Municipal Election

Election Information

What do our Elected Officials do? Watch this video.

For a list of key dates, FAQ's for candidates and voters, a map of voting locations, and more, visit our Let's Talk Kamloops website

Information for candidates

Who is eligible to run?

You do not have to be a resident of or own property in the City of Kamloops to run for Council or the School Board, however, you must meet the following criteria (Section 66 of the Local Government Act or Section 32 of the School Act):

  • Canadian citizen (landed immigrants who are not yet Canadian citizens are not qualified)
  • 18 years of age or older on General Voting Day
  • resident of BC for at least six months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed
  • for the office of the Mayor or Councillor, not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding the office, or be otherwise disqualitied by law
  • for the office of the School Trustee, not disqualified under the School Act or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding the office as a trustee, or be otherwise disqualitied by law
  • Here are some useful election resources from the Union of BC Municipalities

Information for voters

Information for electoral organizations

Electoral organizations are formed to promote a candidate, slate of candidates or a point of view in a local election by endorsing candidates on the ballot and advertising for or in conjunction with candidates. Generally elector organizations promote a slate of candidates or otherwise undertake election campaigns to elect candidates.

An incorporated or unincorporated organization may endorse a candidate in an election and have that endorsement included on the ballot if, before the end of the nomination period the required endorsement documents have been provided to the Chief Election Officer (or designate).

To be qualified to endorse a candidate, an elector organization must have, at the time the required solemn declaration is made, a membership of at least 50 electors of the City of Kamloops.

Elections BC

Elections BC oversees campaign financing advertising rules for local by-elections in BC. This includes publishing the names and mailing addresses for declared candidates, financial agents, elector organizations and registered third party advertising sponsors. Please refer to the Elections BC website for detailed information.