Next Election: October 20, 2018
Every four years, Port Coquitlam voters go to the polls to elect a mayor, six councillors and two school trustees. The next election day is October 20, 2018.
It’s important that all eligible voters cast their ballots. Cities and school boards are the closest level of government to the people, making the decisions that affect our property taxes, development in our community, the City services we use and our child’s school.
What do I need to know if I am interested in running for office?
Nomination of candidates for the 2018 local election will take place from 9:00 am on September 4, 2018 to September 14, 2018 at 4 pm. Nomination forms will be available online and packages will be available for pick up at the City’s Corporate Office (contact information below), beginning July 27, 2018 at 8:30 am.
Want to know more?
There will be a Potential Candidate Information Session: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm, Council Chambers at City Hall, 2580 Shaughnessy Street (Third Floor)
Nomination packages will be available for the offices of:
- Mayor (one position)
- Councillor (up to six positions)
- School Trustee (up to two positions)
For a four (4) year term; November, 2018 to October, 2022.
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 6, 2018 (Inaugural Meeting).
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. You might consider attending a Council Meeting, Committee Meeting or talking to someone currently in local office to get a feel for council proceedings and find out how much time you will be expected to commit.
2018 Candidate Profiles
Employment Application for Election Work
Where do I vote?
On October 20, 2018, 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)
- Irvine Elementary School, (3862 Wellington Street)
- Kilmer Elementary School, (1575 Knappen Street)
- Kwayhquitlam Middle School, (3280 Flint Street)
- Westwood Elementary School, (3610 Hastings Street)
- The Outlet, (#110 – 2248 Leigh Square)
What Should I Bring?
If you are already registered to vote, please bring one piece of identification for voter verification. If you are not registered to vote or are not sure, bring two pieces of ID, one of which must have a signature in order to register at a polling station.
Blakeburn Elementary School
This is Blackburn School
For more information: http://www.sd43.bc.ca/school/blakeburn/Pages/default.aspx
Castle Park Elementary School
Cedar Drive Elementary School
Irvine Elementary School
Kilmer Elementary School
Kwayhquitlam Middle School
Westwood Elementary School
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
- A resident of Port Coquitlam for 30 days or more before you register to vote
Carolyn Deakin, Chief 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)