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Elections BC

A non-partisan, independent Office of the Legislature, Elections BC is responsible for administering the provincial electoral process, including provincial general elections and by-elections, provincial referenda, recall and initiative petitions and initiative votes.

Elections BC is also responsible for administering campaign financing and election advertising rules under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA). This responsibility includes managing campaign financing disclosure requirements, conducting investigations, and enforcing the campaign financing and third party advertising provisions set out in LECFA. This responsibility also extends to by-elections and non-election assent voting events (also referred to as referenda) held by local election authorities outside of the general local elections cycle.

Elections BC’s responsibilities under LECFA include:

  • accepting, reviewing and publishing disclosure statements and supplementary reports
  • assisting participants to comply with LECFA
  • registering local advertising sponsors
  • undertaking investigations and audits
  • reporting on the administration of compliance with LECFA

Privacy notice

The information collected by Elections BC in the campaign financing disclosure statements and supplementary reports is to administer the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.

For more information, contact the Privacy Officer at Elections BC:
1-800-661-8683, privacy@elections.bc.ca or PO Box 9275 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, BC V8W 9J6


Elections BC: local elections campaign financing guides

This guide is for candidates and their financial agents to assist with understanding the comprehensive rules under LECFA. Elections BC also produces the following guides available at elections.bc.ca/lecf:

Local elections: shared roles and responsibilities

General local elections are held every four years for mayors, councillors, electoral area directors, local community commissioners, board of education trustees, park board members and commissioners, advisory council members, regional trustees and Islands Trust local trustees in British Columbia.

Local governments and boards of education also hold by-elections to fill vacancies that occur between general local elections. Non-election assent voting is conducted periodically by local governments to obtain elector assent to carry out certain council and board recommendations (such as borrowing to construct a new library or recreation centre).

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Local Government Management Association, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities, the Ministry of Education, the British Columbia School Trustees Association and Elections BC all have educational materials related to local elections.

A local election officer is the chief election officer or designated local authority officer appointed for a jurisdiction by a local government or board of education.

Local election officers are responsible for:

  • receiving nomination documents
  • declaring candidates
  • administering voting opportunities
  • counting votes
  • declaring election results

Who does what


Area of administration

Who is responsible

Voting and ballots

Local election officers

Nomination process

Local election officers

Advertising rules

Elections BC

Campaign financing and disclosure rules

Elections BC

School trustees/school board elections

Ministry of Education

Legislation for local elections

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing