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 on this page, via email request to 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)

Some ways to prepare if you are considering running for Council:

  • Stream Council meetings to learn about priority issues/projects and observe what being on Council might be like; 
  • Look at the City of Nelson's key planning documents and reports; 
  • Get to know key groups in the community to understand the diversity of interests in our area; 
  • Research the internet for information about local government and basic facts about the local government system in BC.

Additional resources for candidates:

For more local election information and helpful videos, visit the Province of BC website and Elections BC website:

ElectionsBC (general):

ElectionsBC (candidate expense limits):

ElectionsBC (third party expense limits):

Provincial resources:

For more information or questions, contact:

Sarah Winton     

Corporate Officer    

PH: 250.352.8120