Municipal Elections

General local elections in B.C. are held every four years on the third Saturday in October. The City of Prince Rupert's last General Local Election was held Saturday October 20th, 2018The next general local elections will be held on October 15th, 2022.

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In municipal elections, Prince Rupert voters elect:

  • One mayor
  • Six councillors
  • Six school trustees for School District 52.

Requirements to vote or be a candidate

To vote or run in the election, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older on general voting day
  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Have lived in BC for at least 6 months immediately before election day or the day nomination papers are filed
  • Not be disqualified by law from voting, or from being nominated, elected, or holding office.
  • To run for office in a municipal election, you must be nominated by at least 2 eligible electors.

Are you registered to vote?

Voters can register or update their information through the online voter registration system at www.elections.bc.ca/ovr.  Online voter registration is generally halted a few months prior to the election date. Following the date prescribed by Elections BC, registration can only occur at the time of voting.

Voting Dates and Location

Dates and locations for General Voting Day and Advance voting will be posted when they are available for the next election. 

  • General Voting generally occurs at the Prince Rupert Recreation Complex - Auditorium
  • Advance voting will occur at the Recreation Complex (1000 McBride Street)

Voting Assistance

Voting locations are made as accessible as possible to people with disabilities or impaired mobility.  Individuals who find it difficult to enter a voting location may request a ballot brought to them in the parking lot or at curbside by an Election Official.

Individuals unable to mark their own ballot or who require a translator may ask an Election Official, friend or relative for assistance.  Anyone helping an elector with filling out a ballot will be required to sign a Declaration of Persons Assisting an Elector to Mark a Ballot form.