Prospective Candidate Information

The 2022 Local General Election is scheduled for October 15th, 2022. General information on the 2022 municipal election page is available, here

Qualification for Office 

A person is qualified to be nominated, elected, and to hold office as a member of local government or school trustee if they meet the following criteria:

  • Canadian citizen;
  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day (October 15th, 2022);
  • resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed (September 9th, 2022);
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act (City Council), School Act (School Trustee) or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding the office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Nomination Forms and Information

The City's Election Officer develops Nomination Packages with all the necessary forms to apply to be a candidate for local office with Prince Rupert City Council as well as for School District Trustees. Alongside required forms is supplemental information provided to help assist you in understanding the election process as well as timelines for information submission. Nomination Packages will be available for pick up at City Hall at 424 3rd Avenue West, Prince Rupert, after August 2nd, 2022. To request a package electronically, please provide your contact information to election@princerupert.ca. and a digital package will be sent to you.

Please note that signed nomination forms must be received at City Hall (424 3rd Avenue West, Prince Rupert, BC, V8J 1L7), by email to election@princerupert.ca or by fax at (250) 627 0999 by 4:00 pm on September 9th, 2022, the closure of the nomination period. Signed originals of faxed or emailed  nomination documents must be received by the Chief Elections Officer by 4:00 pm on September 16th, 2022. As per the respective election bylaws:  

  • The City of Prince Rupert requires ten (10) nominators for Mayor and Councillor and a nomination deposit of $100 at the time of nomination submission;  
  • The School District 52 requires two (2) nominators and no nomination deposit.

For the City Council nomination deposit it is recommended that a cheque made out to the City of Prince Rupert be written by the Candidate payable on the date of nomination package submission.  The deposit will be refunded in accordance with Local Government Act S. 88.

Once submitted, nomination packages and endorsement documents will be made available for public inspection, as per LGA s.89(7).

Important Dates:

  • Nomination Period - August 2nd, 2022 (Nomination Packages available) - September 9th by 4:00 pm (Nomination Package Due Date)

  • Appointment of Financial Agent (if not self) - Due September 9th, at 4:00 pm.

  • End of Challenge to Nomination and Endorsement Period (Court must hear and determine challenges within 72 hours) - 4:00 pm, September 13th, 2022

  • Signed Originals of all digitally submitted Nomination Documents due to Chief Elections Officer; Candidate withdrawal deadline- 4:00 pm, September 16th, 2022

  • Campaign Period - 12:01 am, Saturday, September 17th, 2022 - 8:00 pm, October 15th, 2022 (Voting Day)

  • Start of Inspection of List of Registered Electors, Objections to Elector Registration Period - August 30th, 2022

    • List of Registered Electors - Beginning Tuesday, August 30th, until the close of general voting for the election on Saturday, October 15th, 2022, a copy of the list of registered electors will be available for public inspection, at Prince Rupert City Hall, during regular office hours 9:30am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays. Before inspecting the list, a person must sign a statement that they will not inspect the list or use the information included in the list except for the purposes of Part 3 – Electors and Elections of the Local Government Act. An elector may request that their address or other personal information about them be omitted from or obscured on the list of electors. The elector must contact the Chief Election Officer or the Deputy Election Officer to make this request. 
      o    Objection to Registration of an Elector - An objection to the registration of a person whose name appears on the list of registered electors may be made in accordance with the Local Government Act until 4:00 pm on Friday, September 9th, 2022. An objection must be in writing and may only be made by a person entitled to be registered as an elector of the City of Prince Rupert and can only be made on the basis that a person whose name appears on the list of electors has died or that a person whose name appears on the list of electors is not qualified to be registered as an elector of the City of Prince Rupert.

 

  • Advance Voting Opportunities - October 5th, 2022 from 8 am to 8 pm and on October 12th from 8 am to 8 pm. Both Advance Voting Opportunities will be at the Prince Rupert Recreation Complex, 1000 McBride Street, Prince Rupert (Youth Lounge).
  • Special Voting Opportunity - Acropolis Manor and the Prince Rupert Regional Hospital for residents, patients and staff in accordance with the elections bylaws; Date and time to be Confirmed. 

  • General Local Election Voting Day - October 15th, 2022 from 8 am to 8 pm; After 8 pm at the Prince Rupert Recreation Complex, 1000 McBride Street, Prince Rupert  - Announcement of Preliminary Election Results/posting of Preliminary Results to Civic Info Website

General Local Elections Officials:

The City's General Local Elections Officials for the 2022 municipal election are:

Chief Elections Officer – Corinne Bomben
Email: corinne.bomben@princerupert.ca

Deputy Elections Officer – Rosamaria Miller
Email: rosamaria.miller@princerupert.ca

For more information on specific regulations with respect to the 2022 Municipal Election in Prince Rupert, check out the City’s 2022 Election Bylaw. For the Board of Education of School District No. 52 (Prince Rupert), check out the Prince Rupert School District’s Trustee Election Bylaw

 

Campaign Period Expense Limits:

In accordance with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, for the 2022 General Local Election, the following expense limits for candidates during the campaign period apply:

  • Mayor                                 $14,231.16
  • Councillor                          $  7,115.58
  • School Trustee                  $  7,039.44

Third Party Advertising Limits

In accordance with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, for the 2022 general local elections, the following third party advertising limits apply: 
Third Party Advertising Limit:  $809.84

Resources for Candidates

Interested in becoming a candidate? Please see Potential Candidate Videos below provided by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and a listing of additional resources below. 

Video Series:

The Basics of General Local Elections

Overview of BC General Local Elections 2022

 

The Participants in BC Local General Elections 2022

 

Candidate Nominations

 

Voting and Taking Office in BC Elections 2022

 

In addition to the above video series, the Province of BC has also developed a number of short video discussions with existing locally elected officials in BC on topics that may be of interest to candidates for the 2022 Local General Election, available on Youtube. These resources are linked below:

Ministry of Municipal Affairs - Being an Effective Elected Official Video Series:

What is Responsible Conduct?
Reflections on Building Relationships with First Nations
Advice for People Running for Local Office
Tools to Support Good Governance
Unproductive vs. Productive Conflict
Working with Others

Ministry of Municipal Affairs - The Role of Local Elected Officials

Characteristics of Effective Locally Elected Officials
What is Local Government?
Testing your Readiness for Local Office
Local Government Decision Making
Roles and Responsibilities of a Locally Elected Official

Brochures + Guides:

Restrictions on Canvassing and Solicitations

Pursuant to Section 163(4) of the Local Government Act in relation to voting proceedings, a person must not do any of the following at or within 100 metres of a building, structure, or other place where voting proceedings are being conducted at the time:

  1. Canvass or solicit votes or otherwise attempt to influence how an elector votes.
  2. Display, distribute, or post, or openly leave a representation of a ballot marked for a particular result in the voting.
  3. Post, display, or distribute:
    • Election advertising
    • Any material that promotes or opposes, directly or indirectly, a particular outcome for the vote.
  4. Carry, wear, or supply a flag, badge, or other thing indicating that the person using it is a supporter of a particular candidate, elector organization, or result in the voting.
No Campaigning Zones

 

Additional Resources

For more information, on running for local office, voting, and more, there are several resources available online:

Webpages:

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing – Local government Election information
Responsible Conduct (webpage about responsible conduct framework and key resources)
Elections BC Website
 

Financing Information

Local Elections Campaign Financing Guide (overview of campaign financing information for candidates)
Frequently Asked Questions on Financial Reports and Political Contributions
Appointment of a Financial Agent - Form (for those not serving as their own Financial Agent)

 

General School Trustee election information

BC School Trustees Association Election Information

 

Local Government Act

Local Government Act

 

City of Prince Rupert Key Documents of Interest

Election Bylaw
Official Community Plan (2021)
2030 Redesign Rupert Vision
2021 Annual Report