Candidate Information

pdf file2022 Candidate's Guide
pdf file2022 Third Party Advertiser's Guide
Guides provided by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Candidate Eligibility

A person is qualified to be elected or hold office, who, as of the day he or she files his or her nomination is:

  • Entitled to be an elector under the Municipal Elections Act, s.17
    • Is a Canadian citizen;
    • Is at least 18 years of age;
    • Resides in the local municipality, or is the owner or tenant of land in the local municipality, or the spouse of such a person; and
    • Is not prohibited from voting as noted otherwise by law.
    • Not disqualified for violation of financial requirements or violations of requirements for filing financial information.
    • Not disqualified by any Act from holding such office
    • Not disqualified under the provisions as outlined in MEA, s 90(2) and 91(1)

Once a person has filed his or her nomination papers, the Clerk will provide notice of the preliminary maximum campaign expense limit and a copy of the procedures and guidelines established for candidates, see the 2022 Candidate's Guide.

As nominations are accepted, the Clerk shall provide notice of the "Unofficial List of Candidates" by posting a copy in the Municipal Office, the township website.

The Clerk will certify the nomination papers before 4:00 pm on Monday, August 22, 2022 and post a copy in the Municipal Office, and on the township website.

Nomination Process

For the 2022 Municipal Election the nomination period is from May 2, 2022 to August 19, 2022. Nominations may be filed either in person or by your agent with the Returning Officer on the prescribed form available, during normal business hours between Monday, May 2, 2022 to Thursday, August 18, 2022; and on Friday, August 19, 2022 (Nomination Day) between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

A person may be nominated for an office by filing a nomination in the Clerk's Office, in person or by an agent. The nomination of a person for an office on Council, must be endorsed by at least 25 persons, and they may endorse more than one nomination with one exception. 

The person endorsing a nomination must be eligible to vote in an election for an office within the municipality, if a regular election was held on the day that the person endorses the nomination.

The Clerk is entitled to rely upon the information filed by the candidate and a nomination certified by the Clerk is conclusive evidence that all conditions have been complied with. In other words, the Clerk does not have to verify the electors are qualified.

Filing Fee

The filing fee must accompany the nomination. The prescribed nomination fee is $200.00 for the Head of Council (Mayor) and $100.00 for all other offices. The filing fee is payable by cash, certified cheque, money order or by a debit card.

Withdrawal of Nomination

If a candidate wishes to withdraw completely, the candidate must file a written withdrawal of their candidacy by no later than 2:00 pm on Friday, August 19, 2022 (Nomination Day) in the Clerk's Office. 

A link to The Ontario Municipal Councillor's Guide can be found on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing's website: The Ontario municipal councillor’s guide |

Third Party Advertisers

Third Party Advertising refers to advertisements or other materials that support, promote or oppose a candidate. The meaning of "third party" refers to a person or entity who is not a candidate.  The nomination period for a third party advertiser begins on May 2, 2022 with the last day to file registration being Friday, October 21, 2022.