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 29, 2018 All Candidates Meeting
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?

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, 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.

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.

Learn more about responsible conduct and expectations of B.C.’s elected officials.

Nomination Packages

Nomination Packages are available 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

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 for filing Nomination papers. Nomination papers cannot be received after 4:00 pm on Friday, September 14th, 2018.

Chief Election Officer

Hope Dallas, Chief Election Officer

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.


981 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island, BC  V0N 1G2

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:

Toll-free: 1-855-952-0280



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 .

School Trustees

The School District #45 Trustee Election is administered through the District of West Vancouver. For further information, please contact their Election Office via telephone at 604-925-7048, via e-mail at  or visit their website.

Read about School Trustee Election Procedures

More resources

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 about running for local office.

Last Updated on 2019-02-25 at 3:31 PM