Run for office

Quesnel City Hall Council Chambers

Serving your community can be a rewarding experience. Residents of BC interested in running for local government office in a general local election, or by-election, must meet certain eligibility requirements to be nominated. They must also run and finance their campaign according to provincial legislation. Learn more about running for office below.

Candidate Eligibility

Candidates must meet certain qualifications when running for office in the 2018 Local Government Election.

Candidate Requirements
  • 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.
Important Dates and Deadlines

Below are a list of important dates and deadlines candidates need to know.

Dates and deadlines
Action or DeadlineDate
Start of election periodJanuary 1, 2018
Nomination Packages available at City HallJuly 24, 2018
Start of Nomination PeriodSeptember 4, 2018
End of Nomination PeriodSeptember 14, 2018
Declaration of CandidatesSeptember 14, 2018
Candidate Nomination Withdrawal DeadlineSeptember 21, 2018
End of Election Period (12 am Midnight)September 21, 2018
Start of Campaign Period (12:01 am)September 22, 2018
Advance Voting Opportunity (required) October 10, 2018
Special Voting Opportunity October 11, 2018
Special Voting Opportunity October 12, 2018
Advance Voting Opportunity October 13, 2018
Advance Voting Opportunity October 16, 2018
Advance Voting Opportunity October 17, 2018
General Voting DayOctober 20, 2018
End of Campaign PeriodOctober 20, 2018
Determination of Official Election ResultsOctober 22, 2018
Official Swearing-In CeremonyNovember 6, 2018
End of Period to File Disclosure Statement with
Elections BC
January 18, 2019
Start of Period for Late Filing of Disclosure
Statement with Elections BC
January 21, 2019
End of Period for Late Filing of Disclosure
Statement with Elections BC
February 18, 2019
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. If you are unable to attend a voting opportunity, see if you qualify for a mail ballot.

Dates and Locations

General Voting Day

Saturday, October 20  |  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 10  |  8 am - 8 pm

  • Quesnel City Hall
    410 Kinchant Street

Saturday, October 13  |  8 am - 8 pm

  • Quesnel City Hall
    410 Kinchant Street

Saturday, October 16  |  11 am - 11:45 am

  • Correlieu Secondary School (for students)
    850 Anderson Drive

Wednesday, October 17  |  11 am - 4 pm

  • CNC/UNBC Campus
    100 Campus Way

Special Voting Opportunities

These opportunities are for residents/patients of the facilities.

Thursday, October 11

  • Dunrovin Park Lodge
    ​900 St Laurent Avenue
    10 am to 12 pm
  • Maeford Place Assisted Living
    ​574 Kinchant Street
    1 pm - 3 pm

Friday, October 12

  • Fraser Village Senior Citizens Apartments
    451 Front Street
    10 am - 12 pm
  • GR Baker Memorial Hospital
    ​543 Front Street
    1 pm - 2 pm
Pre-Nominee Information Session

Thinking about running for office during the 2018 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.

Information Session

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

City Hall Council Chambers at 410 Kinchant Street (4th Floor)

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.

For more information please contact Gina Albers, Chief Election Officer, at 250-992-2111 or

Candidate Resources

Serving your community can be a rewarding experience. There are many good reasons to run for office—you might run to be actively involved in the local decision-making process, contribute your experience and knowledge to the community, address issues or lead change in your community. Be informed, review the guides and resources below. 

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

Running for Local Office (guides and resources)

Videos from provincial government

Elected officials are entrusted with making decisions that directly affect the daily lives of residents, families, local business owners and many others in the local community. If you’re thinking of running for local office, part of the decision-making process may include considering the role you will play, how best you can serve your community, and the impact you will have as an elected official.   

These videos give potential candidates information to help them with answers to questions they may have before making the decision to run for local office.

Characteristics of Effective Locally Elected Officials

What is Local Government?

Testing Your Readiness for Local Office

Roles and Responsibilities of Elected Officials

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



City of Quesnel

Election Administration - General Inquiries

Gina Albers, Chief Election Officer

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

Telephone:  250-991-7471

Fax:  250-991-7496


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


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