Elections

Elections for District of Kitimat Mayor and Council are held every four years with the next election on October 20, 2018.

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming elections, please contact the Chief Elections Officer at 250-632-8900 or check the Provincial Government's website.

For campaign financing information please see Elections BC.

2018 Declaration of Candidates

This list is everyone who filed complete nomination papers by the September 14th, 2018 4 p.m. deadline.

Candidates have until September 21st, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. to withdraw their name from the list. Afterwards, withdrawal is only possible through ministerial order.

The deadline for ‘Challenge of Nominations’ is 4 p.m. on September 18th, 2018.

A ‘Declaration of Election by Voting’ will be produced on September 24th, 2018 at 4 p.m. with a finalized list of candidates.

If there are any questions, please contact Chief Elections Officer Debbie Godfrey at 250-632-8915 or Deputy Chief Elections Officer Ethan Anderson at 250-632-8900 ext. 2260

 Nomination Papers
 Mayor

Germuth, Philip

Johnston, David

 

 Councillor

Borgens, Jonathan

Empinado, Edwin

Feldhoff, Mario

Gibson, Lani

Goffinet, Rob

King, Peter

Lopez, Vanessa 

Marleau, Terry

Murphy, Mary

Walker, Larry 

Zielinski, Mark

  

 Public Notices

Notice for Advanced Registration

Notice of Nomination

Candidate Information Session

 For Candidates
 
 Qualifications
 To be qualified to run for Mayor or Councillor, parties must at the time of nomination;
  • Be 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • Be a Canadian citizen;
  • Be a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed;
  • Not be disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in BC or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding office.
 Nomination Information
Nomination packages will be available July 27, 2018 at the municipal office at 270 City Centre, Kitimat, BC during regular office hours. Completed nomination forms must be returned to the Chief Elections Officer during the nomination period, starting September 4, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. and ending September 14, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.. 
 Information Session

The District of Kitimat is hosting a session for potential candidates and anyone interested in learning about the local election process.  This session is not mandatory session for those thinking of running for Mayor or Councillor.

Staff will be in attendance to discuss topics including: a general overview of the District; who can run for Council; nomination forms; election signage; relevant legislation; how a Council meeting is run; and an overview of election financing rules.

When:                   

Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Where:                 

Council Chambers

Northwest Community College

606 Mountainview Square

 More information

Elections BC has announced the campaign spending limits for candidates in the 2018 local general election. In Kitimat, they are $10,000.00 for mayoral candidates and $5,000.00 for councillor candidates. Please contact Elections BC regarding any questions about campaign financing.

 Voting Information
 
 Who can Vote?
District of Kitimat residents who meet the eligibility criteria of a Resident Elector or a Non-Resident Property Elector listed below can vote. 
  • Landed immigrants who are not yet Canadian citizens are not permitted to vote in local elections.
  • No corporation is entitled to be registered as an elector or have a representative registered as an elector and no corporation is entitled to vote.
 Resident Electors
 To vote in a local election in Kitimat you must be at the time of voting:
  • At least 18 years of age on or before general voting day;
  • A Canadian citizen;
  • Have lived in B.C. for at least six months;
  • Have lived in the District of Kitimat for at least 30 days; and
  • Not disqualified from voting by any statute or law.
 Non-Resident Property Elector
 If you own property in Kitimat but live somewhere else you can vote as long as you are:
  • At least 18 years of age on or before general voting day;
  • A Canadian citizen;
  • Have lived in B.C. for at least six months;
  • Have owned real property in the District of Kitimat for at least 30 days;
  • Not eligible to vote as a resident elector in the District of Kitimat;
  • Registered owners of the real property, either as joint tenants or tenants in common, not holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust;
  • Not disqualified from voting by any statute or law.

A qualifying non-resident property elector may register at the polls providing:

  • 2 pieces of identification (one with residence address and one with your signature); and
  • Proof satisfactory to the official that the person applying is entitled to register in relation to the real property (e.g., current year's tax notice from the District of Kitimat); and
  • If applicable, providing written consent from the other registered property owner/s of the real property.

As a non-resident property elector you can vote only once, regardless of the number of properties you own.  If you have more than one registered owner of your property only one of you, with the written consent of the majority of the other individuals, may vote.  If you have questions about registering as a non-resident property elector, contact the Chief Elections Officer at 250-632-8900. 

 Registration

The District of Kitimat uses the provincial voters' list, therefore if you are registered on the provincial list, you are registered on the District of Kitimat electors' list.  In any event, you can register at the polls by meeting the elector criteria mentioned above, and providing two pieces of identification proving residence, and identity, and in the case of non-resident property electors, proof of ownership. To get on the provincial voter's list or update your information, contact Elections BC, or visit the Kitimat municipal office.

Acceptable Pieces of Identification

The following are deemed to be acceptable identification for the purposes of registering to vote at the polls (one must contain your signature):

  • A British Columbia driver's licence;
  • A British Columbia identification card issued by the Motor Vehicle Branch;
  • An Owner's Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence issued by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia;
  • A British Columbia CareCard or British Columbia Gold CareCard;
  • A Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance form;
  • A social insurance card issued by the Government of Canada;
  • A citizenship card issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada;
  • A real property tax notice issued under section 237 of the Community Charter;
  • A credit card or debit card issued by a savings institution as defined in section 29 of the Interpretation Act; or
  • A utility bill issued for the supply of electricity, natural gas, water, telephone services or coaxial cable services.

Elector Disqualification

You are disqualified from voting if:

  • You have not completed a sentence for an indictable offence, unless that person is released on probation or parole and is not in custody;
  • You have been involuntarily confined to a psychiatric or other institution as a result of being acquitted of or found not criminally responsible for an offence under the Criminal Code on account of a mental disorder; and/or
  • You have been found guilty of an election-related offence.
 Voting Opportunities
 
 General Voting Day
General voting day in Kitimat is on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Polls will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Voting will be held in Mount Elizabeth Middle-Secondary school a 1491 Kingfisher Avenue as well as Riverlodge Recreation Centre, 654 Columbia Avenue West.
 Advanced Voting Opportunity
Advanced voting opportunities will be held on Wednesday, October 10 and Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 8 am to 8 pm. The voting for both Advanced Voting Opportunities will be held in Tamitik Jubilee Sports Complex, 400 City Centre, Kitimat BC.
 Mail Ballot Voting

Who can vote by mail?

On Saturday, October 20, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., the District of Kitimat will hold the general local elections for one Mayor and six Councillors.

 Electors may vote by mail if they:

  • have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity, OR
  • expect to be absent from the District of Kitimat on general voting day and at the times of all advance voting opportunities.

 Who is eligible to vote?

You are allowed to vote if you are registered as:

  • a resident elector (i.e., you live in the District of Kitimat) OR
  • a non-resident property elector (i.e., you live elsewhere in BC but own property in the District of Kitimat).

Requesting a Mail Ballot Package

Before 4:00 p.m. on October 1, 2018 you must submit the following information to the District of Kitimat office (by mail, telephone, fax or email to district@kitimat.ca): 

(1)     Full name,

(2)     Residential address,

(3)     Address of the property in relation to which you are voting (for non-resident property electors),

(4)     Method of delivery of your mail ballot package:

               (a)   pick up at District of Kitimat office, OR

               (b)   regular letter mail through Canada Post to residential address, OR

               (c)   regular letter mail through Canada Post to an alternate address that you provide when requesting the ballot package,

(5)     If you are not on the list of electors, to ensure you receive the correct registration application form in your package, you must indicate whether you are going to be registering as a resident or non-resident property elector.

          The District of Kitimat will send out mail ballot packages commencing on or about October 4, 2018. To be counted for the election, your mail ballot must be received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 8:00 p.m. on October 20, 2018.

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