Election Advisory Committee

The role of the Election Advisory Committee (EAC) is to advise the Chief Electoral Officer on the functioning of the Election Act, particularly on the financing of the political process.

Committee members include the Chief Electoral Officer, two representatives for each registered political party that is represented in the Legislative Assembly, and one representative for each registered political party that had candidates in at least 1/2 of all electoral districts in the most recent provincial general election. Currently the BC Green Party, BC NDP, BC United, and the Conservative Party are represented on the Committee.

The Committee meets at least once per year and the minutes of these meetings are open to the public.

EAC Meeting Minutes

Name Date Summary
EAC Minutes – March 2022 March 1, 2022 Recommendations for legislative change following the 2020 Provincial General Election; implementation of Election Amendment Act, 2019, including review of new regulations and considerations for future by-elections.
EAC Minutes – June 2021 June 29, 2021 Review of the 2020 Provincial General Election, Campaign Activity Code of Practice update and discussion of three new regulations resulting from Bill 43 – Election Amendment Act, 2019.
EAC Minutes – August 2020 August 25, 2020 Discussion on public health guidelines for campaigning during a pandemic, pandemic election protocols and electoral purposes for access to and use of personal information.
EAC Minutes – June 2020 June 11, 2020 Discussion on Political Campaign Activity Code of Practice, Election Financing Regulation and Third Party Sponsor Disclosure Report Regulation, and pandemic contingency planning.
EAC Minutes – February 2020 February 5, 2020 Status report on cyber threats report, overview of the Election Amendment Act, 2019, and amendments to the Voter Registration Regulation, Political Party and Constituency Association Financial Reporting Regulation Leadership Contestant Financing Reports Regulation, and the Nomination Contest Regulation.
EAC Minutes – September 2019 September 5, 2019 Review of the 2018 Referendum on Electoral Reform, overview of an upcoming report on online threats to election integrity, and an update on voting modernization.
EAC Minutes – April 2018 April 18, 2018 Overview of the relevant legislative changes passed during the fall session, administrative monetary penalty policy discussion and recommendations for legislative change.
EAC Minutes – October 2017 October 16, 2017 Review of the 2017 Provincial General Election, updates on Electoral Finance and review of proposed legislative amendments.
EAC Minutes – October 2016 October 17, 2016 Review of legislative amendments to the Election Act and Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, update to policy on election advertising on the Internet, overview of 2017 Provincial General Election, enumeration, and strategic outreach efforts, and presentation of Elections BC’s plan for the 2021 Provincial General Election (Vision 2021).
EAC Minutes – October 2015 October 26, 2015 Review of the legislative amendments to the Election Act, the privacy policy framework, Electoral Boundaries Commission, and administration of the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.
EAC Minutes – September 2014 September 30, 2014 Recommendations for legislative change, new voting technologies, flexibility for advance voting opportunities, technical recommendations, Electoral Boundaries Commission update, voting model modernization, local elections campaign financing update.
EAC Minutes – October 2013 October 10, 2013 Review of the 2013 Provincial General Election, updates on Electoral Finance and the work of the Independent Panel on Internet Voting.
EAC Minutes – October 2012 October 23, 2012 Updates on legislative change, the 2013 Enumeration strategy, the general election plan, and the work of the Independent Panel on Internet Voting.
EAC Minutes – October 2011 October 28, 2011 Review of four priority recommendations for legislative change and introduction of new Chief Electoral Officer, Keith Archer, Ph.D.
EAC Minutes – March 2010 March 5, 2010 Review of proposed legislative amendments to the Election Act, recommendations for amendments to the Recall and Initiative Act, public policy matters for consideration – Election Act, Constitution Act, Electoral Boundary Commission Act, Recall and Initiative Act, Referendum Act.
EAC Minutes – November 2008 November 18, 2008 Changes to legislation, revisions to Regulations, new voting area boundaries, Political Party Information Session.
EAC Minutes – June 2007 June 13, 2007 Single transferable vote (STV) election administration – research update, BC Electoral Boundaries Commission update, future focus of EAC meetings, political party information sessions.
EAC Minutes – January 2007 January 19, 2007 Legislation update, voters list data content, financial reporting (searchable political contributions database, quality of financial reporting), results of post-election investigations, BC Electoral Boundaries Commission update.
EAC Minutes – May 2006 May 9, 2006 BC-STV design and implications; Political party platforms on Elections BC’s website; CEO Report on Recommended Legislative Changes.
EAC Minutes – February 2006 February 8, 2006 Consultation on recommended legislative changes.
EAC Minutes – December 2005 December 14, 2005 Role of the Election Advisory Committee; Throne Speech implications; post election processing and reporting; the legislative amendment process; and previous recommendations for legislative change.
EAC Minutes – January 2005 January 28, 2005 Changes to electoral finance rules since 2001; standing nominations; political party endorsement of candidates; Elections BC’s general election website; ethical conduct issues contact and party platform statement; update on the referendum on electoral reform; access to shape and base map files; draft Elections BC product price list and related policies.
EAC Minutes – September 2004 September 24, 2004 Online Voter Registration; voters list during election – printed/electronic; update on voting area redistribution; voting place selection review; the standing nomination process; and innovations for the Surrey-Panorama by-election.

EAC Minutes – April 2004

EAC Reference Materials – April 2004

April 6, 2004 Review of statistics on decline in voter participation; political party platform information on Elections BC’s website; Political party code of conduct; an update on Legislative amendments; and voting area redistribution.

EAC Minutes – October 2003

EAC Reference Materials – October 2003

October 16, 2003 Review of Fall 2003 and Spring 2004 recommendations for legislative amendments to the Election Act; review of Nomination kits and Candidate kits; and policy review on Voters List Data Content.

EAC Minutes – September 2003

EAC Reference Materials – September 2003

September 4, 2003 Review of recommended legislative changes to the Election Act; report on Elections BC/Elections Canada Voters List.

EAC Minutes – May 2003

EAC Reference Materials – May 2003

May 1, 2003 Chief Electoral Officer Harry Neufeld’s first meeting with EAC committee members; approach to enumeration and voter registration; regulation required for citizens’ assembly on electoral reform; recent legislative changes to the Election Act.
EAC Minutes – June 2002 June 7, 2002 Review of recommendations for amendments to the Election Act in the Chief Electoral Officer’s report on the 2001 General Election.
EAC Minutes – March 2001 March 6, 2001 Elections BC activity overview (minutes not included in 2001 annual report).
No meetings held in 2000 2000 N/A
EAC Minutes – September 1999 September 14, 1999 Overview of the Electoral Information System, redistribution, constituency association deregistration/registration, consequential amendments re: redistribution, enumeration.
EAC Minutes – November 1998 November 30, 1998 Meeting at request of Green Party re: exclusion from televised debate by the CBC.
EAC Minutes – May 1997 May 22, 1997 Continuation of review of recommendations for amendments to the Election Act.
EAC Minutes – April 1997 April 14, 1997 Review of recommendations for amendments to the Election Act in the Chief Electoral Officer’s report on the 1996 General Election.
EAC Minutes – January 1996 January 29, 1996 Final financing forms, financing regulation re: s. 203(1)(i), Candidate’s kits, nomination forms.
EAC Minutes – November 1995 November 29, 1995 Review of draft election financing forms, political parties and voter registration, nomination procedures.
EAC Minutes – August 1995 August 22, 1995 First meeting; role of committee, overview of Elections BC.