Referendum

On April 4, 2020, electors will vote to decide if they are in favour of borrowing up to $45 million to construct the Kamloops Centre for the Arts (KCA).

On November 5, 2019, Kamloops City Council voted to support the development of the KCA in partnership with the KCA Society and directed staff to initiate a referendum to measure the electors' support for funding up to $45 million of the construction cost.

The business case, prepared by the KCA Society, outlines a new 120,000+ sq. ft. facility on the City-owned lot at the corner of 4th Avenue and Seymour Street, with an additional 20,000 sq. ft. of renovated existing space. The facility is anticipated to include the following spaces; however, detailed design and consultation would only move forward if the referendum is successful:

  • main stage theatre (~1,200 seats)
  • studio theatre (~450 seats)
  • black box flexible space
  • rehearsal, production, and education spaces
  • administrative spaces
  • resident tenant spaces
  • underground parking
  • meeting rooms
  • commercial space
  • support and storage areas
  • building systems

This project supports Council's strategic priorities and was supported unanimously by City Council.

Apply to be an Election Official

Are you curious about what takes place behind the scenes of a referendum? Get involved to find out!
The City will hire approximately 200 people to conduct the referendum on April 4, 2020.

An Election Official’s job duties include legibly registering voters, recording and confirming their
identification, and issuing ballots. If you are selected to work, you must be available to work:
 
  • on Saturday, April 4, 2020, from 7:00 am to approximately 9:00 pm; and/or
  • on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, and Wednesday, April 1, 2020, from 7:00 am to approximately 9:00 pm; and
  • remain on site throughout the entire day.

As a contract employee for the day, a $255 stipend will be mailed to you after April 4, 2020.

Job duties may include:
  • greeting and directing voters
  • clarifying processes and required identification
  • assisting with voting location set-up and clean-up, including arranging chairs and tables
  • administering solemn declarations
  • issuing ballots and instructing voters on how to mark ballots
  • serving all voters in a friendly and efficient manner
Required special working conditions:
  • physical ability to work long hours in a standing or sitting position
  • dressing neatly, but comfortably
  • responsible for own meals and beverages
  • ability to work in high pressure situations while paying meticulous attention to detail
Qualifications:
  • minimum 18 years of age and legally entitled to work in BC
  • ability to be a non-partisan representative of the City of Kamloops
  • English literacy and language skills, and fluency in a second language may be beneficial
  • clear printing/handwriting
  • ability to focus, stay on track, and process voters in a timely, professional, and efficient manner
  • patience, tact, and courtesy when interacting with a variety of people during a long day
  • excellent organizational skills and experience
  • good problem-solving abilities
  • ability to understand and follow directions, written instructions, or checklists
  • excellent verbal communications skills to welcome and provide instructions to voters
  • exceptional attention to details
  • previous experience as an Election Official may be an asset
To apply, return your completed application by email, by mail, or in person by 4:30 pm on Friday, February 21, 2020, to:
 
Deanna Campbell
Chief Election Officer
City of Kamloops
7 Victoria Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 1A2

Print an Application Form

What am I voting for?

On November 19, 2019, Council approved the following question:

“Are you in favour of the City of Kamloops borrowing up to $45 million to construct a Kamloops Centre for the Arts?”
 
To ensure electors fully understand the question and are clearly able to express their preference, the ballot for assent voting must be in the form of a “yes” or “no” question that enables the elector to make an appropriate mark next to either option.

Where can I learn more?

Electors can learn more about the Kamloops Centre for the Arts project, ask a question and join the community conversation at LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/KCA.