Information for Candidates
The next local government election will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018.
Bowen Island Municipal Council consists of a Mayor and six Councillors, elected in a general local election every four years.
Key dates for the 2018 Election
|January 1 to September 21, 2018||Election period|
|July 23, 2018||Nomination packages available|
|September 4 to September 14, 2018||Nomination period|
|September 21, 2018||Last day to withdraw from being a candidate|
|September 22 to October 20, 2018||Campaign period|
|October 10, 2018||Required advance voting opportunity|
|October 20, 2018||General voting day|
|October 24, 2018||Declaration of official results|
Thinking of running for Council?
Elected officials are entrusted with making decisions that directly affect the daily lives of residents, families, local business owners and many others on Bowen Island. If you’re thinking of running for Council, 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.
The provincial Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has produced the following videos to give potential candidates information to help them with answers to questions that they may have before making the decision to run for local office.
Eligibility to Run for Office
A person may become a candidate as long as they have not been disqualified from seeking or holding elected office. A candidate for municipal Mayor and Councillor, regional district electoral area Director, School Trustee for boards of education, and Trustee for the Islands Trust must:
- Be 18 years of age or older on general voting day,
- Be a Canadian citizen,
- Have been a resident of BC for at least six months prior to filing nomination documents, and
- Not be disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.
Learn more about responsible conduct and expectations of B.C.’s elected officials.
Campaign Financing for Candidates
The Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA) includes rules that candidates, elector organizations and advertising sponsors must follow, including disclosure requirements for campaign financing and election advertising.
The campaign financing rules create accountability and transparency by requiring financial agents to record and disclose detailed information about financial and non-financial activities. This includes campaign contributions, election expenses, and other deposits and expenditures related to a campaign.
It is Elections BC’s responsibility to educate participants on the campaign financing and election advertising requirements set out in LECFA. It is imperative that all inquiries be directed to Elections BC:
For more information on Local Election Campaign Financing refer to Elections BC’s Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in B.C. for Candidates and their Financial Agents .
Nomination Packages will be available beginning Monday, July 23rd at Municipal Hall during regular business hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, except Statutory Holidays) or by emailing the Chief Election Officer at Election2018@bimbc.ca.
Nomination papers can be filed with the Chief Election Officer during the Nomination Period starting Tuesday, September 4th at 9:00 am and ending Friday, September 14th at 4:00 pm. Please contact the Chief Election Officer in advance to make an appointment. Nomination papers cannot be received after 4:00 pm on Friday, September 14th, 2018.
Chief Election Officer
Hope Dallas, Chief Election Officer
981 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G2
Last Updated on 2018-06-13 at 1:07 PM