Elections and Assent Voting
Elections and Assent Voting / 2022 General Election

 

The next General Local Election is on Saturday October 15, 2022

Local government elections in British Columbia are currently held every four years. This includes elections for mayors, councillors, regional district electoral area directors and commissioners (Bear Lake Community Commission). 

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 if eligibility requirements of the Local Government Act are met.

By-elections may be held if the office of a director or commissioner 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.


Notice of Election by Voting

Declaration of Candidates

 

Nomination Documents

2022 General Local Elections
Saturday October 15, 2022

Key Dates

Further information will be provided when dates and locations have been determined.

 

Deadline

Date

Start of Election Period

January 1, 2022

Nomination Document available

July 22, 2022

Start of Nomination Period

August 30, 2022

Deadline to Submit Nomination Package - 5:00 pm

September 9, 2022

Declaration of Candidates

September 9, 2022

Candidate Nomination Withdrawal Deadline

September 16, 2022

End of Election Period

September 16, 2022

Start of Campaign Period

September 17, 2022

Advance Voting Opportunity

October 5, 2022

General Voting Day

October 15, 2022

Determination of Official Election Results

October 18, 2022

Official Swearing-In Ceremony

November 16, 2022

Candidate Resources

Elections BC administers campaign financing and advertising rules for local elections and assent voting in B.C. under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.

Candidates must be familiar with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act and its requirements.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the Financial Disclosure Act please contact:

Elections BC
250-387-5305 (1-855-952-0280)
electoral.finance@elections.bc.ca

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.

These videos give potential candidates information to help them with answers to questions that they may have before making the decision to run for local office.

 

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has released a series of videos for the 2022 General Local Elections to help prospective candidates navigate the election process: 

  • Overview of B.C. General Local Elections 2022
  • Participants in B.C. General Local Elections 2022
  • Candidate Nominations in B.C. General Local Elections 2022
  • Voting and Taking Office in B.C. General Local Elections 2022

Voter Eligibility

The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George offers same day voter registration.

You may be eligible to vote as a resident elector.

Resident Electors will be required to produce two (2) pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The documentation must prove both residency and identity.

You will be required to make a declaration that you are:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day for the election
  • a Canadian Citizen
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration:
    • General Vote October 15, 2022 (April 15, 2022)
    • Advance Vote October 5, 2022 (April 5, 2022)
  • a resident of the voting jurisdiction for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration:
    • General Vote October 15, 2022 (September 15, 2022)
    • Advance Vote October 5, 2022 (September 5, 2022)
  • not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law from voting

If you own property within the voting jurisdiction but do not reside within the voting jurisdiction, you may be eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector.

Non-Resident Property Electors will be required to produce two (2) pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identity (picture identification is not necessary), proof that they are entitled to register in relation to the property (examples are tax notice, state of title certificate) and, if there is more than one owner of the property, written consent from the majority of the property owners.

Voters are encouraged to have the written consent form completed and signed prior to voting day.  You will be required to submit this form to vote as a non-resident property elector.

You will be required to make a declaration that you are:

  • not eligible to register as a resident elector
  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day for the election
  • a Canadian Citizen
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration:
    • General Vote October 15, 2022 (April 15, 2022)
    • Advance Vote October 5, 2022 (April 5, 2022)
  • a registered owner of the real property within the voting jurisdiction for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration:
    • General Vote October 15, 2022 (September 15, 2022)
    • Advance Vote October 5, 2022 (September 5, 2022)
  • a registered owner not holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust
  • not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law from voting

Non-Resident Property Electors may not vote more than once within a voting jurisdiction regardless of the number of properties owned.

Classes of documents that may be accepted as evidence of identification are:

  • BC Driver's Licence
  • BC Identification Card
  • BC Care Card
  • BC Gold Care Card
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Canadian Passport
  • Property Tax Notice
  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
  • Government Issued Military Identification Card
  • Firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence
  • Certificate of Indian Status
  • Current Utility Bill – Containing Elector's Name and Address
  • Owners Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence (issued by ICBC)
  • Other documents sufficient to satisfy the Chief Election Officer

Note: Combination BC Services Card and BC Driver's Licence only count as one document

Mail Ballot Voting

Mail Ballot applications will be available September 20, 2022.

Persons who qualify as resident electors or non-resident property electors for a voting jurisdiction are eligible to cast their ballots by mail.

You may be eligible to vote if you are:

  • A resident elector (i.e. you live within the proposed service area), OR
  • A non-resident property elector (i.e. you live elsewhere in BC but own property in the proposed service area)

Please note that by requesting for and receiving a mail ballot, you are committing yourself to voting by mail and cannot cast your vote in-person at a voting location on advance voting and general voting day.

ELECTOR QUALIFICATIONS

Resident Electors:

  • 18 years of age or older on day of voting (registration)
  • Canadian Citizen
  • resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months at the time of registration:
    • General Vote October 15, 2022 (April 15, 2022)
    • Advance Vote October 5, 2022 (April 5, 2022)
  • resident of OR registered owner of real property within the voting jurisdiction for at least 30 days immediately preceding voting day:
    • General Vote October 15, 2022 (September 15, 2022)
    • Advance Vote October 5, 2022 (September 5, 2022)
  • not otherwise disqualified by law from voting

Non-Resident Property Electors:

  • not eligible to register as resident elector
  • Canadian Citizen
  • resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately before day of registration:
    • General Vote October 15, 2022 (April 15, 2022)
    • Advance Vote October 5, 2022 (April 5, 2022)
  • registered owner of the real property within the voting jurisdiction for at least 30 days immediately before day of registration:
    • General Vote October 15, 2022 (September 15, 2022)
    • Advance Vote October 5, 2022 (September 5, 2022)
  • an individual not holding the property in trust for a corporation or any other trust
  • not disqualified by law from voting
  • 18 years of age or older on day of voting (registration)

Before 12:00 noon on October 7, 2022 you must submit a completed Mail Ballot Application Form and, if applicable, a completed Non-Resident Property Electors Consent Form, to the Regional District main office by mail, fax or email (see contact information below).

The Regional District will send out mail ballot packages commencing on Tuesday September 20, 2022. To be counted for the election, your mail ballot must be received by the Chief Election Officer by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 but will be accepted by the Chief Election Officer up to 8:00 pm on Saturday October 15, 2022.

It is the responsibility of the person applying to vote by mail ballot, to ensure that the ballot is received by this date and time.

Past Elections / Assent Voting

Past Election Results

Contact Information

Karla Jensen, Chief Election Officer
Dayna Hegel, Deputy Chief Election Officer
250-960-4400 (1-800-667-1959)
election@rdffg.bc.ca