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 Candidates for Mayor, Regional Council, and School Trustees

On Saturday, October 15, 2022, voters in the Northern Rockies will be electing:

MEET YOUR CANDIDATES

Your Role as an Elected Official

  • Contribute to the betterment of their community
  • Provide leadership
  • Serve and act on behalf of all members of the community
  • Make policies and adopt by-laws
  • Approve spending

During your 4-year term of office, your time commitment as a Regional Councillor may vary significantly from week-to-week, but you can expect to spend from 2 to 12 hours per week preparing for and attending council meetings, participating in community engagement activities, conferences and events (both in- and out-of-town) and responding to public and media inquiries.

Council Meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of each month, except July, August, September and December, when meetings only occur on the second Monday of the month. Regional Council Meetings begin at 6:30 pm and vary in length depending on the number of items on the agenda and end before 10:30 p.m.. Special Regional Council meetings are scheduled approximately 4 times/month to deal with matters that may be more in-depth, in between these regular meetings and usually occur from noon to 1:00 p.m. or after 5:00 p.m.. Councillors may also be appointed to committees, portfolios and other boards which involves attendance at each meeting of the specified organization. To avoid being disqualified from holding office, Councillors must not be absent for a period of 60 consecutive days, or 4 consecutive regularly scheduled meetings, unless the absence is because of illness or injury or is with the leave of the Council.

When authorized by Council to undertake municipal affairs outside the Municipality, Council  members are entitled to a per diem allowance (currently $60/day) to cover meals/incidentals, with travel/registration costs paid by the Municipality. Members of Council may also choose to enroll in the Municipal benefit plan at their discretion (cost for enrollment of additional family members is the council members responsibility and will be deducted directly from your deposit). The following are annual stipends (salaries) based on most recent rates.

  • Mayor: $44,050 per year
  • Councillor: $21,880 per year

For more information, have a look at the Council Guide and the Council Procedure Bylaw linked below.

2018 Complete Council Guide

NRRM Regional Council Procedure Bylaw

Your Role as a School Trustee

Trustees engage their communities in building and maintaining a school system that reflects local priorities, values and expectations. Boards are accountable to the people they serve.  The BC School Trustees Association provides guidance, support and service to B.C's Boards of Education.

 

NOW AVAILABLE - 2022 General Election Nomination Package
Nomination packages are available beginning  either electronically by request, or in person at the Municipal Office located at 5319 50th Ave South during regular business hours.

Prospective candidates for the 2022 General Local Elections may contact the Chief Election Officer for Nomination Documents and information about the candidate nomination process.

Nomination packages for School Trustees are also available at the School District Office, located at 5104 Airport Drive, Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 4:30 (closed from Noon - 1:00 p.m.), excluding statutory holidays.

The Nomination Period, during which forms may be submitted, runs from Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. to Friday, September 9, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

Eligibility - You are eligible to run in the 2022 election if you meet the following criteria:

  1. You are a Canadian citizen.
  2. You are 18 years old or older on Election Day, October 15, 2022.
  3. You are a resident of BC for at least six (6) months (i.e. March 8, 2022 or earlier) before the nomination date.
  4. You are not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding office, or otherwise disqualified by law.

You do not have to live or own property in the area where you are running for office.

Eligibility - You are NOT eligible to run in the 2022 election if:
  • You have been convicted of and sentenced for an indictable offence and are in custody.
  • You have been found guilty of an election offence, such as intimidation or vote-buying, and are prohibited from holding office.
  • You are a judge of the Provincial Court, Supreme Court or Court of Appeal.
  • You are involuntarily confined to a psychiatric facility or other institution.
  • You have been disqualified for specified reasons such as failing to file a candidate disclosure statement in a previous election, failing to make an oath of office or failing to attend local government meetings in the manner and frequency required by the Community Charter.
  • You have been otherwise disqualified from being nominated for, elected to, or holding office under the Local Government Act, Community Charter, Local Elections Campaign Financing Act or any other enactment or law.
  • You are an employee or salaried officer of the local government. This includes volunteers who are paid for their services - unless they have taken a leave of absence to run for office and agree to resign when elected.
  • You are a federal employee - unless you have requested and obtained prior permission from Public Service Commission of Canada (PSC) to run for office.
Nomination process
Candidates must submit Nomination Documents that include nominations from at least two eligible electors from the election area where the prospective candidate wishes to run for office. Prospective candidates should contact the Chief of Deputy Chief Election Officer for Nomination Documents and information about the candidate Nomination Process.
Nominations will only be accepted during the Nomination Period and must be delivered to the Chief or Deputy Chief Election Officer either electronically to elections@northernrockies.ca, or to the Municipal Office, Northern Rockies Regional Municipality office located at 5319 - 50th Ave. South, Fort Nelson, BC. during the Nomination Period of Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. and Friday, September 9, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

If submitted electronically, original Nomination Documents must be received by the Chief or Deputy Chief Election Officer by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16, 2022.

Once submitted, your nomination documents will be made available for public inspection at the Municipal offices, and a list of Nominated Candidates will be available on this website.

When submitting their Nomination Documents in person, it is recommended that candidates make an appointment with the Chief or Deputy Chief Election Office in advance. Please contact elections@NorthernRockies.ca for additional information.


The deadline to file Nomination Documents is 4:00 p.m. Friday, September 9, 2022.

Campaign period
The campaign period is the time during which a registered candidate, or any person acting on their behalf, can accept contributions or incur campaign expenses. The campaign period for candidates commences Saturday, September 17, 2022 and ends Saturday, October 15, 2022. It is only during this period that candidates can solicit contributions and expend funds for the purposes of election.  

Campaign advertising, expenses and contributions

There are new campaign financing and advertising rules for the 2022 General Local Elections that candidates, elector organizations, and third party advertisers need to be aware of. Key changes include:

  • Elector organizations must register with Elections BC in order to endorse a candidate, receive a campaign contribution, or incur an election expense. Read more about new rules for elector organizations.
  • Sponsorship contribution limits apply to contributions made by eligible individuals to third party sponsors.
  • During the pre-campaign period beginning on July 18, 2022, third party advertising rules apply.
  • All election advertising during the pre-campaign period must include an authorization statement.

Read the changes to the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA) for the 2022 General Election. If you have any questions about the campaign financing and advertising rules in local elections, contact Elections BC at 1.800.661.8683 or electoral.finance@elections.bc.ca.

See the Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in BC for Candidates and their Financial Agents

Campaign Financing Disclosure Statement
The campaign financing disclosure statement must be received by Elections BC before 4:30 pm, Pacific time, on the filing deadline, 90 days from General Voting Day (Friday, January 13, 2023). The cover page (form 4300) must be signed by the candidate and the appointed financial agent in order for the report to be accepted as filed.
Elector Organization  
An elector organization or political party promotes a candidate or group of candidates and must register with Elections BC prior to August 2, 2022.
Scrutineers

Scrutineers, also known as “candidate representatives”, represent candidates at general local election voting opportunities by observing voting procedures and scrutinizing the ballot-counting process. Scrutineers may challenge an elector’s right to receive a ballot during voting proceedings or challenge the acceptance of a ballot during the ballot counting process. A candidate and/or their official agent (for example, a campaign manager) may appoint scrutineers. Candidates can choose to appoint a relative or friend to scrutineer for them during voting and at the ballot counting process. A candidate’s official agent may act as a scrutineer on voting day.

Legislation requires that scrutineer appointments must be:

  • Written and signed by the candidate
  • Include the full name and address of the person appointed
  • Submitted to the local Chief Election Officer as soon as practical after the appointment is made

More information:

Third-party sponsor requirements  

A third-party sponsor is an individual or organization that undertakes election advertising independent from a candidate or elector organization campaign. Third-party sponsors must register with Elections BC and disclose campaign financing under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.

Read the Third party advertising rules that be must followed during the pre-campaign and campaign periods.

For more information on local elections campaign financing, visit the Elections BC website  

Resources

Candidate Information (Government of BC)
Campaign Information  
Important Dates 
August 2 Nomination package available
August 15 Appointments begin for submitting nomination packages
August 30 - September 9 Candidate nomination period
October 15 Election Day
More Important Dates
Legislation governing local elections 
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