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2021 Municipal By-Election

Page last updated: April 27, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

The 2021 municipal by-election was held on April 24, 2021. The election had been called after previous Mayor Pam Alexis, became MLA for Abbotsford-Mission in 2020. In the absence of a Mayor, District Council had rotated as Acting Mayor each month.

On February 3, 2021, Council appointed Jennifer Russell as Chief Election Officer, as well as, Christine Brough and Connie Cooper as Deputy Chief Election Officers. The general voting day was set to take place April 24, 2021, with advance opportunities at the Mission Leisure Centre on April 14, 17, and 18, 2021. The District of Mission was dedicated to delivering a safe and physically distanced by-election during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Below you will find the information provided to voters for the 2021 municipal by-election:

Notice of By-election by Voting

Notice of By-election

Notice of Nomination

Mail Ballot Voting Information

Mayoral Candidate Contact Information

Declaration of Candidates

When is the 2021 By-Election?

On Saturday, April 24, 2021 a by-election will be held to fill the vacancy for the office of the Mayor.

Where to Vote on April 24, 2021
  • Albert McMahon Elementary School, 32865 Cherry Avenue, Mission
  • Cedar Valley Menonite Church, 32860 Cherry Avenue
  • Cherry Hill Elementary School, 32557 Best Avenue
  • Hatzic Middle School, 34800 Dewdney Trunk Road, Mission
  • École Mission Central Elementary School, 7466 Welton Street, Mission
  • Mission Leisure Centre, 7650 Grand Street, Mission
  • Silverdale Elementary School, 29715 Donatelli Street, Mission
  • West Heights Elementary School, 32065 Van Velzen Avenue, Mission
Important Dates

Nomination Period

March 9, 2021 at 9:00 am to March 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm

Declaration of Candidates

March 19, 2021 after 4:00 pm

Advance Voting Days

April 14, 2021

April 17, 2021

April 18, 2021

General Voting Day

April 24, 2021

 

Advanced Voting

Advance Voting Location

Mission Leisure Centre, 7650 Grand Street

Advance Voting Days

April 14, 2021 from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

April 17, 2021 from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

April 18, 2021 from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Do I qualify to Vote?

You may vote in a BC General Local Election as a resident elector if you:

  1. Are a Canadian Citizen
  2. Are 18 years of age or more on general voting day
  3. Have lived in British Columbia for 6 months prior to you registering to vote; and
  4. Have lived in the District of Mission for 30 days prior to you registering to vote*
  5. The person must not be disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Examples of Acceptable ID for Identity

  • BC I.D. Card
  • Driver’s Licence
  • Social Insurance Card
  • Credit Card / Debit Card
  • Old Age Pension I.D. Card
  • Passport / Citizenship Card
  • BC Care Card / BC Gold Care Card
  • Continued Assistance Form SDES8
  • Owner’s Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Registration
Non-Resident Property Elector

You may vote in a BC General Local Election as a non-resident property elector if you are the “registered owner of real property” in one municipality or district and you live in another provided you meet the following:

  1.  Are a Canadian Citizen
  2. Are 18 years of age or more on general voting day
  3. Have lived in British Columbia for 6 months prior to you registering to vote; and
  4. You are not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or are otherwise disqualified by law.
  5. You have received the written consent of the majority of registered owners for the property, authorizing you to be registered as the non-resident property elector for this property

You are entitled to register as a non-resident property elector for only one property that you own within Mission. There is no allowance for voting more than once if you own multiple properties within Mission.

What does “registered owner of real property” mean?

This means whichever of the following is applicable:

(a) the owner of a registered estate in fee simple of the property, unless another person holds an interest in the property referred to in paragraphs (b) to (d);
(b) the holder of the last registered agreement for sale, unless another person holds an interest in the property referred to in paragraph (c) or (d);
(c) the tenant for life under a registered life interest in the property, unless another person holds an interest in the property referred to in paragraph (d);
(d) the holder of a registered lease of the property for a term of at least 99 years.

 What if the property is registered in my company’s name?

You are not eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector if the property is registered in your company’s name. Furthermore, you are not eligible to vote if you are holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust.

 What if I own property with someone else?

Only one non-resident property elector may vote for each property. In other words, if two or more individuals own a single piece of property, the majority of the owners must designate — in writing — one owner as the non-resident property elector for that property. In this instance, a completed Non-Resident Property Elector Consent Form must be submitted before registration can take place.

What if I own property with someone else and that person is living on the property?

The person living on the property may qualify as a resident elector because he or she is a resident of Mission. As a non-resident property owner, you are also eligible to vote for that property, but you will still need the written consent of the other owner.

What if I own more than one piece of property?

You may only vote as a non-resident property elector for one piece of property in any municipality, regional district or school district regardless of how many properties you own. In other words, even if you own two pieces of property in one municipality, you may vote only once. If, however, you own one piece of property in one municipality that you are not a resident in, and a second piece of property in another municipality that you are not a resident in, you may vote in both of those jurisdictions as a non-resident property elector and vote as a resident elector in the jurisdiction that you reside in.

How do non-resident property owners register?

You may register in advance by submitting the following documentation to the Chief Election Officer at Mission Municipal Hall.

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.

  • Non-Resident Property Elector Consent Form (if the property has more than one registered owner)
  • A photocopy of proof of ownership of the property (such as property tax notice, assessment notice or certificate of title).

To register as a Non-Resident Property Elector during advance voting or on general election day you must provide the following documents:

  • Two personal identifying documents that prove who you are and where you live. One of them must have your signature on it.
  • Application for Registration as a Non-Resident Property Elector form.
  • Non-Resident Property Elector Consent Form (if the property has more than one registered owner).
  • A photocopy of proof of ownership of the property (such as property tax notice, assessment notice or certificate of title).

Examples of Acceptable ID for Identity

  • BC I.D. Card
  • Driver’s Licence
  • Social Insurance Card
  • Credit Card / Debit Card
  • Old Age Pension I.D. Card
  • Passport / Citizenship Card
  • BC Care Card / BC Gold Care Card
  • Continued Assistance Form SDES8
  • Owner’s Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Registration

Forms

Application for Registration as a Non-Resident Property Elector
Non-Resident Property Elector Consent Form

Candidate Information
Questions & Contacts

Information regarding the provincial requirements including ALL questions regarding campaign financing requirements, can be posed to:

Elections BC
http://elections.bc.ca
1-800-661-8683
electionsbc@elections.bc.ca
Visit ElectionsBC online

The following people can be contacted with questions specific to the General Local By-election in Mission:

Jennifer Russell
Chief Election Officer
jrussell@mission.ca
604-820-3724

Christine Brough
Deputy Chief Election Officer
cbrough@mission.ca
604-820-3703

Connie Cooper
Deputy Chief Election Officer
ccooper@mission.ca
604-820-3709

This information is being provided as a courtesy and does not stipulate all requirements in all cases. All requirements are stipulated in the District’s bylaws and provincial legislation and interested parties are strongly encouraged to consult those to ensure a complete understanding of all rules and regulations.