Candidate information

Are you thinking of running as a candidate and being part of the City of Kelowna Council or School District No. 23 Board of Education? On Oct. 20,2018 Kelowna will vote to elect a Mayor, eight Councillors and four School Trustees for the 2018-2022 term.

Want to learn more about what being on Council is like? Join us on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m. for a candidate information session.

Visit the School District No. 23 Board of Education website for more information about School Trustees.  

Information for becoming a candidate in the 2018 Election
Pick-up a nomination package.

Starting July 27, nomination packages can be picked up at the Office of the City Clerk  (2nd floor City Hall, 1435 Water Street) during regular office hours.  

How do I register as a candidate?

The Office of the City Clerk will be accepting nominations beginning on Sept. 04 at 9:00am and during business hours at City Hall, up until 4:00pm on Sept. 14.

Remember to bring along government issued identification and your refundable* $100.00 deposit.  Also, be camera ready!  We will take a candidate photo to post on the kelowna.ca/election page, along with your preferred contact information.

Once your completed documents are accepted, you are considered a candidate for the election and your nomination documents are available to the public.  You may however, withdraw your nomination up to Sept. 21 at 4pm.  After Sept. 21 at 4pm, any requests to withdraw as a candidate must be approved by the provincial government and, depending on the circumstances, may not be permitted.

*deposit refunded post-election upon submission to Elections BC of your campaign financing forms.

Qualifications needed to be a candidate

A candidate must be nominated by ten (10) qualified electors if running for Mayor or Councillor; and two (2) qualified nominators if running for School Trustee. 

A candidate must also:

  • Be 18 years of age or older on general voting day; and
  • Be a Canadian citizen; and
  • Have been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months prior to filing nomination documents; and,
  • Not be disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from being nominated, for being elected to or holding office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.
Attend the Council candidate information session on Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Join us in Council Chambers at City Hall on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m. for an informative session to answer your questions about:

  • How to become a candidate
  • What it is like to be on Council 
  • Election process

Note, pay parking is in effect at the City Hall lot. Free parking is available after 5 p.m. on the street and at Memorial Parkade.

Key election dates for candidates
  • Candidate nomination packages available at City Hall – July 27
  • Nomination period – Sept. 4  (9 a.m.) - Sept. 14 (4 p.m.)
  • Deadline for Challenge of Nominations - Sept. 18
  • Deadline to Withdraw - Sept. 21
  • Campaign period – Sept. 22 – Oct. 20
  • General Voting Day - Oct. 20 
  • Official Results - no later than Oct.24  (unofficial results will be available following the close of voting and will be posted on kelowna.ca/election)
  • Campaign financing disclosure statement filing deadline - Jan. 18, 2019
Campaign financing guidelines

Elections BC is a key partner in general local elections for candidates, elector organizations and third-party advertisers, and will provide you with detailed information regarding:

  • campaign financing,
  • election advertising, and
  • enforcement of the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.

Review the Guide to local elections campaign financing in BC for candidates and their financial agents document online. 

If you have financing or election advertising questions, contact Elections BC directly at 1-866-466-0665 or at lecf@elections.bc.ca.  Staff at Elections BC are knowledgeable, available and committed to providing excellect service to all election participants.

 

Additional helpful candidate resources available
Campaign expense limits

New for 2018, and in accordance with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act the following expense limits apply to City of Kelowna candidates during the campaign period, Sept.22 - Oct. 20, 2018:

Mayor - $76, 781.50

Councillor - $38, 952.40

School Trustee - $40, 825.04

If you have financing or election advertising questions, contact Elections BC directly at 1-866-466-0665 or at lecf@elections.bc.ca .  Staff at Elections BC are knowledgeable, available and committed to providing excellect service to all election participants.