Municipal By-Election 2020
Victoria's 2020 By-Election will be held on December 12, 2020.
In December 2020, voters in the municipal by-election in Victoria will elect:
- 1 Councillor
Declaration of Election by Voting
View the Declaration of Election by Voting for Victoria's 2020 By-Election.
Learn more about the 11 candidates running for one position of City Councillor in the 2020 By-Election Candidate Profile Guide. Each candidate was provided the opportunity to submit a short bio and photo. The profiles have not been edited in any way.
Declaration of Candidates
View the Declaration of Candidates for the City of Victoria's 2020 By-Election.
There are many ways to vote. You may vote in person on General Voting Day on Saturday, December 12 at any of the six voting places or at any of the eight advance voting opportunities at Crystal Garden.
An accessible voting machine will be available at the Crystal Garden on General Voting Day and at all advance voting opportunities.
Curbside voting will be offered at all voting places for those with accessibility challenges.
Anyone can request a mail ballot.
The City of Victoria is working with the Office of the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC to make sure its Municipal By-Election is safe for voters, candidates and election workers. A safety plan has been prepared for each voting place. Learn more.
Candidate Nomination Forms
A redacted copy of the nomination forms for the December 12, 2020 By-election are posted below for convenience purposes. Please note that the civic address and signatures have been redacted from the nomination forms to protect personal privacy. A complete copy of the nomination forms are available for public inspection at the City of Victoria's Legislative Services office. Please call 250.361.0571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment to inspect the documents.
Elector Organization Documents Received
Elector organization documents that the City receives are posted below.
Candidate Nomination Packages
- On October 13, Candidate Nomination Forms were made available by contacting the Legislative Office at Victoria City Hall at 250.361.0571 or at email@example.com.
The City of Victoria accepted Candidate Nomination Forms from 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 until 4 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2020. Completed Nomination Forms could be filed during the nomination period by making an in-person appointment with Legislative Services or filed by email. Only eligible candidates who filed their papers by the close of nomination will be included on the ballot.
In accordance with section 89(9) of the Local Government Act, a person who inspects or otherwise accesses nomination documents must not use the information included in them except for the purposes of this Act or purposes authorized under section 63 [restrictions on use of personal information] of the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.
Due to COVID-19, City Hall offices remain closed to the public.
Municipal Election Notices
- Notice - Notice of Election by Voting [PDF - 115 KB]
- Notice - Advance Elector Registration [PDF - 85 KB]
- Notice - Notice of Nomination [PDF - 70 KB]
Campaign Financing, Advertising and Disclosure
Advertising rules for Victoria's 2020 By-Election come into effect on Saturday, November 14, 2020, with the start of the campaign period. Learn more.
Elections BC administers campaign financing, advertising and disclosure rules for local elections under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act. For more information on the rules for media, candidates and third party advertising sponsors, visit: www.elections.bc.ca/lecf.
- The vote for one Councillor was originally scheduled for April 4, 2020. 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.
- 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, helped ensure residents were not required to gather in polling stations and freed up City resources to focus on managing impacts of COVID-19.
- 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 presented a report to Committee of the Whole on September 17 and on October 1 on how to safely proceed with Victoria's by-election during a pandemic. Council decided that the municipal by-election will take place on Saturday, December 12, 2020.