UPDATE: Voting in the 2020 General Election is now closed. Based on final election results, the NDP have won enough seats to form a majority government. See 2020 Provincial General Election Preliminary Voting Results.

On Saturday, October 24, British Columbians will head to the polls to vote in the provincial election recently announced by Premier John Horgan.

B.C.’s construction industry is an economic powerhouse, employing approximately 236,000 men and women and contributing almost 9% to provincial GDP. It is therefore critical that the political party elected to power understands the construction industry’s concerns and delivers what it needs, when it needs it.

VRCA has curated general information about the election and the campaign promises relevant to the construction industry in order to help members make an informed decision at the polls.

General voter registration for the provincial election has closed online and by phone, but you can still register or update your information when you vote in person or by mail. You may need to provide photocopies of acceptable ID if voting by mail.

To register to vote in British Columbia, you must be:

  • 18 or older by General Voting Day,
  • a Canadian citizen, and
  • a B.C. resident for the past six months as of General Voting Day.

To vote by mail, request a vote-by-mail package on the Elections BC website or by phone at 1-800-661-8683. If you are not registered to vote or your voter information is out of date, your vote-by-mail package will include instructions on how to register or update your information. You will need to provide photocopies of valid identification.

To vote in person, look for your Where to Vote Card in the mail or see Elections BC’s Where to Vote page. You will need to show valid identification when you go to vote.

Voting places and the dates they are open are being confirmed and will be available on Elections BC’s website as soon as possible. They will also be listed on Where to Vote cards sent to every registered voter in the province before the start of the advance voting period. Find out where to vote.

Advance voting runs from Thursday, October 14 to Wednesday, October 21

General Voting Day is Saturday, October 24 from 8 am to 8 pm.

Voting Safely and COVID-19

The following is a sample of election stories relevant to the construction industry:

Daily updates: B.C. election 2020 promise tracker: What the major parties are pledging (Global News)

Oct. 15 – Leaders of B.C.’s three biggest parties take part in CKNW radio debate (Canada.com)

Oct. 15 – JOC Election Special: B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson on how a Liberal win will impact construction and labour (Journal of Commerce)

Oct. 14 – JOC Election Special: B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson on COVID-19 and infrastructure commitments (Journal of Commerce)

Oct. 14 – Leaders of B.C.’s three main political parties clash on pandemic response, recovery (Vancouver Sun)

Oct. 14 – Greens pledge billions in new spending for schools, childcare, income security (Global News)

Oct. 14 – Advance polls in B.C.’s 2020 provincial election to open Thursday [Oct. 15] (Global News)

Oct. 13 – British Columbia party leaders debate ahead of October election (Full debate recording via Global News on YouTube)

Oct. 13 – NDP pledges second medical school at Surrey SFU campus (Vancouver Sun)

Oct. 13 – Metro Vancouver identifies key regional issues ahead of 2020 B.C. election (Burnaby Now)

Oct. 13 – JOC Election Special: B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson on Community Benefits Agreements (Journal of Commerce)

Oct. 10 – NDP promises to fast-track Olympic Village school construction (Vancouver Sun)

Oct. 10 – Green leader Furstenau releases party’s livable cities plan (Vancouver Sun)

Oct. 8 – NDP pledges to fund SkyTrain to Langley; Liberals vow to end small business tax (Global News)

Oct. 6 – B.C. NDP pledges additional $3 billion a year to build schools, hospitals in platform (Victoria Times-Colonist)

Oct. 5 – Where They Stand: Both the BC Liberals and NDP Back Site C (The Tyee)

Oct. 5 – Greens vow to put $1 billion into mental health under MSP (Vancouver Sun)

Oct. 5 – BC NDP fires back at Liberals Massey promise (Journal of Commerce)

Oct. 5 – BC Liberals promise to restart bridge construction to replace Massey Tunnel if elected (Global News)

Sept. 29 – B.C. election: Horgan promises schools in Liberal-held turf, counters Liberal pledge to cut PST (Global News)

Sept. 29 – Wilkinson promises to eliminate the PST for one year (Vancouver Sun)