Guidelines for candidates

Are you  running in the 2018 General Local Election? There are rules for running, financing, and advertising your campaign that you must follow.

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Important dates for candidates

Date What's happening
July 27 Nomination packages available (Pick up from the Clerk's office)
September 4 (9am) Nomination period begins
September 14 (4pm) Nomination period ends and candidates are declared
September 19 (7pm) Candidates meeting with District CAO and CFO
September 24 (9am) Declaration of election by voting (Council Chambers)
October 22 (9am) Determination of official results (Council Chambers)
November 5 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:

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


More questions? We're here to help

Do you still have questions about the upcoming election? Are you looking for information about District policies, priorities, and procedures to help you prepare to run for office?

Let us know, and we'll be happy to get answers for you.