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By-elections

If a vacancy occurs during the term, the Islands Trust conducts by-elections to fill the vacant Local Trustee position for the remainder of the term.

General Information for all Candidates

The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Devlopment website has more information about local government elections in British Columbia, including a Candidate's Guide.

General information for Islands Trust candidates is available here:

General Information for Voters

The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development website has general information about local government elections in British Columbia, including a Voters Guide that outlines who is qualified to vote.

Registering to Vote

There is no pre-registration for by-elections before the List of Electors is printed. However, those not registered (either Resident or Non-Resident) who have the necessary documentation and meet the following qualifications may register on voting day.

Resident Electors

  • must be 18 years of age or older on or before General Voting Day;
  • must be a Canadian citizen;
  • must have been a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration;
  • must be a resident of the jurisdiction for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and
  • not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other Act from voting in an election or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Non-Resident Property Electors

If an Elector owns property in another jurisdiction other than the one they reside in, they may be eligible to register as a non-resident property elector. The Applicant must meet the following qualifications:

  • must be 18 years of age or older on or before general voting day;
  • must be a Canadian citizen;
  • must have been a resident of B.C. for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration;
  • must be a registered owner of real property in the jurisdiction for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration;
  • must not be eligible to register as a resident elector in the jurisdiction;
  • must only register in relation to one piece of property; and
  • if more than one person owns the property, only one owner may register and that person must have the written consent of a majority of the other owners.

To register on Voting Day as a Non-Resident Property Elector for the by-election the Elector must provide proof of ownership by way of a recent title search, State of Title Certificate or a Property Tax Notice showing the names of all the registered owners of the subject property.

Only one person may vote for the property. If there is more than one registered owner, a form must be signed by a majority of the owners consenting to the applicant registering on behalf of the property and presented on voting day.

Proof of Identity

To register as a Resident Elector or a Non-Resident Property Elector, two pieces of identification must be provided. The documents must indicate the residential address of the applicant and a signature.

The following documents are acceptable for proof of identity when registering to vote:

  • B.C. Driver's licence
  • B.C. ID card issued by the Motor Vehicle Branch
  • B.C. CareCard or Gold CareCard
  • Social Insurance Card (Canada)
  • Citizenship Card (Canada)
  • Real property tax notice
  • Credit card or debit card issued by a savings institution
  • Utility bill

For more Information, contact:

Carmen Thiel
Legislative Services Manager
(Corporate Secretary)
(250) 405-5188

Mailing Address:
Islands Trust
200 - 1627 Fort St
Victoria, BC
V8R 1H8

Main: (250) 405-5151
Fax: (250) 405-5155

Page last updated: 12/04/17
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