Citizenship guide

The Burnaby Public Library citizenship guide is designed to help newcomers learn about Burnaby, about BC and about Canada, and assist those preparing for the Canadian citizenship test.

General information about Canada

Motto of Canada

a mari usque ad mare ("from sea to sea")

Population (2011 census)

Canada: 33,476,688
British Columbia: 4,400,057
Greater Vancouver Regional District: 2,313,328
Burnaby: 223,218

Federal government information

Prime Minister

Justin Trudeau (Liberal)

Leader of Opposition

Rona Ambrose (Conservative)

Governor General of Canada

David Johnston (2010)

Federal party leaders

Bloc Quebeçois: Rheal Fortin (interim)
Conservative: Rona Ambrose (interim)
Green Party of Canada: Elizabeth May
Liberal: Justin Trudeau
New Democratic Party: Tom Mulcair

Last federal election

October 19, 2015


105 seats in senate with provision for an extra four or eight

House of Commons

338 members

Standings in the House of Commons

Conservative Party: 98
New Democratic Party: 44
Liberal Party: 184
Bloc Quebecois: 10
Green Party: 1
Independent: 1
Vacant: 1

House of Commons seats by province/territory

British Columbia: 42
Alberta: 34
Saskatchewan: 14
Manitoba: 14
Ontario: 121
Quebec: 78
New Brunswick: 10
Nova Scotia: 11
Prince Edward Island: 4
Newfoundland and Labrador: 7
Yukon: 1
Northwest Territories: 1
Nunavut: 1

Address of Parliament Buildings

House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Federal members of Parliament (MPs) for Burnaby

Burnaby North Seymour

Terry Beech (Liberal)
Campaign office:
4684 Hastings Street
Burnaby, BC V5C 2K5
Phone: 604-445-4673

Burnaby South

Kennedy Stewart (NDP)
Campaign office:
7643 Royal Oak Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5J 4K2
Phone: 604-291-8863

New Westminster-Burnaby

Peter Julian (NDP)
Campaign office:
1192 Eighth Avenue
New Westminster, BC V3M 2R6
Phone: 604-553-3358

Find your MP using your postal code.

Provincial premiers

British Columbia: Christy Clark (Liberal)
Alberta: Rachel Notley (NDP)
Saskatchewan: Brad Hall (Saskatchewan Party)
Manitoba: Brian Pallister (PC)
Ontario: Kathleen Wynne (Liberal)
Quebec: Philippe Couillard (Liberal)
New Brunswick: Brian Gallant (Liberal)
Nova Scotia: Stephen McNeil (Liberal)
Prince Edward Island: Wade MacLauchlan (Liberal)
Newfoundland and Labrador: Dwight Ball (Liberal)
Yukon: Darrell Pasloski (Yukon Party)
Northwest Territories: Bob McLeod
Nunavut: Peter Taptuna

Provincial government information

Premier of BC

Christy Clark (LIB)

Leader of the Opposition

John Horgan (NDP)

Lieutenant governor of BC

Judith Guichon

Provincial party leaders

Liberal: Christy Clark
New Democratic Party: John Horgan
Green Party: Andew Weaver

Last BC election

May 14, 2013

BC Legislature

85 members

Standings of parties in the BC legislature

Liberal: 48
New Democratic Party: 35
Independent: 2
Vacant: 0

Total of 85 Ridings

Provincial members of legislative assembly (MLAs) for Burnaby

Burnaby North

Richard Lee (LIB)
Constituency office:
1833 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5C 5T1
Phone: 604-775-0778
Fax: 604-775-0833

Burnaby Edmonds

Raj Chouhan (NDP)
Constituency office:
5234 Rumble Street
Burnaby, BC V5J 2B6
Phone: 604-660-7301
Fax: 604-660-7304

Burnaby-Deer Lake

Kathy Corrigan (NDP)
Constituency office:
150 - 5172 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC V5H 2E8
Phone: 604-775-2414
Fax: 604-775-2550


Jane Shin (NDP)
Constituency office:
3 - 8699 10th Avenue
Burnaby, BC V3N 2S9
Phone: 604-660-5058
Fax: TBD

Find your MLA using your postal code.

Burnaby municipal information

Burnaby mayor

Derek Corrigan, Burnaby Citizens Association (BCA)

Last election

November 2014

Full council including mayor elected every 4 years

Next election

October 2018


Pietro Calendino (BCA)
Sav Dhaliwal (BCA)
Dan Johnston (BCA)
Colleen Jordan (BCA)
Anne Kang (BCA)
Paul McDonell (BCA)
Nick Volkow (BCA)
James Wang (BCA)

BCA = Burnaby Citizens Association

Voter qualifications


18 years old or older and a Canadian citizen

British Columbia

18 years old or older and a Canadian citizen


18 years old or older and a Canadian citizen. Must have resided in Canada for 12 months, BC for six months, and 30 days in Burnaby. All Burnaby property owners may vote if they are Canadian citizens and 18 years or older.