2018 Election Candidate Information

Nomination packages for those interested in running for Mayor or Councillor will be available at 8:30 a.m. July 27, 2018 until 4:00 p.m. September 14, 2018.  Packages can be picked up from the Legislative Services Department, 455 Wallace Street, Nanaimo.  Elector Organization Endorsement packages will also be available during this time. 

FAQ Running for Office

  • Who is Eligible to Run for Office?

  • Do You Need to Live in Nanaimo to be Eligible to be a Candidate?

  • Has the Term Changed from 3 Years to 4 Years?

  • When to Pick Up Nomination Packages

  • Filing Nomination Papers

  • How Many Nominators Do I Need?

  • What does it Cost to File Nomination Documents?

  • Provincial Guides for Local Elections

  • Where Can I Find Information Regarding Campaign Financing and Election Advertising?

  • Is there a limit to what I can spend on my campaign?

  • When Can I Begin Campaigning?

  • Election Signage

  • Is There Remuneration for Members of Council?

  • What is the Time Commitment for Members of Council?

  • Where Can I Find Out About Public Candidates’ Meetings?

  • Does the City hold an information session for potential candidates?


Chief Election Officer: 

Sheila Gurrie

Telephone:  250-755-4405

Fax:  250-755-4435

Deputy Chief Election Officer: 

Sky Snelgrove

Telephone:  250-755-4405

Questions?  Contact us at elections@nanaimo.ca

Office Location: Legislative Services Office, City Hall, 455 Wallace Street, Nanaimo, BC

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)

Please note, the material located on this website is for information purposes only, this information is general in its nature and is not intended to be relied upon as a legal opinion or advice.  Should any issues arise Elections BC, the Chief Election Officer, and any relevant bylaws, will determine final decisions on the matter.

Last updated: October 11, 2018

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