Thinking of running for Council?
The nomination period for the 2022 Local Government Election will open on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. and will close on Friday, September 9, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. Candidate Nomination Packages will be available both in-person at City Hall or online from August 2, 2022. Please come to City Hall to collect the package or email firstname.lastname@example.org and request a nomination package via email.
Declaration of Candidates for the 2022 General Local Election: Click Here
Potential Candidate Information:
Serving your community can be a rewarding experience. There are many good reasons to run for office—you might run to be actively involved in the local decision-making process, contribute your experience and knowledge to the community, address issues or lead change in your community. Here are some of the ways you can prepare:
- Attend Council meetings to learn about priority issues/projects and observe what being on a council might be like;
- Look at the City of Rossland’s financial plans, corporate management plans and annual reports;
- Get to know key groups in the community to understand the diversity of interests in our area;
- Research the internet for information about local governments and basic facts about the local government system in BC.
Who is eligible to run for office?
You are qualified to be nominated, elected and to hold office as a member of local government if you meet the following criteria:
- be 18 years of age or older on general voting day (October 15, 2022);
- be a Canadian citizen;
- have been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months immediately prior to filing nomination documents (prior to March 14, 2022);
- not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.
Generally, local elections candidates must be nominated by eligible electors and declared a candidate by the local Chief Election Officer.
In addition to the above, Candidates are required to file financial disclosure statements, when they complete and submit their nomination package. While in office, financial disclosures are filed annually and upon leaving elected office.
Potential candidates should familiarize themselves with campaign financing requirements. Information is available on the Elections BC website.
Elections BC helps local elections candidates and their financial agents understand the rules under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act. Among other requirements, local elections candidates must:
- Open a separate campaign account and use it for all financial transactions. If you have difficulty opening a campaign account at a savings institution, click here for a letter you can take to the institution that explains the legislated requirement.
- File a disclosure statement with Elections BC within 90 days after General Voting Day.
When will nomination packages be available?
Nomination packages will be available for pick up at Rossland City Hall, 2196 Leroi Avenue, Rossland, British Columbia in August 2022. Individuals requesting a nomination package must obtain the information from the Chief Election Officer or designate.
When can I file my nomination documents?
Nominations will be accepted by the Chief Election Officer beginning at 9:00 a.m., on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 and ends at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 9, 2022. Potential candidates are reminded that in order to run as a candidate, you must be nominated by two (2) people who are qualified to vote either as resident or non-resident property electors in the City of Rossland.
Please contact the Chief Election Officer, Cynthia Anonuevo or the Deputy Chief Election Officer, Kristi Calder at Rossland City Hall at (250) 362-7396 or by contacting Corporate Services by email.
Additional Resources for Candidates
For detailed information for those considering running for elected office in BC: Click Here
Elections BC provides many resources for candidates, including information on campaign financing and contributions, roles of Election Officials, advertising rules and forms and guides regarding local elections.