2022 Local Government Elections

Local government elections for Mayor, Councillors and School Trustees are held every four years. The next General Voting Day for the local government election is October 15, 2022.

Voters will elect one Mayor and six Councillors to Quesnel City Council.

Important Dates
Election periodSaturday, January 1, 2022 – Friday, September 16, 2022
Candidate Information SessionAugust 16, 2022 at 4:30 pm
Nomination packages availableWednesday, August 17, 2022.
Nomination periodTuesday, August 30, 2022 – Friday, September 9, 2022
Pre-campaign periodMonday, July 18, 2022 – Friday, September 16, 2022
Campaign periodSaturday, September 17, 2022 – Saturday, October 15, 2022
General Voting DaySaturday, October 15, 2022
Campaign financing disclosure statement filing deadlineFriday, January 13, 2023
Campaign financing disclosure statement late filing deadline with $500 late filing feeMonday, February 13, 2023

For more details, visit Elections BC website.

Voting
Voting Requirements

Voters who live within the City of Quesnel boundaries

  • Register at the time of voting
  • Canadian Citizen
  • 18 years of age or older on General Voting Day
  • Resident of BC for a least 6 months immediately preceding voting day
  • Resident of the City of Quesnel, or registered owner of real property in the City of Quesnel, for 30 days immediately before voting
  • Not otherwise disqualified by law from voting
  • Bring 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a name and signature) at the time of voting. If the second required piece of identification is not available, voters must sign a declaration(s) for residency and/or identify at the time of voting.  Picture identification is not necessary.

Property owners who live outside of Quesnel

ALL Non-Resident Property voters must also prove they are entitled to register to vote in relation to the property (i.e. 2022 Property Tax Notice) and provide written consent from a majority of the other property owners of the property. The Consent Form 2-8 must be completed prior to voting. For more information, please contact the Chief Election Officer at 250-992-2111.

Voters who don't live or own property within the City of Quesnel

CANNOT vote for mayor and councillors.

Voting Dates and Locations

Voters are able to choose from multiple locations and dates that is most convenient to them to cast their single ballot.

General Voting Day

Saturday, October 15  |  8 am - 8 pm

  • Quesnel City Hall
    410 Kinchant Street
     
  • Correlieu Secondary School
    850 Anderson Drive
     
  • Dragon Lake Elementary School
    2655 Quesnel-Hydraulic Road

Advance Voting Days

Wednesday, October 5  |  8 am - 8 pm

  • Quesnel City Hall
    410 Kinchant Street

Saturday, October 8  |  8 am - 8 pm

  • Quesnel City Hall
    410 Kinchant Street

Tuesday, October 11  |  11 am - 4 pm (Pending confirmaton)

  • CNC/UNBC Campus
    100 Campus Way

Special Voting Opportunities

These opportunities will be held at the following facilities for residents/patients of these facilities only. Dates and times to be determined.

  • Dunrovin Park Lodge
    ​900 St Laurent Avenue
     
  • Maeford Place Assisted Living
    ​574 Kinchant Street
     
  • Fraser Village Senior Citizens Apartments
    451 Front Street
     
  • GR Baker Memorial Hospital
    ​543 Front Street
Mail Ballot Voting

If you are unable to vote at any of the advance, general or special voting opportunities during the election, you may apply for a mail ballot.

How to request a mail ballot package

Mail ballot voting is offered to all eligible voters and can be applied for by contacting the City’s Chief Election Officer:

Deadline to apply to vote by mail and pick up a mail ballot package at City Hall is 4:30 pm on Thursday, October 13. 

Deadline to submit mail ballots to the Chief Election Officer is 4:00 pm on Friday, October 14, 2022. Ballots can be returned in person at City Hall or by mail.

Accessible Voting

Election officials are trained on how to help voters with accessibility challenges.

Getting help marking your ballot

Voters can get help marking their ballot if they have a disability or difficulty reading or writing. Election officials are available to assist voters who otherwise would be unable to mark or read their ballot.

Voting place accessibility

All advance voting places and all general voting opportunities are wheelchair accessible. Voters who can’t enter a voting place, can vote outside the building (at the curb or in the parking lot). Eligible voters will need 2 pieces of ID, or be prepared to sign declarations for missing secondary ID.

For more information

Rhya Hartley, Chief Election Officer, at 250-992-2111 or rhartley@quesnel.ca.

Candidate Information

Nomination packages will be available as of Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Candidate Eligibility

Candidates must meet certain qualifications when running for office in the 2022 Local Government Election.

  • Be at least 18 years of age on general voting day
  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Have been a resident of British Columbia for six months immediately prior to filing nomination documents; and,
  • 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.

Other important notes for candidates:

  • You do not need to live in the City of Quesnel boundaries to run for Quesnel City Council.
  • If you currently work for the City of Quesnel, you must provide notice in writing to the City of Quesnel of your consent to being nominated, and take a leave of absence on the day you give notice, or the first day the Nomination Period begins, or whichever is later.
  • If you currently work for the Quesnel School District, you must provide notice in writing to the Quesnel School District of your consent to being nominated, and take a leave of absence on the day you give notice, or the first day the Nomination Period begins, or whichever is later.
  • Federal employees must request and obtain permission from the Public Service Commission.
  • You must be nominated by two eligible electors of the City of Quesnel.
Candidate information session

Thinking about running for office during the 2022 Local Government Election, or are you a member of the public that would like to learn more about the role of an elected official? If yes, then you will want to attend the City of Quesnel’s Pre-Nominee Information Session.

Discussion topics include: who may run for office; being an elected official (term of office, time commitment, major types of issues, remuneration, ethics of elected officials, elected officials and local government staff roles); nominations; election campaign offences and penalties/fines, important dates, key-contact information, and a Q+A session.

August 16, 2022 at 4:30 pm
City Hall, Council Chambers
410 Kinchant St

For more information please contact Rhya Hartley, Chief Election Officer, at 250-992-2111 or rhartley@quesnel.ca.

Candidate Resources

Be informed, review the guides and resources below.

City of Quesnel

Election BC

Elections BC administers campaign financing and advertising rules for local elections and assent voting in B.C. under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.

Provincial Government

Local Elections Legislation

Election Contacts
Elections BC

Campaign Financing, Election Advertising and Third Party Sponsors

Elections BC

P.O. Box 9275, Stn. Prov. Govt.
Victoria, B.C. V8W 9J6

Telephone:  250-387-5305
Toll Free:  1-855-952-0280
Fax:  250-387-3578
Toll Free Fax:  1-866-466-0665

Email:  electoral.finance@elections.bc.ca

Website:  elections.bc.ca/local-elections/2022-general-local-elections/

City of Quesnel

Election Administration - General Inquiries

Rhya Hartley, Chief Election Officer

City of Quesnel
410 Kinchant Street
Quesnel, B.C. V2J 7J5

Telephone:  250-991-7471

Email:  rhartley@quesnel.ca

MINISTRY OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS AND HOUSING

Election Legislative and/or General Inquiries

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

P.O. Box 9839 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, B.C.  V8W 9T1

Telephone:  250-387-4022 (Victoria)
Telephone:  604-660-2421 (Vancouver)
Toll Free:  1-800-663-7867

Email:  LGgovernance@gov.bc.ca

Worker Recruitment

Expression of Interest - Deputy Chief Election Officer and, Election Officials (25)

The City of Quesnel is seeking one (1) Deputy Chief Election Officer and twenty-five (25) Election Officials to assist with the October 15, 2022 Local Government Election and/or Additional Voting Opportunities, as determined. As per the City’s Covid-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy to ensure a safe workplace, contractors, volunteer firefighters, and other volunteers entering a City owned and/or operated facility or worksite interacting with City staff will be required to be fully vaccinated. Contractors working with the public on behalf of the City are also required to be vaccinated.

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