General Election Information
All potential Candidates are encouraged to visit the Local Government Elections website provided by the Provincial Government.
Nomination documents are now available and may be submitted between September 4 and 14. 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
- 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 OfficeIf 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.
- Local Election Campaign Financing Guide. All questions regarding Campaign Financing should be addressed directly to Elections BC.
- You can also view an Open Meetings Report from the Ombudsperson.
Election SignsElection signs are governed by our local sign bylaw and may not be erected until the Declaration of Election. More information on specific rules will be handed out to candidates when they file their nomination papers.
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.