Municipal Election

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

Candidates are voted in for a three-year term. Pursuant to the Local Government Act, local general voting day is always the third Saturday in November. Electors in Highlands vote to choose:

  • 1 Mayor
  • 6 Councillors
  • School Trustees - School District 62 - Sooke
  • 4 Trustess for the Belmont zone
  • 3 Trustess for the Milnes Landing zone

School Trustees - School District 61 - Greater Victoria
9 Trustess

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.

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 Deputy 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.

How to Vote

Advance Voting
Resident electors and non-resident property electors may vote at any scheduled advance voting opportunity.

All of the advance voting opportunities will be held at the District Office, 1980 Millstream Road.

Elector Identity Documents

When you come to vote, you will need to provide documentation that in combination proves your identity and your residence; one of the documents must have a signature.

The following are valid identity documents for proving elector identity:

  • 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 Victoria but live elsewhere, you may be eligible to vote in the Victoria local general 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 City of Victoria 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 registered as a non-resident property elector on the City's list of electors but qualify to be registered as a non-resident property elector, you may register as such prior to voting. You may apply for a certificate to register as a non-resident property elector by coming to the office of Legislative Services, Victoria City Hall, 1 Centennial Square, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday (excluding holidays). In order to receive a certificate to register as a non-resident property elector, you must prove your identity (two pieces of identification which must between them prove identity and residence, one of which must have your signature) and your eligibility to register (for instance, a property title deed or current City of Victoria property tax receipt, and a letter of consent from joint owners, if applicable).

We suggest that 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 the 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 - it is available at Legislative Services, Victoria City Hall.
    - This is required only if the property is owned jointly with other individuals.

For further information about registering to vote as a non-resident property election, please contact Legislative Services at 250.361.0571.

What if I Need Assistance to Vote?

All local governments are required to make voting places as accessible as possible to people with disabilities or impaired mobility. If you find it difficult to get into a voting place, but can make it to the parking lot or the curb outside, you may request an election official to bring you a ballot. This is called curbside voting. If you are unable to mark your own ballot, you may ask an election official, friend or relative to help you. If you need a translator, you may bring someone to assist you.

Campaign Organizers

Legislation requires people or organizations seeking to affect the outcome of the municipal election by organizing a campaign to be known as "campaign organizers", and places the same requirements for financial reporting on those individuals or groups as it does on candidates or elector organizations.

Campaign organizers who intend to campaign for or against a candidate or try to affect the outcome of elections based on specific issues, but who can not endorse candidates in the manner elector organizations can, must appoint a financial agent, must open an election-specific bank account and must account for both donations and expenditures in the same manner as elector organizations. The reporting requirement for this disclosure is set at $500 in donations or $500 in expenditures - after receiving $500 in donations or expending $500, the campaign organizer must advise the chief election officer.

Provincial Information

The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development has released a number of guides that voters and candidates might find helpful.

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  1. District of Highlands
    1980 Millstream Road
    Victoria, BC  V9B 6H1
    Ph: 250-474-1773   Fx: 250-474-3677
    Hours:  8:30am - 4:00pm


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