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Local Elections Candidates

A local elections candidate is someone seeking election as a mayor, councillor, electoral area director, board of education trustee, Islands Trust trustee, park board commissioner, park board member, advisory council member, regional trustee or local community commissioner.

Generally, local elections candidates must be nominated by eligible electors and declared a candidate by the local Chief Election Officer.

Elections BC helps local elections candidates and their financial agents understand the rules under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act. Among other requirements, local elections candidates must:

  • Open a separate campaign account and use it for all financial transactions. If you have difficulty opening a campaign account at a savings institution, click here for a letter you can take to the institution that explains the legislated requirement.
  • File a disclosure statement with Elections BC within 90 days after General Voting Day.

For more information about the rules, read the Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in B.C. (PDF) or visit our Local Elections FAQs page.

Elections BC’s forms and guides are being updated to reflect amendments to the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act affecting campaign financing rules for the 2018 General Local Elections. For more information, contact Local Elections Campaign Finance at Elections BC at 1-855-952-0280 or

Tools for local elections candidates and their financial agents