Victoria's By-Election Postponed
March 19, 2020
To protect residents from the current threat of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, has deferred Victoria's April 4 by-election.
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. View the Ministry's media release.
All nine candidates have been informed of the postponement.
The vote for one Councillor had been scheduled for April 4, with advance voting starting next week. 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.
Although the by-election has been postponed, the flyer that Victoria residents receive in the mail this week contains helpful information on what residents need to know to vote regarding eligibility and required identification for voting.
On March 16, 2020, the Chief Medical Health Officer for Island Health
recommended that the City of Victoria's April 4 by-election be postponed until the coronavirus pandemic is declared over. The City requested an order from the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to authorize the postponement under the Local Government Act.