Mayor & Council

Election Information

What and When

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

If you want to speak to someone about the Terrace Election you can call the City Clerk at 250.638.4721.

View the 2018 Official Election Results

View 2018 General Local Elections 101

Who Can Run for Council?

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 B.C. 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 B.C. or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding office.

Nominations Information

Nomination documents for persons interested in running for the office of Mayor or Councillor will be available on Friday, July 27, 2018 at City Hall. 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

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 ended at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018.

See the Declaration of Candidates

The list of nominees for Mayor and Council can be found here:

Information for Candidates

What Every Candidate Needs to Know

Thinking About Running for Local Office?

Elections BC has announced the campaign spending limits for candidates in the 2018 Local General Election. In Terrace, they are $10,289.00 for mayoral candidates and $5,144.50 for councillor candidates. Please contact Elections BC regarding any questions about campaign financing.

Who Can Vote?

  • All City of Terrace residents who meet the eligibility criteria listed below 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

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 B.C. 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 B.C. 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. To 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 that person is released on probation or parole and is 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.

Voting Opportunities:  Where & When

General Voting Day

General Voting Day is Saturday, October 20, 2018. Polls will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Voting will be held in the Banquet Room at the Terrace Sportsplex, 3320 Kalum Street, Terrace, B.C.

Advanced Voting

Advanced voting opportunties will be held on Wednesday, October 10 and Wednesday, October 17, 2018. The voting for both Advanced Voting Opportunities will be held in the Multi-purpose Room at the Terrace Sportsplex, 3320 Kalum Street.

Mail Ballot Voting

Mail ballot voting will be available for:

  • Electors who have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity; or
  • Electors who expect to be absent from the City of Terrace on General Voting Day and at the times of all advance voting opportunities.

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).

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.

Application to Vote by Mail

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 Officer.

Or check on the Provincial Government's website.
For Campaign Financing information please see the Elections BC website
Regional District (250.615.6100) and School Board (250.635.4931). Elections are held at the same time as Local Government Elections.  Please contact these agencies directly for information on their Elections.


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