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 will be available, by request, as of Monday, July 18, 2022.
To request a Nominaton Package:
- Email the Chief Election Officer at Election2022@bimbc.ca
(specify which position you are seeking and preferred format of package, hard copy or electronic)
- 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
981 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G2
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Other resources that you may want to look at:
Bowen Island Municipality
Hope Dallas, Chief Election Officer
Sophie Idsinga, Deputy Chief Election Officer
Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Governance and Structure Branch
Last Updated on 2022-06-03 at 2:46 PM