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Participation in the General Local Election

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Participation in the General Local Election

Whether you are considering running for office or are preparing to vote in the upcoming election, we thank you for participating in the democratic process in North Saanich. Please direct any questions you may have regarding the 2022 General Local Election to the Chief Election Officer at election@northsaanich.ca

Candidates

Elected officials serve a vital role in the District of North Saanich, making collective decisions in the best interest of the community. Elected municipal council members are responsible for the delivery of local services to their community and the actions taken by the municipality. They deliberate significant issues in a transparent and accessible public forum and act as a conduit between residents and municipal staff. The role is rewarding and challenging.

The District of North Saanich welcomes all residents to run for office, and to foster a more inclusive environment has taken steps to lower some of the barriers to holding public office.

These include the recent (November, 2021) approval of the Council Maternity & Parental Leave Policy (Policy No. 1002.20), which allows Councillors to take up to 18 months leave if they or their partner are giving birth or adopting.

The District has also taken steps to ensure that its workplace is free from discrimination, bullying, and harassment. The scope of the Respectful Workplace Policy (Policy No. 4001.5) extends to all employees, contractors, volunteers (paid or unpaid), and elected officials.

Voters

North Saanich residents serve a vital function in our democracy by voting in the General Local Election.

When council is sitting, residents are always encouraged to correspond with their elected officials about any municipal issue of importance. But one of the most fundamental, direct, and effective ways to register your priorities is early on, at the ballot box: by learning about the various candidates and voting for those you believe will advocate on your behalf.

We encourage all North Saanich residents to learn as much as they can about all the candidates in the General Local Election and take the opportunity to engage with them about the issues that matter most to you.

On election day, the District of North Saanich will provide voters with an accessible voting station. This station will feature a table at an appropriate level for people in wheelchairs, and will be slightly larger, so families can bring in their children to witness the voting process. The District will also offer curbside voting in the parking lot in front of Municipal Hall.

Please see the Voter Resources page for more information.

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