2022 GENERAL LOCAL ELECTION

General Local Elections are held once every four years. The next general election will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2022, from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM at the Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre, 701 Lakeside Drive, Nelson, BC.

There are two ADVANCE VOTING DAYS on October 5 and 12th, 2022. The advance voting will take place in Council Chambers on the 2nd Floor of City Hall (310 Ward St.) in Nelson, BC between 8:00 am - 8:00 pm.

In Nelson, eligible voters will elect:

  • 1 Mayor
  • 6 Councillors
  • 2 Trustees to the School District No. 8 Board of Education

Who is eligible to run for office?

You are qualified to be nominated, elected and hold office as a member of local government if you meet the following criteria:

  • Canadian citizen
  • 18 years of age or older on election day
  • Resident of BC for at least six months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and
  • Have not been disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in BC or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding office, or been otherwise disqualified by law.

You do not have to live in the jurisdiction in which you are running for office.

Potential candidates should familiarize themselves with campaign financing requirements. Information is available on the Elections BC website: Elections BC

General Information for Voters:

Those interested in voting in the General Election should ensure they are eligible to vote and are registered. If you are not registered, you can register on a voting day when you vote (advance or general), or by advance elector registrations if completed before August 23, 2022. 

Two Advance Voting opportunities will be held at City Hall, 2nd Floor, Council Chambers, on October 5, 2022, and October 12, 2022, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

KEY DATES

July 22, 2022Candidate Nomination Packages Available
August 24, 2022Pre-Election Candidate Workshop, with Christina Benty
August 30, 2022, to September 9, 2022Nomination Period
October 5 & 12, 2022Advance Voting Opportunities
October 15, 2022General Voting Day
November 8, 2022Inaugural Council Meeting

The Nomination period begins at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, and goes through Friday, September 9, 2022, at 4:00 PM.  

When will nomination packages be available?

Nomination packages will be available for pick up at Nelson City Hall, 101, 310 Ward Street, Nelson, British Columbia, as of July 22, 2022. Individuals requesting a nomination package must obtain the information from the Chief Election Officer or Deputy Chief Elections Officer. 

The City’s election is conducted under the legislation provided by the Province of British Columbia. For more information about election administration, legislation, and processes, or voter’s guide in various languages, please click here

Elections BC is responsible for advertising rules, campaign financing and disclosure rules, and registration of elector organizations. 

Relevant election legislation includes Part 3 of the Local Government Act, the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, the Local Government Elections Regulation, and the School Act.

This page will continue to be updated as information is received throughout the election process.

For more information, contact:

Sarah Winton     
Chief Elections Officer 
PH: 250.352.8120    
Email: elections@nelson.ca
Sonya Martineau
Deputy Chief Elections Officer 
PH: 250.352.8234
Email: elections@nelson.ca

Are you interested in working the election? Please contact us at corporateservices@nelson.ca.

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