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Municipal election process swings into action

The fall civic election is creeping up fast – nomination packages for mayor, councillor and elector organizations can be picked up from the city starting Aug. 2 on the first floor of City Hall. 

Sheila Gurrie is the Chief Election Officer for the City. Basically, she runs the show.

Packages will also be available electronically upon request. Those picking up packages will be required to provide their name and contact information however, their names and contact information will not be publicly released.

The nomination package contains all the information an interested person needs to know in order to become a candidate to run in the election, including rules regarding election signage, required number of nominators, nomination deposits and other applicable resource material. There is no fee to pick up a nomination package however, a nomination document filing fee will be charged when filing nomination documents.

To find more information on nominations including qualifications and deposit fees, visit or use the links located in the online version of this news release.

Key Points

  • Nomination packages for mayor, councillor and elector organizations will be available beginning August 2, 2022. Office hours are between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.
  • A candidate information session will be held in August for those interested in running.
  • The period to file nomination documents is from 9:00 a.m. on August 30, 2022 until 4 p.m. September 9, 2022 and appointments are required.
  • Voting day for the  General Local Election is October 15, 2022.

"Nomination packages contain all the vital information each potential candidate needs to know,” says Gurlie. “From learning about how to become a candidate to what to expect (and what is expected of you) to those important nomination papers, this is the first step in the process of becoming a candidate in the 2022 General Local Election."

2022 General Local Election Information

Pre-campaign period begins for October civic election

The pre-campaign period for the 2022 General Local Elections begins Monday, July 18 and runs until September 16, 2022. Election advertising rules come into effect with the start of the pre-campaign period. 

Election advertising rules are also in effect during the campaign period, which runs from September 17 until General Voting Day on October 15. Elections BC administers campaign financing and advertising rules in local elections, but does not administer voting, candidate nominations, or other aspects of the process.

Elector organizations, prospective candidates and third parties that sponsor election advertising during the pre-campaign or campaign period must include their name and contact information on all of their ads, in addition to other requirements. Third party election advertisers must register with Elections BC.

The list of currently registered third party sponsors is available on the Elections BC website at the link below. This list is updated daily.

The Local Elections Campaign Financing Act defines what is election advertising. During the pre-campaign period, election advertising is any public communication that promotes or opposes, directly or indirectly, the election of a candidate or an elector organization endorsing a candidate. 

During the campaign period, the definition of election advertising also includes communications that take a position on an issue associated with a candidate or elector organization. 

For more information on the campaign financing and advertising rules in the 2022 General Local Elections, visit