Municipal Elections

Declaration - Official Election Results - General Local Election 2022

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General local elections in B.C. are held every four years on the third Saturday in October. The last general local election was held on October 15, 2022. Advance voting opportunities were held on October 5 and 12, 2022.

If you have questions or require assistance, please contact us at 250-598-3311 or

Who's Running for Council?

The District of Oak Bay must remain a neutral party during elections, therefore, to find out more information about candidates for Oak Bay Council (and all municipalities in BC) please go to the CivicInfo BC Elections website.  The website includes contact information authorized for release by candidates, including Oak Bay Council candidates.

Candidate Contact Information Online information

Andrew Appleton 



Twitter @thecapitalideal 


Hazel Braithwaite 



Facebook Hazel Braithwaite 
Twitter @hazeloakbay  
Instagram @hazelsbraithwaite 

Raymon Farmere 




Cairine Green 



Twitter @CairineGreen 

Roxanne Helme 





Esther Paterson 



Twitter @estherwpaterson 

Carrie Smart 


Facebook Carrie Smart for Oak Bay Council 
Twitter @SmartforOakBay 

Lesley Watson 




Facebook Lesley Watson for Oak Bay Council 

Eric Wood Zhelka 




Twitter: @ericzhelka 

View contact information for Candidates in Oak Bay

Are you planning to vote by mail?

Oak Bay Council recently passed a bylaw to expand opportunities for mail ballot voting to all eligible voters. For more information, view the News Release here.

Mail ballot applications are now being accepted – please complete the application form  and return it by email to or mail/drop-off to Municipal Hall at 2167 Oak Bay Avenue. We will notify you when your Mail Ballot is ready to be picked up, generally 24 hours after we receive your application.

Please note that applications for Mail Ballots will not be accepted after noon on Friday October 14, 2022. 

Working at the 2022 Municipal Election

Thank you for your interest in working at the 2022 Municipal Election. We have now received sufficient applications.

Public Notices:

Frequently Asked Questions

I have not received a Voting Card for the October 15 local government election. Can I still vote?

Unlike in the federal and provincial elections, Oak Bay does not send out voter cards for the municipal election.  You just need to present yourself at any of the voting locations and ensure that you have two pieces of identification in case you are not on the voters list.

Voting will take place at the following times and locations:

  • Advance Voting – Wednesday, October 12, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at Municipal Hall
  • General Voting Day – Saturday, October 15, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at Emmanuel Baptist Church and Monterey Middle School
What kind of identification do I need to bring when I vote?

You should bring two pieces of identification with you to the voting place in case you are not on the Voters’ List.  Acceptable ID includes:

  • Valid BC Drivers Licence
  • Social Insurance Card
  • BC Health Care Card
  • Utility Bill showing your current address
  • Property Tax Bill for your current address
  • Debit or Credit Card from a financial institution
  • BC Identification Card

Please go to for the complete list of identification

I can’t make it to vote in person on October 12 or 15. Is there another option for me?

If you can’t make it to vote on October 12 or 15, there is still time to request a mail ballot package.  Simply fill out this form or pick it up at Municipal Hall (2167 Oak Bay Avenue) or email it to elections@oakbay.caThe last day to request a mail ballot package is 12:00 noon on Friday, October 14.  

Completed mail ballot packages can be dropped off at Municipal Hall, 2167 Oak Bay Avenue during business hours until Friday, October 14 at 4:30 p.m.  On Saturday, October 15, please return your ballot package to the Chief Election Officer at Monterey Middle School by 8:00 pm.

We do not recommend that you mail your ballot package this close to the election.  To be counted, your ballot must be received by 8:00 pm on Saturday, October 15.

Where can I find out about the candidates and their platforms?

Oak Bay Council Candidate contact information is available on our website.  Contacting the candidates directly is the best way to get the information you are looking for in order to make an informed voting decision. 

District 61 School Trustee contact information is available on the District 61 website

I’m not allowed to have my phone out at the voting place, but the list of candidates I’m voting for it on it.

Voters are not allowed to have their phones out when they are in the voting place. This is to protect privacy and the secrecy of your vote.  But it also means that while you are in the voting booth, you cannot look at the list of candidates you carefully put into your phone.  We strongly recommend that you write out your list on paper before you come to vote.  We will have note pads available to write down your list at the voting place. Please keep your phones away on voting day!