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Guidelines for candidates
Are you running in the 2021 by-election? There are rules for running, financing, and advertising your campaign that you must follow.
Important dates for candidates
|March 16||Nomination packages available (By appointment only: contact Chief Election Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|April 13 (9am)||Nomination period begins|
|April 23 (4pm)||Nomination period ends and candidates are declared|
|May 3 (9am)||Declaration of election by voting (Council Chambers)|
|May 31 (9am)||Determination of official results (Council Chambers)|
Running for elected office
Information for candidates and financial agents
Once you've decided to run as a candidate for local office, you'll want to understand the rules for becoming a candidate and seeking election.
You must meet certain eligibility requirements to be nominated, and in addition, provincial legislation sets out how you may run and finance your election campaigns, and advertise your candidacy.
We recommend reviewing these resources from the Province of BC and Elections BC:
- What Every Candidate Needs to Know
- Candidates Guide to Local Government Elections in BC
- Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in BC
Information for elector organizations
An elector organization — often referred to as a civic political party — is an organization that endorses or intends to endorse a candidate, or candidates, in a general local election, and that files endorsement documents with the local Chief Election Officer.
An elector organization election campaign is generally a connected series of actions designed to elect a candidate or a group of candidates to a municipal council or school board.
There are specific rules that elector organizations must follow, including rules about election advertising.
To learn more about the rules, we recommend reviewing these resources from the Province of BC and Elections BC:
Information for third party sponsors
Third party advertising is election advertising undertaken by an individual or organization independently from a candidate or elector organization campaign during the campaign period.
Third party advertising includes advertising for or against a candidate or elector organization, and advertising on an issue with which a candidate or elector organization is associated.
Third party sponsors must register with Elections BC and are subject to campaign financing disclosure requirements under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.
General elections legislation
- Local Government Act: Part 3 Electors and Elections
- School Act: Part 4 School Trustees
- Local Elections Campaign Financing Act
- Financial Disclosure Act