Elections

Every four years, Port Coquitlam voters go to the polls to elect a mayor, six councillors and two school trustees.

It’s important to vote. City councils and school boards make decisions every day that affect our property taxes, development in our community, the City services we use and our children’s school.

Nomination Information

Nomination of candidates for the 2022 local election will be Aug. 30, 9 am to Sept. 9, 4 pm.

To make an appointment to submit nomination papers please contact the Election Office at 604.927.5332.

Nomination Forms

Nomination forms can be downloaded below or picked up at the Corporate Office (see bottom of page).

Information Package for Prospective Candidates

Nomination Forms for Prospective Council Member Candidates*

Nomination Forms for Prospective School Trustee Candidates*

* There are quite a few pages to print out – paper copies already completed are available at the Election Office at City Hall.

Who May Run

You may run for local government office if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen
  • are at least 18 years old on election day
  • have lived in BC for at least the last 6 months
  • have not been disqualified from voting in a BC local election

You do not have to live in the jurisdiction in which you are running for office.

Term of Office

If you are elected to local office, you will be expected to serve a  four-year term. This term will officially begin on November 8, 2022 (Inaugural Meeting) and end in October 2026.

Time Commitment

Please be aware that holding office can be time consuming. In addition to attending regular meetings – usually one evening per week for City Council – you may be asked to sit on special committees, boards or commissions that also require significant time.

Before filling out your nomination papers, you are encouraged to attend a Council Meeting or Committee Meeting and/or talk to someone currently in office to get a feel for council proceedings and find out about the commitment.

Important Dates

Jun. 23-  Candidate Info Session, 6pm @ Council Chambers

Jun. 24-  Candidate packages available for pick-up or online.

Aug. 30-  Start of candidate nomination period @ 9am.

                Mail ballot registration begins.

Sep.  9-   Close of candidate nomination period @ 4pm.

Sep. 12-  Draw of School Trustee candidate names to determine ballot order, 5:00pm @ City Hall.

Sep. 13-  Deadline for challenging nominations & elector organization endorsements @ 4pm.

Sep. 15-  Campaign signs can go up as of 7am.

Sep. 16-  Deadline for: withdrawing as a candidate, withdrawing endorsement for a candidate & submitting                          originals of emailed nominations to Election Office.

Sep. 19-  Official declaration of election @ 4pm.

Oct.  5-    Advance Voting Day, The Outlet, 8am-8pm

Oct.  8-   Advance Voting Day, Hyde Creek Centre, 8am-8pm

               Opening mail ballot certification, 10am @ City Hall.

Oct. 15-  Voting Day, 8am-8pm, preliminary results 8:30pm-9:00pm

Oct. 19-  Review of Official results

               Declaration of Official Election results

Oct. 24-  Last day to apply for judicial recount.

Nov. 8-   Inaugural council meeting, Port Coquitlam Community Centre @ 6pm.

Jan. 13- Deadline for filing “Campaign Financing Disclosure Statements”. (Must be filed by all Candidates who                  ran in 2022 Election and Elector Organizations) – to Elections BC or will be disqualified in the next             Election.

Application for Election Work

Thank you for your interest in working the 2022 Local Government Election. To apply, please fill out the online application form and send the completed version to electionoffice@portcoquitlam.ca.

 

Where do I vote?

Advance Polls

  • Wed Oct 5 | 8 am – 8 pm
    The Outlet (access off McAllister Street or Leigh Square) #110-2248 McAllister Ave
  • Sat Oct 8 | 8 am – 8 pm
    Hyde Creek Recreation Centre- 1379 Laurier Avenue

Election Day

Oct 15, 2022, you may vote at ONE of the following stations between 8 am to 8 pm:

What Should I Bring?

If you are already registered to vote, bring one piece of ID to the polling station. If you are not registered or are not sure, bring two pieces of ID, one of which must have a signature.

Are you eligible to vote?

You may vote in a BC local election as a resident elector if you are:

  • 18 years of age or more on election day
  • A Canadian citizen
  • A resident of BC for at least six months immediately before the day you register to vote

Contact

Carolyn Deakin, Chief Election Officer
Tel. 604.927.5212
Vanessa Washington, Deputy Election Officer
Tel. 604.927.5332
Email: electionoffice@portcoquitlam.ca

Location and Mailing Address

Second Floor, City Hall,
2580 Shaughnessy Street
Port Coquitlam BC  V3C 2A8

Business Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)