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 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 can be downloaded below or picked up at the Corporate Office (see bottom of page).
* 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.
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.
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.
Where do I vote?
- 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
Oct 15, 2022, you may vote at ONE of the following stations between 8 am to 8 pm:
- Blakeburn Elementary School, (1040 Riverside Drive)
- Castle Park Elementary School, (1144 Confederation Drive)
- Cedar Drive Elementary School, (3150 Cedar Drive)
- Central Elementary School, (2260 Central Avenue)
- Hyde Creek Recreation Centre- (1379 Laurier Avenue)
- Kilmer Elementary School, (1575 Knappen Street)
- Kwayhquitlam Middle School, (3280 Flint Street)
- Westwood Elementary School, (3610 Hastings Street)
- The Outlet (#110-2248 McAllister Ave)
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
Carolyn Deakin, Chief Election Officer
Vanessa Washington, Deputy Election Officer
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)