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. The next general local elections in B.C. will be held in 2022. 

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.

Assent Votes (Referendums)

There are currently no assent votes.


A by-election for Electoral Area F Director will be held on March 30, 2019.

Nomination packages are available in the sidebar (below on mobile) or in-person at the CRD Williams Lake office. 

PLEASE NOTE: The dates for the nomination period have changed regarding the Area F by-election. The nomination period for candidates begins at 9 a.m. on Feb. 12 and closes at 4 p.m. on Feb. 22, 2019.

To be nominated, a person must meet the following criteria:

  • 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.

The general and advance voting dates remain unchanged. Advance polling will be available at the CRD’s Williams Lake office on March 20 and 25, 2019. General voting day will be March 30, 2019. Polling station locations will be announced closer to the date.

Elections Map

Use our interactive map below 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

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.

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

Page last modified: January 22, 2019 09:30:05 PST