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Local Government Elections

This page was last reviewed on August 15, 2022.

The next general local election will be held on October 15, 2022 for all local governments in BC.

Cumberland electors will vote to elect a mayor, four councillors and one school trustee.


Voting Dates and Locations

Voting will be open to qualified electors of the Village of Cumberland on

Dates:
Wednesday, October 5, 2022 – Advance voting open to all electors
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 – Advance voting open to all electors
Saturday, October 15, 2022 – General voting day

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day

Location: Buchanan Hall (first floor) of the Cumberland Cultural Centre at 2674 Dunsmuir Avenue with parking entrance from First Street.


New in 2022! Mail Ballot Voting

To vote by mail, submit an application to the Village Office between September 15 and October 7, 2022. Applications will be available at the Village office and on this page in September.

For your mail ballot to be counted it must be received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 8 p.m. on October 15, 2022.


Voter Qualifications and Registration

How do I register to vote?

Bring two pieces of identification to the voting place. You do not need to register in advance.

Voter’s Guide to Local Elections in B.C.

How do I qualify as a voter if I live in Cumberland?

You must be

  • 18 years of age or older on the day of registration; and
  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; and
  • a resident of the Village of Cumberland; and
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or assent voting and not otherwise disqualified by law.

How do I qualify as an elector if I don’t live in Cumberland, but own property in Cumberland?

You must be

  • 18 years of age older on general voting day for the election or assent voting;
  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; and
  • a registered owner of real property in the Village of Cumberland for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and
  • not entitled to register as a resident elector; and
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or assent voting and not otherwise disqualified by law; and
  • if there is more than one registered owner of the property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the owners, register as a non-resident property elector.

If you live in another jurisdiction and own property in Cumberland and wish to vote, you will have to provide proof that your entitled to register in relation to your property and provide written consent of the other registered owners of the property. Please call the chief election officer at the Village office at 250-336-2291 for more information.

What identification do I need to vote?

Your identification must provide evidence of your identity and place of residence, at least one of which must contain your signature. Acceptable identification includes

  • a British Columbia Driver’s Licence,
  • a BC identification card within the meaning of the Identification Card Regulation,
  • a photo BC services card within the meaning of the Identification Card Regulation,
  • a non-photo BC services card within the meaning of the Identification Card Regulation,
  • 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 SDES8,
  • a Social Insurance Number card or confirmation of Social Insurance Number letter issued by the government of Canada,
  • a Citizenship Card issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada,
  • a real property tax notice issued under section 369 of the Local Government Act or section 21 of the Taxation (Rural Area) Act,
  • 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 by
    • a public utility as defined in section 1 of the Utilities Commission Act,
    • a gas utility as defined in section 1 of the Gas Utility Act,
    • a water utility as defined in section 1 of the Water Act,
    • the British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority, or
    • a corporation licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission for the purposes of that supply.

Can I vote if I can’t get into the voting place?

If you are are unable to enter the voting place due to a physical disability or impaired mobility, we can accommodate you by bringing a ballot to you at a location near the voting place, e.g. to a vehicle outside the voting place.

Watch for information on mail ballot voting for the 2022 election.

You can call the chief election officer at 250-336-3005 for more information or to make arrangement in advance. On voting day, you can have someone make the request to the presiding election official at the voting place.


Can I work at the election?

The Village is accepting applications to work at the election as Election Officials. Check the employment page.


More Information

In British Columbia, municipal elections are conducted according to the regulations set out in the BC Local Government Act.

More information on local government elections and voting may be found from the Province of BC.

Contact Information

Please contact Rachel Parker, chief election officer, at 250-336-3005 if you have any questions.

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