Election Turnover Similar to 2014

Local government general elections in British Columbia typically see a high level of turnover across all elected positions, and the 2018 election results are no exception. While there will be larger of number of Councillors and Electoral Area Directors stepping into new roles, the overall number of new Mayors decreased slightly across the province.

The 2018 local government general election saw a total of 73 new Mayors elected to BC’s 162 municipalities, representing a 45% change in leadership. In 2014 the level of change was slightly greater, with 47% of communities seeing new Mayors elected.

There were exceptions to the prevailing trend at a regional level, most notably in Metro Vancouver, which saw a significant increase with the election of 16 new Mayors in its 21 municipalities.

The number of newly elected Councillors increased by 3% in this year’s election as compared with 2014, for a total of 395 (or 48.4%).

Similarly, the number of new Electoral Area Directors increased by over 5% to a total of 57 (or 37.7%).

The high level of turnover on Councils and Boards with each election was one of the motivating factors for the creation of the Local Government Leadership Academy in 2007. The academy’s mission is to provide local government and First Nations elected officials and senior administrators with comprehensive, timely and dedicated leadership development opportunities throughout their terms of office or employment in the interest of improving governance. The LGLA’s 2019 elected official seminars have been announced and once again will be made available in regions throughout BC.

For the full details on the 2018 local government general election, please visit CivicInfo.

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