What You Should Know
Before You Are Elected
- What you Should Know Before Becoming a Candidate
- What you Should Know About Nomination Day
- What's new for the 2017 General Elections
- What you Should Know About Disclosure Requirements
- What you Should Know About Election Offenses
- What you Should Know About Campaigning
- What you Should Know About Placing Campaign Signs
- What you Should Know About Candidate Forums
- Who can Vote?
- What you Should Know About Election Day
- What you Should Know About Recounts
What you Should Know About Nomination Day
Being nominated is the first step towards getting elected.
1. Nomination Form:
Your nomination must be filed on the prescribed nomination form. These forms are available at all municipal or school division offices and on this web Site (see forms).
2. Required Signatures:
Your form must be signed by at least 5 people eligible to vote in the election. A city or a board of school trustees, with a population of at least 10,000, may pass a bylaw increasing the number of people to a maximum of 100. Your form will be refused if it has not been signed by the required number of eligible electors.
If you are running in a municipality with a ward system, the people signing your nomination form must be residents in you electoral division or the ward in which you are running.
In a summer village, the nominators must be eligible to vote in the election, be 18 years of age and named on the certificate of title as the person who owns the property within the summer village or is the spouse of adult interdependent partner of the person name on the title.
3. Candidates Acceptance:
As a candidate you must swear or affirm that:
- You are eligible to be nominated and elected
- You are not disqualified from office
- You will accept the office if you are elected
- The name, address and telephone number of your official agent (if applicable)
- You have not been convicted of an offence under the Local Authorities Election Act, the Election Act, the Canada Elections Act within the 10 previous years
If you are running for School Board Trustee, you must swear or affirm that you have read and understand Section 44 of the School Act.
All portions of your nomination paper must be completed and the candidate's acceptance must be sworn or affirmed before a Commissioner for Oaths or the returning officer.
4. Nomination Deposit:
A nomination deposit may be required. Please check with the municipality in which you are running for election. If a nomination deposit is required, the deposit must accompany the nomination paper. Be sure to ask if a deposit is required when you pick up the nomination forms.
5. Nomination Submission:
You, or someone acting on your behalf, must submit your completed nomination paper, with deposit if required, on Monday, September 18, 2017 to the returning officer at the local jurisdiction office between 10:00 A.M. and 12:00 Noon. Be sure and check with your municipal office or school division office to confirm the time and location where nominations are being received. Faxed or electronically submitted nominations are not acceptable.
Summer Villages - In the case of a general election, nominations for councillors will be received by the returning officer in June or July or both June and July of the year the election is to be held at a date and location and between the hours set by council.
Withdrawal - You may withdraw within 24 hours (48 hours in a summer village) of the close of nominations. Your withdrawal cannot be accepted if it would result in less than the required number of candidates to fill the vacancies.