Elections & Assent Voting

Local government elections in British Columbia are currently held every 4 years. This includes elections for mayors, councillors, regional district electoral area directors and school trustees. 

Residents, as well as persons that own property within the jurisdiction of the local government but do not reside there, may be eligible to vote provided eligibility requirements of the Local Government Act are met.

By-elections may be held if the office of a director becomes vacant.

In addition to elections and by-elections, the Regional District may also hold an assent vote (referendum) to obtain the assent of the electors on a proposed service or other matter.

Read the CRD’s election bylaw for more information on election procedures.

Current Assent Votes (Referendums)

North Cariboo Airport Service Referendum

An assent vote for a proposed North Cariboo Airport Service for eligible voters in Electoral Areas A, B, C and I will take place in conjunction with the general local elections on Oct. 20, 2018. Find scrutineer applications, bylaw details, mail ballots (as they become available) and more information about the project on our Airports page.

2018 Local Elections

The next general local elections in B.C. will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. 

CRD Candidates

For a current list of all candidates running in the election, please visit: bc.localelections.ca.

The CRD's Chief Election Officer announced the candidates in the upcoming election at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 14. 

Nomination Packages Available

The CRD's nomination package is now available. For information about the nomination process, you can download the complete information package (7MB) or download the documents individually in the sidebar (below on mobile).

Complete the Candidate Nomination Package (fillable PDF) and submit it to the Chief Election Officer/Deputy Election Officer at the CRD office in Williams Lake between 9:00am September 4, 2018 and 4:00pm September 14, 2018. Nomination Documents will NOT be received after 4:00 p.m. on September 14, 2018.

Nomination Documents may be delivered by hand, mail, facsimile or other delivery service. Originals of faxed or emailed Nomination Documents must be received by September 21, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. at the Cariboo Regional District office in Williams Lake. A Nomination Deposit is not required.

The CRD requires two qualified electors to nominate a candidate.

Candidates must meet the following criteria in order to be nominated:

  • Canadian citizen;
  • 18 years of age or older;
  • resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and
  • not disqualified by 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 holding office.

Running for Local Office

Elected officials are entrusted with making decisions that directly affect the daily lives of residents, families, local business owners and many others in the local community. If you’re thinking of running for local office, part of the decision-making process may include considering the role you will play, how best you can serve your community, and the impact you will have as an elected official.   

The videos (in the sidebar or below on mobile) provide candidates with general information about what to can expect before, during and following general local elections in B.C.”

Additional election information can be found at elections.bc.ca or the provincial government website.

Elections Map

Use our interactive map to determine which Electoral Area or Municipality your property falls within. To use the search function (magnifying glass) in the top right hand corner of the map, simply type your address in the search bar and search. The pop-up will tell you which Electoral Area or Municipality you are in.

Helpful Links

For more election resources, please visit the provincial government website.

For information about campaign financing, election advertising and third party sponsor rules, contact Elections BC.

Running for Office

Overview of BC General Local Elections 2018

Participants in BC General Local Elections 2018

Candidate Nominations in B.C. General Local Elections 2018

Voting and Taking office in B.C. General Local Elections


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