Election Information

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Submit a Nomination Package

​Nomination package forms

Nominations must include these completed documents:

What to include with your nomination package

Nominations must be filed in person at the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, as original signatures are required. To file a nomination, you must provide:

  • Completed nomination papers
  • At least 25 declaration of endorsements (mayor and councillor candidates only)
  • Current acceptable identification
  • Nomination filing fee –the filing fee is $200 for candidates running for mayor and $100 for councillor or school board trustee candidates
    • nomination fees are refunded to candidates once they file the required financial statement
    • payments may be made by Cash, Debit, certified cheque or money order

For more information on the nomination process, view Municipal Election Nomination Procedure (PDF, 233 KB)

How to submit your nomination package

Appointments must be made with the Office of the City Clerk to file nominations.

  • Appointments will be available from May 2, 2022 to August 18, 2022 between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Candidates who wish to file a nomination on Nomination day, August 19, 2022, do not require an appointment. Nomination packages will be accepted at City Hall from 9 am to 2 pm. Packages from candidates who arrive after 2 pm on Nomination day will not be accepted.

Appointments to submit nomination packages can be scheduled by contacting:
Office of the City Clerk
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 4408

Staff will advise of any COVID protocols prior to your appointment.
If you require accommodation to submit your nomination forms, please contact [email protected].

If you no longer wish to run in a municipal election, you must file a Withdrawal of Nomination form in-person before the end of the nomination period. Candidates cannot withdraw after the nomination period has closed.

Candidates who have withdrawn their nomination are still required to file a financial statement.

Withdrawl of Nomination Form (PDF, 64 KB)

If a person wishes to run as a candidate for Council or School Board in the City of Hamilton municipal election, they must file a nomination paper with the Office of the City Clerk. The first day to file a nomination paper for the next municipal general election is May 2, 2022.

A person cannot raise or spend money on an election campaign until they have filed a nomination package.

Nomination information

As you prepare to be a candidate in the 2022 City of Hamilton Municipal Election, you should be aware that it is the responsibility of each candidate, through their own determination or with the assistance of a lawyer and/or a financial professional, to ensure that the legal and financial requirements related to your candidacy have been met. It is critical that each candidate read and is familiar with the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, which is available electronically through https://www.ontario.ca/laws.

View key dates

These offices will be contested for the 2022 Municipal Election:

  • Mayor One (1) to be elected by general vote
  • Councillors One (1) to be elected for each of the 15 Wards

School Board Trustees

Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board:

  • Wards 1, 2, &15 One (1) to be elected
  • Wards 3 & 4 One (1) to be elected
  • Ward 5 One (1) to be elected
  • Ward 6 One (1) to be elected
  • Ward 7 One (1) to be elected
  • Wards 8 & 14 One (1) to be elected
  • Wards 9 & 11 One (1) to be elected
  • Ward 10 One (1) to be elected
  • Wards 12 & 13 One (1) to be elected

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board:

  • Wards 1 One (1) to be elected
  • Ward 2 One (1) to be elected
  • Ward 3 One (1) to be elected
  • Ward 4 One (1) to be elected
  • Ward 5 & 10 One (1) to be elected
  • Ward 6 & 9 One (1) to be elected
  • Ward 7 One (1) to be elected
  • Wards 8 &14 One (1) to be elected
  • Wards 11 & 12 One (1) to be elected
  • Ward 13 One (1) to be elected
  • Ward 15 One (1) to be elected

Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir

  • One (1) to be elected

Conseil scolaire Viamonde

  • One (1) to be elected

The City of Hamilton in collaboration with Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing held an information session for Candidates on April 19, 2022.

Session materials

1. If I need only need 25 endorsements on Form 2, why is there a suggestion to get more?
It is a good idea to get more than 25 endorsements in the event that some of your endorsements are not valid. 

The Clerk is responsible for ensuring that nominations comply with the Municipal Elections Act at the time of submission. While it is the onus of the endorser to declare that they are qualified, if there is an obvious issue with an endorsement (ie, the endorsement wasn’t signed, or there is a non-qualifying address) the Clerk would exclude that endorsement as it is not in compliance with the MEA. If at the time of certification the nominations do not comply with the Act, the nomination with not be certified.

2. Can I start campaigning after I submit my nomination forms?
Yes, once the nomination forms are submitted and the fee is paid, campaigning can begin

3. When am I able to post an election sign?
As per the Sign By-law, election signs can be placed 28 days in advance of Election Day. For the 2022 Municipal Election, this means that signs can be placed on Monday, September 26, 2022.

4. When do signs need to be removed?
As per the Sign By-law, election signs must be removed within 72 hours of 11:59 pm on Election Day. For the 2022 Municipal Election, this means that signs must be removed by 11:59 pm on October 27, 2022.

5. Can I submit my nomination papers electronically?
The City of Hamilton will not be accepting electronic nomination papers for the 2022 Municipal Election.

6. Who do I contact if I have questions about campaigning?
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is your main source for candidate or campaign related questions. The Municipal Representative for Hamilton is Diane Ploss, and she can be reached at [email protected].

7. As a Candidate, what policies and procedures do I need to be aware of?
As a Candidate, you should be familiar with the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 and the Municipal Act, 2001.  If you are seeking Office as School Board Trustee, you should be familiar with the Education Act, 1990. While you should be familiar with the legislation, the Province has additionally created a Municipal Candidate’s Guide that provides key information for Candidates from the acts.

Candidates should also be familiar with City of Hamilton Policies and Byl-aws, including the Sign By-law and the Use of City Resources during an Election Policy.  Policies and Resources are available on the Elections Resources Page.

8: When is the last day that I can submit a nomination?
Nominations are accepted up to August 19th at 2 pm.

Nomination criteria

A person is eligible to be nominated for office on a municipal council (mayor or councillor) if, on the day the nomination paper is filed, they:

  • are a Canadian citizen; Reference: 17(2)(b) MEA
  • are at least 18 years old; Reference: 17(2)(c) MEA
  • Reside in, or are the owner or tenant of land in the City of Hamilton, or the spouse of such owner or tenant; Reference: 17(2)(a) MEA
  • are not prohibited from voting under subsection 17(3) of the MEA or otherwise by law; Reference: 17(2)(d)(3), 29(1) MEA, 256 Municipal Act
  • are not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office. Reference: 256 Municipal Act

The following people are disqualified from being elected as a member of council, or from holding office as a member of council:

  • an employee of the City of Hamilton, except if they take an unpaid leave of absence as permitted by section 30 of the MEA beginning as of the day they are nominated and ending on Voting Day; Reference: 258(1) Municipal Act
  • a person who is the clerk, treasurer, Integrity Commissioner, Auditor General, Ombudsman or register (s 223.11 of the Municipal Act) or an investigator (s 239.2(1) of the Municipal Act), except if on unpaid leave of absence as permitted by section 30 of the MEA; Reference: 258(1) Municipal Act
  • a person who holds any administrative position of the municipality, except if on unpaid leave of absence as permitted by section 30 of the MEA; Reference: 258(1) Municipal Act
  • a judge of any court; Reference: 258(1) Municipal Act
  • a member of the Assembly as provided in Legislative Assembly Act, Senate or House of Commons of Canada who has not resigned from their office by close of nominations; Reference: 258(1) Municipal Act, 29(1.1) MEA
  • a public servant within the meaning of the Public Service of Ontario Act, except in accordance with Part V of the Public Services of Ontario Act; Reference: 258(1) Municipal Act
  • a Candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement or exceeded the prescribed spending limit in the last municipal election or by-election; Reference: 88.23(1)(2) Municipal Elections Act
  • a person who was convicted of a corrupt practice. Reference: 17(3) MEA

A person is eligible to be nominated for an office on a school board if, on the day the nomination paper is filed, they:

  • are a resident within the area of jurisdiction of the board, the owner or tenant of residential property in the area of jurisdiction of the board, or a spouse or such owner or tenant; Reference: 1(8)(9)(10)(a) Education Act
  • are a Canadian citizen; Reference: 1(10)(b) Education Act
  • are at least 18 years old; Reference: 1(10)(c) Education Act
  • meet any other qualifications to vote for the school board (for example, being a Roman Catholic, or holding French language rights; Reference: 50.1, 54, 58.8, 58.9, 219 Education Act
  • are not legally prohibited from voting pursuant to section 17(2)(d) of the MEA or otherwise by law; Reference: 17(2)(d) (3) MEA, 1(10)(d) Education Act;
  • are not disqualified by any legislation from holding school board office. Reference: 219(4) Education Act

The following people are disqualified from being elected for office on a school board: 

  • an employee of a district school board or school authority, except if they take an unpaid leave of absence beginning as of the day they are nominated and ending on Voting Day; Reference: 219 (4)(a) (5) Education Act
  •  the clerk or treasurer or deputy clerk or deputy treasurer of a municipality or an upper-tier municipality, all or part of which is included in the area of jurisdiction of the district school board or the school authority, except if they take an unpaid leave of absence beginning as of the day they are nominated and ending on Voting Day; Reference: 219(4)(c) (5) Education Act 
  • a member of the Assembly or of the Senate or House of Commons of Canada who has not resigned from their office by close of nominations; or Reference: 219(4)(d) Education Act
  • otherwise ineligible or disqualified under the Education Act or any other Act. Reference: 219(4)(e) Education Act

In accordance with subsection 88.23 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, the following individuals are ineligible to be elected or appointed to any office to which the MEA applies until the next regular election has taken place. Notice of default was provided through registered mail.

Clerk’s Report, 2018 Municipal Election Filing Requirements (Report No: CL 19006 Revised)

Name Reason for default
Benson, Steve Statement not filed
Bureau, Alain Surplus not paid / No auditor’s report
Caluori, Nick Statement not filed
Climie, Christopher Statement not filed
Clowater, Kristopher Statement not filed
Cole, Shanon Statement not filed
Conely, Doug Statement not filed
Daljeet, Suresh Venodh Statement not filed
Di Mambro, Antonio Statement not filed
Ford, David Statement not filed
French-Sanges Roslyn No auditor’s report
Gray, Kevin Statement not filed
Hambly, Blake Statement not filed
Kavanaugh, Brendan Statement not filed
Laur, Steven James Statement not filed
Multani, Lakhwinder Singh Statement not filed
Mykytyshyn, John No auditor’s report
Narducci, Linda Statement not filed
O'Donnell, Eamon Statement not filed
Roberts, John Statement not filed
Ryerson, Phil Statement not filed
Salonen, Amanda Statement not filed
Shewayhat, Waleed Statement not filed
Simpson, Anthony Statement not filed
Smith, Nicole Statement not filed
Sprague, Kristeen Statement not filed
Unsworth, James Statement not filed
Yan, Nathalie Xian Yi Yan Statement not filed

Candidate guides are available

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing publishes guides for candidates, voters and third-party advertisers to provide information about municipal and school board elections. The guides outline rules as described in the Municipal Elections Act and other legislation and regulations.

The three guides for candidates, voters and third party advertisers are now available online at www.ontario.ca/municipalelections and in French at www.ontario.ca/electionsmunicipales

Use of City Resources during an Election Period Policy

Find out more about this policy and related FAQs