Nomination and Endorsement Packages
The District of Houston has prepared nomination and endorsement packages for prospective candidates which includes information regarding specific background information on becoming a candidate, the local election and resources. The nomination and endorsement packages are ready for pick-up at the District Office from August 2, 2022 to September 9, 2022.
The District of Houston Election Procedure Bylaw can be found here: # 1104 - Procedures of Conduct of Local Government Elections and Other Voting (2018)
A reference guide for nominees can be found here: District of Houston Elected Officials Reference Guide
*Nomination Period/Package Filing Deadline
Completed nomination packages with the accompanying endorsement package (if applicable) must be delivered by hand to the local Chief Election Officer at the District of Houston Municipal Office: 3367-12 Street Houston, BC between Tuesday August 30, 2022 at 9:00 A.M. and Friday, September 9, 2022 at 4:00 P.M. The deadline for filing your nomination package is Friday, September 9, 2022 at 4:00pm.
Questions and Answers
Question: What type of information must be disclosed in the financial disclosure act?
Answer: Elections BC - Disclosure Factsheet
Question: Can a nominee sign as a nominator for another nominee?
Answer: Yes, but a nominee cannot sign as a nominator for their own package. See part 2 of the Local Government Act: Local Government Act: Part 3
Question: What are the regulations on signage for the 2022 Local Government Elections?
Answer: Refer to the Province of BC Candidates Guide to Local Elections in BC states that "Signs play a significant role in election advertising. Candidates may have supporters display signs on their behalf in windows, on lawns, or post signs in other public places throughout the jurisdiction. Local governments have the authority to regulate the size, placement, maintenance and removal of signs and other forms of public advertising – the rules may be quite different between local governments. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure regulates sign placement along Provincial highways, medians, bridges and along major roadways. Contact the local government or local Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure office before placing election campaign signs on medians, bridges or along major roads."
The District of Houston has a development bylaw regulating sign requirements, see Sign Requirements - Development Bylaw #1040. In addition, on voting day, relation to Local Government Act voting proceedings, a person must not do any of the following at or within 100 metres of a building, structure or other place where voting proceedings are being conducted at the time (see Municipal Office - 100m No Campaign Zone):
(a) canvass or solicit votes or otherwise attempt to influence how an elector votes;
(b) display, distribute, post or openly leave a representation of a ballot marked for a particular result in the voting;
(c) post, display or distribute
(i) election advertising, or
(ii) any material that identifies a candidate or elector organization, unless this is done with the authorization of the chief election officer;
(d) carry, wear or supply a flag, badge or other thing indicating that the person using it is a supporter of a particular candidate, elector organization or result in the voting.
Question: When are candidates allowed to set up campaign signs?
Answer: Signs may be put up any time after the election is called (for Highway 16), or at any time other than the Highways, but signs put up in the campaign period are subject to campaign expense limits. Please remove the day after voting day, and be familiar with General Voting Day requirements.
See Elections BC Advertising Summary
As per page 43 and 44 of Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in B.C. for Candidates and their Financial Agents :
Where and when election signs may be placed
Elections BC does not regulate where and when signs may be placed However, local governments have the authority to regulate the size, placement, maintenance and removal of signs and other forms of public advertising Contact your local government for more information about election sign bylaws in your area. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure regulates sign placement on provincial highways. Signs must: -only be installed after the election is called (For Highway 16), and must be removed the next working day after General Voting Day.Signs not removed by the owners on the next working day following the election will be removed by maintenance contractors Maintenance contractors will invoice the owner of the signs for the cost of removal. Be further from the road than standard traffic signs, and must not obstruct, simulate or be attached to any traffic control device (such as signs, posts, polls)
-Not be placed on bridges, overpasses, tunnels or other highway structures. Please see Ministry of Transportation - Election and Referdum Signs on Highway Rights-of-Way
Campaigning restrictions on General Voting Day
An individual or organization must not transmit election advertising to the public on General Voting Day (GVD) except:
Under LECFA, Elections BC is responsible for administering the campaign financing provisions and election advertising requirements for local elections and assent voting in BC. This includes overseeing campaign financing disclosure requirements, conducting investigations and enforcing campaign financing and third party advertising provisions set out in LECFA.
It is Elections BC’s responsibility to educate participants on the campaign financing and election advertising requirements set out in LECFA. This responsibility extends to by-elections and assent voting held by local authorities outside of the general local election cycle.
Elections BC contact information should be kept on hand for ready access by the chief election officer, campaign participants and members of the public:
Basic information related to campaign financing and election advertising is contained in the Candidate's Guide to Local Elections in B.C. published by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. However, the Ministry will not answer questions about the campaign financing provisions in LECFA. Those questions must be directed to Elections BC.
Question: When are candidates allowed to post to social media, can this happen before campaign period?
Answer: Candidates may post to social media regarding their campaign before campaign period begins. The only difference is that costs incurred by social media DURING CAMPAING PERIOD advertised must be included in the expense limits and sponsorship requirements set out for this period. Free social media posts have no limit, as they do not incur costs. Please also be familiar with General Voting Day requirements.
Question: Can an elector vote for less candidates than positions without spoiling the ballot?
Answer: (According to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing): After an elector meets the requirements under section 125 for receiving a ballot, he or she may cast a vote for a candidate or candidates. The elector may mark the ballot by making a cross in the blank space opposite the name of the candidate or candidates for whom the elector wishes to vote. There is no requirement in the Local Government Act for an elector to vote for a certain number of candidates. According to section 130(4)(e), however, if a ballot contains more marks than candidates to be elected than this ballot must be considered rejected.
Question: Can a spouse/family member be an Election official?
Answer: (According to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing) LGA section 58 states that a candidate, candidate representative or financial agent may not be appointed as an election official. Before being hired, it is important that local governments ask applicants if they are associated with a campaign. A relation of a candidate is permitted to be an election official as long as he or she is not a candidate, candidate representative or financial agent. The election worker would have to take a declaration before assuming duties that he or she will remain impartial. In practice, I believe that many local governments do not hire potential election workers with a connection to a candidate but this is at the discretion of the local government.
As such the District of Houston is of the position that a family member of an candidate cannot be objective in their duties, and poses a clear conflict of interest for the duties of an election official. Therefore the District will not be employing Election Officials with a clear conflict of interest.
IF YOU REQUIRE ASSISTANCE OR WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ON THE NOMINATION PROCESS, THE ELECTION PROCESS, OR THE DISTRICT OF HOUSTON OPERATION IN GENERAL, PLEASE CALL THE FOLLOWING PERSONS AT THE DISTRICT OF HOUSTON OFFICE AT 250-845-2238.
Eligible to Run for Local Government Office
In order to be eligible to run for local government office, a person must have been a resident of BC at least six months before filing their nomination documents. In addition, a person must:
If the person nominated is someone who has been granted freedom of the municipality (does not apply to regional districts), that person must be a Canadian Citizen.
In accordance with the Public Service Employment Act of Canada, federal employees who want to run for local government office must apply to the Public Service Commission for permission.
Disqualified from Running for Local Government Office
A person is disqualified from running for local government office if he or she falls within any of the following categories:
Restrictions to Run for Local Government Office
A person cannot:
As per Division 18 of the Local Government Act , elections offences are as follows:
Vote buying (Section 161)
Intimidation (Section 162)
Other Election Offences (Section 163)
Local Elections Legislation
BC Laws - Local Government Act
BC Laws - Local Elections Campaign Financing Act
BC Laws - Community Charter
BC Laws - School Act (School District Trustee Election)
BC Laws - Offence Act
Elections BC -A Candidates Guide to Local Government Elections
Elections BC - Guide for Candidate Representatives
Elections BC - Advertising Guidelines for Incumbent Candidates in the 2022 General Local Elections
Government of British Columbia - Thinking About Running for Local Office?
Government of British Columbia - General Elections 101
Government of British Columbia - What Every Candidate Needs to Know
Government of British Columbia - Foundational Principles of Responsible Conduct
Visit elections.bc.ca for a full list of Elections BC Local Elections Forms