Voter Registration

Who May Vote at a Local Government Election?

Resident Elector

To be registered as a Resident Elector, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Age 18 or older, or will be on the day of election;
  • Canadian citizen;
  • Resident of British Columbia for at least six months prior to election day;
  • Resident of the District of Highlands for at least 30 days immediately prior to voting day;
  • Not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.

Property Elector

To be registered as a Property Elector, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Age 18 or older, or will be on the day of election;
  • Canadian citizen;
  • Resident of British Columbia for at least six months prior to election day;
  • Registered owner of real property in the District of Highlands for at least 30 days immediately prior to Election Day;
  • Must not be entitled to register as a resident elector in the District of Highlands;
  • Not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law;
  • If there is more than 1 registered owner of the property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the owners, register as a non-resident property elector.

Elector Registration

You must register to vote before you receive a ballot. The District of Highlands uses the Provincial Voters' List as the District's List of Electors for local general elections. If you are registered as a provincial voter, you should be on this list.

If you are not on the District's List of Electors and qualify as a property elector you may register prior to Voting (until August 28) at the District Office, otherwise you may register at time of voting.  

Elector Identity Documents

  • a British Columbia Driver's Licence
  • a British Columbia Identification Card issued by the Motor Vehicle Branch
  • an Owner's Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence issued by the Insurance Corporation of BC
  • a British Columbia CareCard or British Columbia Gold CareCard
  • a Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance Form DES8
  • a Social Insurance Card issued by Human Resources Development Canada
  • a Citizenship Card issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • a real property tax notice issued under section 369 of the Local Government Act or section 21 of the Taxation (Rural Area) Act
  • a credit card or debit card issued by a savings institution as defined in s.29 of the Interpretation Act
  • a utility bill issued for the supply of electricity, natural gas, water, telephone services or coaxial cable services by a public utility as defined in section 1 of the Utilities Commission Act:
    • a gas utility as defined in section 1 of the Gas Utility Act,
    • a water utility as defined in section 1 of the Water Act,
    • the British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority, or
    • a corporation licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission for the purposes of that supply.

Non-Resident Property Elector Qualifications

If you own property in the District of Highlands but live elsewhere, you may be eligible to vote in the District of Highlands General Local Election as a non-resident property elector.

In order to be eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector on Voting Day you must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • age 18 or older; and
  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; and
  • a registered owner of real property in the District of Highlands for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and
  • not entitled to register as a resident elector; and
  • not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law; and
  • the only persons who are registered owners of the real property, either as joint tenants or tenants in common, are individuals who are not holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust; and
  • if there is more than one registered owner of the property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the owners, register as a non-resident property elector.

If you are not on the District's List of Electors and qualify as a non-resident property elector you may register prior to Voting (until August 28) at the District Office, otherwise you may register at time of voting.  

You must prove your identity (2 pieces of personal identification (smaples of approved identification shown above), one of which must have your signature), and your eligibility to register (example:  property title deed or current District of Highlands property tax receipt) and a letter of consent from joint owners, if applicable when applying for a certificate.  It is suggested you apply for a Certificate to Register prior to voting. Presentation of such a certificate will allow you to vote without having to produce other proof of ownership of the property in question on voting day.

When applying for a certificate you will be asked to show:

  1. two pieces of identification; one with residence address; one with signature of elector
  2. property title deed or property tax receipt
  3. Consent Form - this is required only if the property is owned jointly with other individuals

If you are unsure about whether or not you are registered to vote, or if you know you are not registered to vote, please contact the Chief Election Officer at 250.474-1773 for further information. If you are not a registered elector, you may register when you go to vote. Election staff will be able to assist you.