Municipal elections for Mayor, councillors, and school trustees are held every four years. The next municipal election will be held on October 20, 2018.

Key Dates

  • March 13, 2018 - Last day to meet six (6) month B.C. residency requirement for candidate.
  • April 19, 2018 - Last day to meet six (6) month B.C. residency requirement for electors registering on Voting Day.
  • July 27, 2018 - Nomination and endorsement packages available.
  • September 4, 2018 to September 14, 2018 - Nomination period.
  • September 4, 2018 - Nomination period begins at 9:00am.
  • September 14, 2018 - Nomination period closes at 4:00pm (late submissions CANNOT be accepted).
  • September 18, 2018 – 4 p.m. deadline to challenge nominations or elector organizations endorsements at 4:00pm.
  • September 21, 2018 - Deadlines for:
    • Decision on challenge of candidate nomination.
    • Withdrawal of candidate.
    • Withdrawal of candidate endorsement by elector organization.
  • September 22, 2018 to October 20, 2018 - Campaign period.
  • October 20, 2018 - General Voting Day from 8:00am to 8:00pm.
  • October 24, 2018 – 4 p.m. deadline to declare and report official results
  • November 7, 2018 - Inaugural Council Meeting (Oath of Office).
  • January 18, 2019 - Deadline for submission of Campaign Financing Disclosure Statement. Must be submitted directly to Elections BC.
  • February 18, 2019 - Late Campaign Financing Disclosure Statement subject to a $500 late filing fee. Must be submitted directly to Elections BC.

Voting Information

Information regarding voting will be posted shortly.

Information for Candidates

Information will be posted shortly.



Do I qualify to vote?

You may vote in the civic election in the District of Sechelt as a Resident Elector if you:

  • are 18 years or older on election day;
  • are a Canadian citizen;
  • have lived in BC for at least 6 months before election day;
  • have lived in the District of Sechelt for at least 30 days before election day; and
  • are not disqualified from voting for any other reason.  

All District of Sechelt residents who meet these requirements can vote. It doesn’t matter whether you rent or own your home.  If your name is not on the List of Registered Electors you will be required to fill in the Application for Registration as a Local Government Registered Elector and bring it to the Voting Place with appropriate identification.

Non-Resident Property Elector

If you own property in the District of Sechelt and somewhere else in B.C., you can also vote in the District of Sechelt election as a Non-Resident Property Elector if you:
  • are 18 years of age or older on election day;
  • are a Canadian citizen;
  • have lived in BC for at least 6 months before election day;
  • are the registered owner of real property in the District of Sechelt for at least 30 days before election day; and
  • have not been disqualified from voting for any other reason.  

Non-resident property electors can vote only once, regardless of the number of properties you own. If there is more than one registered owner of your property, only one of you may, with the written consent of the majority of the other owners, register as a non-resident property elector.  If your name is not on the Non-Resident Property Electors List you will be required to fill in the Non-Resident Property Elector form and the Consent form and bring them to the Voting Place with proof of ownership.

Landed immigrants who are not yet Canadian citizens are not permitted to vote in local government elections. 

What if I am in hospital that day?

Special voting opportunities will be available. Voters must be either residents or patients admitted into the Hospital, or facility staff, who are eligible Sechelt voters.  

Can I vote before general voting day?

Yes.  Advance Voting Opportunities will be available.

Can I vote by mail?

Electors may vote by mail if they:

(a) have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity; OR

(b) expect to be absent from Sechelt on election day and at the Advance Voting Opportunities.

Who is eligible to vote by mail?

You are allowed to vote if you are registered as:

(a)   a resident elector (you live in the District of Sechelt) OR

<(b)   a non-resident property elector (you live elsewhere in BC but you own property in the District of Sechelt)

You must meet all of the following requirements to vote:

1.  are 18 years of age or older on election day;

2.  are a Canadian citizen;

3.  have lived in BC for at least 6 months immediately before you register to vote.

4.  You must have

 (a) been a resident of the District of Sechelt for at least 30 days immediately before you register to vote 

      (for resident electors),  OR

 (b) owned land in the District of Sechelt for at least 30 days immediately before you register to vote 

      (for non-resident property electors).

5.  You must not have been disqualified by law from voting. 

How do I register to vote by mail?

You must register on the District of Sechelt Lists of Electors. If you are not already on the Lists, application forms will be included in your mail ballot package.