Want to be a city councillor, mayor?

City calls for candidates as 2018 election kicks off

And they’re off.

Nomination packages are now available through the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall for anyone considering running in the 2018 General Local Election this fall.

Anyone who has an interest and is eligible to run for Kelowna City Council or the School District No.23 Board of Education is encouraged to pick up a package to learn more about eligibility guidelines, the nomination process, as well as election and campaign financing rules.

“It’s important for potential candidates to familiarize themselves with the election process and its legislation,” says Karen Needham, Kelowna’s Chief Election Officer. “The Office of the City Clerk provides comprehensive materials to potential candidates in person and online through kelowna.ca/election, including links to additional resources from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, as well as Elections BC.”

On Saturday, Oct. 20, Kelowna residents will vote in the General Local Election to elect a Mayor and eight Councillors to the City of Kelowna Council for the 2018-2022 term. In addition, voters will elect four trustees to the School District No. 23 Board of Education.


To be eligible to run for local government office you must: Be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years of age on election day, have lived in British Columbia for at least six months prior to the nomination date and not be disqualified from being nominated, elected or holding office.

Nomination papers must be completed and submitted to the Office of the City Clerk between Sept. 4 at 9 a.m. and Sept. 14 at 4 p.m.

An information session for potential Mayor and Councillor candidates is planned for Thursday, Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall. It will offer an opportunity to learn more about what being on Council is like, have questions answered, review available resources and provide clarification of the election process.

As the go-to online resource for all things election, prospective candidates and voters can find more information at kelowna.ca/election. Subscribe for e-updates to receive timely election news and updates directly to your inbox.

Candidates and voters can contact the Office of the City Clerk with any questions about the upcoming election at 250-469-8645 or cityclerk@kelowna.ca or in person at City Hall (Office of the City Clerk, second floor, 1435 Water Street).

To report a typo, email:


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

West Kelowna fire under control

A fire broke out just above Bear Creek Provincial Park Monday

Kelowna Boat Show highlights abandoned boat program

The 24th annual Kelowna Boat Show hits shores April 27 and 28.

Kelowna’s Korczak, Canada en route to U18 quarter-finals

Kaedan Korczak and Team Canada play Latvia Thursday

‘Cutthroat’ sport of wine tasting happening now in the Okanagan

BC Tasting Games are underway with competitions in three Okanagan communities.

Kelowna pimp faces 4 year sentence

In court the details of how Simon Rypiak lured 4 women into prostitution revealed

VIDEO: Okanagan fire victim Amy Hansen speaks out on the loss of her four pets

A gofundme page has been started for Hansen, with $1,140 raised of a $5000 goal to help her rebuild

WATCH: South Vancouver Island shooting an ‘isolated and targeted’ incident, say police

One person in custody, another fled following shooting and crash on West Shore

Woe, Canada: Bruins down Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7

No Canadian teams left in Stanley Cup playoffs

Defence accuses officer of ‘incompetence’ in trial for B.C. man accused in daughters’ murder

Double murder trial for the Victoria father accused of killing his two young daughters continues

Okanagan history in pictures

Grand opening of downtown Vernon Safeway store from 1965

Okanagan firefighter steps up to challenge

Andrew Haak will be one of hundreds of firefighters taking part in the Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge in Calgary on May 5

SPCA investigating hen cull at Shuswap egg farm

Egg farm regulator says they are confident cull at was done properly

Okanagan Rail Trail a popular place

Thousands pack North Okanagan section over long weekend

B.C. men challenge constitutionality of Canada’s secret no-fly list

Parvkar Singh Dulai says he received a “denial of boarding” notification under the no-fly program last May 17

Most Read