2018 Local Government Election Information
On October 20, 2018 all British Columbians will be heading to the polls to vote for municipal, regional and school district candidates.
On this page you will find information on where to pick up local nomination packages for the four electoral areas within the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) as well as candidates running for a seat on the School District 72 Board – as well as information on candidates who have declared they are running, and information regarding SRD referendums which will also be up for voting.
If you are looking for general information regarding rules around campaigning, election financing, etc., please visit the Elections BC website.
Elected Officials – Running for Office for either the SRD or School District 72
All current and previous Regional District electoral area directors were elected for a three-year term. Starting with the 2018 general local elections, all electoral area directors will be elected to four year terms of office. Municipal directors are appointed to the Regional District Board at the pleasure of their respective councils.
Any Canadian citizen who is eligible to vote in the Province of BC is qualified to run for election as a director. Candidates do not need to own property in the area, however, they must have resided in BC for the last six months in order to qualify.
Starting in 2018 elections for electoral area director positions on regional boards will be held throughout the Province every fourth year on the third Saturday in October.
By-elections are held as necessary to fill vacancies occurring from time to time on the Board.
Referenda & other Voting
Voting may occur with respect to bylaw approvals or the seeking of opinion by electors on a particular proposal. Voting processes of this kind may be held at any time and may be restricted to a particular geographical area of the Regional District.
Alternate Approval Process (AAP)
For certain actions that require elector approval, local governments can use an alternate approval process instead of the voting process. In this case the Regional District advertises its proposed action in local papers. If less than 10% of eligible electors do not register their opposition, the proposal may go ahead. If 10% of the eligible electors oppose the proposal in the time period provided, the Regional District must obtain the assent of the electors by voting before it can proceed.
Mail Ballot Voting
Mail ballot voting is a process whereby qualified electors who would otherwise be unable to vote due to a physical disability, remoteness from a voting location, or absence from the Regional District during an election are permitted to cast a ballot without attending in person at a polling station. Mail Ballot Application. For more information please contact Edith Watson.
A person may be entitled to be registered as an elector and vote in local elections and other voting opportunities if they:
- are a Canadian citizen;
- will be at least 18 years of age at the time of voting;
- have resided in BC for 6 consecutive months immediately prior to seeking registration as an elector;
- have either resided or owned property in the voting jurisdiction for 30 days prior to registration;
- are not under sentence for an indictable offense or currently in custody or in prison;
- have not been found guilty of an election offense;
- have not been disqualified under the Local Government Act or any law in force in BC.
- Non-resident Property Electors
A person who owns real property in a voting jurisdiction but doesn’t reside there, may be eligible to register as a non-resident property elector and vote on the issues in that area.
If a property has more than one registered owner a majority of the owners must decide who will vote for that property.
Property which is registered in a corporate name cannot qualify for elector registration or voting.
How to Register
With few exceptions you can register to vote at any time if you are not already on the list of registered electors. Contact the Regional District for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Read our FAQs for any further information.