Conduct of locally elected officials

Last updated on November 9, 2022

Legislation sets out the roles and responsibilities of locally elected officials. How elected officials conduct themselves as individuals, and collectively as part of a decision-making body, is key to carrying out those responsibilities and providing good governance to their communities.

Responsible conduct

Responsible conduct broadly refers to how locally elected officials conduct themselves with their elected colleagues, with staff and with the public—key groups that play a significant role in helping elected officials carry out their collective responsibilities as decision-makers of their communities.

Responsible conduct is grounded in elected officials conducting themselves according to principles such as integrity, accountability, respect, and leadership and collaboration in a way that furthers a local government’s ability to provide good governance to their community.

Ethical standards and conflict of interest

Ethical standards refers to legislated and common law rules of behaviour that locally elected officials must follow. These rules focus on matters that may result in a conflict of interest.

Conflict of interest legislation is one tool used to prevent or address some types of conduct issues. The Community Charter sets out standards regarding potential conflicts of interest for all municipal and regional district elected officials and trustees for the Islands Trust.

Local general elections

Residents of B.C. who are interested in running for office in a general local election must meet certain requirements to be nominated for and hold office if elected.

Contact information

Contact us if you have questions about conduct of locally elected officials.

Victoria Office
250 387-4020
Toll Free
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Governance and Structure Branch
Victoria, BC
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