Interested in running for the office of mayor, councillor or school trustee? Learn about the nomination process, important dates and if you are eligible to run as a candidate.

Running for office in 2022

On October 15, 2022, eligible voters will elect one (1) mayor, eight (8) councillors and six (6) school trustees for School District No. 36.

Eligibility

To be eligible to run as a candidate for the City of Surrey office of mayor, councillor or school trustee, a person must meet the following requirements of the Local Government Act at the time of nomination.

  • You are at least 18 years of age on general voting day
  • You are a Canadian citizen
  • You have been a resident of BC for at least six months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed
  • You must not be disqualified by any law from voting in an election in BC, or from being nominated, elected or holding office

What you should know

  • You do not need to live in the area in which you are running
  • If you currently work for the City of Surrey or the Surrey School District, you must take a leave of absence before being nominated
  • Federal employees must apply to the Public Service Commission for permission to run
  • You must be nominated by two qualified Surrey electors

Becoming a candidate

Complete the nomination package

  • Save the nomination package PDF to your desktop.
  • Review the entire package including forms and reference documents.
  • Only the forms on pages 14-29 need to be printed and submitted.

Office of Mayor/Councillor

Download the nomination package

Office of School Trustee

Download the nomination package

Submit your completed nomination package

Beginning August 22, use our online booking tool to schedule an appointment at city hall, to drop off your completed nomination package.

Nomination period: August 30 - September 9, 2022

The deadline for filing your nomination package is Friday, September 9, 2022 at 4:00pm.

Elector organization endorsement

Elector organizations endorse candidates in municipal elections.

Register with Elections BC

Only registered organizations can file endorsement documents, receive campaign contributions and incur election expenses. 

Elector organizations must be registered with Elections BC. The deadline to apply to register an elector organization for the 2022 general local elections has now passed.

Endorsement packages

Please make an appointment to drop off completed endorsement packages at city hall. They must be received by the Chief Election Officer or designate between August 30, 2022 at 9:00am and September 9, 2022 at 4:00pm.

Scrutineers

Scrutineers represent the candidate by observing the conduct of voting at the voting locations. Scrutineers may observe voting procedures during advance, mail ballot processing and general voting opportunities and may observe the ballot counting process after the close of voting on general voting day.

Scrutineers must be appointed in writing by the Candidate or Official Agent representing the Candidate.  The Scrutineer will be required to have a copy of Form C6 – Appointment of Candidate Scrutineer, and will be required to complete the Declaration of Scrutineer Form 12-4, to observe election proceedings at each voting location they attend.

 

Key dates

  • Completed
  • Started
  • Pending
July 12, 2022

Elections BC virtual information session

July 25, 2022

Candidate nomination package available

August 30 - September 9, 2022

Nomination period

September 17 - October 15, 2022

Campaign period

October 5, 8, 9 and 12, 2022

Advance voting opportunities

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Election day

Deadlines

  • Submit Nomination Package to Surrey City Hall, Legislative Services by: 4:00pm, September 9, 2022
  • Challenge of a Candidate’s Nomination: by 4:00pm, September 13, 2022
  • Withdraw as a Candidate: by 4:00pm, September 16, 2022
  • Withdraw Endorsement of Candidate: by 4:00pm, September 16, 2022
  • File Campaign Financing Disclosure Statement with Elections BC: January 13, 2023

Election campaigning locations

Making campaign announcements or any form of election campaigning and other political activities is prohibited in the City of Surrey’s parks, recreation, and cultural centres, including City Hall and the plaza and atrium. 

In general, displaying signs or objects, distributing written materials, and congregating in groups for partisan or political purposes is not permitted in such spaces pursuant to the City’s bylaws and policies, including Surrey Parks, Recreation and Cultural Facilities Regulation By-law, 1998, No. 13480 (the “By-law”) and related policies.

If any candidates wish to conduct election campaigning or other political activities, they may consider doing so on private property.

Guides & Resources

Candidates

A candidate is a person seeking election in a municipal election.

Elections BC

Elections BC administers campaign financing, election advertising and elector organization registration rules. The Local Elections Campaign Financing Act establishes these rules. 

For answers to questions about the campaign financing disclosure and election advertising rules for candidates, contact:

Elections BC, Electoral Finance
1-800-661-8683 
electoral.finance@elections.bc.ca
elections.bc.ca