Information for Candidates 

Candidates for Mayor and Council

The following is a summary of information and considerations that all potential candidates for Mayor and Councillor should be aware of before seeking election.
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To be eligible to be a candidate for Mayor or Councillor you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day
  • a Canadian citizen
  • a Resident of British Columbia for at least six months
  • Not disqualified from voting in an election in BC or from being nominated, elected to or holding office, or otherwise disqualified by law.
There is no requirement for a candidate to be a resident or property owner in the municipality.

Nomination Process

Candidates for the position of Mayor or Councillor must complete a nomination package.  All nomination packages must be filed in person with the Chief Election Officer or designate during the nomination period which begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 and ends at 4:00 pm on Friday, September 9, 2022.

Appointments to file nomination documents are required and must be made in advance.  Appointments will not be accepted until August 2022. Nomination packages will be available by request at the end of July 2022.

All nomination papers will be available for public inspection. A list of nominated candidates will be available on this website.

This webpage will be updated as more information becomes available.

Link to Elections BC Candidate Information page and key dates

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