Voters' Guide

Everything you need to know before voting.

Get news updates, candidate information, and other resources.
Find out more about the 2022 election

Why vote?

Our elected officials make important decisions that directly affect our daily lives.

On Saturday, October 15, 2022, Vancouver voters will vote for:

Also on the ballot

You will be asked if you support the City borrowing money for three areas of major capital projects. Review the Capital Plan borrowing questions

Are you a Vancouver voter?

Qualifications you must meet to vote

You must:

  • Be 18 years old or older on election day
    (October 15, 2022)
  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Have lived in BC for at least six months immediately before the day you register
  • Live in Vancouver (no minimum days required)
  • Not be disqualified by law from voting

Permanent residents who have not yet become Canadian citizens cannot vote.

Ready to vote?

Vote by mail between September 6 and October 11

Apply to vote by mail

Who you're voting for

How to find candidate profiles

The candidates will be officially announced on September 16, 2022. After this date, you can read about the candidates in the Voters' Guide that will be available at your library, community centre, and other public places. Candidate information will also be available here and the Plan Your Vote tool.

What's on the ballot

The ballot will list all of the candidates' names, and Capital Plan questions. The candidates will be listed in random order, and there will be a number beside each name. 

Become a volunteer scrutineer

If you are an eligible voter, become volunteer scrutineers for the Capital Plan borrowing questions in the upcoming election.

Apply to be a scrutineer

 

Live in the UBC Lands (UBC) or University Endowment Lands (UEL) and do not own property in Vancouver?

You can only vote for school trustees.

Instead of voting for a mayor and councillors for the City of Vancouver, you are eligible to vote for a director to represent you in the metro Vancouver Regional District Electoral Area A election.

Find out more: Metro Vancouver

How to vote

Vote in advance

October 1, 5, 8, 11, and 13: Vote at any Vancouver advance voting place between 8am and 8pm 

Vote on election day

Saturday, October 15: Vote at any Vancouver voting place between 8am and 8pm 

Vote by mail - free return postage

September 6 to October 11: Request to vote by mail

Key dates

  • Tuesday, September 6 at 10amFirst day to request to vote by mail
  • Tuesday, September 27 at 8:30amBegin mail out for vote by mail package; requested package available for pick up at the Election office
  • Thursday, September 29 at 5pmLast day to request a vote by mail package to be mailed out to your address
  • Tuesday, October 11 at 5pmLast day to request a vote by mail package for pick up from the Election Office
  • Friday, October 14 at NoonLast day to pick up vote by mail package from Election Office
  • Saturday, October 15 at 8 pmDeadline for all ballots to be returned to Election Office or City Hall

All eligible voters may request to vote by mail

Request a vote by mail package to be sent to your mailing address, and mail it back (free return postage) to the Vancouver Election Office or drop it off at one of our designated drop boxes around the city.

Who can vote by mail

 If you are a Non-Resident Property Elector (owns property in Vancouver but does not live in Vancouver), you can apply for a vote by mail package by emailing votebymail@vancouver.ca.

Are you registered to vote?

If you voted in the last BC provincial election (October 2020) and are a Vancouver resident you are automatically on Vancouver's voters list and will not need to register again.

If you are already on the Voters List, you will receive your Voter Information Card.

Check to see if you're registered to vote

Two ways to register to vote

1. Provide two pieces of identification (ID)

  • Both pieces must show your name
  • At least one piece must show your address
  • At least one piece must include your signature

2. Provide one piece of identification and make a solemn declaration

If you have only one piece of ID, you may also make a solemn declaration in front of the person in charge of the voting place.

How we can help

The 2022 Vancouver Election is taking place on the traditional, unceded, ancestral, and shared territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking peoples, including the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish Nation), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). These Nations have stewarded the lands since time immemorial.