Candidate Information

A candidate is a person seeking election in a general local election or by-election. All candidates in local elections must abide by the campaign financing and election advertising rules under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, which include campaign expense limits, contribution limits, election advertising rules and disclosure rules.

Expense limits vary by jurisdiction and office sought and are available on our Candidate Expense Limits page.

Candidates can only accept campaign contributions from someone who is a resident of B.C. and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Both endorsed and unendorsed candidates have contribution limits that are outlined on our Making a Campaign Contribution page.

More information about campaign financing and election advertising rules are available on our local elections Forms and Guides pages.

Candidates’ campaign financing disclosure statements are published and publicly available through our Financial Reports and Political Contributions system.