Why Vote in the Provincial Elections?

Every 4 years, every eligible resident is called to help shape the next B.C Government through voting in the Provincial Elections. When you vote, you elect an MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly) who will represent your riding (aka your neighbourhood) at the Legislative Assembly in Victoria.

Voting in the Provincial Elections is your chance to shape policy about student loans, housing, transit, and countless other important issues. Get ready to vote on April 29 in the Nest or May 9 in your home riding. 

Party Platforms

BC Liberals:

This is only a snapshot of the entire BC Liberals platform. 

Click here to see the full platform


Creating jobs and economic growth with the best trained workforce:
o   Creating 1,000 new grads in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math disciplines,

on top of the 1,000 coming 
o   Investing $87 million in the BC Tech Strategy 
o   Coding in classrooms for Grades 6 to 9 
o   New innovation hub at Robson Square

Maintaining the most diversified economy in Canada:
o   Ensuring B.C. tech business are first in line for government contracts 
o   Goal of three LNG plants moving to construction by 2020 
o   Responsible development of the Montney oil and gas reserves 
o   Expand Buy Local and Grow Local to encourage local food production 
o   Diversifying markets for wood products in China and India 

Billion-dollar middle class tax cut:
o   Moving to eliminate MSP over the long term, starting with cutting premiums in half for families and individuals with

family net income of up to $120,000 per year

 Leaving more money in the pockets of British Columbians: 
o   Personal income tax freeze 
 Spending within our means: 
o   Committing to four more balanced budgets, protecting B.C.’s AAA credit rating 
o   Eliminating B.C.’s operating debt by 2021 
o   Negotiating fair, affordable long term contracts with public service 
Supporting smart, modern changes in B.C.: 
o   Bringing ridesharing to B.C. 
o   Helping the middle class buy homes 
o   Changing scope of practice to help British Columbians get the health care they need 
o   More money for B.C.’s open textbooks program that saves students money 
Investing in infrastructure and transit: 
o   Matching the federal government’s $2.2 billion investment in Metro Vancouver transit, and

$333 million to keep BC Transit moving 
o   100 years of clean energy with Site C 
    Maintaining our world leading K-12 system: 
o   Reviewing the funding formula for school districts 
o   Adding significant funds for enrollment growth across the province 
o   Funding teacher retention in rural communities 
      Supporting post-secondary sector: 
o   Redirecting investments to focus on skills better aligned with in-demand programs 
o   $2.6 billion in capital spending by post-secondary institutions 
o   One stop shop for student applications
 Caring for people and communities:
o   $2.7 billion towards new hospitals over three years 
o   Significant investments in child and youth mental health 
o   Early warning systems for schools and hospitals 
Protecting and enhancing our environment:
o   Standing up for British Columbia with the five conditions to protect our coastline 
o   Adding more money for parks and new campsites 

This is only a snapshot of the entire BC NDP platform.

Click here to see the full platform

1. Making Your Life More Affordable 

We will

  • o   Get rid of Medical Services Plan fees
    o   Build 114,000 rental and co-op homes
    o   Bring in $10 a day childcare

  • o   Eliminate interest on student loans and provide students a $1,000 completion grant 

2. Better Services

We will
o   Expand BC's apprenticeship and trades training programs
o   Increase access to doctors, nurses and health practitioners in your community
o   Relieve the pressure on emergency rooms and reduce wait times
o   Provide faster access to mental health service, when and where people need it 

3. Good Jobs, Sustainable Economy

We will

o   Build, directly and through partnerships, 114,000 rental, social and co-op homes over 10 years
o   Revitalize BC's forest industry and make BC a world leader in engineered wood products
o   Make BC a leader on climate action. We'll reduce our carbon footprint with energy efficiency retrofits to

public buildings and residential homes, and create good jobs that last in every community
o   Spark innovation and growth in BC's tech sector right across the province 

4. Revenue and Savings to Pay for Better Priorities

We will

   o Restore the tax on BC's highest income earners and increase the Corporate Income Tax rate by

one point, to put BC's rate on par with Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba
o   Collect taxes from the property speculators who are profiting off their

interference in Vancouver's housing market
o   Direct partisan government spending to programs that matter,

like improving healthcare
o   Build schools, roads, hospitals, housing and transit, which will

grow our economy and generate new revenue 

5. Building a Better BC

We will

o Make the right choices when it comes to our public schools, healthcare,

and reducing government spending
o   Make different choices that deliver better services and make life more affordable,

without spending money we don't have
o  Create thousands of jobs by investing in BC industry and building roads, schools,

hospitals, and transit to build a better BC for today and tomorrow 
o   Invest $717 million in operating investments to make your life more affordable,

invest in better services, and create good jobs and a sustainable economy

BC Greens:
This is only a snapshot of the entire BC Greens platform.

Click here to see the full platform

 1. Income Security

Our plan for income security will
o   Reduce poverty
o   Create a secure environment for people that ensures their health and essential needs are

met without being stigmatized
o   Introduce the policy of basic income, to allow British Columbians dignity and autonomy while

they navigate a challenging world of work​ 
o   Roll Medical Service Plan (MSP) premiums into the payroll tax and personal income to ensure

distribution in a more equitable and progressive way  

2. Affordable Housing Strategy

Our affordable housing strategy willOur
o   Cool the housing bubble and stop irresponsible speculation

o   Invest heavily in affordable housing and rental housing
o   Give breaks to those who are struggling to afford reasonable accommodation 
o   Ensure that all British Columbians can afford to live in this province they love
​o   Expand the foreign buyers tax to apply across the province, and increase the rate to 30% 
o   Introduce a progressive property tax system that imposes a surtax based on property value &

allows homeowners to credit rental income and their previous year's B.C. income tax against the surtax

3. Life Long Learning Platform  

Our life long learning platform will
o   Provide free daycare for children under three, where families pay nothing up front

(unlike the federal benefits program)
o   Increase investment in K-12 by $200 million 
o   Introduce funding to alleviate the burden of student debt
​o   Introduce needs-based grants for post-secondary students, and up to $2,000 in tax forgiveness

4. Climate Strategy

Our climate strategy will

o   Amend the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act to reflect an interim target of

40% reduction below 2007 levels by 2030
o   Progressively increase the carbon tax by $10 per year for four years beginning January 2018
o   Invest $29 million over four years to enhance the scientific understanding of

the effects of climate change in B.C. 
o   Expand the carbon tax to slash pile burning, which accounted for 15% of

B.C's 2012 greenhouse gas emissions

5. Agriculture

Our agricultural strategy will

o   Invest $30 million to enhance the long term viability of the agricultural sector
o   Introduce new legislation to enhance the protection of agricultural land
o   Provide $40 million to fund research, and establish regional agricultural bureaus

to provide expertise and support to local farmers
o   Collaborate with indigenous people, the not-for-profit sector, and other land interests to

enhance access to land for farming

6. New Economy

Our focus on the new economy will

o   Invest up to $20 million per year to support ideation, mentoring, and networking

at post-secondary institutions
o   Empower students from all disciplines to work collaboratively to define their futures
o   Promote investment in clean energy and transportation, and clean/green initiatives that

create jobs and economic activity without increasing greenhouse gas emissions


tly and through partnerships, 114,000 rental, social and co-op homes over 10 years
o   Revitalize BC's forest industry and make BC a world leader in engineered wood products
o   Make BC a leader on climate action. We'll reduce our carbon footprint with energy efficiency retrofits
o   Spark innovation and growth in BC's tech sector right across the provinc


Find Your Riding

Not sure what riding you're in? No problem. Click here ​to find out!

Just enter your street address in the search bar, located in the top right corner of the page.

​Voters With Disabilities​

The voting stations can provide assistance with:
marking your ballot
providing Braille candidate lists
 large print ballots and plastic ballot templates
providing wheelchair accessible areas
Voters who can’t enter a voting place can vote outside the building (at the curb or in the parking lot)

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How to Vote

Register online BEFORE April 11 to skip the line at the booth, or register at the booth on both voting days. Bring 2 pieces of government issued ID.

Advance voting in the AMS Nest all day on April 29 and general voting day on May 9.

Which ID Should I Bring?

Option 1Option 2Option 3
One document issued by the government of BC/ Canada
  • a B.C. driver’s licence,
  • a B.C. Identification Card (BCID)
  • a B.C. Services Card, or
  • A Certificate of Indian Status as issued by the Government of Canada

Two of the following documents with voter’s name and residential address

  •  BC Services Card (no photo)
  • healthcare card
  • birth certificate
  • Social Insurance Number card
  • passport
  • citizenship document/certificate
If you don't have ID, your identity can be vouched for by another person. Learn more here

Make sure your ID shows your home address as well as your legal name. You are allowed to use expired ID as long as the required information is clearly presented.