Information for Candidates

The next general local election will be held on October 15, 2022. The elected candidates will serve a four-year term ending in October 2026. 

To qualify as a candidate, you must: 

  • Be 18 years of age or older on general voting day; 
  • Be a Canadian citizen; 
  • Be a resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately preceding the day nomination papers are filed; 
  • Not be disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding the office, or be otherwise disqualified by law. 

To run as a candidate for the office of Mayor or Councillor, an individual must be nominated by at least two (2) people who are qualified electors of the District of Oak Bay.  These individuals may be resident electors or non-resident property electors. Watch this page for updates and information for candidates in the weeks ahead. You can download the the nomination package here or pick up a printed copy at Oak Bay Municipal Hall, 2167 Oak Bay Avenue. The nomination period is Tuesday, August 30, 2022 to Friday, September 9, 2022.

View the nomination package

Additional Resources

  • explore the Elections BC website to find out “Who Does What in Local Elections” and review detailed information on new campaign financing and advertising rules. Please note - Elections BC administers campaign financing, disclosure, and election advertising rules under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act 
  • read the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioners Guidance Document: Political Campaign Activity
  • visit the “Thinking of Running for Local Office?” page on the BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs website to explore helpful videos, guidance and resource documents on local government, local decision making and roles & responsibilities of local elected officials 
  • review key guiding municipal plans and documents on the District of Oak Bay website, under “Plans and Reports”   
  • Oak Bay is committed to providing a work environment in which all individuals are treated with mutual dignity and respect. View our Respectful Workplace Policy on the Bylaws and Policies page of the municipal website
  • review the Election Signs Handout

Questions? 

Contact the Chief or Deputy Chief Election Officer at 250-598-3311 or elections@oakbay.ca.