Municipal Elections

Municipal Elections will be held across BC on October 20, 2018.

Voters in Victoria will vote to elect:

  • 1 Mayor
  • 8 Councillors
  • 9 School Trustees (School District 61)

Information for Candidates

The nomination period for the 2018 Municipal Election will open on September 4 and will close on September 14, 2018. Candidate information guides and nomination forms will be available at City Hall in Legislative Services in the coming months.

Voter Residency Requirements

The Greater Victoria Area is made up of many municipalities, so you may be unsure whether you are a City of Victoria resident or resident of another municipality. Only City of Victoria residents and non-resident property owners were eligible to vote in the 2014 Victoria municipal election.

If you are uncertain about your municipality of residence, you can check using VicMap, or this PDF map of the City of Victoria [PDF - 13.4 MB]. A check of your property tax receipt will also provide you with information about your municipality of residence. If you are still uncertain, please contact the Legislative Services office at 250.361.0571 for assistance.

Voter Qualifications

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

  • age 18 or older
  • Canadian citizen
  • resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration
  • resident of the City of Victoria for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration
  • not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.

Voter Registration

You must register to vote before you receive a ballot. The City of Victoria used the Provincial Voters List as the City’s Voters List for the 2014 municipal election. If you are not on the list, you may register at a Voting Place on General Voting Day prior to receiving a ballot.

Voter Identity Documents

The following are valid identity documents for proving voter identity. At least one document presented to prove identity must include the applicant's signature. Please be prepared to present two of the identity documents noted below:

  • BC Driver's Licence
  • BC Identification Card
  • Student card issued by a post-secondary institution
  • Photo BC Services Card
  • Non-photo BC Services Card
  • Certificate of Indian Status as issued by the Government of Canada
  • Owner's Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence issued by ICBC
  • BC CareCard or BC Gold CareCard
  • Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance Form SDES8
  • Social Insurance Card
  • Canadian Citizenship Card
  • City of Victoria Property Tax Notice
  • Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits
  • BC Government cheque
  • Income Tax Assessment Notice
  • Canadian Forces Identification
  • Old Age Security Identification Card
  • Canadian Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Credit card or debit card or statement
  • Utility bill
  • Library card issued by the Greater Victoria Public Library

Non-Resident Property Elector Qualifications

If you own property in Victoria but live elsewhere, you might be eligible to vote in the City of Victoria general election as a non-resident property elector. The owners must be individuals, not corporations.

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

  • age 18 or older
  • Canadian citizen
  • resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration
  • registered owner of real property in the City of Victoria for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration
  • not entitled to register as a resident elector
  • not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law
  • 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
  • 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 City's Voters List and qualify as a non-resident property elector you may register prior to voting. Registering as a non-resident property elector at the time on voting day requires documentation proving your identity, place of residence and proof of property ownership.

To prove your identity and your eligibility to register, please bring with you:

  • Two pieces of personal identification - one with residential address, and one with your signature; and
  • Property title deed or current City of Victoria property tax receipt; and
  • Consent Form, if the property is owned jointly with other individuals - available at Legislative Services in City Hall.

If a property is owned in whole or in part by a corporation, you are ineligible to register as a non-resident property elector with regard to that property. There is no corporate vote in BC.

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