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2021 By-Election

Effective November 18, 2020, Josie Osborne resigned as Mayor of Tofino to serve as a Member of the Legislative Assembly. Effective December 30, 2020, Dan Law and Andrea McQuade resigned as District of Tofino Councillors.

A by-election is scheduled for March 6, 2021, for the Office of Mayor (one to be elected) and Councillors (two to be elected).



Documents have been divided into three sections, please take time to read the information in the introductory and reference packages.

Filing Procedures:

Nominations will be received by the Chief Election Officer or a designated person from 9:00 am on Tuesday, January 19th, until 4:00 pm on Friday, January 29, 2021 (excluding weekends).

Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to file nomination documents in person by making an appointment with the Chief Election Officer during the nomination period.

Nomination documents may be delivered to Tofino’s Chief Election Officer in person, or by mail or courier, to District of Tofino, PO Box 9, 121 Third Street, Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0.

2021 District of Tofino by-election Key Dates:

•    Dec. 16: Appointment of CEO and DCEO
•    Jan. 6: Nomination packages available online and by appointment at DoT Office (121 Third Street)
•    Jan. 12: Advance voter registration deadline for non-resident property electors
•    Jan. 13: Adoption of the provincial voters list and start of voters list availability for public inspection
•    Jan. 19: Candidate nomination period begins (documents to be submitted to the Chief Election Officer)
•    Jan. 29: Candidate nomination period ends & declaration of candidates
•    Feb. 2: Deadline to challenge candidate nominations
•    Feb. 5: Deadline to withdraw candidacy
•    Feb. 6: Campaign period begins
•    Feb. 8: Declaration of election by voting /election of acclaimed candidates
•    Feb. 24: Advance Voting Day
•    Mar. 4: Last day to request a mail ballot 
•    Mar. 6: General Voting Day / Deadline to Receive Mail Ballots
•    Mar. 8: Determination of Official Results

STAY TUNED: More information for voters and nominees will become available in the coming weeks via the Westerly News, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, the District of Tofino Email Subscription List, and our website.

2019 By-Election


Dan Law was declared elected as Councillor for the remainder of the 2018-2022 term.


Additional Statistics:

Estimated Turnout - 2019 By-Election

Estimated Eligible Voters:


Total Ballots Cast:


Number of New Registrants:


Estimated Turnout:


Estimated Turnout - 2008 to 2018 General Local Elections

2018 (929 ballots cast/1422)


2014 (519 ballots cast/1,417)


2011 (729 ballots cast/1,209)


2008 (513 ballots cast/1,066)


2018 Local Election Results

Official voting results for the 2018 General Local Election held Saturday, October 20, 2018 are presented below. Candidates receiving the highest number of valid votes for the position of Mayor and the six Councillor positions were declared elected.

Mayor (One Elected)
Josie Osborne
Councillor (Six Elected)
Tom Stere
Britt Chalmers
Andrea McQuade
Al Anderson
Duncan McMaster
Dorothy Baert

Looking for other election results? Civic Info has listed the results in all BC municipal elections.Visit: www.bc.localelections.ca


Local government voting rights are granted to citizens on the basis of residency or property ownership. There is no corporate or business vote in local elections. The District of Tofino uses the Provincial Voters List for resident electors; if you are on the list you are not required to register again. 

FAQ - Voters

Am I eligible to vote?

If you are a Tofino resident or property owner, you are eligible to register as an elector if you:

  • are age 18 or older on general voting day;
  • are a Canadian citizen;
  • have been a resident of B.C. for at least six months before you register;
  • have been a resident or have owned property in Tofino for at least 30 days before you register;
  • are not disqualified by law from voting;
  • and, if you are a non-resident property owner:
    • you are not entitled to register as a resident elector
    • if applicable, you must have written consent from the majority of owners to register as the one elector and
    • only one non-resident owner may register per property.
How do I register to vote in a local election?

There are two types of voters with different processes to register:

  • Resident Electors (eligible voters who reside within the District of Tofino).
  • Non-Resident Property Electors (eligible voters who own protperty within the District but do not reside here).

All eligible voters may also register at the time of voting. 


The District of Tofino now uses the Provincial Voters List as the list of resident electors, managed by Elections BC. If you are on the Provincial Voters List, you are not required to register again.

To resigter online, you will need to provide your name, date of birth, address, and one of the following identification numbers:

  • your B.C. driver’s licence number,
  • your B.C. Identification Card number,
  • the last six digits of your Social Insurance Number, or
  • the last six digits of your Personal Health Number.


Non-resident property electors can contact the District Office to confirm their registration on the list maintained by the District of Tofino, and may be eligible to register in advance. In order to register as a non-resident property elector, you must provide:

  • proof of your identity (2 pieces of ID, one of which must have your signature); and
  • proof of your eligibility to register (e.g. property title certificate or current District of Tofino property tax certificate, and, if applicable, a letter of consent from joint owners).

NOTE: Resident and non-resident electors can also register at the time of voting. 

Register at the Polls:
If you decide to register on voting day (or advance voting day) please bring two pieces of identification (ID). The ID must show your residential address and one of them must have your signature.

And, if a non-resident property elector, you must have written consent from the majority of owners to register as the one elector (if applicable).

What are the rules for non-resident property electors?

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 one owner, in writing, as the non-resident property elector for that property. In this instance, a completed Consent of Registered Owners for Non-Resident Property Elector Registration form must be submitted before registration can take place.

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.

What if I own property in Tofino but someone else is living there? 

The person living on the property may qualify as a resident elector because they are a resident of Tofino.

As a non-resident property owner, you are also eligible to vote for the property, but you will need the written consent of the majority of other owners.

Does Tofino have Mail in Ballots?

Yes. The District of Tofino Election Procedures Bylaw No. 1204, 2014, was amended in 2020 to provide for Mail in Ballots. The ballot application process will be advertised prior to any elections or assent votes. 

NOTE: Section 110 of the Local Government Act only permits voting by mail by persons who:

  • have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity, and
  • persons who expect to be absent from the municipality on general voting day and at the times of all advance voting opportunities.
Do I need to bring ID in order to vote?

If you appear on the list of registered electors, it is not necessary to produce ID at the time of voting.

Please contact Elyse Goatcher-Bergmann, Chief Election Officer, at elysegb@tofino.ca or 250-725-3229 ext. 610 to confirm your registration status.

If you are registering to vote on the day of voting, you must have two pieces of identification (ID). The ID must show your residential address and one of them must have your signature. If your ID doesn’t show your residential address, you can make a solemn declaration as to your residence. The voting clerk will have the form you need to make that declaration.

Suggested types of identification:

  • British Columbia Driver's Licence
  • BC Identification Card issued by ICBC
  • BC Services Card
  • Canadian Passport or Citizenship Card issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • Social Insurance Number card issued by the Government of Canada
  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status (Status Card)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence
  • BC Services Card or BC CareCard or BC Gold CareCard
  • Debit or Credit Card Statement issued by a savings institution
  • Mortgage statement
  • Property Tax Notice issued by the District of Tofino
  • Utility Bill (for electricity, natural gas, telephone or cable service)

Note: Electronic documents (e.g. e-bills) and electronic scans of a paper document are acceptable. Hand-written information on a document is not acceptable.

I live on First Nations reserve lands. Can I vote in a local government election?

Eligible electors who live on a First Nations reserve can vote in local government elections; however where you vote depends on whether the reserve is located within the boundaries of the District of Tofino or in the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD).

I moved here two weeks before General Voting Day. Can I vote?

No, you must have resided in the District of Tofino for 30 days to be eligible to vote.

Can someone who has a physical disability or other difficulty receive assistance in voting?

Yes, a solemn declaration will be required and election officials are able to assist you with voting. Check with an election official at the time of voting.

How many people can I nominate to run in the local election?

A person entitled to make a nomination may subscribe to as many nomination documents as there are persons to be elected to fill the office for which the election is being held.


Provincial legislation sets out the nomination process, public access to nomination documents, how candidates may run their election campaigns and conduct election advertising as well as campaign financing recording and disclosure rules and certain campaign financing restrictions.

Nomination packages for those interested in running for office will be available from the District Office at 121 Third Street by asking to speak with the Chief Elections Officer (Elyse Goatcher-Bergmann).  Elector Organization Endorsement packages will also be available during this time. 

FAQ - Candidates

Can I run for office?

To be eligible to run for local government office, a person must have been a resident of BC for at least 6 months before filing their nomination documents.  They do not have to live or own property in the District of Tofino.

In addition, a person must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older on General Voting Day
  • Be a Canadian Citzen
  • Not be disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding office, or be otherwise disqualified by law

A person is ineligible to run for office if they:

  • Have been convicted of and sentenced for an indictable offence and are in custody
  • Have been found guilty of an election offence, such as intimidation or vote-buying, and are prohibited from holding office
  • Are judges of the Provincial Court, Supreme Court or Court of Appeal
  • Are involuntarily confined to a psychiatric facility or other institution
  • Have been disqualified for specified reasons such as failing to file a candidate disclosure statement in a previous election, failing to make an oath of office, or failing to attend local government meetings in the manner and frequency required by the Community Charter
  • Have been otherwise disqualified from being nominated for, elected to or holding office under the Local Government Act, Community Charter, Local Elections Campaign Financing Act or any other enactment or law
Do I have to live in the District of Tofino to run for Council?


Can I be both a local government representative (Mayor, Councillor, electoral area director, islands trustee or school trustee) & a Member of the Legislative Assembly or Member of Parliament?

Yes, however there is a considerable amount of time involved in filling any of these offices; you may choose to do just one.

Can I run for office if I work for the District of Tofino?

No, there is a specific restriction against both working for, and holding office in, the same local government.  However, if you were to take a leave of absence from your job, you could run in the election.  If elected, you would have to resign your job.

What are the rules around campaigning, advertising and financial disclosures?

The District's Chief Election Officer cannot answer questions related to campaign financing, discolure statements, or election advertising rules as these are under the mandate of Elections BC.  

Candidates or their agents must be familiar with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA) and its requirements. The Act is available online at BC Laws www.bclaws.ca. You can also refer to Elections BC’s guides for candidates available online at: www.elections.bc.ca/lecf

Contact the Local Elections Campaign Financing team at Elections BC:

  • Phone: 1-855-952-0280 (Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PST, toll-free in Canada and the United States)
  • Email: lecf@elections.bc.ca
How many people need to nominate me to run for office?

The minimum number of nominators is two, but it’s wise to have more in case it turns out that one of them is not an eligible nominator.

Do I have to pay a fee to run for office?

No. The District of Tofino does not charge a fee to file nomination documents. 



Manager of Corporate Services
Elyse Goatcher-Bergmann
(T) 250-725-3229 ext. 610
(F) 250-725-3775
(E) egoatcher-bergmann@tofino.ca