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Candidate Information

Candidates developing election campaigns should be aware of the restrictions that may apply to campaigning and, in particular, the regulations under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA).  Elections BC is responsible for managing and enforcing financing disclosure requirements and election advertising provisions for all local government elections in BC.

 Thinking of Running for Local Office?

A candidate must appoint one individual as a financial agent.  If one is not appointed, the candidate is deemed to be their own financial agent. A financial agent must open one or more campaign accounts at a savings institution before incurring an election expense.  This account must be used exclusively for the purposes of the election campaign.

 

QUALIFICATIONS FOR RUNNING FOR OFFICE

Candidates running for the office of MAYOR and COUNCILLOR must meet the following qualifications:

  • be 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • have been a resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately prior to filing nomination documents;
  • not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Candidates running for the office of Saanich School District No. 63 SCHOOL TRUSTEE must meet the following qualifications:

  • be 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • have been a resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately prior to filing nomination documents;
  • not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, the School Act, or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

 SD 63 Trustee Candidate Information Meeting -  June 22, 2022

 Candidates must be nominated by two eligible electors in Sidney. A prospective candidate officially becomes a candidate when they have submitted all the required information in the nomination package and have been declared a candidate by the local Chief Election Officer.

 

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS

Candidates are required to make public an account of the campaign contributions they received and election expenses they incurred in the form of Campaign Financing Disclosure Statement. This statement must be filed within 90 days of General Voting Day. Statements will be made available on the Elections BC website for public inspection.  A candidate who does not file their disclosure statements by the deadline may be disqualified from holding office and from being nominated for or elected to a local government office until after the next general local election.

 

THIRD PARTY ADVERTISING  

There are campaign financing rules for third party advertising sponsors.  Third party advertising sponsor is an individual or organization that conducts election advertising independently from any candidate or elector organization.  Third party advertising includes advertising for or against a candidate or elector organization. 

Any questions regarding campaign financing and advertising are to be directed to: 

Campaign Financing Disclosure Statements from past local elections