Municipal By-Election 2020

By-Election Update: 

On July 29, 2020, the BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing released guidelines to help local governments plan how to safely hold by-elections that were deferred due to the pandemic. Learn more.

City staff will bring a report to Council in September with potential dates and recommendations on how to safely proceed with Victoria’s by-election.

By-Election Cancelled:

On March 18, 2020, to protect residents from the current threat of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, cancelled Victoria's April 4 by-election. Read the Order.

This action, requested by the Chief Medical Health Officer for Island Health and the City of Victoria, will help ensure residents are not required to gather in polling stations and will free up the City's resources to focus on dealing with the impact of COVID-19.

Decisions to reschedule the by-election will be made by the City in conjunction with public health officials and Elections BC.


The vote for one Councillor was scheduled for April 4. The position became vacant when Laurel Collins resigned from Victoria City Council in November 2019 following her election to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Victoria.