Information for Candidates

The Candidates Information Packages (Nomination Package) will be available on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.  You can pick up a hard copy from the Legislative Services Division at Saanich Municipal Hall (2nd Floor) or request an electronic copy at


An election for Office of Mayor, Office of Councillor and Office of School Board Trustee (School Districts 61 & 63) will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

The elected candidates will serve a four year term ending in October, 2022.

It is the responsibility of candidates, elector organizations and those wishing to take part in the election process by means of advocacy, to comply with the requirements of the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA).  For further information, please visit our Library & Resources webpage.

For more information, you may wish to watch one of the videos at  "Thinking of Running for Local Office"

To qualify as a candidate, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older on general voting day, October 20, 2018 (born on or before October 20, 2000);
  • Be a Canadian citizen;
  • Be a resident of BC for at least six months immediately preceding the day nomination papers are filed;
  • Not be 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.

Important dates

  • Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 9 a.m. - Nomination period begins
  • Friday, September 14, 2018 at 4 p.m. - Nomination period ends
  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 4 p.m. - Period to challenge candidate nominations ends
  • Friday, September 21, 2018 - Deadlines for:
    • Decision on challenges of candidate nominations
    • Withdrawal of candidates
    • Withdrawal of candidate endorsement by elector organization
    • Submitting originals of nomination documents to the Chief Elector Officer that had been delivered by fax or email
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Advance voting opportunity at the Municipal Hall
  • Monday, October 15, 2018, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Advance voting opportunity at the Municipal Hall
  • Saturday, October 20, 2018, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. - General voting day
  • Friday, January 18, 2019 - Deadline to file Campaign Financing Disclosure Statement

When can candidates begin campaigning?

There are no time restrictions for people to go out and talk to others to let them know they plan to run for office.  Nomination Period does not begin until 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4 and runs until 4 p.m. on Friday, September 14 at which point the Chief Election Officer will make a declaration of candidates.

According to our sign policy, election signs are permitted beginning of the first day of Nomination Period (Sep 4) and must be removed four (4) days after the election.

Nomination documents will be available by July 27, 2018 at the latest and can be requested via email at