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- The vote for one Councillor was originally scheduled for April 4, 2020. The position became vacant when Laurel Collins resigned from Victoria City Council in November 2019 following her election to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Victoria.
- On March 18, 2020, to protect residents from the current threat of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, cancelled Victoria's April 4 by-election. Read the Order. This action, requested by the Chief Medical Health Officer for Island Health and the City of Victoria, helped ensure residents were not required to gather in polling stations and freed up City resources to focus on managing impacts of COVID-19.
- On July 29, 2020, the BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing released guidelines to help local governments plan how to safely hold by-elections that were deferred due to the pandemic. Learn more.
- An all-candidates guide is expected to be released by the City of Victoria on or about Nov. 17th.
- City staff presented a report to Committee of the Whole on September 17 and on October 1 on how to safely proceed with Victoria's by-election during a pandemic. Council decided that the municipal by-election will take place on Saturday, December 12, 2020.
Details on eligibility can be found here.
Eligible voters can vote at ANY of the following locations on General Voting Day, Saturday, December 12, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.:
- James Bay, Community School, 140 Oswego Street
- Oaklands Elementary School, 2827 Belmont Avenue
- Sir James Douglas Elementary School, 401 Moss Street
- Da Vinci Centre, 195 Bay Street
- Crystal Garden, 713 Douglas Street*
- Victoria High School at SJ Willis Education Centre, 923 Topaz Avenue
*An accessible voting machine will be available at Crystal Garden on General Voting Day, December 12, 2020.
Voting by Mail
Stay tuned. The City has received a Ministerial Order from the provincial government that will change procedures to allow anyone to vote by mail in the City’s by-election. The Ministerial Order will go before Council for their consent on Thursday, November 5, 2020. Once authorized, the online vote by mail application process will open - More on Mail-In Voting
The City of Victoria is working with the Office of the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC to make sure its Municipal By-Election is safe for voters, candidates and election workers. A safety plan will be prepared for each voting place. More information is available here.
What is on the Ballot?
The ballot will include one section: Opportunity to vote for one Councillor
Who is the candidate?