Mayor & Council

Election Information

 

NEWS

June 7, 2021: Dave Gordon Delcared Winner of By-Election

Official results:

  • Dave Gordon - 477
  • Alexander Pietralla - 100
  • Amandeep Saini - 44
  • Joely Viveiros – 154

Click here the City of Terrace Determination of Official Election Results.

 

June 5, 2021: It's voting day! 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at the Terrace Sportsplex Main Arena – 3320 Kalum Street, Terrace, BC

June 2, 2021: The City of Terrace, the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine, and BC Transit are providing free transit service on June 5, 2021 as part of the municipal by-election day on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Free transit will be available all day on all scheduled routes throughout the transit system as well as handyDART services. See the BC Transit news release here.

May 17, 2021: All-Candidates Forum announced; it will be hosted by the Terrace & District Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, May 25, at 7:00 pm. See the Facebook event page for more details. Scroll down this page to see the video recording from this event.

May 7, 2021: The Chief Elections Officer has declared an election by voting. See the declaration here.

April 30, 2021: The Chief Elections Officer has declared the candidates in the 2021 Local By-Election. See the list of candidates here.

March 25, 2021: The City of Terrace has announced that a municipal by-election will take place on Saturday, June 5, 2021, in order to fill the seat of Jessica McCallum-Miller, who announced her resignation in February. Read the news release here.

Read the Notice of Nomination

 

Candidate Information

Mr. Dave Gordon
Mr. Alex Pietralla
Mr. Amandeep Saini
Ms. Joely Viveiros

 

Watch the All-Candidates Forum

 

 


 

April 20

  • Nomination period begins (9:00 am) 
  • Voters' list available for public inspection
  • Period of objection to registered electors (voters) begins

April 30

  • Nomination period ends (4:00 pm)
  • Declaration of candidates
  • Period of objection to registered electors ends

May 4

  • Deadline for challenge of candidate's nomination

May 7

  • Deadline for decision on challenge of candidate nomination
  • Deadline for withdrawal of candidate
  • Deadline for withdrawal of candidate endorsement
  • Deadline for receipt of originals of faxed nomination paper

May 10

  • Declaration of election by voting (or acclamation)

May 25

  • All-Candidates Forum hosted by the Terrace & District Chamber of Commerce (event page here)

May 26 and June 2

  • Advance voting opportunity (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) Terrace Sportsplex

May 31

  • Deadline to request a mail ballot package to be sent to you by mail (details here)

June 1

  • Mail ballot packages will be sent out by mail on or about this date.

June 3

  • Deadline for mail ballot packages to be picked up at City Hall (4:00 pm)

June 5

  • GENERAL VOTING DAY (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) Terrace Sportsplex

June 5

  • All mail ballots must be received by 8:00 pm

June 6

  • All election signs must be removed

June 9

  • Deadline for official election results to be declared

June 9–18

  • Official recount period, if required

June 28

  • Candidate elected by voting makes Oath of Office

June 28

  • First Regular Council Meeting with newly elected councillor

 

 

Learn About General Local Elections

When are elections held?

By-Elections

By-elections are elections to fill a vacancy arising during a term of office. In February 2021, the City of Terrace announced the resignation of Councillor Jessica McCallum-Miller. As a result of this vacancy, a municipal by-election has been scheduled for June 5, 2021.

 

General Local Elections

General Local Elections are held every four years for Mayor and Council. Candidates are voted in for a four-year term. The next General Local Election will be held in 2022. Electors in Terrace vote to choose:

  • One (1) Mayor
  • Six (6) Councillors
2021 By-Election Results

The unofficial results of the 2021 by-election are as follows: 

Dave Gordon - 477 votes

Alexander Pietralla - 100 votes

Amandeep Singh Saini - 44 votes

Joely Viveiros - 154 votes

How to Vote

 

What are the voting options?

General Voting Day

General Voting Day is June 5, 2021, for the upcoming by-election. Polls will be open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Voting will be held in the Main Arena at the Terrace Sportsplex, 3320 Kalum Street, Terrace, BC.

Advanced Voting

Advanced voting opportunities will be held on May 26 and June 2, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. The voting for both Advanced voting opportunities will be held in the Main Arena at the Terrace Sportsplex, 3320 Kalum Street, Terrace, BC.

Mail Ballot Voting

Voters can request a mail ballot package be mailed to them or picked up at City Hall. If you would like a mail ballot package to be mailed to you, you must do so by 4:00 pm on May 31. If you would like to pick up a mail ballot package at City Hall, you can make that request until June 3 at 4:00 pm. Click on the links below for instructions and a fillable application form.

If you are not already on the List of Electors, you will need to apply along with your application for a Mail Voting Ballot (either as a Resident Elector or Non-Resident Property Elector—if more than one person owns the property, the consent of the other property owner/s is required; see Non-Resident Property Elector – Eligibility, below).

Instructions for mail ballot voting Mail ballot voting application form

Please call Alisa Thompson at 250-638-4721 if you would like more information on mail ballot voting or if you wish to confirm whether or not you are on the List of Electors.

Who Can Vote? Can I vote?
  • All City of Terrace residents who meet the eligibility criteria listed below under Terrace Resident Elector - Eligibility can vote. People who own property in Terrace but live outside Terrace can also vote.
  • Landed immigrants who are not yet Canadian citizens are not permitted to vote in civic Elections.
  • No corporation is entitled to be registered as an elector or have a representative registered as an elector and no corporation is entitled to vote.

Only City of Terrace residents and non-resident property owners are eligible to vote in the Terrace Election.

View the Voter's Guide to Local Elections in BC

Am I on the voters list?

Terrace Resident Elector - Eligibility

To vote in a civic Election in Terrace, you must be at the time of voting:

  • At least 18 years of age on or before General Voting Day;
  • A Canadian citizen;
  • Have lived in BC for at least six months;
  • Have lived in the City of Terrace for at least 30 days; and
  • Not disqualified from voting by any statute or law.
Non-Resident Property Elector - Eligibility

If you own property in Terrace but live somewhere else, you can vote as long as you are:

  • At least 18 years of age on or before General Voting Day;
  • A Canadian citizen;
  • Have lived in BC for at least six months;
  • Have owned real property in the City of Terrace for at least 30 days;
  • Not eligible to vote as a Resident Elector in the City of Terrace;
  • Registered owners of the real property, either as joint tenants or tenants in common, not holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust;
  • Not disqualified from voting by any statute or law.

A qualifying non-resident property elector may register at the polls providing:

  • 2 pieces of identification (one with residence address and one with your signature); and
  • proof satisfactory to the official that the person applying is entitled to register in relation to the real property (e.g., current year's tax notice from the City of Terrace); and
  • if applicable, providing written consent from the other registered property owner/s of the real property.

As a non-resident property elector, you can vote only once, regardless of the number of properties you own. If you have more than one registered owner of your property, only one of you, with the written consent of the majority of the other individuals, may vote. If you have questions about registering as a non-resident property elector, contact the City Clerk's Office at 250-638-4721. 

Terrace Elector - Registration

The City of Terrace uses the Provincial Voters' List; therefore, if you are registered on the Provincial List, you are registered on the City of Terrace Electors' List. In any event, you can register at the polls by meeting the Elector criteria mentioned above, and providing two pieces of identification proving residence and identity, and in the case of non-resident property electors, proof of ownership.

Am I on the voters list?

 

Get on the Provincial Voter's List or update your information:

Contact Elections BC

Acceptable Pieces of Identification

The following are deemed to be acceptable identification for the purposes of registering to vote at the Polls (one must contain your signature):

  • a British Columbia Driver's Licence;
  • a British Columbia Identification Card issued by the Motor Vehicle Branch;
  • an Owner's Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence issued by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia;
  • a British Columbia CareCard or British Columbia Gold CareCard;
  • a Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance Form;
  • a Social Insurance Card issued by Human Resources Development Canada;
  • a Citizenship Card issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada;
  • a real property tax notice issued under section 237 of the Community Charter;
  • a credit card or debit card issued by a savings institution as defined in section 29 of the Interpretation Act; or
  • a utility bill issued for the supply of electricity, natural gas, water, telephone services or coaxial cable services.
Elector Disqualification

You are disqualified from voting if:

  • You have not completed a sentence for an indictable offence, unless you have been released on probation or parole and are not in custody;
  • You have been involuntarily confined to a psychiatric or other institution as a result of being acquitted of or found not criminally responsible for an offence under the Criminal Code on account of a mental disorder; and/or
  • You have been found guilty of an Election-related offence.
Who Can Run?

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

  • Canadian citizen;
  • 18 years of age or older on General Voting Day;
  • Resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed;
  • Are not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an Election in BC or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding office.
Nominations Information

Nomination documents for persons interested in running for the office of Councillor are available starting March 23, 2021, at City Hall and online. The City Clerk is available to answer questions regarding the election. You can reach the City Clerk by phone at 250-638-4721 or email at athompson@terrace.ca.

Nomination documents must be filed with the City Clerk’s office at City Hall or with the Chief Election Officer during the nomination period. The nomination period starts April 20, 2021, and ends at 4:00 pm on April 30, 2021.

DOWNLOAD THE NOMINATION PACKAGE

 

Candidate Information Release Authorization

Your nomination documents are available to the public to view as soon as they are submitted. Consent provided with this form simply allows the municipality to provide additional information to the public and/or media.

DOWNLOAD THE LOCAL CANDIDATE INFORMATION RELEASE AUTHORIZATION FORM

 

2021 By-Election

 

Resources for Potential Candidates

Considering running?

Information for Candidates

What Every Candidate Needs to Know

Thinking About Running for Local Office? (brochure)

Thinking About Running for Local Office? (videos and more)

Foundational Principles of Responsible Conduct

Policy 63 - Code of Ethics

 

Campaigning

Elections BC has announced the campaign spending limits for candidates in the 2021 Local By-Election. The limit is $5,144.50 for councillor candidates. Please contact Elections BC regarding any questions about campaign financing.

Election Signs Fact Sheet

Safety

In order to ensure the election process aligns with public health directives, the City of Terrace has created a safety plan to identify possible hazards, conduct risk assessments, and ensure a safe process for all electoral stakeholders, including voters, election workers, and political participants.  

Download the COVID-19 Safety Plan

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More Questions? 

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming Elections, please contact Alisa Thompson, City Clerk, at 250-638-4721 or the Chief Election Office at 250-635-1907.

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