Candidate Information - Election Act Changes

Nominations can be filed for a regular election between May 1st and July 26th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, and on Nomination Day, July 27th , from 9 am to 2 pm

Identification must be provided at the time of filing your nomination paper. If an agent is filing on your behalf they must have identification for you and provide their own identification.

Anyone wishing to run for office on a council must submit the signatures of 25 eligible electors supporting the nomination. The individuals providing the signatures will each have to sign a declaration stating that they were eligible to vote in the municipality on the day that they signed the endorsement.

If a candidate files a nomination, and then changes their mind and decides to run for a different office on the same council, they are not required to submit new signatures.

The requirement to submit 25 nomination signatures does not apply to candidates running for school board trustee positions.

Nomination fees are $100.00 for Councillors and School Trustees and $200.00 for the Office of Mayor.

Contribution limit has been raised from $750 to $1200 for individual donations to any one candidate. The $5000 limit for donations to all candidates remains the same.

A candidate for an office on City Council and his or her spouse shall not make contributions to the candidate’s own election campaign that, combined, for the office of Mayor exceed an amount equal to $7500 plus 20 cents for each elector entitled to vote for the office or for the office of Councillor exceed an amount equal to $5000 plus 20 cents per elector entitled to vote for the office. The total amount is not to exceed $25,000.

The Province has not completed the 2018 forms at this time. We will advise when the forms will be available online.

Campaign provisions have been clarified to allow candidates to access apartment buildings, condominiums, non-profit housing co-ops or gated communities from 9 am until 9 pm in order to campaign. Landlords and condominium corporations will not be allowed to prohibit tenants or owners from displaying campaign signs in their windows.

Candidates and third party advertisers are required to identify themselves on campaign advertisements and signs, so that it is clear who is responsible for each sign and advertisement that appears or is broadcast.