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2014 Municipal Elections - Information for Candidates

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Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Online Course - "So You Want to Run for Council"

The Association of Municipalities Ontario is offering an optional online course "So You Want To Run for Council".

The course costs $24.95 and covers topics such as the Council decision making process, interacting with the media, conflicts of interest, transparency and more.

For more information please click here.


Click here for the Procedures for the 2014 Municipal Elections

Form 1 - Nomination Paper
Form EL18(A) Declaration of Qualifications - Council
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Waiver Form
Form 4 - Financial Statement - Auditor's Report Form
Form 5 - Financial Statement - Subsequent Expenses
Form 6 - Notice of Extension of Campaign Period

Related Links

Municipal Elections Act, 1996
Municipal Act, 2001
Municipal Conflict of Interest Act
Municipal World
Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO)
Government of Ontario
Ontario Statutes and Regluations


Qualification for Municipal Office

A candidate for municipal office must, upon nomination, be a qualified municipal elector and fulfill all of the following requirements:

  • a resident of the municipality, a non-resident owner or tenant of land in the municipality or the spouse of such non-resident owner or tenant,
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • at least 18 years old;
  • not legally prohibited from voting; and
  • not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office

NOTE: A candidate, if nominated, must remain qualified throughout the election and, if elected, throughout the term of office. School board candidates should confirm that they have the qualifications described in s.219 of the Education Act.

The following persons are disqualified from being elected to municipal office:

  • any person not eligible to vote in the municipality;
  • an employee of a municipality unless he or she takes an unpaid leave of absence before being nominated, and resigns, if elected to the office;
  • a judge of any court,
  • a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, a Senator or a member of the House of Commons; or
  • an inmate of a penal or correctional institution under sentence of imprisonment.

Nomination Process

An electronic copy of the Nomination Form can be downloaded here or picked up at the Town Office, 100 Deep River Road, Deep River, Ontario, in the Clerk's office upstairs in the Administration Department.

Nomination papers may be filed in the office of the Clerk from Thursday, January 2, 2014 until 2 p.m. on Nomination Day, Friday, September 12, 2014.

  • A nomination paper must be filed in person by the candidate or by an agent
  • The nomination paper must have original signatures. The nomination paper may not be faxed, mailed or emailed. Either the candidate or the agent must bring the completed and signed nomination papers to the ofice of the Clerk. The candidate may be required to show proof of identity and qualifications.
  • The prescribed nomination filing fee must be paid at the time of filing the nomination. Payment to the municipality must be made by cash, certified cheque or money order.
  • The nomination filing fee is: $200 for the office of head of council; and $100 for all other offices.

NOTE: A candidate is entitled to a refund of the filing fee if he or she:

  • is elected;
  • receives more than two per cent of the votes cast for the office; or
  • withdraws the nomination before Nomination Day

The municipal Clerk must certify or reject the nomination paper by 4 p.m. on Monday, September 15, 2014.


Withdrawal of Candidacy

If a candidate decides to withdraw from the election, he or she must notify the Clerk in writing no later than 2:00 p.m. on Nomination Day (Friday, September 12, 2014).

A candidate who withdraws before nomination day is entitled to a refund of the nomination filing fee. A candidate who withdraws is still required to submit a completed financial disclosure covering all financial transactions made up to the date the nomination is withdrawn.


Offices to be Elected

Mayor (1)
Reeve (1)
Councillors (5)