Mayor & Council

Election Information

 

NEWS

A General Election is coming up on October 15, 2022! Stay tuned for updates to this page over the coming months.

 

 


 

August 30

  • Nomination period begins (9:00 am)

September 9

  • Nomination period ends (4:00 pm)

September 13

  • Deadline for challenge of candidate's nomination (4:00 pm)

September 14

  • Deadline for decision on challenge of candidate nomination

September 19

  • Declaration of election by voting (or acclamation)

October 5 and 12

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

October 15

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

October 16

  • All election signs must be removed

    October 19

    • Deadline for official election results to be declared

    October 19–24

    • Official recount period, if required

    November 7

    • Inaugural meeting

    November 14

    • First Regular Council Meeting

     

     

    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 was held on 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 results of the 2021 by-election were 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 October 15, 2022, for the upcoming 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 October 5 and 12, 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

    More information on mail ballot voting will be coming soon.

    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.

    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;
    • Live in the City of Terrace; 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 Deputy Chief Election Officer at 250-638-4724. 

    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.

    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.

    How to Run for Council

     

    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 will be available at City Hall. The Deputy Chief Election Officer is available to answer questions regarding the election. You can reach the Deputy Chief Election Officer by phone at 250-638-4724 or email at apoole@terrace.ca.

    Nomination documents must be filed with the Deputy Chief Election Officer at City Hall or with the Chief Election Officer during the nomination period. The nomination period starts August 30, 2022, and ends at 4:00 pm on September 9, 2022.

    Resources for Potential Candidates

    Considering running?

    Candidate's Guide to Local Elections in BC (2022)

    General Local Elections 101 (2022)

    What Every Candidate Needs to Know

    Thinking About Running for Local Office? (2022 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 2022 Election. The limit is $14,175.00 for mayor candidates and $7,087.50 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.  

    Updated 2022 safety plan coming soon.

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    More Questions? 

    If you have any questions regarding the upcoming Elections, please contact Ashley Poole, Deputy Chief Election Officer, at 250-638-4724 or the Chief Election Office at 250-635-1907.

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