Information for candidates
Are you running in the 2022 General Local Election? There are rules for running, financing, and advertising your campaign that you must follow.
Important dates for candidates
|August 2||Nomination packages available (Pick up from the Clerk's office)|
|August 30 (9am)||Nomination period begins|
|September 9 (4pm)||Nomination period ends and candidates are declared|
|September 14 (7pm - 9pm)||Candidate information session led by the District. This fully virtual meeting will be hosted on Zoom.|
|September 19 (9am)||Starting at 9am inside Council Chambers:
|September 22 (4pm - 7pm)||"Coffee with Candidates," an informal opportunity to meet municipal candidates. Hosted by Parkgate Society. (Parkgate Community Centre)|
|September 25 (10:30am - 12:30pm)||All Candidates Meeting hosted by the Civic Association of Iranian Canadians (851 Queens Road, W.)|
|September 28 (7pm - 9pm)||All Candidates Meeting co-hosted by Lower Capilano Community Association, Norgate Park Community Association, Pemberton Heights Community Association and the Association of Woodcroft Councils (Lions Gate Community Centre)|
|October 4 (7pm - 9pm)||All Candidates Meeting co-hosted by the Blueridge Community Association, the Seymour Community Association, the Deep Cove Community Association, Parkgate Society Community Services and the Mount Seymour United Church (Mount Seymour United Church)|
|October 5 (7pm - 10pm)||Lynn Valley Community Association Candidates Meeting (Lynn Valley Rec Centre)|
|October 5 (8am - 8pm)||Advance voting day (District Hall)|
|October 7 (7pm - 9pm)||Edgemont and Upper Capilano Community Association (EUCCA) All Candidates Meeting (Highlands United Church)|
|October 8 (8am - 8pm)||Advance voting day (District Hall, Parkgate Community Centre)|
|October 9 (2:30pm - 5pm)||All-candidates meeting hosted by Canadian Iranian Foundation (John Braithwaite Community Centre)|
|October 10 (8am - 8pm)||Advance voting day (District Hall, Parkgate Community Centre)|
|October 12 (7pm - 8:30pm)||"Speed-Candidating" chat hosted by NVDPL. A chance to briefly speak to candidates and ask questions. Registration required. Visit NVDPL website for details. (Lynn Valley Library)|
|October 15 (8am - 8pm)||General voting day (20 voting places located throughout the District)|
|October 17 (9am)||Determination of official results (Council Chambers)|
|November 7||Inaugural meeting of newly elected Council|
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:
- General Local Elections 101
- Thinking About Running for Local Office?
- Local Elections in British Columbia 2022: What Every Candidate Needs to Know
- Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in BC
- Foundational Principles of Responsible Conduct
- Candidates Guide to Local Elections in BC
- Supporting a Candidate for Local Elections
- Being an effective elected official
- The basics of general local elections
- The role of local elected officials
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:
- Elector Organization Guide to Local Elections in BC
- Election BC’s Information on Making a Campaign Contribution in BC
- Guide to Supporting a Candidate for Local Elections in BC 2022
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: Elections and Electors
- School Act Part 4: School Trustees
- Local Elections Campaign Financing Act
- Financial Disclosure Act
- Offence Act
- Elections BC Local Government Elections (links to information, forms and guides regarding campaign financing, advertising and Elector Organizations)
Frequently asked questions
Can I run for office under a different name?
A candidate may run using either their full name or their usual name. If the person's full name is different from the name they usually use, the person can use their usual name on the ballot instead. However, a challenge of nomination may be made if the usual name given in the nomination document is not in fact the usual name of the person.
How is a candidate nomination challenged?
The nomination of a candidate is challenged through an application to the Provincial Court and may only be made by a person who is an elector of the municipality, another nominee in the same election or the chief election officer.
When can election campaign signs be put out in the District?
As per the Street and Traffic Bylaw, election campaign signs in the District must not be posted more than 21 days prior to voting day and must be removed within eight days following voting day.
Where can I access neighbourhood maps?
Please provide an update and timeline on status of the Delbrook lands development
Terra Housing submitted a building permit application on behalf of Hollyburn Family Services on Aug 11, 2022. This is being treated as a priority by all parties and we are working toward the target dates for commencement of construction in April 2023, with completion in January 2025.
What is the current fee structure for playing field bookings in the DNV and any changes that are being considered for the future?
User fees in the form of hourly rates for sports field bookings were introduced in the early 2000’s following construction of the first artificial turf fields at William Griffin and Confederation. The rates for artificial turf fields are set by the DNV and CNV, and the fees are collected by NVRCC as part of the field booking process.
For the use of grass and gravel fields, an alternative process was established in 2005 to simplify the administrative process for North Vancouver community field sports organizations (CSO) and minimize the additional resource requirements for facility bookings. This process was formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the municipalities and North Vancouver Sports Advisory Council.
In lieu of local teams/leagues paying for hourly field bookings for a season, the CSOs (represented by Sports Council) agreed to provide a lump sum annual contribution to each of the DNV and CNV to help fund the maintenance and enhancement of community grass and gravel fields. This included an annual contribution to the field maintenance operating budget as well as an annual capital contribution. For 2021 the District received $179,469 in maintenance funding and $50,000 for capital.
In order to generate the funds for the annual contributions, the CSOs (via Sports Council), established a levy that was incorporated into each field sport league’s player registration fees. To assist the CSOs in the collection of the levy and annual payments to the municipalities, the “Sports Field Development and Maintenance Fund” was established by Sports Council, and NVRC agreed to collect the levy directly from the leagues, hold the funds and distribute the payments in accordance with the allocations outlined in the MOU.
The player levy amount is determined by Sports Council and has typically been set so that it generates enough annual revenue to meet the municipal contribution commitments in the MOU, but also builds a reserve that can be used to help fund special community sports field enhancement projects. For example, Sports Council has traditionally contributed $200,000 towards the construction of artificial turf fields in the DNV and CNV. The fund has also contributed budget to smaller scale filed improvement projects. For example, in 2021 the DNV received $36,399.24 for two field infrastructure projects at Parkgate Park.
After almost 20 years, the current MOU has expired and is currently under review by the stakeholders involved. The initial goal of this review is to improve the process by which funds are collected and distributed, as the past practise of NVRC acting as a trustee for Sports Council is inconsistent with currently accepted municipal financial accounting procedures. District, City and NVRC staff will be coordinating this review with Sports Council in the coming weeks with an aim to establish an updated MOU for an approximate two year term. While it is expected that sport user fees will increase consistent with the rate of inflation through this interim period, substantive changes to the current fee structure are not being contemplated as part of this initial phase of review.
Through 2023 a longer term MOU will be considered following a more fulsome review of both the fee structure and administrative processes associated with field bookings, maintenance and capital investments. This review will follow a collaborative process that includes the coordinated input of all parties involved to ensure balance, consistency and alignment for sports field user groups across North Vancouver.
How much has the DNV paid towards Harry Jerome’s operating costs over the years?
Like all core recreation facilities operated by North Vancouver Recreation and Culture (NVRC), the District contributes to the annual net operating costs of Harry Jerome based on a funding formula, with the owner municipality paying the utility costs and the remainder of the net operating costs shared. The District’s contribution towards the shared costs is currently 66.06%. The City of North Vancouver funds the remaining share and all capital improvements as it’s a City owned facility.