General Local Election Calendar

The general local election calendar outlines the key legislative dates for the 2018 general local elections in B.C.

Monday, January 1

  • Start of Election Period
    The election period begins at the start of the calendar year in which a general local election is held and ends at the close of voting on general voting day. There are a number of recording, reporting and disclosure requirements that apply to candidates, elector organizations and third party advertisers during the election period.

    Local Elections Campaign Financing Act section 10(1)(a)(i)

Monday, March 13

  • Candidate B.C. Residency Deadline
    Last day to meet six month B.C. residency requirement for candidates within the nomination period (September 4 to September 14). A candidate must have been a resident of B.C. for at least six months immediately before being nominated. If you move to B.C. after this date, you will not be qualified as elector on the last day of the nomination period, and therefore you will not be qualified to run for office.

    Local Government Act section 81(1)(c)

Friday, March 16

  • Candidate B.C. Residency Deadline (Extended)
    Last day to meet six month B.C. residency requirement for candidates submitting nomination documents under an extended deadline (September 18) due to insufficient candidates.

    Local Government Act section 81(1)(c)

Thursday, April 19

  • Elector Residency Deadline
    Last day to meet six month B.C. residency requirement for electors registering on general voting day (October 20). You must have been a resident of B.C. for at least six months immediately before you register as an elector. If you move to B.C. after this date, you will not be qualified as an elector on general voting day, which is the last opportunity to register as an elector.

    If you move to B.C. shortly before this date, you may not be able to register or vote at an advance voting opportunity, depending on the precise dates of the move and the advance voting opportunity date.

    Local Government Act section 65(1)(c) & section 66(1)(d)

Monday, July 9

  • Election Bylaw Adoption Deadline
    Last day for a local government to adopt its election bylaw if a new bylaw or amendments to its existing bylaw are required. A local government election bylaw is one that deals with any matter authorized under Part 3 of the Local Government Act, including use of the provincial voter's list, use of voting machines, advance voting opportunities, and regulation of election signs.

    Changes or new provisions that are adopted by a municipal council or regional district board after this date do not apply to the 2018 general local election.

    Local Government Act section 56

Sunday, July 29

  • Start of Period for Notice of End of Advance Elector Registration
    First day for giving notice that advance elector registration will close on August 28. Advance elector registration is only available if the local government uses a list of registered electors.

    Local Government Act section 71(5)

Sunday August 5

  • Start of Period for Notice of Nominations
    First day for giving notice of the nomination period. At least two notices must be published between August 5 and August 28.

    Local Government Act section 85(1)
  • Start of Period for Notice of List of Registered Electors
    First day for giving notice that:
    • A copy of the list of registered electors is available for public inspection at the local government offices starting August 7 until the end of general voting (October 20)
    • An elector may request that their personal information be omitted from or obscured on the list
    • An objection to the registration of a person as an elector may be made between August 7 and 4:00 p.m. local time on October 20

Local Government Act section 77(6)

Tuesday, August 21

  • End of Period for Notice of Close of Advance Elector Registration
    Last day for notice of the closed period for advance elector registration. Note: you can only register as an elector in advance if the local government uses a list of registered electors.

Local Government Act section 71(5)

Tuesday, August 28

  • End of Period for Notice of Nominations
    Last day for giving second notice of the nomination period. At least two notices must be published between August 5 and August 28.

Local Government Act section 85(1)

  • End of Period for Notice of List of Registered Electors
    Last day for giving notice that:
    • A copy of the list of registered electors is available for public inspection at the local government offices until the end of general voting (October 20)
    • An elector may request that their personal information be omitted from or obscured on the list
    • An objection to the registration of a person as an elector may be made between August 5/August 7 and 4:00 p.m. local time on October 20

At least two notices must be published between August 5 and August 28. Note: The list of electors and the opportunity for you to object to the registration of an elector are only available if the local government uses a list of registered electors.

Local Government Act section 85(1) & section 77(6)

  • End of Advance Elector Registration
    Advance elector registration closes. If you wish to register as an elector for the 2018 general local elections after this date, you must do so at the time of voting. Note: Some local governments do not provide advance registration – all electors in those jurisdictions register on the day of voting.

Local Government Act section 71(4)

  • Last Day for Withdrawal of Non-resident Property Elector Consent
    Last day for withdrawing consent for non-resident property elector. If you are a registered owner who has consented to the registration of another registered owner of a property as a non-resident property elector in relation to the shared property, you may withdraw your consent by delivering a written withdrawal to the municipal or regional district office.

If the number of individuals who have given consent falls below a majority of the registered owners on or before this date, the person registered as the non-resident property elector in relation to the property, ceases to be entitled to be registered and vote in the 2018 general local election. If this occurs after August 28, the person registered ceases to be entitled to be registered and vote after the 2018 general local election.

Local Government Act section 66(8)

Wednesday, August 29

  • Adoption of Provincial Voters List
    The provincial government voters list becomes local government list of resident electors, if applicable. A local government can choose to use the provincial government voters list, its own list of registered electors, or to dispense with a list altogether and hold same day voter registration. The choice must be contained in an election bylaw adopted no later than July 9 in order to apply to the 2018 general local election.

Local Government Act section 76

Tuesday, September 4

  • Start of Nomination Period
    Nomination period begins at 9:00 a.m. local time. Nominations are effective upon delivery to the chief election officer or a person designated by the chief election officer. You may inspect nomination documents from the time of their delivery until November 23.

Local Government Act section 84(1)

  • Start of Challenge to Nomination and Endorsement Period
    You may challenge a candidate’s nomination or their endorsement by an elector organization at any time between when the nomination documents were delivered and 4:00 p.m. local time on September 18.

Local Government Act section 91 & section 96

  • Start of Inspection of List of Registered Electors Period
    You may inspect the list of electors at the local government offices starting on September 4 through the close of general voting day on October 20.

The list of electors and the opportunity for you to object to the registration of an elector are only available if the local government uses a list of registered electors to record advance elector registrations. Public inspection of the list of registered electors does not include entitlement to a copy of the list.

Local Government Act section 77(3)

  • Start of Objections to Elector Registration Period
    The period for objections to elector registration begins. You may make an objection to the registration of a person as an elector between September 4 and 4:00 p.m. local time on September 14.

Local Government Act section 79(2)

Monday, September 10

  • Start of Period for Notice of Required Advance Voting
    First day to give notice of required advance voting which must be held on October 10. At least two notices must be published between September 10 and October 3 of the required advance voting opportunity.

Local Government Act section 107(5)

Friday, September 14

  • End of Nomination Period
    Nomination period ends at 4:00 p.m. local time. Nomination documents may be delivered by hand, by mail or other delivery service or by facsimile or email transmission with originals to follow. If the original nomination documents delivered by facsimile transmission or email are not received by the local chief election officer by the end of office hours on September 21, the person nominated is deemed to have withdrawn from being a candidate in the election.

Local Government Act section 84(1) & section 89(5)

  • Declaration of Candidates
    Following the end of nomination period all nominees are declared candidates. If there are fewer candidates than positions to be elected, the nomination period is extended to September 17 at 4:00 p.m. local time, at which time all subsequent nominees are also declared candidates. Notice of the extension of nominations must be published if reasonably possible.

Local Government Act s. 97(1) & section 97(2)

  • End of Period of Objections to Elector Registrations
    Period of objections to elector registrations ends at 4:00 p.m. local time. Note: the list of electors and the opportunity for you to object to the registration of an elector are only available if the local government uses a list of registered electors to record advance elector registrations.

Local Government Act section 79(2)

Monday, September 17

  • End of Extended Nomination Period
    Extended nomination period ends at 4:00pm local time if the nomination period was extended due to insufficient candidates.

Local Government Act section 97(2)

Tuesday, September 18

  • End of Challenge to Nomination and Endorsement Period
    The period for you to challenge a candidate’s nomination or their endorsement by an elector organization through the courts ends at 4:00 p.m. local time.

Local Government Act section 91 & section 96

Wednesday, September 19

  • Elector Local Residency/Ownership Deadline
    Last day to move or buy property to qualify as an elector. You must have been a resident of a jurisdiction for at least 30 days immediately before you register to vote as a resident elector. You must have been an owner of property within a jurisdiction for at least 30 days immediately before you register to vote as a non-resident property elector with that local government.

If you move or buy property after this date you will not be qualified as an elector as of general voting day (October 20), which is the last opportunity you can register as an elector. If you move or buy property shortly before this date you may not be able to register or vote at an advance voting opportunity, depending on the precise dates of the move and the advance voting opportunity.

Local Government Act section 65(1)(d) & section 66(1)(e)

Thursday, September 20

  • Start of Period for Notice of Election
    First day to publish notice of election. At least two notices must be published in the period between September 20 and October 13 for the general voting opportunity on October 20.

Local Government Act section 99(1)

Friday, September 21

  • Finalization of Candidates
    Deadline is 4:00 p.m. local time for:
    • Court decision on challenge of nomination. If a nomination is challenged, the court can:
      • Confirm the person as a candidate or declare that the person is no longer a candidate;
      • Declare that the person is or is not entitled to have the usual name indicated in the nomination documents used on the ballot;
      • Declare that the election organization named in the nomination documents is or is not entitled to have its endorsement included on the ballot.
    • Withdrawal of candidates. A candidate cannot withdraw after 4:00 p.m. local time on this date unless it is approved by the Minister responsible for the Local Government Act.
    • Withdrawal of elector organization endorsement. An elector organization can withdraw its endorsement or a candidate can withdraw the request to have an elector organization endorsement appear on the ballot by delivering signed documents to the local chief election officer.
    • Deadline for receiving originals of faxed or emailed nomination documents at end of office hours.
    Local Government Act section 91(9), section 95, section 101(1), section 96(8) and section 89(5)
     
  • End of Election Period
    Election period ends at 12:00 Midnight.

Local Elections Campaign Financing Act section 10(1)

Saturday September 22

  • Start of Campaign Period
    Campaign period begins at 12:01 AM. Expense limits apply to candidates, elector organizations and third party advertisers during the campaign period.

Local Elections Campaign Financing Act section 10(2)

Monday, September 24

  • Declaration of Election by Voting or Acclamation
    Declaration of election by voting or acclamation, as applicable, at 4:00 p.m. local time. If there are more candidates for an office than there are to be elected for the office, the local chief election officer must declare that an election by voting is to be held. If there are fewer candidates, the local chief election officer must declare the candidate or candidates elected by acclamation.

Local Government Act section 98(2) & section 98(3)

Wednesday, October 3

  • End of Period for Notice of Required Advance Voting
    Last day to give notice of required advance voting which must be held on October 10. At least two notices must be published between September 10 and October 3.

Local Government Act section 107(5)

Wednesday, October 10

  • Required Advance Voting Opportunity
    Required advance voting opportunity from 8:00 a.m. local time to 8:00 p.m. local time in all jurisdictions. You may vote at an advance voting opportunity even if you will be present in the jurisdiction on general voting day (October 20).

Local Government Act section 107(1)

Saturday, October 13

  • End of Period for Notice of Election
    Last day to publish notice of election. At least two notices must be published between September 20 and October 13 for the general voting opportunity on October 20.

Local Government Act section 99(1)

Saturday, October 20

  • General Voting Day
    General voting day from 8:00 a.m. local time to 8:00 p.m. local time in all jurisdictions.

Local Government Act section 52

  • Mail Ballot Voting
    Mail ballots must be received by the local chief election officer by 8:00 p.m. to be counted. Late mail ballots are not considered, regardless of postmark or other proof of effort to deliver by this date.

Local Government Act section 110(9)

  • Announcement of Preliminary Results
    The local chief election officer may announce the preliminary election results prior to the declaration of the official election results.

Local Government Act section 144(1)

  • End of Period for Inspection of List of Electors
    Public inspection of list of electors ends at 8:00 p.m. local time. The list of electors is only available if the local government uses a list of registered electors to record advance elector registrations. Public inspection of the list of registered electors does not include entitlement to a copy of the list.

Local Government Act section 77(3)

  • End of Campaign Period
    The campaign period in relation to an election ends at the close of voting on general voting day.

Local Elections Campaign Financing Act section 10(2)

Monday, October 22

  • Determination of Official Voting Results
    Official voting results must be determined before declaration of official election results on October 24.

Local Government Act section 145

  • Start of Advance Registration for Next Election
    Advance elector registration re-opens for a local government that chooses to use a list of registered electors.

Local Government Act section 71(4)

Wednesday, October 24

  • Last Day for Declaration of Official Election Results by Voting
    Deadline to declare official election results is 4:00 p.m. local time. The local chief election officer may make the declaration of official election results at any time in the period between the close of general voting (October 20) and this time and date.

Local Government Act section 146(1)

  • Last day for Declaration of Official Election Results by Acclamation
    Last day to report official results of an election by acclamation. The local chief election officer must submit a report of the election results to the local government within 30 days after the declaration of official election results by acclamation.

Local Government Act section 158(1)

  • Start of Period to Apply for Judicial Recount
    First day you may make an application for judicial recount to the Provincial court, if official election results declared on the last possible day. The time period during which an application may be made is limited to the time between the declaration of official election results and October 29.

Local Government Act section 148(3)

  • Start of Public Inspection of Voting Day Materials
    First day you may inspect voting day documents, if official election results declared on the last possible day. Records and other documents generated on voting day materials are available for public inspection from the time of the declaration of the official election results until 30 days after that date. If the official results are declared on the last possible day, these materials are available from October 24 to November 23.

Public inspection of these documents does not include entitlement to obtain copies. Before inspecting materials, you must sign a statement that you will not inspect the materials except for the purposes of the Act.

Local Government Act section 160(3)

Monday, October 29

  • End of Period to Apply for Judicial Recount
    Last day for applications for judicial recount to the Provincial court. The time period during which you can make an application is limited to the time between the declaration of official election results and nine days after the close of general voting.

Local Government Act section 148(3)

Tuesday, October 30

  • Start Period to Make Oath of Office
    First day a candidate elected by voting may make oath of office. If an application for a judicial recount of an election is made to the Provincial court, a candidate declared elected in the election is not entitled to make the oath of office until the recount has been completed and the candidate's election has been confirmed, unless permitted by the Provincial court. The court may authorize a candidate who has been declared elected to make the oath of office if the court is satisfied that the candidate's election will not be affected by the results of the judicial recount.

Local Government Act section 147(1

 

Thursday, November 1

  • Start of Period to Hold First Council Meeting
    First possible day to take office at first regular council meeting, as established in the municipality's Procedure Bylaw. Council must hold its first meeting in the first 10 days of November following a general local election.

Community Charter section 124(2)(g)

Friday, November 2

  • Deadline for Completion of Judicial Recount
    Deadline for completing judicial recounts.

Local Government Act section 149(1)

Saturday, November 3

  • Start of Period to Hold Runoff Election
    First day to hold runoff election if no bylaw in place to break a tie vote by lot. If at the completion of a judicial recount the results of the election cannot be declared because there is an equality of valid votes for two or more candidates, a runoff election must be held unless the local government adopted a bylaw before July 9 that allows the results to be decided by lot.

Local Government Act section 151 & section 152

Saturday, November 10

  • End of Period to Hold First Council Meeting
    Last possible day that council can hold its first regular meeting following the general local election. Council must hold its first meeting in the first 10 days of November following a general local election.

Community Charter section 124(2)(g)

Friday, November 23

  • End of Period for Public Inspection of Nomination Documents
    Last day you may inspect nomination documents, if official election results were declared on the last possible day.

Local Government Act section 89(7)

  • End of Public Inspection of Voting Day Materials
    Last day you may inspect voting day documents, if official election results were declared on the last possible day. Records and other documents generated on voting day materials are available for public inspection from the time of the declaration of the official election results until 30 days after that date. If the official results are declared on the last possible day, you may inspect these materials between October 24 and November 23.

Public inspection of these documents does not include entitlement to obtain copies. Before inspecting materials, you must sign a statement that you will not inspect the materials except for the purposes of the Act.

Local Government Act section 160(3)

  • End of Period for Application to the Supreme Court to Invalidate Election
    Last day for application to the Supreme Court to invalidate an election or determine the right of a candidate to take office. An application may be made to the Supreme Court by a candidate, the local chief election officer, or at least four electors.

Local Government Act section 153(3)

  • Last Day for Reports From Local Chief Election Officer
    Last day for submitting report of results of election by voting to the local government if the declaration of the official election results by voting was made on the last possible day (October 24). The Local Chief Election Officer must submit a report of the election results to the local government within 30 days after the declaration of official election results for an election by voting.

Local Government Act section 158(1

Saturday, December 8

  • End of Period to Make Oath of Office (by Voting)
    Last day a person elected to a regional district board by acclamation or by voting to make oath of office if the declaration of the official election results by voting was made on the last possible day (October 24).

Last day a person elected to a council by acclamation or by voting to make oath of office if the declaration of the official election results by voting was made on the last possible day (October 24). The oath may be taken any time between the declaration of official election results and December 8.

Local Government Act section 202(1)(a) & section 202(1)(b)
Community Charter section 120(1)(a) & section 120(1)(b)

Thursday, December 20

  • Start of Period to Destroy Election Material
    First possible day to destroy certain election materials if the declaration of the official election results by voting was made on the last possible day (October 24). Certain election materials such as ballots must be destroyed as soon as possible after eight weeks after the declaration of the official election results.

Local Government Act section 160(8)

Saturday, December 22

  • End of Period for Runoff Election
    Last possible day for runoff election if judicial recount completed on November 2.

Local Government Act section 152

Friday, January 18

  • End of Period to File Disclosure Statement with Elections BC
    Deadline to file campaign financing disclosure statements by candidates, elector organizations and third party sponsors. A disclosure statement is required to be filed with Elections BC even if the candidate received no campaign contributions, incurred no election expenses, was acclaimed, died, withdrew from the election, or was declared by a court to no longer be a candidate.

Local Elections Campaign Financing Act section 47(1), section 56 & section 90

Monday, January 21

  • Start of Period for Late Filing of Disclosure Statement with Elections BC
    All outstanding disclosure statements (candidate, elector organization, third party sponsor) are subject to a $500 late filing fee if they are filed starting on this date. Late filing is allowed until February 18 if accompanied by the late filing fee.

Local Elections Campaign Financing Act section 47(2) & section 56

Tuesday, February 19‚Äč

  • End of Period for Late Filing of Disclosure Statement with Elections BC
    Last day for candidates, elector organization and third party sponsors to file late disclosure statements along with a $500 late filing fee to Elections BC. A candidate, elector organization or third party sponsor may apply to the Supreme Court in advance of this date for relief from the obligation to file. Unless relief is granted, penalties are imposed.

Local Elections Campaign Financing Act section 47(2) & section 56