The New Brunswick Progressive Conservative Party will elect a new leader in October.

The vote will be held at a leadership convention on Oct. 22 at the Aitken Centre.

PC President Jason Stephen made the announcement during a meeting where the rules for the leadership convention were being finalized.

Stephen say the timing to choose a permanent leader is right.

"Electing the number one position in the party right now is an important role and it will allow that person to get out and meet with people,” said Stephen. “This timeline falls in line with federally the Conservative timeline, just to allow people to get out and meet people."

Bruce Fitch has been the party's interim leader since David Alward stepped down after the 2014 provincial election.

Brian Macdonald, who's currently the MLA for Fredericton West-Hanwell, announced his candidacy in January.

He is the only candidate to have put his name forward.