Your City–Your Choice
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On Saturday, October 15 and on advance voting days, Burnaby residents will vote to elect 1 mayor, 8 councillors and 7 school trustees (for School District 41). The mayor, elected councillors and school board trustees will serve a four-year term from November 2022 to November 2026. To learn more about our elected positions, visit our candidates page or download our Voter Guide.
The City is also seeking your views on non-binding community opinion questions about the dedication of various park lands in Burnaby which will be included on the ballot. Detailed information is available below.
Voting is the most important way to make your voice heard about issues that concern you. Voting is an opportunity to be part of decision-making about things that affect your everyday life, such as garbage collection, roads, development, housing, clean water, parks, green space, recreation facilities, libraries, fire rescue services, law enforcement, and education just to name a few. By voting you decide who will make the decisions affecting your everyday life. People around the world struggle for the right to vote–you already have it! Please make a plan to vote!
Who is eligible to vote?
You are eligible to vote as a resident elector or non-resident property elector in the City of Burnaby if you meet the following requirements at the time of voting:
To qualify as a resident elector, a person must meet all of the following requirements at the time of voting:
- age 18 or older on or before general voting day
- a Canadian citizen
- a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration
- a resident of the City of Burnaby in accordance with applicable legislation
- not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any enactment from voting in an election, or otherwise disqualified by law
If you own property in the City of Burnaby (residential property only), but you live elsewhere in BC, you are eligible to vote if you meet the following requirements at the time of voting:
- must be registered as a non-resident property elector in the City of Burnaby
- 18 years of age or older on the day of registration or general voting day
- a Canadian citizen
- a resident of BC, in accordance with applicable legislation, for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration
- a registered owner of real property in the City of Burnaby, for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration
- an individual not holding the real property in trust for a corporation or any other trust
- not entitled to register as a resident elector in the City of Burnaby
- not entitled to register as a non-resident property elector in relation to any other parcel of real property in the City of Burnaby
- if there is more than one individual who is the registered owner, only one individual may register and vote in relation to the real property and the person doing so must have received the written consent of the majority of individuals registered as owners of the real property
- not disqualified from voting by any enactment or by law
To qualify as a non-resident property elector, you will need to bring ID and a number of official forms to your voting location. You may also bring the documents to the Burnaby Election Office to register in advance of the voting day:
- Application for registration as a non-resident property elector–remember to have your signature on the form witnessed by another individual, who will also sign and provide their residential address
- Consent of registered owners for non-resident property elector registration–only one registered owner per property is permitted to vote. If several non-residents own a single piece of property, the owners must select only one of the owners to vote
- A photocopy of proof of ownership of the property must be made available (such as property tax notice, assessment notice or certificate of title)
- Two pieces of valid identification that prove who you are, one of which must include your signature.
Important dates and locations
Burnaby residents can cast a ballot at any one of the 32 convenient voting places:
|Saturday, October 1
Wednesday, October 5
Saturday, October 8
8 am to 8 pm
|Confederation Seniors’ Centre
The Amazing Brentwood
Cameron Recreation Complex
Metropolis at Metrotown (near T&T Supermarket)
Bonsor Recreation Complex
Edmonds Community Centre
General voting day
|Saturday, October 15
8 am to 8 pm
|Alpha Secondary School
Armstrong Elementary School
Bonsor Recreation Complex
The Amazing Brentwood (near Scotiabank)
Burnaby Central Secondary School
Burnaby North Secondary School
Cameron Recreation Complex
Capitol Hill Elementary School
Cascade Heights Elementary School
Chaffey-Burke Elementary School
Clinton Elementary School
Confederation Seniors' Centre
Edmonds Community Centre
Forest Grove Elementary School
Gilmore Avenue Community School
Kitchener Elementary School
Lakeview Elementary School
Lochdale Community School
Marlborough Elementary School
[email protected] (near T&T Supermarket)
Morley Elementary School
Moscrop Secondary School
Nelson Elementary School
Seaforth Elementary School
Second Street Community School
South Slope Elementary School
Sperling Elementary School
Stoney Creek Community School
Taylor Park Elementary School
University Highlands Elementary School
Westridge Elementary School
Windsor Elementary School
How to vote
To ensure you are ready to vote, please familiarize yourself with the following 8 steps:
- Ensure you are eligible and registered to vote.
- Read the candidate profiles to learn who is running for office. These profiles will be available in September. You can also refer to your voter guide, which will be delivered to every household in Burnaby in September.
- If you are registered, a voter card will be mailed to you in September. Please review it carefully. Bring the voter card with your name listed as it will make the voting process faster and easier.
- Find voting locations that are convenient for you or visit one of our 6 advance voting locations.
- If you are a new or unregistered voter, or are updating your personal information on your voter card you can bring two pieces of acceptable identification that provide evidence of your identity and place of residence (one item must contain the voter’s signature) with you to register and vote.
- When you arrive at the voting location, you will be greeted, provided with a ballot demonstration if you wish, directed to the first available Election Official to show your voter card and/or two pieces of acceptable identification and asked to sign the voting book or provide an oral declaration to receive your ballot.
- Continue to the voting booth where you will have privacy to mark your ballot by filling in the oval next to the candidate(s) of your choice using the black pen provided.
- After marking your ballot, proceed to the voting tabulator where you will insert your ballot into the machine to be automatically counted.
To register in person at the time of voting, please bring two pieces of acceptable identification that provide evidence of your identity and place of residence (one item must contain your signature).
- BC CareCard*
- BC Identification Card issued by ICBC
- BC Services Card
- BC Driver's License*
- Birth Certificate
- Burnaby Public Library Card
- Canadian passport or Citizenship card
- Certificate of Indian Status
- Credit or debit card
- Income Tax Assessment
- Metis Certificate Status
- Monthly Report/Request for Continued Income Assistance
- Nexus Border Card
- Owner's Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle License issued by ICBC
- Property tax notice issued by the City of Burnaby
- Social Insurance Card
- Statutory Declaration/Sworn Affidavit (from a notary public, lawyer or commissioner for taking affidavits)
- Student card
- Utility bill (electricity, natural gas. water, telephone or cable service)
*Combined BC CareCard and BC Driver's Licence count as 1 piece of ID.
Voting for 2022 park dedication
In 1990, the City began an ongoing process to dedicate certain city lands as parks in perpetuity. A total of 2,983.09 acres (1,207.21 hectares) has been dedicated since then.
In 2022, City Council proposes to dedicate additional park lands and is seeking the opinion of the community through an assent voting process.
In addition to voting for a mayor, councillors and school trustees (for School District 41), qualified voters will also vote on the dedication of the following park lands:
- Cariboo and Brunette River conservation lands
The proposed dedication is an area of approximately 55.66 acres (22.51 hectares) located in the southeast region of Burnaby.
- Stoney Creek park and trail system
The proposed dedication is an area of approximately 24.67 acres (9.97 hectares) located in the northeast region of Burnaby.
- Deer Lake Park
The proposed dedication is an area of approximately 29.42 acres (11.97 hectares) located in the southwest region of Burnaby.
- Burnaby Lake Park system
The proposed dedication is an area of approximately 94.30 acres (38.52 hectares) located in the northwest region of Burnaby.
Burnaby is fortunate to have an extensive and diverse range of parks, conservation areas and public open spaces. Major natural landscapes and resources conserved include river estuary, marine foreshore, mountain and ravine forest, lakes and waterways. To date, our parks and open space system extends more than 5,482 acres representing about 24.8 percent of the total area of Burnaby. The City and the electorate have previously taken significant steps to protect these irreplaceable park and natural areas for future generations through the park dedication process. The properties proposed for dedication in the 2022 local government election continues this process.
Only eligible Burnaby voters are entitled to act as volunteer scrutineers. The scrutineer attends a voting location to observe the proceedings. The scrutineer for community opinion questions does not have an active role in the voting process.
If sufficient volunteers apply, the Chief Election Officer will appoint 2 scrutineers to each voting location, 1 for and 1 against the questions. There is no paid compensation to act as a volunteer scrutineer.
If you wish to be a volunteer scrutineer for the community opinion questions, please complete and submit the application form below.
Questions and answers
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Eligible voters not registered may do so before July 8, 2022. People who are not on the voters list may still register to vote at the time of voting.
The City of Burnaby uses the provincial voters list from Elections BC to create the Burnaby voters list. If your name is on the provincial voters list you will receive a voter card mailed to the address on the list sometime in September 2022. Bring your voter card to make your voting experience easy and convenient.
If you are not on the voters list, or your information needs to be updated, please go online to Elections BC by July 8, 2022 to ensure you receive your voter card with up to date information.
If you are unable to register or update your information prior to July 8, 2022, you will still have the opportunity to register at the time of voting. Please bring two pieces of acceptable identification to provide evidence of your identity and place of residence (one piece must contain the voter’s signature) in order to register and vote at the voting location.
If you are 16 or 17 years of age you can register with Elections BC. You will be automatically registered to vote when you turn 18.
No. If you voted in the last provincial or civic election, you may already be registered to vote in the 2022 Local Government Election.
The City uses the provincial voter's list for civic elections, which is based on election registration data from the provincial and federal voters' lists. Elections BC maintains and updates the voter's list. If you have recently moved, and have not updated your registration information with Elections BC, you may do so at the time of voting.
If you are already registered on the voters list, you will need to bring your voter card and 1 piece of ID. If you do not bring your voter card you will need 2 pieces of ID to vote.
If you are not already registered on the voters list and are eligible to vote, the following ID requirements must be met when registering at the time of voting:
- at least two ID documents must be shown that provide evidence of your identity and place of residence, at least one of which must contain your signature, or
- at least one ID document must be shown that provide evidence of your identity and contain your signature, and make a solemn declaration as to your place of residence.
There are two voting locations located in local shopping malls:
- The Amazing Brentwood: the voting location is conveniently located in the Interior Centre – Ground Level 1 near the Scotiabank.
- Metropolis at Metrotown: the voting location Unit G22 on the lower level near the T&T Supermarket – Parking level P2.
These locations are open for advance voting on October 5 and 8, as well as on General Election day on October 15.
There are strict rules regarding the conduct of Local Government Elections to ensure they are fair, open and honest. These procedures are established by the Province of BC in the Local Government Act and Community Charter. Local governments may also adopt bylaws to establish election procedures in their jurisdiction.
If you would like to remove the name of a deceased family member when you come to vote, please provide the person's death certificate to an election official at the voting location. If you do not have the death certificate, please contact Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683 after October 21.
If you require a translator or other assistance with voting, we encourage you to bring a person with you to the voting place. People providing assistance will be asked to complete a declaration.
The City of Burnaby is committed to providing voting opportunities to all eligible voters. You may access voting places through curbside voting or, for the first time in Burnaby use the convenience of mail ballot voting from your home.
If you have difficulty entering the voting location, you may ask to receive and mark your ballot outside (curbside voting). You will need to bring someone with you who can advise the Presiding Election Official that you need assistance or call Burnaby Election Office at 604-294-7088 to arrange for assistance. Curbside voting is available at all voting locations in Burnaby. Election workers will come to your vehicle and complete the steps necessary for voting.
Mail ballot voting:
For the first time in the City of Burnaby all eligible voters are able to request a mail ballot for use in the 2022 Local Government Election.
The Local Government Act allows people who are not residents of a municipality to vote if they own property within a given jurisdiction. Of course, by definition, this right is only extended to people who are not residents so as to avoid double-voting. For example, a resident of Vancouver who owns property in Burnaby may vote in Vancouver as a resident elector and in Burnaby as a non-resident property elector. However, a person who lives in Burnaby, and owns additional properties in Burnaby may only vote once in Burnaby as a resident elector. The property must be owned personally and not by a corporation since corporate voting has long since been eliminated.
If you are a registered voter and would like to protect your privacy or security, your address or other information can be omitted or hidden from the voters list available to the public and election candidates. For more information, please contact Burnaby Election Office.
If you are interested in running for Office in Burnaby, please visit our candidate page to learn about qualifications, roles and responsibilities.