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Information for Candidates for the 2018 General Local Election

This page was last reviewed on September 18, 2018.

The 2018 general local election for the Village of Cumberland will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018. The Village of Cumberland elects one Mayor, four Councillors and one School Trustee.

Candidate Information Videos

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing: Deciding to Run

Candidate Information Session

Information for Cumberland candidates.

Everyone is welcome to this general candidate information session:

Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 6:00pm
Florence Filberg Centre Rotary Hall
411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay

The Province of BC also offers information and video material for prospective candidates: Thinking of Running for Office?

Candidate Nomination Period

Nominations to elect one Mayor, four Councillors, and one School Trustee will be received by the Chief Election Officer or a designated person during the nomination period from 9:00 am on September 4, 2018 to 4:00 pm September 14, 2018, excluding statutory holidays and weekends.

Nominations delivered by hand, mail or other delivery service must be received at the Village of Cumberland office during the nomination period at the address below during regular office hours of Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Important: You must have your declaration taken by a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits in BC or the Chief Election Officer.

Nomination documents may be submitted by email to Rachel Parker, Chief Election Officer (you will receive an email to confirm receipt) or by fax to 250-336-2321 during the nomination period. The originals of emailed or faxed nomination documents must be received by the Chief Election Officer by 4:30 pm on September 21, 2018.

A person is qualified to be nominated, elected, and to hold office as a member of local government if they meet the following criteria:

  • Canadian citizen;
  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day on October 20, 2018
  • resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed;
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding the office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Candidate Nomination Packages

Please note that

  • the Village requires two nominators for a candidate
  • the Village does not require a nomination deposit
  • the general voting date is 2018/10/20
  • for school trustee nominations, Cumberland receives nominations for Electoral Area 3

Resource Materials

Mayor or Councillor Candidate Nomination Package

PDF Fillable Forms – save to your computer and then complete

Forms to Print

Candidate Information Release Authorization – CivicInfo website

Mayor or Councillor Elector Organization Endorsement Package

An Elector Organization is an organization that endorses or intends to endorse a candidate in an election. Elector organizations may be referred to as “civic political parties”. Elector organizations may promote a candidate, group of candidates or a point of view during local elections in one or more jurisdictions.

PDF Fillable Forms – save to your computer and then complete

Forms to Print

School Trustee Candidate Nomination Package

PDF Fillable Forms – save to your computer and then complete

Forms to Print

Candidate Information Release Authorization

School Trustee Elector Organization Endorsement Package

An Elector Organization is an organization that endorses or intends to endorse a candidate in an election. Elector organizations may be referred to as “civic political parties”. Elector organizations may promote a candidate, group of candidates or a point of view during local elections in one or more jurisdictions.

PDF Fillable Forms – save to your computer and then complete

Forms to Print

Candidate Expense Limits

The following expense limits apply to candidates for the Village of Cumberland during the campaign period:

  • Mayor $10,000
  • Councillor $5,000
  • School Trustee: $5,000

The following third party advertising limits apply:

  • Directed advertising expense limits $750
  • Cumulative advertising limit $150,000

View the Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in BC.

For further information on campaign period expense limits and third party advertising limits, please contact Elections BC by toll-free phone at 1-855-952-0280, by email at lecf@nullelections.bc.ca, and at www.elections.bc.ca/lecf.

Appointing Scrutineers

A candidate, or a candidates official agenda, may appoint scrutineers to observe the voting process and ballot-counting procedures. Appointments may be made at any time up to the close of voting. The appointment must be provided to the Chief Election Officer as soon as possible.

View the Scrutineer Guidelines and Candidate and Scrutineer Guidelines for the Count.

Scrutineer Appointment Form

Information for Candidates for Mayor and Councillor

Council Remuneration

For 2018, the municipality provides $17,553 annually to the mayor and $9,436 annually to councillors, with one third of this treated as an allowance for local mileage and incidental expenses.

Cumberland Council

Cumberland Council consists of a mayor and four councilors. The term of office is four years. The inaugural meeting will take place on November 5, 2018.

Meetings

Council meetings are typically held the second and fourth Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m.

Other special and committee meetings occur throughout the year as required or set by the mayor, council or the corporate officer.

Council members are provided an agenda and reading material on the Thursday prior to council meetings in order to make informed decisions during the meeting.

Council members may also be appointed to represent council on other local and regional boards and attend various community events throughout the year

Comox Valley Regional District Appointments

Cumberland appoints one representative and an alternate to serve on CVRD board, committee of the whole and sports centre commission meetings.

Cumberland representative on the CVRD board is also representative on the regional solid waste board and Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District board.

Village of Cumberland Corporate Structure

The chief administrative officer reports to the mayor and councillors, and oversees areas of administration, finance, land use planning and development services, building inspection, fire, public works (including building maintenance, roads, water and sewer systems), and parks and recreation

Questions?

If you have questions or inquiries about running for Council, please contact Rachel Parker, Deputy Corporate Officer, at 250-336-3005.

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