Learn about important information including candidate eligibility, scrutineer, campaigning and sign requirements.

  • Completed
  • Started
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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

Election signs

The temporary placement and installation of political signs, including election signs, is regulated by the City under its bylaws.

Private property only

Elections signs must be installed on private property only with the permission of the property owner (a sign permit is not required).

Use our online mapping tool (COSMOS) to view property line boundaries.

Election signs are not permitted anywhere within the city property, including:

  • city road allowance and rights-of-way
  • medians
  • sidewalks
  • boulevards
  • city parks
  • city facilities
  • city-owned lots

Election signs must not be placed or installed within a 100-metre radius of a voting location on general voting day (October 15, 2022)

Removing signs

Unpermitted election signs must be removed within 14 days following the general voting day of Saturday, October 15, 2022 (and no later than 11:59pm on Saturday, October 29, 2022).

Penalties for non-compliance

It is the sole responsibility of each candidate and/or their elector organization to comply with the requirements. Penalties for non-compliance include the issuance of fine(s) to the candidate and/or the property owner hosting the sign. In addition, the city reserves the right to remove any signs on city property that do not comply with the city’s bylaws.

If a non-compliant election sign is removed from city property, the candidate and/or their respective elector organization will not be notified. Subsequent to removal, the signs will be disposed of by the city. The city is not obligated to store any signs it retrieves nor is it responsible for maintaining an inventory of election signs it retrieves, or otherwise. In addition, the city’s full costs associated with sign removal and disposal may be charged to the candidate and/or to their elector organization responsible for the placement of the sign.

See letter to candidates regarding political signs and the full Surrey Sign Bylaw.

Candidate 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

Elector organization endorsement

Elector organizations endorse candidates in municipal elections.

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.

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.

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