Local government elections throughout British Columbia are held every four years and are conducted according to the rules and regulations set out in the Local Government Act.

 

The next General Local Government Election will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018. 

 

The CVRD conducts the elections for Electoral Area Directors for Areas A (Baynes Sound – Denman/Hornby Islands), B (Lazo North), and C (Puntledge – Black Creek), as well as for Local Trustees for Islands Trust on Denman and Hornby Islands and School Trustees for School District No. 71 in the above noted electoral areas.

If you own property within the voting jurisdiction but do not reside within the voting jurisdiction, you may be eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector.

Contact Information:

James Warren, Chief Election Officer
Jake Martens, Deputy Chief Election Officer

Phone: 250-334-6000 / Toll free: 1-800-331-6007
Contact Form

Key Dates
Voting Dates and Locations

General Voting Day

  • Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 8:00am to 8:00pm
    Locations:
    Electoral Area A (Baynes Sound - Denman/Hornby Islands)
    - Fanny Bay OAP Hall - 418 Ships Point, Fanny Bay
    - Union Bay Community Hall - 5401 Island Highway South, Union Bay
    - Royston Community Hall - 3902 Island Highway, Royston
    - Hornby Island Community School - 2100 Sollans Road, Hornby Island
    - Denman Island Seniors' Centre - 1111 Northwest Road, Denman Island
    - CVRD Boardroom - 550B Comox Road, Courtenay
    Electoral Area B (Lazo North)
    - North Island Distance Education School (NIDES - formerly Tsolum Elementary) - 2505 Smith Road 
    - CVRD Boardroom - 550B Comox Road, Courtenay
    Electoral Area C (Puntledge - Black Creek)
    - North Island Distance Education School (NIDES) - 2505 Smith Road, Courtenay
    - Living Waters Church - 2222 Regent Road, Black Creek
    - CVRD Boardroom - 550B Comox Road, Courtenay     

Advance Voting Dates

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 8:00am to 8:00pm
    Location: Comox Valley Regional District Boardroom - 550B Comox Road, Courtenay  
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 8:00am to 8:00pm
    Location: Comox Valley Regional District Boardroom - 550B Comox Road, Courtenay  

Special Voting Opportunities

  • Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 9:00am to 12:00pm
    Location: Denman Island Seniors' Centre - 1111 Northwest Road, Denman Island
  • Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
    Location: Hornby Island Community School - 2100 Sollans Road, Hornby Island

If you are unable to vote at any of the advance, general or special voting opportunities during the election, you may be eligible to vote by a mail ballot. Please review the information provided on this webpage regarding mail ballot voting.

Dates and Deadlines for Candidates
ACTION/EVENTDATE
Start of Election PeriodJanuary 1, 2018
Nomination Documents AvailableJuly 27, 2018
Prospective Candidate Information SessionAugust 30, 2018 at 6:00pm @ Rotary Hall, Florence Filberg Centre
Start of Nomination PeriodSeptember 4, 2018
End of Nomination PeriodSeptember 14, 2018
Declaration of CandidatesSeptember 14, 2018
Candidate Nomination Withdrawl DeadlineSeptember 21, 2018
End of Election PeriodSeptember 21, 2018
Start of Campaign PeriodSeptember 22, 2018
Advance Voting OpportunityOctober 10, 2018
Special Voting OpportunityOctober 11, 2018 (see Voting Dates and Locations for details) 
2nd Advance Voting OpportunityOctober 17, 2018
General Voting DayOctober 20, 2018
Determination of Official Election ResultsOctober 22, 2018
Inaugural Board Meeting & Swearing in CeremonyNovember 20, 2018
End of Period to File Disclosure Statement with Elections BCJanuary 18, 2019
Late Filing Deadline for Disclosure Statements with Elections BC February 18, 2019

 

Voter Eligibility

All those eligible to vote in the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) electoral areas must be registered. You may only register either at the time of voting on October 20, 2018, or during the advance voting opportunities on October 10 and 17, or at the special voting opportunities. You must meet all of the criteria to be eligible to vote. Non-resident property electors are encouraged to contact the CVRD prior to voting day.

Resident Electors

Resident Electors will be required to produce two (2) pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The documentation must prove both residency and identity.

You will be required to make a declaration that you are:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day for the election;
  • a Canadian Citizen;
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration: 
     - Advance Vote October 10, 2018 (April 10, 2018)
     - Advance Vote October 17, 2018 (April 17, 2018)
     - General Vote October 20, 2018 (April 20, 2018);
  • a resident of the voting jurisdiction for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration:
     - Advance Vote October 10, 2018 (September 10, 2018)
     - Advance Vote October 17, 2018 (September 17, 2018);
     - General Vote October 20, 2018 (September 20, 2018); and
  • not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law from voting.
Non-Resident Property Electors

Non-Resident Property Electors will be required to produce two (2) pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identity (picture identification is not necessary), proof that they are entitled to register in relation to the property (examples are tax notice, state of title certificate) and, if there is more than one owner of the property, written consent from the majority of the property owners.

Voters are encouraged to have the written consent form completed and signed prior to voting day.  You will be required to submit this form to vote as a non-resident property elector.

You will be required to make a declaration that you are:

  • not eligible to register as a resident elector;
  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day for the election;
  • a Canadian Citizen;
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration;
     - Advance Vote October 10, 2018 (April 10, 2018)
     - Advance Vote October 17, 2018 (April 17, 2018)
     - General Vote October 20, 2018 (April 20, 2018);
  • a registered owner of the real property within the voting jurisdiction for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration:
     - Advance Vote October 10, 2018 (September 10, 2018)
     - Advance Vote October 17, 2018 (September 17, 2018)
     - General Vote October 20, 2018 (September 20, 2018);
  • a registered owner not holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust; and
  • not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law from voting.

Non-Resident Property Electors may not vote more than once within a voting jurisdiction regardless of the number of properties owned.

Non-Resident Property Electors Consent Form

Voting Information

Classes of documents that may be accepted as evidence of identification are:

  • BC Driver's Licence
  • BC Identification Card
  • BC Care Card
  • BC Gold Care Card
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Canadian Passport
  • Property Tax Notice
  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
  • Government Issued Military Identification Card
  • Firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence
  • Certificate of Indian Status
  • Current Utility Bill – Containing Elector's Name and Address
  • Owners Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence (issued by ICBC)
  • Other documents sufficient to satisfy the Chief Election Officer

Note: Combination BC Services Card and BC Driver's Licence only count as one document

Find Your Electoral Area

You can use the CVRD's iMap system to determine which electoral area you reside in. You can also use this service if you are a non-resident property elector and own property within the voting jurisdiction but do not reside within that same jurisdiction.

To determine your electoral area, please follow these steps: 

  1. Open the iMap system
  2. Agree to the Terms of Use and click the "OK" button
  3. Type in your address in the field provided in the top left corner
  4. Click anywhere on your specific property shown on the map
  5. A property information tab should appear. Electoral Area is provided in the property information list with 3 numbers followed by a dash and then A, B or C. This letter indicates the electoral area your property is within. 

If the Electoral Area information lists "JUR" followed by three numbers, your property is within one of the local municipalities and not within an electoral area. 

Mail Ballot Voting

If you are unable to vote at any of the advance, general or special voting opportunities during the election, you may be eligible to vote by a mail ballot.

Who Can Vote By Mail Ballot?

Persons who qualify as resident electors or non-resident property electors for a voting jurisdiction are eligible to cast their ballots by mail provided that they:

  • have a physical disability, illness or injury that prevents them from voting at an authorized voting opportunity; or
  • expect to be absent from the Regional District on general voting day and at the times of all advance voting opportunities.
Requesting a Mail Ballot Package

Persons who qualify to cast their ballots by mail can do so by submitting a completed Mail Ballot Application Form to the Regional District main office by mail, fax or email.

When requesting a mail ballot package, please provide us your method of delivery:

  1. Pick up at Comox Valley Regional District Main Office, or
  2. Regular letter mail through Canada Post to residential address, or
  3. Regular letter mail through Canada Post to an alternate address that you provide when requesting a mail ballot package.

The Comox Valley Regional District will send out mail ballot packages commencing on October 1, 2018. To be counted, your mail ballot must be received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 8 p.m. on October 20, 2018. It is the responsibility of the person applying to vote by mail ballot, to ensure that the ballot is received by this date and time.

Candidate Resources

Individuals considering running for office have access to wide variety of information and resources about the roles and responsibilities of elected local officials.  These resources can help answer questions and assist with making informed decisions about running for local government office and ensuring that all legal requirements are met.

Potential Candidates Videos

Campaign Financing

Elections BC administers rules regarding campaign financing and advertising for local elections and assent voting in B.C. under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.

All candidates should be familiar with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act and its requirements.  If you have questions or concerns regarding the Act please contact:

Elections BC
Telephone: 250-387-5305
Toll-free: 1-855-952-0280
Email: electoral.finance@elections.bc.ca