Implementing Recommendations of the Local Government Elections Task Force
On July 7, 2010, the Province announced it had given the “green light” to
implement the recommendations of the Local Government Elections Task Force.
On April 21, 2011, the Province
announced it would
proceed with implementing those changes for the 2014 local elections, rather
than for 2011.
The Task Force made
recommendations for changes to local government elections rules – rules that
apply to elections for municipalities, regional district electoral areas, boards
of education and various other local bodies. Most of the recommendations focus
on improving campaign finance, transparency and enforcement, including
consolidating these matters into a separate Act. The recommendations
also include changing the date of local elections to the third Saturday in October
(from the current third Saturday in November), starting with the 2014 elections.
Nearly all of the recommendations need legislation in order to be implemented.
Implementing the Task Force’s recommendations for the 2014 local elections
rather than 2011:
- will give all election participants a fair opportunity to understand and
follow the new rules when they are introduced
- recognizes that the recommendations constitute the most significant
changes to local elections legislation in nearly two decades
- should help avoid confusion among election participants about which
rules apply in 2011, and the inadvertent errors that could result
- will ensure that details of the most significant changes – such as
expense limits and the rules related to such limits – can be more fully
considered before they take effect.
Further information about implementation of the Task Force’s recommendations
will be posted to this site, as it is developed. Questions or comments about
implementation of the Task Force recommendations, or about existing election
rules can be directed to:
Advisory Services Branch
Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
800 Johnson Street
PO Box 9839 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9T1
For toll free access call Enquiry BC:
Call 604-660-2421 in Vancouver or 1-800-663-7867 elsewhere in B.C.