2022 General Local Elections

The 2022 General Local Elections will be held on October 15, 2022.

Elections BC administers campaign financing, disclosure and election advertising rules under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act. Elections BC does not administer voting or candidate nominations for local elections. For more information, see Who Does What in Local Elections.

Expense limits

Expense limits for candidates and third party advertising sponsors in the 2022 General Local Elections are now available. See the links below. 

Candidate nominations

Elections BC does not administer candidate nominations for local elections in B.C. Prospective candidates should contact the Chief Election Officer in the jurisdiction they wish to run in for nomination forms and information about the candidate nomination process.

New rules for the 2022 General Local Elections

There are new campaign financing and advertising rules for the 2022 General Local Elections that candidates, elector organizations, and third party advertisers need to be aware of. Key changes include:

  • Elector organizations must register with Elections BC in order to endorse a candidate, receive a campaign contribution, or incur an election expense. Read more about new rules for elector organizations.
  • Sponsorship contribution limits apply to contributions made by eligible individuals to third party sponsors.
  • During the pre-campaign period beginning on July 18, 2022, third party advertising rules apply.
  • All election advertising during the pre-campaign period must include an authorization statement.

If you have any questions about the campaign financing and advertising rules in local elections, contact us at 1-800-661-8683 or electoral.finance@elections.bc.ca.

Key dates

Election period
The period beginning January 1 of an election year until 29 days before General Voting Day. Campaigns must report all expenses incurred during the election period.
Saturday, January 1, 2022 – Friday, September 16, 2022
Nomination period
The period for candidates to submit their nominations to local election officials.
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 – Friday, September 9, 2022

Pre-campaign period
At the beginning of this period election advertising rules come into force and continue through General Voting Day.

Monday, July 18, 2022 – Friday, September 16, 2022
Campaign period
The period that begins on the 28th day before General Voting Day and ends at the close of voting on General Voting Day. Candidate and third party expense limits apply during this period.
Saturday, September 17, 2022 – Saturday, October 15, 2022
General Voting Day Saturday, October 15, 2022
Campaign financing disclosure statement filing deadline Friday, January 13, 2023
Campaign financing disclosure statement late filing deadline with $500 late filing fee Monday, February 13, 2023