Information for Voters

Frequently Asked Questions

This information will be available soon. 

The Province of B.C. has information about voter eligibility and voting in local elections

 

  1. What is on the Ballot?

    More information coming soon. 

  2. Who are the Candidates?

    More information coming soon. 

  3. COVID-19 Safety Measures

    More information coming soon. 

  4. Voting Places

    More information coming soon. 

  5. Advance Voting Opportunities

    Advance voting opportunities are open to all eligible electors and will listed here at a later date. 

  6. Curbside Voting

    More information coming soon. 

  7. Accessible Voting

    Information coming soon. 

  8. Voting by Mail

    More information coming soon. 

  9. Am I Registered to Vote?

    You must be registered to vote before you receive a ballot. The City of Victoria will use the Provincial Voters List as the City’s Voters List for the 2022 local government election. 

  10. Voter Qualifications

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

    • Be a Canadian citizen
    • Be age 18 or older
    • Be a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months before the day of registration
    • Not be disqualified from voting in an election
  11. 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. If you are registering to vote at a Voting Place, you will be required to present two pieces. Please be prepared to present two of the identity documents noted below:

    • BC Driver's Licence
    • BC Identification Card
    • Photo BC Services Card
    • Certificate of Indian Status as issued by the Government of Canada
    • Non-photo BC Services Card
    • Student card issued by a post-secondary institution
    • 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
  12. 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 Victoria residents and non-resident property owners are eligible to vote in the 2022 City of Victoria local government election.  

    If you are uncertain about your municipality of residence, you can check the CRD Regional Map. 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.

     

  13. Non-Resident Property Elector

    If you own property in Victoria but live elsewhere, you might be eligible to vote in the City of Victoria by-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 registering to vote or on voting day
    • registered owner of real property in the City of Victoria for at least 30 days immediately before registering to vote or on voting day
    • not be entitled to register as a resident elector
    • not be 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 at the time of 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
    • Application Form (see below)
    • Consent Form, if the property is owned jointly with other individuals - available at Legislative Services or below.

    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.

    Coming Soon: 

    • Non-Resident Property Elector - Application for Registration
    • Non-Resident Property Elector - Consent Form
  14. List of Registered Electors

    Information coming soon. 

  15. Objection to Registration of an Elector

    Information coming soon. 

  16. Counting the Ballots

    City of Victoria voters mark a paper ballot that is processed through an electronic vote tabulator that counts the votes cast for each candidate in each section. Election results are generated by the electronic vote tabulators and the paper ballots are retained in the event that a recount is required. Final results will be available on the City's website after the polls are closed on Voting Day.