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2023 Area C By-Election

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The By-Election for Electoral Area C Director will take place on February 25, 2023, with advance voting opportunities on February 15 and 22.

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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.

 

Area C By-Election

A by-election will be held on February 25, 2023 for Area C Director. The below nomination package must be completed by all potential candidates and submitted to the Chief Election Officer by January 20, 2023 at 4 pm.

Download the 2023 Area C By-Election Nomination package

 

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2022 Local Government Election Results +

Area B:

Candidate Votes
Jeff Kitt 156
Jordan Kealy 243

Area C: ELECTION INVALIDATED

Candidate Votes
Suzanne Haab 234
Brad Sperling 231

Area D: Leonard Hiebert, ACCLAIMED

Area E: Dan Rose, ACCLAIMED

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 for download, for pick up 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 4pm on January 20, 2023.

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 January 20 at 4pm. 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.

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

City of Dawson Creek

City of Fort St. John

District of Hudson’s Hope

Village of Pouce Coupe

District of Taylor

District of Tumbler Ridge

Voting Locations

Area C By-Election: Determine voting eligibility and find your closest voting station 

  • Use the interactive map below
    • 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 for voting eligibility 
    • Click on the blue voting icons for information on voting station locations

 

ADVANCE VOTING OPPORTUNITIES
February 15 & February 22, 2023 
Location Hours Address
Pomeroy Sport Centre 8am – 8pm 9324 96 St, Fort St. John, BC

 

GENERAL VOTING DAY
February 25, 2023
Location Hours Address
Baldonnel School 8am – 8pm 5836 Baldonnel, Baldonnel, BC
Charlie Lake Elementary School 8am – 8pm 12655 Charlie Lake Frontage Road, Charlie Lake, BC

 

Mail Ballot Voting

On Saturday, February 25, 2023, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, the Peace River Regional District will hold a Local Government By-Election for Electoral Area C Director.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE

You are allowed to vote if you are:

  • A resident elector (i.e., you live in Regional District Electoral Area C), OR
  • A non-resident property elector (i.e., you live elsewhere in BC but own property in Regional District Electoral Area C).

 

ELECTOR QUALIFICATIONS

Resident Electors:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day for the by-election February 25, 2023; and
  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; and
  • a resident in Regional District Electoral Area C; and
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.

 

Non-Resident Property Electors:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day for the by-election February 25, 2023; and
  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; and
  • a registered owner of real property in a personal name (not corporately held) in Regional District Electoral Area C, for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and
  • not entitled to register as a resident elector; and
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law; and

**If there is more than one registered owner of the property, one of those individuals may, with written consent of the majority of the owners, register as a non-resident property elector. **

 

HOW DO YOU REGISTER TO VOTE?

There is no need to pre-register to vote as the registration of all electors will take place at the time of voting.  Mail Ballot Packages will include instructions on how to register to vote at the same time as you fill out your ballot.

 

REQUESTING A MAIL BALLOT PACKAGE

Please note that once you request a mail ballot, you will not be issued another ballot for this election. Before 4:00 pm on Friday, February 24, 2023, if you wish to vote by mail, you must request a mail ballot package in one of the following ways:

  • In person, at one of the PRRD offices located at 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek or 9505 – 100th Street, Fort St. John
  • By email to jprestley@telus.net or tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca
  • By phone to 250-784-3600 or 250-785-8084 or 1-800-660-7773
  • Via application form
    • If we receive your application after Monday, February 13, 2023, this may be insufficient time for mailing and receipt of the mail ballot package; therefore, we recommend that you arrange to pick up your package from the Dawson Creek or Fort St. John Offices.

You must submit the following information:

  • Full Name,
  • Residential Address,
  • Address of the property in relation to which you are voting (for non-resident property electors),
  • Method of delivery of your mail ballot package:
    • Pick up location: PRRD Dawson Creek Office or PRRD Fort St. John Office, or
    • Pick up at PRRD Dawson Creek Office or PRRD Fort St. John Office by a person authorized by you (identification required), or
    • Regular mail through Canada Post to residential address, or
    • Regular mail through Canada Post to an alternate address that you provide when requesting the mail ballot package.

 

RETURNING YOUR MAIL BALLOT PACKAGE

To be counted, your mail ballot must be received by the Chief Election Officer by the close of voting on Saturday, February 25, 2023. It is responsibility of the voter to ensure their mail ballot is received by the deadline. A mail ballot package may be returned by any of the following methods:

  • By mail – Delivered to Box 810 Dawson Creek V1G 4H8 up to 4:30 pm on Friday, February 24, 2023

Drop off in person:

  • During regular office hours daily, at 1981 Alaska Avenue Dawson Creek, or 9505 – 100 Street Fort St. John up to 4:30 pm on Friday, February 24, 2023, or
  • at the Charlie Lake Elementary School Polling Station, 12655 Charlie Lake Frontage, on Saturday, February 25, 2023 between 8 am and 8 pm.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Janet Prestley, Chief Election Officer
Address: 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4H8
Phone: (250) 263-8650
Fax: (250) 784-3201
Email: jprestley@telus.net
Website: www.prrd.bc.ca
Tyra Henderson, Deputy Chief Election Officer
Address: 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4H8
Phone: (250) 784-3216
Fax: (250) 784-3201
Email: tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca
Website: www.prrd.bc.ca