Voter Information

Do I qualify to vote?

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

  • are a Canadian citizen
  • are 18 years of age or more on general voting day
  • have lived in BC for at least six months before you register to vote
How do I register to vote?

You may already be registered: anyone on the Provincial Voters List is already registered to vote in the municipal election. Please call our Election Office at 604-927-5229 to confirm if your name is on the list.

Anyone registered as a Provincial Voter by June 1, 2022 will be automatically placed on the City’s voters list.

Three ways to register to vote:

  1. Before August 23, 2022register at the Election Office (City Hall, second floor) with two pieces of ID (see below for details). We will help you fill out the registration form and submit it to Elections BC on your behalf.
  2. Register at one of the advance polls on Oct. 5 or 8 with two pieces of ID (see below for details).
  3. Register at the polls on election day Oct. 15 with two pieces of ID (see below for details).
What identification do I need to register to vote?

You must provide at least two of the documents listed below to provide evidence of your identity and place of residence. At least one of the documents must include your signature. You must be prepared to sign a declaration as to your place of residence.

Provide two of the following pieces of ID to register to vote:

  • BC Driver’s licence
  • BC Identification Card or BC Services card (photo or no photo) within the meaning of the Identification Card Regulation
  • Owner’s certificate of insurance and Vehicle licence issued by ICBC
  • BC CareCard of Gold CareCard (must be separate from BC Driver’s Licence to be second piece of ID)
  • Social Insurance Card or confirmation of Social Insurance Number letter issued by the government of Canada
  • Citizenship Card issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • A real Property Tax Notice (current) (LGA Section 369 or Taxation Act Section 21)
  • Credit Card or Debit Card issued by a savings institution (Interpretation Act Section 29)
  • Utility Bill issued for the supply of electricity, natural gas, water, telephone or cable services
Where do I vote?

Advance Polls

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

You may vote at ONE of the following stations on Saturday, October 15, 2022 between 8 am to 8 pm:

 

I own property in Port Coquitlam but do not live there. Can I vote?

As a non-resident property owner – you own property in one place but live in another – you have the right to vote both where you live and where you own property (but not in a company name). You may only vote for a school trustee in the municipality in which you live.

You may vote as a non-resident property elector if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen
  • are 18 years of age or more on general voting day
  • have lived in BC for at least six months before you register to vote
  • are a registered owner of real property in the City of Port Coquitlam for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration
  • are not entitled to register as a resident elector
  • can produce proof of entitlement to register, such as a recent Certificate of Title
How do I register as a non-resident property elector?

It’s now easier to register as a non-resident property electors. NRPEs can either register in advance at City Hall (see above) or bring their land title certificate to either an advance poll or an election day poll along with two pieces of ID (see list above).

Registration Application for Property Electors (pdf)

What if there is more than one registered property owner?

If there is more than one registered owner of the property, only one of these individuals may register as a non-resident property elector for the property, with the consent of the majority of the owners.

A Non-Resident Property Elector Consent Form must be completed. The form is available for PDF download or at the Election Office at City Hall (second floor).

How do I mail-in my ballot?

Mail Ballot Voting is designed to allow electors to cast ballots in an election without attending a voting place. As of June 17th 2021 all electors are eligible to vote by mail ballot. Procedures for mail ballot voting and voter registration differ from normal election procedures. Details on how to register below.

Registration for a Mail Ballot Package

Mail ballot packages will be available as of August 30th, 2022.

  1. Complete this application form and email, mail, or deliver it to the Election Office (contact information below).
  2. If your application is complete and you qualify to vote by mail ballot, a mail ballot package will be sent to you as soon as the ballots are available. If we receive your application after September 29 , the time may be insufficient for mailing and receipt of the ballot; we recommend that you arrange to pick up a mail ballot package from Election Office at Port Coquitlam City Hall.
  3. You are responsible for ensuring that your completed ballot and documents are received by the chief election officer on GENERAL VOTING DAY (October 15)  before the close of voting at 8 pm at City Hall.

    Election Office

    2nd floor of City Hall

    2580 Shaughnessy Street

    Port Coquitlam

    604.927.5332 or 604.927.5212

      Contact

      Election Office
      Tel. 604.927.5212
      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)