📅 Mark your calendar: ➡️ the next local election will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2022 with advance voting opportunities on October 5 and 12.
Within the SCRD, voters in each Electoral Area choose one Director to serve on the SCRD Board. Ballots for School Trustees (Trustee Electoral Areas 1 - Upper and 3 - Lower) and for Local Trustees for the Gambier Island Local Trust Area are made available at SCRD voting places where applicable.
Follow this page to learn more as a voter or candidate in the upcoming election. You can also visit letstalk.scrd.ca/elections to ask a question, see key election dates and watch videos to better understand the upcoming election.
Nomination documents will be posted here until 30 days after the declaration of official election results as authorized by Election Procedures Bylaw No. 737
Declaration of Election by Voting - Electoral Area B Halfmoon Bay
Declaration of Election by Acclamation - Electoral Area A Egmont / Pender Harbour, Electoral Area D Roberts Creek, Electoral Area E Elphinstone, Electoral Area F West Howe Sound
Declaration of Election by Acclamation - Gambier Island Local Trust Area (Islands Trust)
Electoral Area D - Kelly Backs
Electoral Area E - Donna McMahon
Electoral Area F - Kate-Louise Stamford
Gambier Island Local Trust Area - see Islands Trust website
🚩Information for Candidates
The Province of BC has provided a collection of information for potential candidates to assist with questions about local government and serving as an elected official. There is also a collection of resources for candidates on SCRD's Let's Talk Elections page.
Elections BC oversees campaign financing and third party advertising rules. Local governments have responsibility for administering voting and accepting candidate nomination forms. For answers to questions about the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (i.e. election advertising, third party advertising sponsors and campaign financing rules), please contact Elections BC toll free at 1-855-952-0280; or by email at email@example.com .
Elections BC has also developed a Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in BC. Further information on Third Party Sponsors can be found here on the Elections BC website.
🚩Information for Voters
Whether you’re a first-time voter or you have voted before, we want to ensure we have answers to any questions you may have. Some commons questions received by the SCRD in prior elections are below. If you cannot find the answer then visit letstalk.scrd.ca/elections and send us your questions.
Am I Eligible to Vote?
If eligible, you may vote in a local election in the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) or the Gambier Island Local Trust Area as either a resident elector or as a non-resident property elector - someone who owns property in the jurisdiction but lives somewhere else in BC. This guide answers a few of the basic questions about local government elections in British Columbia.
Am I on the Voter’s List?
The Sunshine Coast Regional District uses the Provincial Voters' List as its List of Resident Electors. If you have previously registered as a non-resident property elector, you will continue to be registered as an elector.
Can I Register to Vote on Voting Day?
If you are not on the List of Electors, but qualify to vote, you may register on voting day at your designated voting place.
To register at the voting place, you must provide election staff with two pieces of identification (ID). The ID must prove who you are and where you live. At least one piece must have your signature on it.
If your ID does not show your residential address, you can make a "solemn declaration" as to your residency.
Examples of acceptable forms of identification include:
|BC Driver's License||Utility Bill|
|Social Insurance Card||Property Tax Notice|
|ICBC Vehicle Insurance Documents||BC CareCard|
|BC Identification Card||Citizenship Card|
|Credit Card or Debit Card||Provincial Social Assistance Card Form SDES8|
Non-resident Property Owners Registration to Vote
Non-resident property owners may also register at the time of voting; however advance registration is encouraged.
You can apply to register as a Non-Resident Property Elector prior to August 23, 2022 at the Sunshine Coast Regional District Office, located at 1975 Field Road, Sechelt, during regular office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.
You will be asked to provide two pieces of identification and proof that you are the registered owner of the property. If the property is owned jointly with other individuals, you must also have the written consent of the majority of all the owners to vote as the non-resident property elector.
An application to register as a non-resident property elector must be completed.
Where do I Vote?
Voting place locations will be advertised in local newspapers and posted here, once an election has been declared by the Chief Election Officer.
Mail Ballots – New Expanded Eligibility to Vote by Mail
New for 2022, mail ballot voting will now be available to all eligible electors.
While eligibility to vote by mail has been expanded, it should also be noted there is a quick turnaround time to send out and receive back mail ballots due to the election timeline imposed by legislation
Here are some important dates and points to note about mail ballot voting.
- You can receive a mail ballot by filling out an application form which is available here on the SCRD website.
- If your application is complete and you qualify to vote by mail ballot, the SCRD will send you a mail ballot package or advise you that they are ready to be picked up as soon as the ballots are available. This is generally on or about the 14th day before general voting day (September 30, 2022). The packages will be available for pickup at the SCRD administration building at 1975 Field Road, Sechelt.
- Please note that applications to vote by mail received after September 30, 2022 may not allow sufficient time for mailing and receipt of the ballot. If requesting after this date, we recommend that you arrange to pick up a mail ballot package at the SCRD administration building at 1975 Field Road, Sechelt. The application deadline to request a mail ballot package is October 13, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.
- To be counted, you are responsible for ensuring that your completed mail ballot is received at the SCRD administration building at 1975 Field Road, Sechelt no later than 8:00 pm on General Voting Day, Saturday, October 15, 2022.
- Have a question? We’re here to help. Contact the Chief Election Officer, Sherry Reid at 604-885-6825 or the Deputy Chief Election Officer, Jennifer Hill at 604-885-6813. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any inconsistency with the Local Government Act is unintentional and for accuracy, reference should be made to that Act.
Official election notices will be published in the Coast Reporter newspaper.