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Councillor Brittny Anderson provided her formal resignation from Nelson City Council on Monday, December 14th, 2020. 

The resignation of a Councillor triggers the by-election process. On January 12, 2021, Council appointed Sarah Winton as the Chief Election Officer and Gabriel Bouvet-Boisclair as the Deputy Chief Election Officer. The general voting day will be held on Saturday, March 27, 2021. Below you will find subsections setting out important information for Candidates and important information for Voters. The nomination materials required for Candidates are posted on this page along with other informational material. 

Additionally, copies of the public notices that have been published in the Nelson Star are also available for viewing on this page.   

Information for Candidates

Candidates must submit a Candidate Nomination Package between February 9, 2021, and 4:00 pm on February 19, 2021 in order to be included as a candidate for the City of Nelson 2021 By-election.  The forms along with other important information are available for download at the bottom of this page, via email request to elections@nelson.ca or by picking up a package from City Hall. Please note that in light of the Provincial Health Order, downloading a package or requesting one by email is preferred. 

Important Dates for Candidates:



August 18, 2020

Last day to meet six (6) month BC residency candidate requirement

September 24, 2020

Last day to meet six (6) month BC residency elector requirement on Voting Day

January 13, 2021

Nomination and endorsement packages available

February 9, 2021

Nomination period begins

February 19, 2021

Nomination period closes at 4:00 pm

February 23, 2021

Deadline to challenge nominations and elector organization endorsements

February 26, 2021

Deadline for decision on challenging candidate nominations, candidate withdrawal, or candidate endorsement withdrawal by the elector organization

February 27, 2021

Start of the campaign period

March 17, 2021

First advance voting opportunity

March 24, 2021

Second advance voting opportunity

March 27, 2021

General Voting Day from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

June 25, 2021

Deadline for submission of campaign financing disclosure statement to Elections BC

July 27, 2021

Deadline for late submission of campaign financing disclosure statement to Elections BC (subject to a $500 late filing fee)

 Important resources for candidates:

ElectionsBC: www.elections.bc.ca/lecf

Provincial resources: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/local-governments/governance-powers/general-local-elections

Information for Voters 

Those interested in voting in the By-election should ensure they are eligible to vote and are registered. Please see the "Registration Qualifications" notice posted below under "Formal Notices" for further information on this matter.

Important Dates for Voters at this time are:

March 17, 2021: Advance Voting Day 1

March 24, 2021: Advance Voting Day 2

March 27, 2021: General Voting Day

There will also be a mail-in voting option and more information on this voting method will follow in the near term. Please check back for updates.

For more information, contact:

Sarah Winton     

Corporate Officer    

PH: 250.352.8120    

Email: Swinton@nelson.ca