Nominations may be filed in person with the Office of the Town Clerk starting on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 until Thursday, July 26, 2018 during regular business hours (Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and on Friday July 27, 2018 (Nomination Day) between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. using the prescribed forms.
The campaign period begins once a candidate has filed their nominations and ends on December 31, 2018.
A candidate must file their nomination with the Town Clerk prior to accepting any contributions or incurring campaign expenses.
New for 2018
Nomination Endorsements for an Office on Council
Nominations must be endorsed by at least 25 qualified persons. A qualified person is someone who is eligible to vote in an election for an office within the municipality if a regular election was held on the day the person endorses the nomination. Nominations filed without the required endorsement signatures will not be accepted.
Campaign Finance Contributions
Contributions to candidates by corporations and trade unions (including the contribution of goods and services) are prohibited in accordance with changes to the Municipal Elections Act for 2018. The maximum contribution that an individual may make to a candidate is $1,200. A contributor shall not contribute more than $5,000 to two or more candidates for office on the same council.
Name on the Ballot
The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 and Town Clerk determine how a candidate’s name appears on the ballot. The following rules apply:
- the first and last name will appear on the ballot (as shown on the candidate’s Nomination Paper – Form 1)
- use of a middle initial is optional
- the candidates’ names shall appear on the ballot in alphabetical order, based on their surnames and, in the case of identical surnames, their forenames
- if the candidate wishes and the clerk agrees, another name that the candidate also uses may appear on the ballot instead of or in addition to his or her legal name
- no reference to a candidate’s occupation, degree, title, honour or decoration shall appear on the ballot
- if the surnames of two or more candidates for an office are identical, or in the clerk’s opinion, so similar as to cause possible confusion, the clerk shall differentiate the candidates on the ballots as the clerk considers to be appropriate in the circumstances