Sections 64 – 80 of the Local Government Act govern the registration of electors.


Qualifications – Resident Elector

You may vote as a resident elector if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen;
  • are at least 18 years of age or older on voting day;
  • have resided in BC for 6 consecutive months before you register to vote; and
  • have lived in the electoral area where you will be voting for 30 days prior to registration.

All residents who meet these qualifications can vote. It does not matter whether you rent or own your home.


Qualifications – Non-Resident Property Elector

You may vote as a non-resident property elector if you:

  • have owned property in the electoral area where you wish to vote for at least 30 days before registering;
  • are not a resident elector in that electoral area;
  • are a Canadian citizen;
  • are at least 18 years of age or older on voting day; and
  • have resided in BC for 6 consecutive months before you register to vote.

Non-resident property owners may only vote once for a single property. If two or more persons own the property, the majority of owners must designate one of the owners to be the elector for that property, and that designation must be provided in writing.

No corporation is entitled to vote. Non-residents cannot register or vote if their property is registered in a corporate name.

Sections 66 and 73 of the Local Government Act govern the registration and voting of non-resident property electors.


Voter Registration & Identification

In the Powell River Regional District, the registration of all voters takes place at the time of voting. When registering, voters are required to make a declaration that they meet the qualifications listed above.

All voters must present two pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification must prove both residency and identity. Examples: driver’s license, medical/care card, passport, utility bill, tax notice, letter, etc.

Non-resident property electors:  in addition to the identification noted above, non-resident property electors must also produce proof that they are entitled to register in relation to their property (a tax notice or proof of title is best). And, if applicable, they must also provide written consent from the majority of the property owners.