Elections & Assent Voting

Local government elections in British Columbia are currently held every 4 years. This includes elections for mayors, councillors, regional district electoral area directors and school trustees. 

Residents, as well as persons that own property within the jurisdiction of the local government but do not reside there, may be eligible to vote provided eligibility requirements of the Local Government Act are met.

By-elections may be held if the office of a director becomes vacant.

In addition to elections and by-elections, the Regional District may also hold an assent vote (referendum) to obtain the assent of the electors on a proposed service or other matter.

Current Assent Votes (Referendums)

Interlakes Fire Truck Referendum

An assent vote to replace two fire trucks for the Interlakes Area Fire Protection Service is being held on Aug. 18, 2018 for eligible voters within the Interlakes Area Fire Protection Service boundary. Advance voting will take place on Aug. 8 and Aug. 13, 2018. More information is posted on our Volunteer Fire Department page.

North Cariboo Airport Service Referendum

An assent vote for a proposed North Cariboo Airport Service for eligible voters in Electoral Areas A, B, C and I will take place in conjunction with the general local elections on Oct. 20, 2018. More information is posted on our Airports page.

2018 Local Elections

The next general local elections in B.C. will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. More information will be posted soon. Additional election information can be found at elections.bc.ca or the provincial government website.

Running for Local Office

Elected officials are entrusted with making decisions that directly affect the daily lives of residents, families, local business owners and many others in the local community. If you’re thinking of running for local office, part of the decision-making process may include considering the role you will play, how best you can serve your community, and the impact you will have as an elected official.   

The videos (in the sidebar or below on mobile) give potential candidates information to help them with answers to questions they may have before making the decision to run for local office.

Candidates must meet the following criteria in order to be nominated:

  • Canadian citizen;
  • 18 years of age or older;
  • resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and
  • not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in British Columbia or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding office.

Nomination packages will be available on this page and on all CRD offices starting July 27, 2018.

The nomination period for candidates begins at 9 a.m. on Sept. 4, 2018 and closes at 4 p.m. on Sept. 14, 2018.

Elections Map

Use our interactive map to determine which Electoral Area or Municipality your property falls within. To use the search function (magnifying glass) in the top right hand corner of the map, simply type your address in the search bar and search. The pop-up will tell you which Electoral Area or Municipality you are in.

Helpful Links

For more election resources, please visit the provincial government website.

For information about campaign financing, election advertising and third party sponsor rules, contact Elections BC.

Running for Office





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