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Local Elections Campaign Financing

What's New

On October 30, 2017, Bill 15: Local Elections Campaign Financing Amendment Act, 2017, was introduced in the Legislative Assembly. Bill 15 includes significant changes to the campaign financing rules established under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA) for local elections participants. Currently Elections BC’s website, forms and guides reflect the current rules established in LECFA. These will be updated as soon as possible if Bill 15 receives Royal Assent and passes into law. Questions regarding Bill 15 should be directed to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.


  • Election messages transmitted over the Internet without a placement cost are not election advertising. Read this bulletin (PDF) for more information.

Elections BC's Role in Local Elections

Elections BC administers campaign financing and advertising rules for local elections and assent voting in B.C. under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.

Elections BC does not administer voting or nominations for local elections. For more information about the administration of local elections and assent voting read the Local Elections FAQs.

Local elections: who does what?

Unlike provincial elections, local government elections in B.C. are not run by one single entity. Elections BC is one of several authorities that play a role in local general elections, by-elections and assent voting.

Area of administration Who is responsible
Voting and ballots Local Chief Election Officers
Nomination process Local Chief Election Officers
Advertising rules Elections BC
Campaign financing and disclosure rules Elections BC
School trustees/school board elections The Ministry of Education
Legislation for local elections Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing