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Nomination packages available for candidates running in by-election

August 8 2017 Voters will elect one city councillor and nine school trustees on October 14

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Information packages for candidates running in the October 14 by-election are now available online and at City Hall on the third floor in the City Clerk’s Office. 

Nomination packages will also be available at the Election Office at 450 W Broadway when it opens to the public on August 14.  

The nomination period for candidates is August 29 to September 8. During this time, candidates must submit their nomination documents declaring candidacy in the by-election. 

A list of candidates and their nomination documents will be available online on September 8. Online biographies will be available later in September.

Information for candidates

Election and political signs

All candidates must comply with signage bylaws throughout their campaigns. 

Placement of election and political signage is regulated in the City of Vancouver through the Sign Bylaw and Street and Traffic Bylaw.

Election and political signage is not allowed on City property including, but not limited to: 

  • The area between the sidewalk and the street
  • Boulevards or street centre medians (including on Boundary Road)
  • Poles
  • Structures such as utility or post boxes
  • Sidewalks and roadways


  • Election/political signage is acceptable on City property during an election only between the backs of sidewalks and an adjoining private property with permission of the property owner.
  • Election/political material may be posted using the City’s poster cylinders located on designated lamp standards throughout the city. View the map online.

Improperly placed signs and posters to be impounded

All improperly placed signs and posters on City property will be impounded and stored at Engineering Services, 5th Floor, 507 West Broadway at the expense of the party / candidate involved.

If a sign is removed, it can be recovered from this location from 9:00am – 5:00pm on weekdays. Under the Impounding Bylaw, we are authorized to charge for the removal of unlawfully placed signs on City streets.

The impoundment charge ranges from $100 to $300 per sign or display based on the amount of staff and equipment required for removal. 

Signs on private property

Signs on private property are regulated by the Sign Bylaw. Election/political signs are allowed on private property. A sign that is less than three square metres and free-standing does not require a permit.

Starting in September, improperly placed signs and posters can be reported to us using VanConnect.