On Wednesday, January 30, 2019, the Province will be conducting a By-Election for the Nanaimo area. The City of Nanaimo is not involved in this process. Please contact Elections BC or the Nanaimo District Electoral Office for information regarding the Provincial By-Election:

Elections BC

Toll Free:  1-800-661-8683

TTY:  1-888-456-5448

Nanaimo District Electoral Office


201-65 Front Street, Nanaimo, BC  V9R 5H9

Phone:  778-690-2094

Email:  deonan@elections.bc.ca


The City of Nanaimo is governed by a Council of 9 elected officials: 1 Mayor and 8 Councillors. Council operates at policy level and delegates day to day operations through the Chief Administrative Officer to City Staff.

General Local Elections are held every four years and beginning in 2018 will be held on the third Saturday in October.  This is when all eligible voters in the City of Nanaimo elect their Council and School District No. 68 Board Trustees.  From time to time there is a need to hold other types of voting opportunities such as: a by-election (to fill a vacancy) or Other Voting (to respond to a referendum question).   

The City of Nanaimo is responsible for running its own local elections according to Provincial laws regulating local government elections. 

Past Elections

Related links

General Election Bylaw 2011 No. 7129 (PDF)
Community Charter
Local Government Act

Last updated: February 15, 2019

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