Information for Candidates

The next municipal election to elect a Mayor, City Councillor and School Board Trustees will be held Monday, October 22, 2018. The following are the offices to be elected:

A person is entitled to be a candidate in the 2018 municipal election if he or she is an eligible elector. A candidate must be eligible as of the day he or she is nominated and must remain eligible throughout the election period and, if elected, throughout the term of office.

More details can be found in the 2018 Candidate's Guide for Ontario municipal council and school board election at the following link: http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/AssetFactory.aspx?did=19840 

Who can be a mayor or councillor candidate?

A person is entitled to be a candidate at an election held in a local municipality if, on voting day, he or she,

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

Who can be a school Trustee candidate?

A person is entitled to be a candidate at an election held in a local municipality if, on voting day, he or she,

The following people are disqualified from being elected as a school board trustee or from holding office on any school board:

For further information about running for school board trustee, see this guide or visit elections.ontarioschooltrustees.org.

How do I run for an office?

Nominations Papers for all offices as set out above may be filed by the candidate, in person, or by an agent acting on the candidate’s behalf at the Office of the City Clerk, commencing Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 during regular business hours. Nomination Papers may not be mailed, faxed or emailed. If an agent is filing the Nomination Papers, the form must be fully completed by the candidate prior to the filing.

A complete Nomination package will contain the following:

  1. a completed copy of the nomination paper Form 1 - Nomination Paper
  2. 25 endorsement signatures  - Form 2 - Endorsement of Nomination 
  3. a declaration of qualification signed by the candidate EL18 - Declaration of Qualifications 
  4. a consent to release personal information form signed by the candidate  
  5. a Proper Use of Voters' List form signed by the candidate
  6. applicable nomination fee ($200 Office of Mayor; $100 Office of Councillor or School Trustee – to be paid by cash, debit, credit card, certified cheque or money order.)
  7. proof of identity

Updated April 16/18 - Candidate packages are available from the Clerk's Office at Brockville City Hall, 1 King Street West, Brockville, Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Nomination Papers can be submitted up until Friday, July 27th, 2018 at 2:00 pm.

Note: Nomination Papers are public documents and are available for inspection in the Clerk’s Office.

NEW Endorsement of nominations for mayor or councillor

Candidates are now required to have at least 25 people endorse their nomination for the office of mayor or councillor. Those 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 nomination papers of a candidate running for the office of mayor or councillor must be submitted with a declaration of qualification from each of the eligible electors endorsing their nomination.

This is not applicable to school trustee nominees.

Duties of a Candidate

A candidate shall ensure that,

  1. no contributions of money are accepted or expenses are incurred unless one or more campaign accounts are first opened at a financial institution exclusively for the purposes of the election campaign;
  2. all contributions of money are deposited into the campaign accounts;
  3. all funds in the campaign accounts are used exclusively for the purposes of the election campaign;
  4. all payments for expenses are made from the campaign accounts;
  5. contributions of goods or services are valued;
  6. receipts are issued for every contribution and obtained for every expense;
  7. records are kept of,
    1. the receipts issued for every contribution,
    2. the value of every contribution,
    3. whether a contribution is in the form of money, goods or services, and
    4. the contributor’s name and address;
  8. records are kept of every expense including the receipts obtained for each expense;
  9. records are kept of any claim for payment of an expense that the candidate disputes or refuses to pay;
  10. records are kept of the gross income from a fund-raising function and the gross amount of money received at a fund-raising function by donations of $25 or less or by the sale of goods or services for $25 or less;
  11. records are kept of any loan and its terms;
  12. the records described in clauses (g), (h), (i), (j) and (k) are retained by the candidate for the term of office of the members of the council or local board and until their successors are elected and the newly elected council or local board is organized;
  13. financial filings are made;
  14. proper direction is given to the persons who are authorized to incur expenses and accept or solicit contributions under the direction of the candidate;
  15. a contribution of money made or received in contravention of the Municipal Elections Act or a by-law passed under this Act is returned to the contributor as soon as possible after the candidate becomes aware of the contravention;
  16. a contribution not returned to the contributor under clause (o) is paid to the clerk with whom the candidate’s nomination was filed;
  17. an anonymous contribution is paid to the clerk with whom the candidate’s nomination was filed; and
  18. each contributor is informed that a contributor shall not make contributions exceeding,
    1. a total of $1,200 to any one candidate in an election, and
    2. a total of $5,000 to two or more candidates for offices on the same council or local board.

Candidate Information Session

The video below is an information session that was held in North Grenville in April about running for council. The information session was recorded for future use by both prospective and registered candidates, and can be watched here:

More information will be posted as it becomes available.