Municipal Election

Municipal Elections
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:
Council
  • 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.

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

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 Opportunity
Resident electors and non-resident property electors may vote at any scheduled advance voting opportunity.  All of the advance voting opportunities are held at the District Office, 1980 Millstream Road.

Elector Identity Documents
If you are on the Provinicial Voter's List provided to the District you do not require identification as you will swear an oath as to your identity. 

If you are not on te Voter's List on the day of the Election then you may register at that time and will require a combination of the following documents that proves your identity and your residence; one of the documents must have a signature.

  • 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 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 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 registered as a non-resident property elector please contact the Deputy Chief Election Officer at the District of Highlands' office forfurther infomation on registering.


Previous Elections

2011 Election Results
2008 Election Results
2005 Election Results

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