Information for Voters

  1. What was on the Ballot?

    The ballot will include five sections:

    • Opportunity to vote for 1 Mayor
    • Opportunity to vote for up to 8 Councillors
    • Opportunity to vote for up to 9 School District Trustees (School District 61)
    • Opportunity to vote for up to 3 Council candidate nominees from the City of Victoria to the Capital Regional District Board
    • A community opinion question regarding municipal amalgamation, worded as follows:

    “Are you in favour of spending up to $250,000 for establishing a Citizens' Assembly to explore the costs, benefits, and disadvantages of the amalgamation between the District of Saanich and the City of Victoria?”

    Click here for more information on the Citizens' Assembly question on the ballot. [PDF - 302 KB]

  2. Who were the Candidates?

    Ten candidates are running for the office of Mayor and 29 candidates are running for the office of Councillor. Click here to view the Candidate Profile Guide, made available to assist voters in finding information about the candidates and to make informed choices.

    Click here for a list of candidates debates and forums [PDF - 173 KB].

  3. Voting Places

    On Saturday October 20, you may vote at any one of the following locations from    (8 a.m to 8 p.m)

    • Burnside Gorge Community Centre , 471 Cecelia Road  

    • Central Baptist Church, 833 Pandora Avenue  

    • Cook Street Village Activity Centre, 380 Cook Street 

    • Victoria High School, 1260 Grant Street 

    • James Bay Community School, 140 Oswego Street 

    • James Bay New Horizons Centre, 234 Menzies Street 

    • Margaret Jenkins School, 1824 Fairfield Road 

    • Oaklands School, 2827 Belmont Avenue 

    • Quadra School, 3031 Quadra Street 

    • St.Barnabas Church, 1525 Begbie Street  

    • Sir James Douglas School, 401 Moss Street 

    • Victoria West School, 750 Front Street  

    Please note a map showing Voting Places displayed two locations (Burnside Gorge Community Centre and Margaret Jenkins School) incorrectly. Please use the addresses above for all voting locations. 

  4. Advance Voting Opportunities

    Advance voting opportunities are open to all eligible electors:

    • Wednesday, October 10 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Victoria City Hall 

    • Wednesday, October 10 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Camosun College Interurban Campus, Huber Hall  

    • Friday, October 12 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Our Place, 919 Pandora Ave  

    • Monday, October 15 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Victoria City Hall 

    • Wednesday, October 17 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at University of Victoria, Student Union Building

  5. Voter Registration

    The City of Victoria will use the Provincial Voters List as the City’s Voters List for the 2018 municipal election. If you are not on the list, you may register in person prior to voting at any scheduled voting place with appropriate identification.
    If you have outdated information or have moved, you can also update your voter card information at the registration table prior to voting.

  6. Am I Registered to Vote?

    The Provincial Voters List from Elections BC is being used to create Victoria's list of eligible voters by name and address. If your name appears on this list, a voter card will be mailed to the address in late September or early October. Bring your voter card to make your voting experience seamless.

    Click here to find out if you're on the list.

  7. 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 when registering to vote or on voting day.
    • Canadian citizen
    • resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months before registering to vote or on voting day
    • resident of the City of Victoria for at least 30 days before registering to vote or on voting day
    • not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law
  8. 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

    *if you are already registered to vote and presenting one of these preferred documents, only one piece of ID will be required

  9. Voter Card

    Voter cards will be mailed to eligible voters during the last two weeks of September. Voters are encouraged to bring these cards with them to vote, as this card will speed up the voting process. The voter card does not replace the requirement to provide identification.

  10. 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 2018 Victoria municipal election in the City of Victoria. All other voters must vote in their home municipality.

    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.

  11. Non-Resident Property Elector

    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 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 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 or available as a pdf document 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.

  12. Voting by Mail

    The City of Victoria offers eligible voters the opportunity to cast their vote by mail if the voter is unable to attend in person at a voting opportunity on account of:

    • A physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity; or
    • Absence from the municipality on general voting day and at the times of all advance voting opportunities.

    Eligible voters must apply by October 1 to receive a mail ballot in advance of voting.  All mail ballots must be received in City Hall by the close of the polls on Saturday October 20th at 8:00 p.m. Mail ballots received after this deadline will not be counted.

    Contact Legislative Services at 250.361.0571 or email elections@victoria.ca to arrange a mail in ballot.

  13. Accessible Voting

    If you are unable to enter the voting place, you may ask to receive curbside voting in order to mark your ballot at a location outside the voting place. Please inquire with the Presiding Election Official at your voting place or call Legislative Services in advance at 250.361.0571.

  14. 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 General Voting Day.