Before casting a ballot, it's important to learn about the candidates and their platforms
To help inform Burnaby voters, we've created a space for local candidates to share some information about themselves and the issues that matter to them.
Each candidate was given the option to submit a statement (one paragraph and up to 150 words), photo, 2 minute video and contact information. City staff have not edited the submissions in any way.
The views and opinions expressed in these profiles are those of the candidates and do not reflect the position of the City of Burnaby.
|January 1 to September 16, 2022||Election Period
Campaigns must report all expenses incurred during the election period
|July 18 to September 9, 2022||Pre-campaign period
Election advertising rules come into force
|August 30 to September 9, 2022||Nomination period|
|September 10 to October 15, 2022||Campaign period|
|September 13, 2022, 4 pm||Deadline for challenge of nominations and electoral organization endorsements|
|September 16, 2022, 4 pm||
Deadline for withdrawal as a candidate
Deadline for electoral organization endorsement or candidate withdrawal of the endorsement
|September 16, 2022, 4:45 pm||Deadline to deliver original nomination documents—if previously emailed or faxed—to the Election Office|
Candidate roles and responsibilities
The mayor is the head and chief executive officer of the City. The mayor provides leadership to council by recommending bylaws, resolutions and other measures that, in the mayor’s opinion may assist the peace, order and good government of the city.
The mayor is also responsible for:
- communicating information to council
- presiding at council meetings when in attendance
- providing, on behalf of council, general direction to municipal management respecting implementation of municipal policies, programs and other directions of the council
- establishing standing committees for matters the mayor thinks would be better managed by a committee and appointing members of council to the committees
- reviewing the conduct of municipal management and employees
- reflecting the will of council and to carry out other duties on behalf of the council
- carrying out other duties assigned under this or any other Act
There are 8 councillors to be elected in the City of Burnaby. All members of council have the following responsibilities:
- to consider the well-being and interests of the municipality and its community
- to contribute to the development and evaluation of the policies and programs of the municipality respecting its services and other activities
- to participate in council meetings, committee meetings and meetings of other bodies to which the member is appointed
- to carry out other duties assigned by the council
- to carry out other duties assigned under this or any other Act.
Municipal councils work together to develop policies and procedures designed to provide services to improve the quality of life for its citizens. council must make decisions as a group, in an official meeting. Individual council members cannot make a decision on behalf of council or the city and cannot individually give direction to staff.
The Community Charter requires council exercise its powers at regular or special meetings of council, when a quorum is present. Burnaby council consists of nine members, therefore a quorum is five members of council.
The Burnaby School District is the fourth largest in BC, guiding education at 41 elementary and eight secondary schools. The District enrolls 25,000 K-12 students as well as providing lifelong learning opportunities to more than 16,000 adult learners through the Burnaby Community and Continuing Education program.
With 50% of Burnaby’s population born outside of Canada and more than 100 languages spoken by its students, it is one of the most culturally diverse school districts in Canada.
The Burnaby Board of Education is a policy-making body whose primary function is to establish procedures and guidelines for the operation of Burnaby’s 49 public schools.
The Board is comprised of seven (7) elected school trustees elected for a four year term. It is responsible for producing a budget, administering expenditures and liaising with individual schools through the School Trustee Liaison Program.
Find more information at burnabyschools.ca.
Qualifications for positions
To be eligible to run as a candidate, at the time of nomination you must meet the following criteria:
- 18 years or older on Election Day
- Canadian citizen
- resident of BC for at least six months prior to the date of nomination (August 30, 2022)
- not disqualified by any act or law from voting in British Columbia, or from being nominated for, elected to or holding the office, or be otherwise disqualified by law
Other important notes for candidates:
- You don’t need to live in the area to be a candidate.
- If you currently work for the City of Burnaby or Burnaby School District, you must take a leave of absence before being nominated.
- Federal employees must apply to the Public Service Commission for permission.
- At least two qualified City of Burnaby electors (whose names must be on Election BC's list of electors) must nominate you per the Local Government Act.
Questions and answers
The Election Period begins on January 1, 2022, and ends on September 16, 2022. During this period anyone who intends to become a candidate must track and report all campaign expenses incurred during this time. Elections BC manages this process and all financial recording requirements. For further information please go to Elections BC or call 1-800-661-8683.
In order to be a candidate in a local government election you must meet the following criteria:
- 18 years of age or older on general voting day: October 15, 2022
- a Canadian citizen.
- a resident of BC in accordance with legislation, for at least 6 months immediately before general voting day
- not disqualified from voting under any legislation
You do not have to be a resident of Burnaby to be a candidate.
Find more information under Division 5–Qualifications for Office.
The nomination period begins at 8 am on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, and ends at 4 pm on Friday, September 9. Candidates may only be nominated during this time period.
The pre-campaign period begins on Monday, July 18 and ends on Friday, September 9, 2022. During this time, third party election advertising rules come into force. You can find the election advertising rules here: Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.
The campaign period begins on Saturday, September 10, 2022, and ends on Saturday, October 15, 2022. During the Campaign Period, candidate and third party expense limits apply. Elections BC administers this process. For further information, visit Elections BC or call 1-800-661-8683.
Third-party advertising sponsors in local elections must:
- register with Elections BC before conducting any advertising
- include their name and contact information on all advertising
- be independent and not sponsor advertising on behalf of, or together with, a candidate or elector organization
- not spend more than the expense limits
- file a disclosure statement
For more information visit Elections BC or call 1-800-661-8683.
New campaign financing rules for elector organizations came into effect on December 1, 2021. Information on how to register as an elector organization and other requirements may be found on Elections BC or call Elections BC directly at 1-800-661-8683.
The deadline for candidates to file campaign financing disclosure statements is January 13, 2023. The late filing deadline is February 13, 2023. There is a penalty of $500.00 for late filing. Further information and reporting requirements may be found on the Elections BC or by contacting Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683.
Elector organizations promote candidates in local elections. They are also called civic political parties. Anyone can form an elector organization, but only elector organizations registered with Elections BC can endorse candidates, receive campaign contributions and incur election expenses.
Chief Election Officer: Lynne Axford
Deputy Chief Election Officer: Samantha Thompson