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General Local Election

Local Government Election - Get Out And Vote - October 15, 2022
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Local government elections in British Columbia are held every four (4) years. This includes elections for mayors, councillors, regional district electoral area directors and commissioners.

The next General Local Government Election will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2022. In the Peace River Regional District, voters in four electoral areas (B, C, D and E) will be choosing Electoral Area Directors to represent their constituents on the PRRD Board. As well, members in seven member municipalities will be electing Mayors and councils; those individuals also provide representation on the PRRD Board of Directors.

Dates & Details

Candidates

Prospective candidates for local government office must be nominated by at least two eligible electors from the election area, consent to the nomination, submit nomination documents and submit a financial disclosure statement.

Nomination Documents

Available for pick up at the PRRD offices during regular business hours. The packages contain all of the legislatively required forms to run for local office.

Packages can also be sent via mail on request.

Voter Eligibility

Resources & Guides

Assent Voting

There are five (5) proposed service functions that eligible electors can vote on in conjunction with the 2022 Local Government Election:

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Assent Votes

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Dinosaur Museum Grant in Aid +

*Open to all eligible voters within the Peace River Regional District

If elector approval is obtained through the assent vote on October 15, 2022, this bylaw would establish a service function for the Regional Board to provide grants toward the operational and capital improvement costs of developing, improving, operating and maintaining a Dinosaur Museum in the region. View the full bylaw here.

Assent Voting Question

“Are you in favour of the Peace River Regional District adopting ‘Dinosaur Museum Grant in Aid Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2476, 2022’ for the purpose of creating a new region wide service that will authorize provision of grants to fund the costs of operating and development of a Dinosaur Museum in the region, at a maximum annual tax requisition limit that is the greater of $200,000 OR $0.0125/$1,000 of net taxable value of land and improvements, and assessed on improvements only, imposed in the entire Peace River Regional District, including all member municipalities and electoral areas?”

Tax Calculator

Enter your property’s assessed value (buildings only, not land) to see what the estimated tax cost would be to you if this proposed service is approved.
Rate: $.0072 per $1000

Fort St. John Public Library Financial Contribution +

*Open to all eligible voters within Electoral Area B exclusively

If elector approval is obtained through the assent vote on October 15, 2022, this bylaw would provide authority for the provision of financial contributions to not for profit organizations or local governments that are developing, improving, and operating the Fort St. John Public Library in the Peace River Regional District. View the full bylaw here.

Assent Voting Question

“Are you in favour of the Peace River Regional District adopting ‘Electoral Area B Fort St. John Public Library Financial Contribution Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2484, 2022’ for the purpose of creating a new service function in Electoral Area B, that will authorize provision of an annual financial contribution to the Fort St. John Public Library to fund the costs of operating the library, at a maximum annual tax requisition limit that is the greater of $100,000, or $0.0281/$1,000 on the net taxable value of land and improvements, and assessed on improvements only, in Electoral Area B?”

Tax Calculator

Enter your property’s assessed value (buildings only, not land) to see what the estimated tax cost would be to you if this proposed service is approved.
Rate: $.0011 per $1000

 

Global Geopark Grant in Aid +

*Open to all eligible voters within the Peace River Regional District

If elector approval is obtained through the assent vote on October 15, 2022, this bylaw would establish a service function for the Regional Board to provide grants toward the operational and capital improvement costs of developing, improving, operating and maintaining the Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark and the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation. View the full bylaw here.

Assent Voting Question

“Are you in favour of the Peace River Regional District adopting ‘Global Geopark Grant in Aid Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2477, 2022’ for the purpose of creating a new region wide service that will authorize provision of grants to fund the costs of developing, improving, operating and maintaining a Global Geopark in the region, at a maximum annual tax requisition limit that is the greater of $200,000 OR $0.0125/$1,000 of net taxable value of land and improvements, and assessed on improvements only, imposed in the entire Peace River Regional District, including all member municipalities and electoral areas?”

Tax Calculator

Enter your property’s assessed value (buildings only, not land) to see what the estimated tax cost would be to you if this proposed service is approved.
Rate: $.0072 per $1000

Regional Connectivity +

*Open to all eligible voters within the Peace River Regional District

If elector approval is obtained through the assent vote on October 15, 2022, this bylaw would establish a service function for the Regional Board to receive grants and requisition funds to be used to provide grants to internet service providers and enter into agreements with internet service providers for the installation and operation of broadband infrastructure in under and unserved communities.

Assent Voting Question

“Are you in favour of the Peace River Regional District adopting ‘Regional Connectivity Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2487, 2022’ for the purpose of creating a new region wide service that will authorize the Peace River Regional District to enter into partnering agreements with internet or cellular service providers to apply for grant funding from other levels of government or grant programs, or to allow the PRRD to provide capital grants to internet providers for broadband infrastructure projects, at a maximum annual tax requisition limit that is the greater of $375,000, or $0.0234/$1,000 on the net taxable value of land and improvements, and assessed on improvements only, imposed in the entire Regional District, including all member municipalities and electoral areas?”

Tax Calculator

Enter your property’s assessed value (buildings only, not land) to see what the estimated tax cost would be to you if this proposed service is approved.
Rate: $.0136 per $1000

Sport and Cultural Events Grant in Aid +

*Open to all eligible voters within the Peace River Regional District

If elector approval is obtained through the assent vote on October 15, 2022, this bylaw would provide authority for the provision of grants to support the holding of national and international level sporting and cultural events in the region, which attract international attention to the region, provide entertainment options for local residents, and attract visitors to the area. View the full bylaw here.

Assent Voting Question

“Are you in favour of the Peace River Regional District adopting ‘Sport and Cultural Events Grant in Aid Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2473, 2022’ for the purpose of creating a new region wide service that will authorize provision of grants to local governments or non-profit entities to host national or international level events, competitions or festivals that are sanctioned by the relevant governing oversight body, held within the boundaries of the Peace River Regional District, at a maximum annual tax requisition limit that is the greater of $200,000 OR $0.0125/$1,000 of net taxable value of land and improvements, and assessed on improvements only, imposed in the entire Peace River Regional District, including all member municipalities and electoral areas?”

Tax Calculator

Enter your property’s assessed value (buildings only, not land) to see what the estimated tax cost would be to you if this proposed service is approved.
Rate: $.0072 per $1000

Archived: Assent Votes

Health Related Services Grant-In-Aid

The Regional Board adopted the Health Related Services Grant in Aid Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2445, 2021 on July 22, 2021. The bylaw will allow the PRRD to enhance health-related services in the region in the form of grants to not-for-profit societies who offer health related services, and scholarships to students seeking post-secondary education in a health care or medical field.

References

 

Seniors Aging in Place Support Services

The Regional Board adopted the Seniors Aging In Place Support Services Establishment Bylaw No. 2444, 2021 on July 22, 2021. The bylaw will help seniors stay in their homes for as long as possible by providing services including healthy meals, housekeeping, and yard maintenance.

References

Archived: Alternative Process Votes

Gotta Go Roadside Facilities

The Regional Board adopted the Gotta Go Roadside Facilities Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2440, 2021 on August 12, 2021. The Gotta Go project will provide restroom facilities along a portion of the Alaska Highway.

References

Candidates

A candidate is an individual seeking election as a mayor, councillor, electoral area director, Islands Trust local trustee, local community commissioner or specified parks board commissioner within a municipality, regional district electoral area, Trust area, community commission area or specified parks board jurisdiction.

A candidate must have been nominated by eligible electors and have been declared a candidate by the Chief Election Officer in order to run for elected office. Prospective candidates for local office must be nominated by at least two eligible electors from the jurisdiction where the person is seeking election.

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Who May Run for Office +

A candidate for mayor, councillor or electoral area director must:

  • be 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • have been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months immediately before filing nomination documents; and,
  • not be disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in British Columbia or from being nominated for, being elected to or the holding office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Who May Not Run for Office +

A person is not eligible to run as a candidate for any local government office if they:

  • have been convicted of an indictable offence and are disqualified from the date of the conviction until the date on which they are sentenced;
  • have been convicted of and sentenced for an indictable offence and are in custody;
  • have been found guilty of an election offence, such as intimidation or votebuying or other election offence, and are prohibited from holding office;
  • are judges of the Provincial Court, Supreme Court or Court of Appeal;
  • are involuntarily confined to a psychiatric facility or other institution;
  • have been disqualified for specified reasons such as, failing to:
    – file a campaign financing disclosure statement in a previous election;
    – make an oath of office; or,
    – attend local government meetings in the manner and frequency required by the Community Charter; or,
  • have been disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in British Columbia or from being nominated for, elected to or holding office under the Local Government Act or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Nomination Period +

The following nomination period is the only time during which the Chief Election Officer is permitted to accept nomination documents from nominees for office.

Begins on: August 30, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.

End on: September 9, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

The Chief Election Officer officially declares the nominees who have met the candidacy requirements and have become candidates for the local government election after the end of the nomination period.

Who May Nominate +

Prospective candidates for local office must be nominated by at least two eligible electors from the local government where the person is seeking election, and eligible to vote in the jurisdiction as a resident elector or as a non-resident property elector.

To nominate a candidate for local office, the nominator must:

  • be 18 years of age or older when they register to vote or will be 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • have been a resident of B.C. for at least six months before registering to vote;
  • be a resident in the municipality or electoral area for which the nomination is being made, or in the case of a non-property resident property elector, own real property in the municipality or electoral area;
  • not be disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Endorsement by an Elector Organization optional +

A registered elector organization can endorse a candidate on the ballot by submitting all the required information in the endorsement documents to the Chief Election Officer and Elections BC during the nomination period.

Only elector organizations registered with Elections BC can file endorsement documents, receive campaign contributions and incur election expenses. The elector organization must have a membership of at least 50 eligible electors (either resident electors or non-resident property electors) at the time it submits
registration information to Elections BC.

An elector organization cannot endorse more candidates in an election than there are offices to be filled, and a candidate can only be endorsed by one elector organization. Candidates endorsed by elector organizations must indicate their consent to the endorsement by providing their signature as part of the endorsement
documents submitted to the Chief Election Officer and Elections BC by the elector organization.

Nomination Documents +

Nomination documents are available from the PRRD offices during regular business hours, or can be sent via mail upon request – and remain available until the nomination period ends, on September 9.

Nomination documents must be submitted to the Chief Election Officer, in person, by mail, fax or email. The Chief Election Officer must receive original copies of any documents submitted by fax or email by September 9 at 4:00 p.m. The nomination is not valid if the original nomination documents are not received by the deadline.

Any changes to the nomination document information that take place after the election results have been declared must be sent directly to Elections BC.

Election Campaigns +

An election campaign is a connected series of actions (e.g., advertising, canvassing, meetings and speeches) for the purpose of electing a candidate or a group of candidates to a municipal council or regional district board.

Candidates generally direct their own election campaigns during local elections, but can retain an election campaign manager and campaign volunteers to prepare and distribute flyers, call eligible voters, handle logistics and take on other election campaign-related activities. Candidates have considerable flexibility in
organizing their election campaigns, provided they avoid committing election and/or campaign financing offences.

Election period: January 1 to September 16, 2022

Pre-campaign period: July 18 to September 16

Campaign period: September 17 to October 15

Third Party Advertising & Financing Rules +

A third party sponsor is an individual or organization that conducts election advertising independently from a candidate or elector organization campaign. Third party sponsors must be independent from candidates and/or elector organizations and must not coordinate, or sponsor advertising together with, or on behalf of a
candidate and/or elector organization.

Third party sponsors are required to register with Elections BC before undertaking election advertising during the pre-campaign and campaign periods.

Campaign Financing Rules

Refer to Elections BC’s Guide for Local Elections Third Party Sponsors in B.C. for more information about the campaign financing rules, offences and penalties that apply to third party sponsors.

Or contact Elections BC:
Local: 250 387-5305
Toll-free: 800 661-8683
Email: electoral.finance@elections.bc.ca

Election Officials

Election Officials are recruited on an as needed basis to work in various communities throughout the region to assist with referenda, by-elections, general elections and other voting opportunities. Election officials are compensated by way of an hourly wage and/or mileage rate.

The next voting opportunity for which the Regional District will be seeking interest for is the General Local Election to be held October 15, 2022. There are Advance Voting Days as well. Voting locations are open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. However election officials are required to be available prior to 8:00 a.m. to set up the voting location and after 8:00 p.m. to take down the voting location and conduct a ballot count.

The PRRD holds a mandatory training session for election officials and provides the election officials with reference material and all necessary supplies. Ongoing support from the Chief and Deputy Chief Election Officers is available during voting days.

Requirements

  • Prepared to attend the training session, travel to rural locations throughout the region and be able to work for an extended period of time on general voting day.
  • Required to make a solemn declaration that they will faithfully and impartially fulfill their duties. Election Officials having personal connections to a candidate are to advise the Chief Election Officer.
  • Complete and submit application form to the contact below

Contact

Submit applications forms and get more information about working as election official, by contacting Tyra Henderson, Chief Election Officer at 250-784-3200 or via email.