2018 Municipal Election

The City of Fernie's Municipal Election is on Saturday, October 20, 2018.  If you are interested in running for Mayor or Council or want to know how to vote and if you are eligible, read the information below or visit the British Columbia General Local Elections website. 

Voters in Fernie will vote for:

  • 1 Mayor
  • 6 Councillors

Key Dates

Start of Nomination Period -- September 4, 2018
End of Nomination Period -- September 14 2018
Declaration of Candidates -- September 21, 2018
Candidate Nomination Withdrawal Deadline -- September 21, 2018
End of Election Period -- September 21, 2018
Start of Campaign Period -- September 22, 2018 (12:01 a.m.)
Advance Voting Opportunities from Wednesday October 10 and Wednesday October 17 (8 AM - 8 PM)
Election Day Voting Hours from (8 AM - 8 PM)

Municipal Election Nomination Package and Forms are available here or at City Hall. 

School Trustee Nomination Package available here 

Who is Eligible to Vote?

You can vote in the City of Fernie Municipal Election if:

  •  You are a Canadian citizen *
  •  Have lived in BC for at least six months
  •  Have lived in Fernie for at least thirty days
  •  Are 18 years of age or older on general voting day
  •   Are not disqualified by law from voting

All Fernie residents who meet these requirements can vote.  It does not matter if you rent or own your home.  If you own property in Fernie but live somewhere else in BC, you can also vote in the Fernie elections.  This is called being a “non-resident property elector”.  As such, you can vote if you meet the following criteria:

  •   Are a Canadian citizen*
  •   Have lived in BC for at least six months
  •   Have owned real estate in Fernie, registered in your name, for at least thirty days
  •   Are 18 years of age or older on general voting day
  •   Are not disqualified by law from voting

Non-resident property electors can vote only once, regardless of the number of properties they own. If there is more than one registered owner of a property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the other owners, register as a "non-resident property elector"

*Landed immigrants who are not yet Canadian citizens are not permitted to vote in civic elections.

Voting Process

To vote in a local government election in Fernie, all you must do is go to a voting location on Election Day, between 8 am and 8 pm and present two pieces of Identification, at least one with your signature and one with your address, to the registration clerk, your name will be recorded, and you can cast your ballot. On the ballot, do not vote for more candidates than there are candidates to be elected; however, you may vote for less than are required.

Voter Registration

The City of Fernie will use the Provincial Voters List for the City's 2018 election.  This means if you are on the list, you will not need to show identification in order to receive a ballot when your name appears on the list of registered electors.  You may also register at a voting place at the time of voting.  You must provide two separate pieces of identification (the BC Services Card is considered one piece of identification) that proves your identity and where you live -- one piece of identification must include your signature). 

A complete guide to voting in BC, visit Voter's Guide to Local Elections in B.C. 2018

Interested in Running for Mayor or Council? 

Am I Eligible to Run for Office?

To be eligible to run for office, you must: 

  • be 18 years of age or older on general voting date
  • be a Canadian citizen 
  • have been a resident of British Columbia for six months immediatley prior to filling nomination documents
  • not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding the office, or otherwise be disqualified by law

Nomination Process

How Do I Get Nominated?

You must be nominated by at least two eligible electors and supply a $100.00 deposit. 

The completed nomination package must also include solemn declarations from the prospective candidate, including that the candidate fully intends to accept office if elected and is aware of, understands and intends to comply with the requirements and restrictions under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act. A prospective candidate may make the required solemn declarations in advance with a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits for B.C. (such as a lawyer or notary public) or make a declaration before the local Chief Election Officer when submitting their nomination documents to the local Chief Election Office

A prospective candidate officially becomes a candidate when they have submitted all the required information in the nomination package and have been declared a candidate by the local Chief Election Officer.

Elections Process

Once you've decided to run as a candidate for local office, you'll want to understand the rules for becoming a candidate and seeking election. Candidates must meet certain eligibility requirements to be nominated. In addition, provincial legislation sets out how candidates may run and finance their election campaigns and advertise their candidacy.

Learn more about: 

Resources for Candidates 

For more detailed information on running for Office, visit British Columbia Local Election "Thinking of Running for Local Office" website which has informative videos and brochures about being locally elected official.  

BC Local Election Website 

 City of Fernie Chief Election Officer: 

Kevin Allen