Local elections are the most direct way for the public to influence their local government or other local governance body by choosing the individuals who will make decisions and govern on their behalf following general voting day.
Information on all candidates for trustees who have filed nomination papers with the appropriate regional district will be provided here as soon as it is available. The nomination period starts on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, at 9 am, and closes on Friday, September 9, 2022, at 4 pm.
More information for the 2022 local election is provided below.
To vote in the Islands Trust election as a resident elector, you must:
- Be a Canadian Citizen;
- Be 18 years of age or older on the day of registration;
- Be a resident of Islands Trust on the day of registration;
- Have been a resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; and
- Not be disqualified from voting in an election.
Corporations, businesses and permanent residents of Canada (landed immigrants) who have not yet become Canadian Citizens are not permitted to vote.
Non-Resident Property Electors
Non-resident property electors are individuals who own residential property within the Islands Trust area and live elsewhere in BC. To vote as a non-resident property elector, you must:
- Be a Canadian Citizen;
- Be 18 years of age or older on the day of registration;
- Have been a resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration;
- Not be disqualified from voting in an election;
- Be a registered owner of real property in the Islands Trust area for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and
- Be registered as a non-resident property elector only in relation to one parcel of real property within the Islands Trust area.
Non-resident property electors must NOT hold the real property in trust for a corporation or another trust.
List of Electors
Islands Trust elections are administered in accordance with Part 3 of the BC Local Government Act, under contract to seven regional districts in the Trust Area. Bowen Island Municipality manages its own elections. For information on the election process in your local trust area, please contact the elections staff for your regional district or island municipality. They are responsible for elections in your area.
|Local Trust Area||Regional District/Island Municipality||Phone|
|Bowen Island||Bowen Island Municipality||(604) 947-4255|
|Comox Valley RD||(250) 334-6000|
|Gabriola Island||Regional District of Nanaimo||(250) 390-4111|
North Pender Island
South Pender Island
Salt Spring Island Island
|Capital Regional District||(250) 360-3129
1(800) 663-4425 ext 3129
|Gambier Island||Sunshine Coast RD||(604) 885-6825|
(part of Gambier Local Trust Area)
|Metro Vancouver||(604) 423-6338|
|Lasqueti Island||qathet Regional District||(604) 485-2260|
|Thetis Island||Cowichan Valley RD||(250) 746-2503|
Registering in advance makes the voting process faster and easier. To register in advance online, please click the “Register to Vote” button below.
Note: If you are 16 or 17 years old, a BC resident and a Canadian citizen, you can register with Elections BC as a future voter. Doing so means that you will be automatically registered to vote when you turn 18.
Voting Day Registration
If you are not on the List of Electors and did not register during the advance elector registration period, you can still register to vote on Advance Voting Days or General Voting Day. To register on voting day, you must show two pieces of identification which prove who you are and where you live (i.e. includes your name and residential address), and one of the pieces of identification must also include your signature (e.g. driver’s licence, BC Services Card). If neither piece of identification shows your residential address, you may make a solemn declaration as to your place of residence.
Non-resident property electors must produce two pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identity and that they are entitled to register in relation to property (e.g. property tax notice or certificate of title). If applicable, written consent from the majority of property owners must be provided. Only one owner may register as a non-resident property elector.
Advance Voting Opportunities
Advance voting will be available — locations, dates and times TBD. Check back soon!
General Voting Day
Voting hours are 8 am – 8 pm, locations TBD.
Mail Ballot Voting
All eligible electors are able to apply to vote by mail ballot, and are handled by the Regional Districts. More information regarding how to get a mail ballot by Local Trust Area, as well as the mail ballot process and key dates will be provided in the near future. Check back for more details.
Interested in Running for Local Office?
Elections for Island Trustees are for four-year terms.
To be eligible to run as an Island Trustee in a general local election or a by-election, a person must have been a resident of BC at least six months immediately before filing their nomination documents.
In addition, a person must:
- Be 18 years of age or older on General Voting Day;
- Be a Canadian citizen; and
- Not be disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in BC or from being nominated for, being elected to or holding office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.
Please note that:
- If you currently work for Islands Trust, you must take a leave of absence before being nominated.
- Federal Government employees must apply to the Public Service Commission for permission to run in the election.
- Nomination for office must be made by at least two (2) qualified nominators of the jurisdiction for which the person is nominated (whose names must be on Elections BC’s list of electors)
- In order to be eligible as a nominator, a person must be an elector of the jurisdiction for which the nomination is made
Learn more about eligibility and specifics of running for local office on the BC Government Running for Local Office webpage.
Nomination packages will be available when the nomination period begins on August 30, 2022. Locations TBD, please check back.
The Nomination Period takes place between Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 9 am and Friday, September 9, 2022 at 4 pm. During this period, nomination documents will be received by the Chief Election Officer or Deputy Election Officer for each regional district.
Campaign Financing, Disclosure, and Election Advertising
Elections BC administers campaign financing, disclosure, and election advertising rules under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act. New campaign financing and advertising rules are in effect for the 2022 local general election. Candidates, electoral organizations, and third-party advertisers are responsible for knowing the rules. For more information visit the Elections BC website.
Candidates and third-party sponsors have expense limits that apply during the campaign period. Expense limits for the 2022 election will be announced on May 31, 2022. Candidate Expense Limits for Islands Trust are available on the Elections BC website. Third-Party Expense Limits for Islands Trust are also available on the Elections BC website.
All candidates are required to submit their financial disclosure documents to Elections BC for verification and publication, in compliance with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act. We can view financial disclosure statements on the Elections BC website, when available.
Elector organizations are required to register with Elections BC in order to endorse a candidate in an election, receive a campaign contribution, and incur an election expense. Please visit the Elections BC website for additional information.
The Government of BC has an excellent set of resources to help guide individuals through the decision of running for local office:
Additional information regarding voting opportunities, candidates and other election-related information will be provided at a later date.
For any inquiries, please contact:
Learn more on the Province of BC’s Voting in Local Elections webpage.
Learn more about Islands Trust election administration on our Elections page.