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, the following expense limits for candidates during the campaign period apply:

Mayor:  $21,151.75
Councillor:  $10,631.80
School Trustee $11,716.52

 

THIRD PARTY ADVERTISING LIMITS

In accordance with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, the following third party advertising limits apply:

Directed Advertising Expense Limits:  $1057.59
Cumulative Advertising Limit: $150,000.00

Further information on the foregoing may be obtained by contacting the Chief Elections Officer or the Deputy Chief Elections Officer at 250-334-4441.

For further information on campaign period expense limits and third party advertising limits, please contact Elections BC at 1-855-952-0280 or visit their website www.elections.bc.ca

 

You've Decided to Run for Local Office

If you’ve decided to run for local office, these four videos will provide you with general information about what you can expect before, during and following general local elections in B.C.

 Overview of B.C. General Local Elections 2018

 

Participants in B.C. General Local Elections 2018

 

Candidate Nominations in B.C. General Local Elections 2018

 

Voting and Taking office in B.C. General Local Elections