Qualifications for Office & Campaign Financing

Qualifications for Office

To qualify as a candidate for local government office, at the time of nomination a person must meet the following criteria:

  • Canadian Citizen;
  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • Resident of BC for at least six (6) months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and
  • Not be disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Campaign Financing

Elections BC oversees campaign financing and third party advertising rules. Local governments have responsibility for administering voting and accepting candidate nomination forms. For answers to questions about the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (i.e. election advertising, third party advertising sponsors and campaign financing rules), please contact Elections BC toll free at 1-855-952-0280; or by email at lecf@elections.bc.ca . Elections BC has also developed a Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in BC, as well as the Third Party Sponsor Guide to Local Elections in BC.