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2017 Provincial General Election

2017 Provincial General Election

The next provincial general election in British Columbia is scheduled for May 9, 2017. In February and March, Elections BC will be updating the voters list to get British Columbians ready to vote. Our website will be updated regularly from now until after the election. You can also follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to receive regular updates.

Register to vote

You can get ready to vote by registering or updating your voter information now. It’s easy to do online or by phone:

New electoral districts

There are two new electoral districts for this election. Visit our Maps page to learn more. To find your new electoral district, call us at 1-800-661-8683, or use our BC Electoral Districts Explorer application.


There are many ways to vote in B.C. Learn more on the Voting page. Specific information about where, when and how to vote in the 2017 election will be on our website closer to the election. We’ll also send Where to Vote cards to every registered voter. Vote by mail packages for the 2017 election can be requested now. Learn more here.


Candidate nominations for the 2017 Provincial General Election close at 1 p.m. (Pacific time) on the seventh day after the election is called. A list of standing nominees is available here:

Standing nominees are individuals who have filed nomination papers with Elections BC. They will officially become candidates when the election is called.

Key dates

Writ Day
The day the election is scheduled to be officially called.
Tuesday, April 11
General voter registration closes
Registration by phone and online closes. Voters can still register when they vote.
Tuesday, April 11 at 11:59:59 p.m.
Candidate nomination deadline 1 p.m. Pacific time Tuesday, April 18
Advance voting Saturday, April 29 – Sunday, April 30 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time)
Advance voting Wednesday, May 3 – Saturday, May 6 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time)
General Voting Day Tuesday, May 9
(8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific time)
Initial count begins after 8 p.m. Pacific time
Ballots cast under advance and general voting are counted, and preliminary results are announced.
Tuesday, May 9
Final count begins
Absentee ballots are counted and final results are announced.
Monday, May 22 – Wednesday, May 24
Return Day
District electoral officers return the writs of election to the Chief Electoral Officer, ending the election period.
Wednesday, May 31
Election financing report filing deadline Tuesday, August 8