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.

Nomination Information

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.

Information Package for Prospective Candidates*

Nomination Package for Prospective Candidates*

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

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).

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. 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

Candidate Information will be available once candidates are declared – September 4-14, 2018.

Employment Application for Election Work

Thank you for your interest in working the 2018 Local Government Election however, all positions have now been filled.

Where do I vote?

Advance Polls

  • Wed Oct 10 | 8 am – 8 pm  – The Outlet (access off McAllister Street or Leigh Square) #110 – 2248 Leigh Square
  • Wed Oct 17 |  8 am – 8 pm – The Outlet (access off McAllister Street or Leigh Square) #110 – 2248 Leigh Square

Election Day

Oct 20, 2018, 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, 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.

Find Out More

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

Central Elementary School

Elks Hall

Irvine Elementary School

Kilmer Elementary School

Kwayhquitlam Middle School

Westwood Elementary School

The Outlet

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
Tel. 604.927.5212
Email: corporateoffice@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)