Voting is an important part of British Columbia’s democratic process. It is a chance for every eligible person to influence policies that affect them on a daily basis. With only a simple mark on a ballot, voting lets British Columbians decide who will represent them and what their future will look like. The right to vote is protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and is one of Canada’s most cherished institutions.
Provincial general elections are scheduled to take place on the third Saturday in October every four years. The next scheduled date for a provincial general election in B.C. is Saturday, October 16, 2021.
B.C. was the first province in Canada to establish fixed election dates. While general elections are scheduled to take place every four years, they can occur before a scheduled date if the government calls an election or loses the confidence of the Legislative Assembly.