Candidate Information

General Election Information

Elections BC recently updated their information for the upcoming October election.

Sign Boundaries

To be updated based on new sign bylaw.

Candidates' Information

(You will be able to link to all of the brochures and guides once Elections BC updates them)
  • What Every Candidate Needs to Know
  • Candidate's Guide
  • Appointment of Candidate Scrutineer for School Board Trustee
  • Appointment of Candidate Scrutineer for Mayor and Council

Nomination Process

A candidate must be nominated in writing by two persons who are electors in Maple Ridge. Nomination information must include:
  • full name of the person nominated
  • usual name of the person nominated, if preferred
  • office for which the person is nominated
  • endorsement by an elector organization, if applicable
  • residential address of the person nominated
  • names and residential addresses of the nominators
  • statement signed by the nominators that the person is qualified

Eligibility to Run

You may run for local government office if you:
  • are a Canadian citizen
  • at least 18 years old on election day
  • have lived in BC for at least the last 6 months
  • have not been disqualified for voting in a BC local election
  • you do not have to live in Maple Ridge to run for office
You do not qualify as a candidate if you are/have been:
  • judge of the Provincial Court, Supreme Court or Court of Appeal
  • employee or salaried officer of the local government (unless you have taken a leave of absence to run for office and agree to resign if elected)
  • under sentence for an indictable offence and are in custody or in prison
  • found guilty of an elections offence, such as double voting or buying votes, and are prohibited from holding office
  • disqualified for not filing a disclosure statement in a previous election (section 92) or for not making an oath of office or attending meetings (section 211)

Terms of Office

If you are elected to local office, you will be expected to serve a four-year term. This term begins upon your swearing in at the first council meeting to be held within the first ten (10) days of November 2018.

Financial Disclosure and Campaign Financing Documents

  • Candidates are required to submit financial disclosure forms at the time of nomination and each year as an elected official. See the Financial Disclosure Act for more details.
  • Campaign financing is handled through Elections BC. Information on the new rules for 2018 can be obtained by visiting their website.
  • You can also view an Open Meetings Report from the Ombudsperson.

Election Signs

Candidates are now required to have contact information on all election signs. A phone number, mailing address or email address along with permission of the financial agent must be noted on each sign. More details will be handed out when candidates submit their nomination documents.

Time Commitments for Council

Council meets every Tuesday evening, usually beginning at 6:00 pm, but times may vary. There may also be additional meetings. View the Mayor and Council page for more information.

For information or elector organization forms, please contact the Election Office at 604-467-7423 or via email.