City Hall

2018 municipal election nomination packages still available

Nomination period is September 4 to 14

August 21 2018 –

Nomination packages continue to be available for citizens planning to run for office in the October municipal election.

Get packages: 

  • Online 
  • At the Election Office, 1st floor, 450 W Broadway
  • At the City Clerk’s Office, 3rd floor, City Hall, 453 W 12th Ave

How to become a candidate

You must complete and successfully submit nomination forms during the nomination period in September. 

The Election Office will receive nomination forms from 9am on Tuesday, September 4 to 4pm on Friday September 14. Appointments are strongly encouraged.

Get details on the nomination process, including signage rules, how parties can endorse candidates, and the election office’s colour palette. 

Four races, 27 positions open

In the 2018 Vancouver municipal election, voters will elect:

  • 1 mayor
  • 10 councillors
  • 7 commissioners for the Vancouver Park Board
  • 9 school trustees for the Vancouver School Board

All offices are held for a four-year term. Vancouver’s election is one of two in BC that features the election of park board commissioners.   

Who can run for office

To stand as a candidate for office, a person must be:

  • 18 years of age or older as of general voting day for the election;
  • A Canadian citizen;
  • A resident of British Columbia, as determined in accordance with section 25 of the Vancouver Charter, for the past six months immediately preceding the date of nomination;
  • Not disqualified under the Vancouver Charter, or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding the office, or is not otherwise disqualified by law; and
  • Not subject to any of the disqualifications set out in section 38(2) of the Vancouver Charter

What’s new for the 2018 election

  • New provincial campaign finance restrictions will be in effect for the 2018 municipal election, limiting donation amounts to campaigns and establishing criteria for donors. Campaign finance rules are administered by Elections BC, not the City of Vancouver. Get a full list of the changes .
  • Candidates in all races will be listed in random order on the ballot, not alphabetical. The random order list will be drawn after 4pm on September 21 and will be widely publicized to Vancouver residents.