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Elections Candidate Information


Fundraising & Spending Start Date

  • You cannot raise or spend any money on your campaign until you file your nomination paper.
  • The earliest you can file your nomination paper is May 1, 2018.

Next Steps

Once the nomination paper has been filed, a candidate shall open a bank account in the name of the campaign, start accepting contributions and start incurring expenses.

Upon the successful filing of your nomination papers, you will be provided with:

Some other suggestions to help you prepare:

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) has an online course:, which is geared to individuals who are planning to run for a seat on municipal council.


Candidates are urged to review the Municipal Election Act 1996 (MEA), as amended, including applicable Regulations: to fully understand all the legislative requirements.

It is imperative that candidates satisfy themselves, through their own research or with the assistance of legal counsel, of the various legal and financial requirements related to their candidacy.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has a number of election resources please check out this link:

Candidate and Third Party Advertiser Information Session Slide Deck


Candidates have the responsibility to run an accessible campaign. Helpful tips for managing an accessible campaign are available from the AMCTO in their Candidates Guide to Accessible Elections.

The Township has developed an Elections Accessibility Plan to ensure that electoral services are accessible to everyone – candidates, electors and staff. The Plan identifies ways the Township will eliminate barriers for persons of all abilities and create a positive electoral experience for everyone.  

Throughout the election period, Staff monitored elector’s accessibility issues and provided assistance to electors when required.  The Township has identified a number of accessibility measures that were incorporated throughout the municipal election process.

Financial Reporting Requirements

All candidates must file a financial statement.  For details, please review the Municipal Elections Act or the Ministry of Municipal Affairs Candidates Guide to Completing the Financial Statement.