Information for Candidates

Nomination Packages

Nomination papers must be completed and submitted to the Chief Election Officer, or designate, between Tuesday, August 30 and Friday, September 9. Eligible candidates must be a Canadian citizen, be at least 18 years of age on election day, have lived in British Columbia for at least six months before the nomination date and not be disqualified from being nominated, elected or holding office.

2022-08-12 Elections Notice of Nomination

Thinking About Running for Mayor or Council?

Find the answers to questions you may have in this informative brochure:

Thinking About Running For Local Office?

Candidate Information Meeting

The Town hosted a Candidate Information Meeting on Thursday, July 28th at 3pm in Council Chambers. A recorded version of this meeting is available on our YouTube channel. If you are thinking about running for office in the upcoming Municipal General Election on October 15, 2022, be sure to view the recording of this helpful information session.

View PowerPoint presentation for 2022 Candidate Information Meeting here

Elections 101

We also recommend viewing these three videos to learn about the basics of being an elected official and local elections.

Key Dates

Pre-campaign Period: Monday, July 18, 2022 to Friday, September 16, 2022

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

Nomination Period: Tuesday, August 30, 2022 to Friday, September 9, 2022

The period for candidates to submit their nominations to local election officials.

Campaign Period: Saturday, September 17, 2022 to Saturday, October 15, 2022

The period that begins on the 28th day before General Voting Day and ends at the close of voting on General Voting DayCandidate and third party expense limits apply during this period.

Who May be Nominated?

A person is qualified to be nominated, elected, and to hold office as a member of local government if they meet the following criteria:

  • be a Canadian citizen; and
  • be 18 years of age or older; and
  • be a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before nomination papers are filed; and
  • not be disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in British Columbia or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.
Campaign Financing

All candidates have expense limits that apply during the campaign period. The campaign period for the 2022 General Local Elections is September 17, 2022 to October 15, 2022.

Each election area and office has its own limit, which is based on the office and population of the election area. These limits apply to the 2022 General Local Elections and all subsequent by-elections.

  • Mayor: $10,797.83
  • Councillor: $5,398.92
  • Sunshine Coast School District (SD46) Trustee Election Area 3: $7,833.78

Elections BC administers campaign financing for local elections and assent voting in B.C. under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act. For more information on how you can run your campaign, campaign finance limits etc. see the “Candidate Information” page at the Elections BC site.

Election Signs and Advertising Information

The Town of Gibsons regulates where and when campaign signs can appear. Candidates should refer to Bylaw No. 1301, 2022 for complete details.

Elections BC administers advertising rules for local elections in BC.

Before you get started on your campaign, visit the Corporate Officer at Town Hall and pay your $100 deposit for placing election signs in the Town. Election signs must be removed by the end of the day on Saturday, October 19, 2022 – your deposit will be returned following the removal.

  • When?

An Election Sign related to the general local election may be posted no earlier than 36 days before general voting day. For the 2022 General Local Elections, this is Wednesday, August 31, 2022. All signs must be removed no later than four days after the close of voting (Tuesday, October 19, 2022).

  • Where?

Election advertising signs may not be placed on property owned or operated by the Town of Gibsons, except in the road right-of-way if it does not pose a safety hazard.

Election signs may not be placed which:

  • obstructs or detracts from any traffic control device or signage;
  • obstructs a line of vision at an intersection;
  • creates a safety hazard for pedestrians, cyclists or vehicles; or
  • is placed within one metre of a fire hydrant.

You may place advertising signs on private property with the permission of the owner. You are responsible for obtaining the permission of the property owner before placing signs.

Regarding signage along Highway 101, known as Gibsons Way within the Town, the Ministry of Transportation has suggested the following guidelines for sign placement:

– try not to place signs on curves in the road, if they are placed on curves, sight distance restriction must be taken into account;

– place signs on tangent (straight) sections away from other highway signage, and at least 150 to 200 metres from intersections;

– place signs at least 4 metres or more away from the shoulder edge of the highway.

For further information on placing election signs along the highway, contact Area Manager, Ministry of Transportation, Tel: 604.898.5786.

IMPORTANT: It is an election offense to conduct election advertising on General Voting Day, October 15, 2022. This includes push advertising on social media etc. It is also an election offense to canvass or solicit votes, display campaign material or post signs within 100 meters of where voting is taking place at ALL voting opportunities.  Be aware that Voting will be held at the Gibsons & Area Community Center at 700 Park Road, Gibsons, BC on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, Wednesday, October 12, 2022 and Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 8am to 8pm.

Relevant Legislation: