2018 Election

The next general local election is October 20, 2018.

Candidate Information Sessions

Residents interested in running as candidates in the 2018 Municipal Election are invited to attend a Candidate Information Session on Wednesday August 29 or Thursday August 30 in the Nanaimo River Room, Vancouver Island Conference Centre, 80 Commercial Street.  The sessions are from 6-8 pm and provide potential candidates with information regarding the role and expectations of Mayor and Council for the City of Nanaimo, including how to become a candidate, what's involved in becoming an elected official and other matters of interest to anyone seeking to be elected to Council.

 
Nanaimo voters will elect:
  • One mayor
  • Eight councillors
  • Nine school trustees for School District 68.

Residents interested in running as candidates

Requirements to vote

To vote in the election, you must either be a Resident Elector or Non-Resident Property Elector.

Resident Electors:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day
  • Canadian citizen
  • Have lived in BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day you vote
  • Have lived in Nanaimo for at least 30 days before the day you vote
  • Not be disqualified by law from voting.

Non-Resident Property Electors

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day
  • Canadian citizen
  • Have lived in BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day you vote
  • Have owned property in the City of Nanaimo for at least 30 days
  • Not be disqualified by law from voting.
  • Have the written consent of the majority of the other property owner(s) to vote on their behalf.

Only one non-resident property elector per property may vote, regardless of how many people own the property; and, the owner must have the written consent of a majority of the other property owner(s) to vote on their behalf.

Property owned in whole or in part by a corporation does not qualify under the non-resident property elector provisions.

Election Notices

As they become available 2018 General Election Notices will be posted here.

Working the Election

Recruitment for election positions has now closed for the October 2018 General Local Election.  Please click on the link below to find more information.

Working the 2018 Election

Important Dates

Start of Election Period Monday, January 1, 2018
 Candidate Information Sessions  Wednesday August 29, 2018 and Thursday August 30, 2018
 Start of Nomination Period  Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
 Close of Nomination Period  Friday, September 14, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
 Declaration of Candidates  Friday, September 14, 2018
 End of Challenge to Nomination and Endorsement Period  Tuesday, September 18, 2018
 Candidate Nomination Withdrawal Deadline  Friday, September 21, 2018
 Start of Campaign Period  Saturday, September 22, 2018
 1st Advance Voting Opportunity  Wednesday, October 10, 2018
 2nd Advance Voting Opportunity  Wednesday, October 17, 2018
 General Voting Day  Saturday, October 20, 2018
 End of Campaign Period  Saturday, October 20, 2018
 Determination of Official Election Results  Monday, October 22, 2018
 Inaugural Council Meeting Monday, November 5, 2018
 End of period to file campaign financing disclosure statement with Elections BC  Friday, January 18, 2019

 

Last updated: August 8, 2018

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