Information for Candidates

Next municipal election 

On Saturday, October 15, 2022, Bowen Island voters will be electing one (1) mayor, six (6) councillors and two (2) Islands Trust municipal trustees* for a four year term. 

*Islands Trust Municipal Trustees are elected by having received the highest and second highest number of votes for Islands Trust Municipal Trustee and who are elected to Council. 


Key dates for the 2022 Election

July 18 - September 16 Pre-campaign period
August 30 @ 9:00 am Nomination period begins
September 9 @ 4:00 pm Nomination period ends
September 16 @ 4:00 pm Last day to withdraw from being a candidate
September 17 - October 15  Campaign period 
October 5 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Advance voting day
October 15 8:00 am - 8:00 pm General voting day
October 19 @ 4:00 pm Declaration of official results

Nomination Packages 

Nomination packages will be available, by request, as of Monday, July 18, 2022. 

To request a Nominaton Package:

  1. Email the Chief Election Officer at Election2022@bimbc.ca 
    (specify which position you are seeking and preferred format of package, hard copy or electronic)
  2. Drop by Municipal Hall during regular business hours (M-F 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM) to pick up a hard copy. 

Chief Election Officer

Hope Dallas, Chief Election Officer
Election2022@bimbc.ca 
604-947-4255
981 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island, BC  V0N 1G2

Time commitment

Term of Office 

Local government and school district elections in BC are held every four years, and include elections for Mayor, Councillor and Islands Trust Trustee. If elected, the term of office will begin November 7, 2022 and ends immediately before the first meeting of the newly elected Council in the October 2026 general local election.

Time Commitment 

  • Council meetings twice a month. All meetings are held at 6:15 PM.

  • Public Hearings as required (typically 1-3 per year)

  • Attendance at special meetings, workshops, strategic planning and committee meetings.

  • Representation at external agencies (e.g. Metro Vancouver, TransLink, etc.) 

  • Participation in community events. 

  • Responding to inquiries from the public and media. 

Eligibility

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, and Trustee for the Islands Trust must:

  • 18 years of age or older as of general election day
  • a canadian citizen
  • a resident of BC for 6 months before the nomination date 
  • not subject to any of the disqualifications set out in section 81 of the Local Government Act. 

Events

Candidate Information Session

When:    Wednesday, August 17th  5:00 PM

Where:    Municipal Hall, Council Chambers, 981 Artisan Lane & Via Zoom 

What:     An Candiate Information Session will be held at Municipal Hall and is open to any one interested in running for office in the 2022 local general election. The session will include a presentation from the Chief Election Officer on nomination process, key  dates and deadlines, campaigning financing & campaign period, election signage, appointment of official agent, financial agent, and scrutineers, election offences, post-election events and training sessions, and a report from the Chief Administrtaive Officer.


Inaugural Council Meeting 

When:     Monday, November 7, 2022 

Where:    Cates Hill Chapel, 661 Carter Road 

What:     The first Council meeting of the newly elected Council will be held at the Cates Hill Chapel and will include swearing in of the incoming Council and a wine and cheese social to follow. 


All Candidates Debate: not hosted by BIM

Bowen Island Municipality will not host an all-candidates debate. An outside organization, not affiliated with BIM, may host a meeting and invite candidates to participate. 

Resources

Thinking about running for office?

The provincial Ministry of Municipal Affairs has produced a series of videos to give potential candidates information to help them with answers to questions that they may have about running for local office.


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.

Elector organizations must register with Elections BC. 

Read the changes to the Local Election Campaign Financing Act (LECFA) for the 2022 municipal election. 

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:

Toll-free: 1-855-952-0280
Email: lecf@elections.bc.ca
Website: www.elections.bc.ca/lecf


Other resources that you may want to look at:

Guide to Local Elections in B.C.

Potential Candidate Videos

Elector Organization Guide to Local Elections in B.C.

Contacts

Bowen Island Municipality

Hope Dallas, Chief Election Officer

Sophie Idsinga, Deputy Chief Election Officer

Election2022@bimbc.ca

Office: 778-600-0205

Mobile: 778-960-4452

Elections BC

 

Electoral Finance

Phone: 1-800-661-8683

Email: electionsbc@elections.bc.ca

Email: electoral.finance@elections.bc.ca

Ministry of Municipal Affairs

Governance and Structure Branch

Phone: 1-250-387-4020

Toll-free 1-800-663-7867

Email: LGGovernance@gov.bc.ca

Last Updated on 2022-06-03 at 2:46 PM