Municipal Elections

The information below has been prepared for the convenience of the public and to provide assistance in understanding the local government election process and does not cover every aspect of local elections. It is not intended to be a complete and comprehensive document nor is it a substitution for the legislation contained in Part 3 of the Local Government Act or any other act.

For detailed information on all aspects of voting or running for office in local government elections, refer to the Local Government Act, Elections BC website or visit the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development website on local government elections.


2014 Election
Official 2014 Election Results for Mayor and Council

BC general elections are held every four years for mayors, councillors, regional district electoral area directors, school board trustees and Islands Trust trustees.

Pursuant to the Local Government Act, local general voting day is always the third Saturday in November (Saturday, November 15, 2014). 


There have been changes to election legislation that candidates should ensure they are aware of, particularly respecting campaign financing disclosure requirements.  

BC Government Information for 2014 Election:
Information and resource material for School Board Trustees is available at the Government of BC website:  Ministry of Education.

Additional information for school trustee election information, please contact School District 62 or Chief Election Officer Tom Moore at 250-472-0059.

Candidate Information

Electors in Highlands vote to choose:
Council
  • 1 Mayor
  • 6 Councillors
School Trustees - School District 62 - Sooke School Trustees -  School District 61 - Greater Victoria
2014 Election Notices
Voting Dates, Locations and Times
All electors are eligible to vote at:
  • Advance Voting Opportunities - Wednesday November 5 & 12, or
  • General Voting Day - Saturday, November 15
Voting is held from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm November 5, 12 and 15, at the District of Highlands Community Hall, 729 Finlayson Arm Road.  All ballots cast on November 5, 12 & 15 are counted after the polls close at 8:00 pm on November 15, 2014.

Assistance with Voting and Curbside Voting at the Voting Place
If you are unable to mark, read or translate your ballot, an election official, friend or relative may assist you, after making a solemn declaration to not influence you and to keep your vote secret.

If you travel to the Voting Place (Community Hall) and find it difficult to get out of your car and into the building, you may request curb side voting.  An election official will bring your ballot to you.  


Who May Vote at a Local Government Election?
Resident Elector
To be registered as a Resident Elector, you must meet the following requirements:
  • Age 18 or older, or will be on the day of election;
  • Canadian citizen;
  • Resident of British Columbia for at least six months prior to election day;
  • Resident of the District of Highlands for at least 30 days immediately prior to voting day;
  • Not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.
Property Elector
To be registered as a Property Elector, you must meet the following requirements:
  • Age 18 or older, or will be on the day of election;
  • Canadian citizen;
  • Resident of British Columbia for at least six months prior to election day;
  • Registered owner of real property in the District of Highlands for at least 30 days immediately prior to Election Day;
  • Must not be entitled to register as a resident elector in the District of Highlands;
  • Not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law;
  • If there is more than 1 registered owner of the property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the owners, register as a non-resident property elector.
Elector Registration
You must register to vote before you receive a ballot. The District of Highlands uses the Provincial Voters' List as the District's List of Electors for local general elections. If you are registered as a provincial voter, you should be on this list.

To Register at the District Office during a permitted time or on Election Day the Following Elector Identity Documents will be Required

Elector Identity Documents
  • 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 BC
  • a British Columbia CareCard or British Columbia Gold CareCard
  • a Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance Form DES8
  • 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 369 of the Local Government Act or section 21 of the Taxation (Rural Area) Act
  • a credit card or debit card issued by a savings institution as defined in s.29 of the Interpretation Act
  • a utility bill issued for the supply of electricity, natural gas, water, telephone services or coaxial cable services by a public utility as defined in section 1 of the Utilities Commission Act:
    • a gas utility as defined in section 1 of the Gas Utility Act,
    • a water utility as defined in section 1 of the Water Act,
    • the British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority, or
    • a corporation licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission for the purposes of that supply.
Non-Resident Property Elector Qualifications
If you own property in the District of Highlands but live elsewhere, you may be eligible to vote in the District of Highlands General Local Election as a non-resident property elector.

In order to be eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector on Voting Day you must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • age 18 or older; and
  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; and
  • a registered owner of real property in the District of Highlands for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and
  • not entitled to register as a resident elector; and
  • not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law; and
  • the only persons who are registered owners of the real property, either as joint tenants or tenants in common, are individuals who are not holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust; and
  • if there is more than one registered owner of the property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the owners, register as a non-resident property elector.
If you are not on the District's List of Electors and qualify as a non-resident property elector you may register prior to Voting (until September 23) at the District Officer, otherwise you may register at time of voting.  

You must prove your identity (2 pieces of personal identification (complete list shown above of approved identification), one of which must have your signature), and your eligibility to register (example:  property title deed or current District of Highlands property tax receipt) and a letter of consent from joint owners, if applicable when applying for a certificate.  It is suggested you apply for a Certificate to Register prior to voting. Presentation of such a certificate will allow you to vote without having to produce other proof of ownership of the property in question on voting day.
When applying for a certificate you will be asked to show:
  1. two pieces of identification; one with residence address; one with signature of elector
  2. property title deed or property tax receipt
  3. Consent Form - this is required only if the property is owned jointly with other individuals
If you are unsure about whether or not you are registered to vote, or if you know you are not registered to vote, please contact the Chief Election Officer at 250.474-1773 for further information. If you are not a registered elector, you may register when you go to vote. Election staff will be able to assist you.

Related Links

Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
Frequently Asked Voter Questions and Candidate Questions
Local Elections Campaign Financing Act
Elections BC


Chief Election Officer
Each local government is responsible for running its own local elections in accordance with Provincial laws regulating local government elections. Council has appointed the Corporate Officer, Tina Neurauter  as the District's Chief Election Officer and Thomas Moore as the Deputy Chief Election Officer to ensure the process is run in accordance with the District’s Election Procedures Bylaw and the Local Government Act.

Contact Information:
Chief Election Officer
Tina Neurauter, Corporate Officer
Telephone: 250-474-1773
Voting Day Telephone: 250-882-3742 
Email: tneurauter@highlands.ca

Previous Elections
2011 Election Results
2008 Election Results
2005 Election Results