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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 17, 2026.

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Archived: Assent Votes

Global Geopark Grant in Aid Service

The Regional Board adopted the Global Geopark Grant in Aid Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2477, 2022 on November 10, 2022 as follows: 2278 votes in favour, 1752 votes against. The bylaw provides authority for the provision of grants in aid to not for profit societies or local governments that are developing and improving, operating and maintaining a UNESCO designated Global Geopark in the Peace River Regional District. 

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Dinosaur Museum Grant in Aid Service

The Regional Board adopted the Dinosaur Museum Grant in Aid Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2476, 2022 on November 10, 2022 as follows: 2776 votes in favour, 1752 votes against. The bylaw provides authority for the provision of grants in aid to not for profit societies or local governments that are developing and improving, operating and maintaining a Dinosaur Museum in the Peace River Regional District. 

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Regional Connectivity Service 

The Regional Board adopted the Dinosaur Museum Grant in Aid Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2487, 2022 on November 10, 2022 as follows: 3088 votes in favour, 1389 votes against. The bylaw establishes a service to be known as “Regional Connectivity Service” that authorizes the Regional District to:

a) Enter into partnering agreements with internet or cellular service providers to apply for grant funding from other levels of government or grant programs for Broadband Infrastructure;
b) Enter into partnering agreements to allow the PRRD to provide capital grants for Broadband Infrastructure projects, and;
c) Provide Peace River Regional District resources required to manage and advance Broadband Initiatives.

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Sport and Cultural Events Grant in Aid

The Regional Board adopted the Sport and Cultural Events Grant in Aid Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2473, 2022 on November 10, 2022 as follows: 3210 votes in favour, 1284 votes against. The bylaw establishes a service to be known as “Sport and Cultural Events Grant in Aid” to provide funding 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.

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Electoral Area B FSJ Public Library Financial Contribution Service

The Regional Board adopted the Electoral Area B Fort St. John Public Library Financial Contribution Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2484, 2022 on November 10, 2022 as follows: 180 votes in favour, 177 votes against. The bylaw establishes a service to be known as “Fort St. John Public Library Financial Contribution” to provide funding to assist with provision of library services. The bylaw is established to 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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. *Nomination packages must be submitted to the Chief Election Officer or Deputy before 4pm on Friday, September 9, 2022.

 

Candidate Resources

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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.

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 Packages +

Nomination packages 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 at 4pm.

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 16 at 4:30pm. The nomination is not valid if the original nomination documents are not received by the deadline and the candidate will be deemed to have withdrawn.

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 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.

Municipal Information

In addition to the four rural Electoral Area’s (B, C, D & E), the General Local Election involves seven member municipalities throughout the regional district. Each municipality has specific positions that eligible voters can vote on.

To review municipal-specific election information, visit the below pages:

District of Chetwynd

  • (1) Mayor position
  • (6) Councillor positions

City of Dawson Creek

  • (1) Mayor position
  • (6) Councillor positions
  • (2) School District 59 Board Trustees

City of Fort St. John

  • (1) Mayor position
  • (6) Councillor positions
  • (3) School District 60 Board Trustees

District of Hudson’s Hope

  • (1) Mayor position
  • (6) Councillor positions

Village of Pouce Coupe

  • (1) Mayor position
  • (4) Councillor positions

District of Taylor

  • (1) Mayor position
  • (4) Councillor positions

District of Tumbler Ridge

  • (1) Mayor position
  • (6) Councillor positions
  • (1) School District 59 Board Trustee

Voting Locations

Please consult the interactive map for voting station information.

To use the map, click on the blue voting icons for information on voting station locations. To review what service functions you are eligible to vote on and candidate information, click on an area in the map or search for your civic address using the search bar in the top left corner of the map. Once your address is located, click on the property.

Voting dates and times vary by location. Please carefully review the hours before visiting.

The following information is for reference purposes only, for the October 15, 2022 Local Government Election.

ADVANCE VOTING OPPORTUNITIES
October 5 & October 12, 2022 
Location Hours Address
Chetwynd District Office October 5 & October 12
8am – 8pm
5400 Hospital Road, Chetwynd, BC
Fort St. John Seniors Hall October 5 & October 12
8am – 8pm
10908 100 Street, Fort St, John, BC
Pouce Coupe Community Centre October 5
8am – 8pm
5010 – 52 Avenue, Pouce Coupe, BC
Ovintiv Events Centre
(mail ballots may be returned here)
October 5 & October 12
8am – 8pm
#1, 300 Highway 2, Dawson Creek, BC
Taylor Community Hall October 5
8am – 8pm
9896 Cherry Avenue, Taylor, BC
Tumbler Ridge Town Hall October 5 & October 12
8am – 8pm
305 Iles Way, Tumbler Ridge, BC

 

GENERAL VOTING DAY
October 15, 2022
Location Hours Address
Buick Creek Community Hall 12pm (noon) – 8pm 15288 Rodeo Road, Buick, BC
Cecil Lake Recreation Commission/Hall 12pm (noon) – 8pm 4864 Cecil Lake Road, Cecil Lake, BC
Chetwynd District Office 8am – 8pm 5400 Hospital Road, Chetwynd, BC
Clearview Arena 12pm (noon) – 8pm 13772 223 Road, Goodlow, BC
Charlie Lake Elementary School 8am – 8pm 12655 Charlie Lake Frontage Road, Charlie Lake, BC
Cutbank Hall 12pm (noon) – 8pm 13514 Highway 52, Arras, BC
Doe River Community Hall 12pm (noon) – 8pm 3816 Rolla Road, Doe River, BC
Fort St. John Seniors Hall 8am – 8pm 10908 100 Street, Fort St. John, BC
Kelly Lake Community Hall 12pm (noon) – 8pm 107 Kelly Lake Road, Kelly Lake, BC
McLeod Elementary School/Hall 12pm (noon) – 8pm 8025 265 Road, Groundbirch, BC
Moberly Community Hall 12pm (noon) – 8pm 6494 Lakeshore Drive, Moberly Lake, BC
Montney Community Hall 12pm (noon) – 8pm 12401 256 Road, Montney, BC
Ovintiv Events Centre 8am – 8pm #1, 300 Highway 2, Dawson Creek, BC
Pouce Coupe Community Centre 8am – 8pm 5010 – 52 Ave, Pouce Coupe, BC
Prespatou Elementary/Secondary School 12pm (noon) – 8pm 22113 Triad Road, Prespatou, BC
Tate Creek Community Centre 12pm (noon) – 8pm 15439 Frontage Road, Tomslake, BC
Taylor Community Hall 8am – 8pm 9896 Cherry Avenue, Taylor, BC
Tumbler Ridge Community Centre 8am – 8pm 340 Front Street, Tumbler Ridge, BC
Wonowon Elementary School 12pm (noon) – 8pm 19211 Petrocan Subdivision, Wonowon, BC