Election 2018 FAQ
When is voting day?
When are voting hours?
Who is eligible to vote?
- a Canadian citizen;
- at least 18 years old;
- residing in the local municipality or an owner or tenant of land there, or the spouse of such owner or tenant; and
- not otherwise prohibited from voting.
Who is prohibited from voting?
Note: A person who is acting as an executor or in any other representative capacity (e.g., power of attorney), cannot vote on behalf of the person they are representing unless they have been appointed as a voting proxy.
How is my school support determined?
- is a Canadian citizen;
- is at least 18 years old;
- has not already voted in the election for school trustees elsewhere in the school board’s area of jurisdiction;
- resides in the local municipality or territory or is the owner or tenant of a residential property, or is the spouse of such owner or tenant; and
- is not otherwise prohibited from voting.
- be a supporter of the English-language public district school board; or
- not be a supporter of any board, nor have qualified him or herself as an elector for a separate or French language school board in the election.
must be a Roman Catholic who must:
- qualify as an elector for the English
- language separate district school board; or
- be a supporter (or be the spouse of a supporter) of the English-language separate district school board.
must be a French-language rights holder (see ss. 23(1) and (2) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms for criteria) who must:
- qualify as an elector for the French-language public district school board; or
- be a supporter (or the spouse of a supporter) of the French-language public district school board. French separate must be a Roman Catholic and a French-language rights holder (see the Charter for criteria ) who must:
- qualify as an elector for the French-language separate district school board; or
- be a supporter (or the spouse of a supporter) of the French-language separate district school board.
What if I cannot make it to the voting place on voting day?
Can a person in prison vote?
My family owns a cottage. Can I vote in that municipality?
My company owns a property in another municipality. Can I vote there?
I live in one municipality and own property in another municipality. Do I have to choose which municipality to vote in?
Where do I vote?
Do I get time off work to vote?
Note: This does not mean that you are entitled to take three hours off of work.
Do I need to show ID to vote?
What if I forget my ID?
If you are not on the voters' list, you will need to attend the Municipal Office to be added to the list before voting, and will need to provide identification.
How do I get on the voters’ list?
You can be added to the Voters' List by completing an Application to Amend the Voters' List form. This form can be completed at the Municipal Office, during regular business hours. In order to be added to the list, a person must show proof of Canadian citizenship, name and qualifying address.
I’m on the voters’ list, but my information is wrong. Can I get it corrected?
You can correct your information on the Voters' List by completing an Application to Amend the Voters' List form. This form can be completed at the Municipal Office during regular business hours.
I don’t want my name on the voters’ list. Can I get it removed?
Who is qualified to run for Mayor or Council?
- 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.
Who is NOT qualified to run for Mayor or Council?
- 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;
- an inmate of a penal or correctional institution under sentence of imprisonment.
When can I file my nomination?
How can I apply to run for office?
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 office of the clerk.
- The candidate will 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, debit card, or certified cheque. (No credit card or uncertified cheque)
The nomination filing fee is:
- $200 for the office of head of council; or
- $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.
Can I run for more than 1 office?
How can I withdraw my candidacy?
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 was withdrawn.
Can I contribute to more than one candidate?
When can I start accepting campaign funds?
Can I run in a different ward than the one where I live?
Can I use my campaign office as my qualifying address so that I can vote for myself?
Can I pay for campaign expenses using my credit card?
Can I claim campaign expenses on my income tax?
Can I issue tax receipts to people who contribute to my campaign?
Can I hold a joint fundraiser or campaign event with another candidate?
When will you be recruiting?
What positions are you recruiting for?
What’s the pay?
Are there any age restrictions to working the election?
What qualifications do I need to work in the election?
Will training be provided?
Is previous experience required?
Do I still need to attend training if I have previous experience?
What are the hours I need to work on Voting Day?