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Information for Candidates

From May 1 – July 27, 2018, nominations will be accepted for the 2018 Municipal Election. If you’re thinking about running for City Council or a local School Board, here is what you need to know.

Becoming a Candidate

Nominations

Nominations will be accepted from Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. until Friday, July 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. for the following offices:

  • Mayor
  • Councillor
  • Member - Simcoe County District School Board
  • Member – Simcoe Muskoka Catholic Disctirct School Board
  • Member - Conseil scolaire Viamonde (formerly Conseil scolaire de district du Centre Sud-Ouest)
  • Member - Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir

The following forms must be completed by the candidate:

  1. Nomination Form
  2. Endorsement Form
    Only required for Mayor and Councillor candidates. Must be signed by 25 or more persons who are eligible to vote in the municipality if the election was to be held on the day the person endorses the nomination
  3. Declaration of Qualification: City Council OR Declaration of Qualification: School Board
  4. FOI Release Form 

These forms plus the applicable fee (Mayor, $200; all other offices, $100) must be filed in person or by an agent during regular business hours (8:30–4:30 p.m.) at City Hall, 70 Collier Street, between May 1, 2018 and July 26, 2018, and between 9 a.m.–2 p.m. on July 27, 2018.

Qualifications

To run for an office on council or a school board, a candidate must be qualified on the day they file the nomination paper. Until you file a nomination paper, you cannot raise or spend any money on your campaign. Qualifications that a candidate must have in order to run:

Mayor or councillor
  • Is a Canadian citizen
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Resident of the City of Barrie; or own or lease property (or be the spouse of the owner or lessee) in the City of Barrie
  • Not legally prohibited from voting
  • Not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office
School board trustee
  • Is a Canadian Citizen
  • At least 18 years of age

  • Resident within the board’s jurisdiction

  • Not legally prohibited from voting

  • Not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office

English-language Public District School Board member
  • All qualifications listed in the ‘School Board Trustee’ qualification section
  • A supporter of the English-language public district school board or not a supporter of any board, nor have qualified themself as an elector for a catholic or French-language school board in the election

English-language Catholic District School Board member
  • All qualifications listed in the ‘School Board Trustee’ qualification section
  • Qualify as an elector for the English-language catholic district school board o Be a supporter (or the spouse of a supporter) of the English-language catholic district school board

French-language Public District School Board member
  • All qualifications listed in the ‘School Board Trustee’ qualification section
  • Be a French-language rights holder (see ss. 23(1) and (2) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms for criteria)

  • Qualify as an elector for the French-language public district school board

  • Be a supporter (or the spouse of a supporter) of the French-language public district school board

French-language Catholic District School Board member
  • All qualifications listed in the ‘School Board Trustee’ qualification section
  • Be a Roman Catholic and a French-language rights holder (see the Charter for criteria)

  • Qualify as an elector for the French-language catholic district school board o Be a supporter (or the spouse of a supporter) of the French-language catholic district school board

An elected member of council or a school board trustee must maintain their qualifications throughout the entire term of office or their seat will become vacant.

Campaign Information

A candidate’s campaign period begins once their nomination paper is filed. A candidate package will be provided to all candidates or those expressing an interest in becoming a candidate as of April 1, 2018. New this year: Third Party Advertisers must register before advertising for a campaign.

Candidate Key Dates

Tues. May 1, 2018
  • First day for candidates to file a nomination paper for the office of mayor, councillor or school board trustee.
  • First day for an individual or entity to file a notice of registration as a third party advertiser.
Fri. July 27, 2018
  • Filing of nominations start at 9:00 a.m.
  • Last day for a candidate to file a nomination (deadline is 2 p.m.).
  • Last day for a candidate to withdraw (deadline is 2 p.m.).
Mon. July 30, 2018
  • Certification of nomination papers to be completed by 4 p.m.
  • Declaration of acclamation provided after 4 p.m.
  • After candidates’ certification, Proxy appointment forms available for electors who cannot vote on any of the voting days.
Tues. Sept. 4, 2018
  • Voters’ list available to certified candidates.
  • Revision period begins – Electors may update or add their name to the voters’ list.
Tues. Sept. 25, 2018 Final expense limits provided to candidates and third party advertisers.
Fri. Oct. 19, 2018 Last day for an individual or entity to file a notice of registration as a third party advertiser.
Tues. Oct. 16, 2018 Early voting begins at 2:00 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 20, 2018 Early voting ends at 5 p.m.
Mon. Oct. 22, 2018 Final Voting day, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Mon. Dec. 31, 2018  
  • Campaign period ends for candidates and registered third parties.
  • Last day for candidate or registered third parties to file an Extension of campaign period (Form 6).
Thurs. March 28, 2019 Last day for candidate or registered third party to apply to Superior Court of Justice to extend the time to file the financial statement.
Fri. March 29, 2019
  • Last day to file a primary financial statement for reporting period ending December 31, 2018 – applies to all candidates and third party advertisers (deadline is 2 p.m.).
  • Last day for candidate or registered third party to notify City Clerk of filing extension received from the Superior Court of Justice.
Mon. April 29, 2019 Last day for candidate or registered third party to file a primary financial statement and pay $500 late filing fee (deadline is 2 p.m., penalties take affect at 2:01 p.m.).
Thurs. June 27, 2019 Last day to request a compliance audit on a primary financial statement.
Tues. July 2, 2019  
  • Last day to request a compliance audit on a primary financial statement.
  • End of supplementary campaign period.
Thurs. Sept. 26, 2019 Last day for candidate or registered third party to apply to Superior Court of Justice to extend the time to file the financial statement.
Fri. Sept. 27, 2019
  • Last day to file a supplementary financial statement for reporting period ending July 2, 2019 – only applied to those who filed a Form 6 to extend the campaign period (deadline is 2 p.m.).
  • Last day for candidate or registered third party to notify Clerk of filing extension received from the Superior Court of Justice.
Mon. Oct. 28, 2019 Last day for candidate or registered third party to file a supplementary financial statement and pay $500 late filing fee (deadline is 2 p.m., penalties take affect at 2:01 p.m.).
Fri. Dec. 27, 2019 Last day to request a compliance audit on a supplementary financial statement.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of identification is required to file a nomination?

A person filing a nomination form must provide identification showing their name and address. The following is the list of acceptable identification:

  1. An Ontario driver’s licence.
  2. An Ontario Health Card (photo card) plus proof of qualifying address from documents noted below
  3. An Ontario Photo Card plus proof of qualifying address from documents noted below
  4. An Ontario motor vehicle permit (vehicle portion).
  5. A cancelled personalized cheque.
  6. A mortgage statement, lease or rental agreement relating to property in Ontario.
  7. An insurance policy or insurance statement.
  8. A loan agreement or other financial agreement with a financial institution.
  9. A document issued or certified by a court in Ontario.
  10. Any other document from the government of Canada, Ontario or a municipality in Ontario or from an agency of such a government.
  11. Any document from a Band Council in Ontario established under the Indian Act (Canada).
  12. An income tax assessment notice.
  13. A Child Tax Benefit Statement.
  14. A Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits Paid T4E.
  15. A Statement of Old Age Security T4A (OAS).
  16. A Statement of Canada Pension Plan Benefits T4A (P).
  17. A Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions.
  18. A Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Works.
  19. A Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Disability Support Program.
  20. A Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Statement of Benefits T5007.
  21. A property tax assessment.
  22. A credit card statement, bank account statement, or RRSP, RRIF, RHOSP or T5 statement.
  23. A CNIB Card or a card from another registered charitable organization that provides services to persons with disabilities.
  24. A hospital card or record.
  25. A document showing campus residence, issued by the office or officials responsible for student residence at a post-secondary institution.
  26. A document showing residence at a long-term care home under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, issued by the Administrator for the home.
  27. A utility bill for hydro, water, gas, telephone or cable TV or a bill from a public utilities commission.
  28. A cheque stub, T4 statement or pay receipt issued by an employer.
  29. A transcript or report card from a post-secondary school)
 
Are there fees involved?

A prescribed nomination filing fee of $200.00 for the office of Mayor and $100.00 for all other offices is required when filing a nomination, and may be paid by cash, debit card, certified cheque or money order.

Am I only eligible to run in the ward where I reside?

A person running for councillor, may run in any ward, as long as he/she meets the eligibility requirements in the City of Barrie.

A person running for school board trustee must reside in the jurisdiction of the school board and meet the eligibility requirements.

When can I start campaigning?

Campaigning can officially start once a nomination form is filed and the applicable filing fee is paid. A person cannot solicit or accept contributions for election purposes; or incur expenses, until this occurs.

Who isn’t qualified to run for mayor or councillor?

The following people are disqualified from being elected to the office of mayor or councillor:

  • 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;
  • a candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement(s) in the last municipal election or by-election.
  • an inmate of a penal or correctional institution under sentence of imprisonment.
Who isn’t qualified to run for a school board?

The following people are disqualified from being elected to a school board:

  • a clerk, deputy clerk, treasurer or deputy-treasurer of a municipality within the jurisdiction of a board;
  • any person not eligible to vote in the municipality;
  • an employee of a school board 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; and,
  • an inmate of a penal or correctional institution under sentence of imprisonment.
How do I withdraw my nomination?

A person who has submitted a nomination can withdraw their nomination up until July 27, 2018 by notifying the City Clerk in writing by no later than 2 p.m.

A candidate who withdraws is still required to submit a completed financial statement covering all financial transactions made up to the date the nomination was withdrawn.

Where can I get information, including contact information, about the candidates?

Information about the candidates, including phone numbers and addresses, is posted at the top of this page. You can also receive contact information at the City Clerk’s Office (1st Floor, City Hall, 70 Collier Street) from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

How can I find out if/when/ where All Candidates' meeting will be held?

You must contact a candidate's campaign office or meeting organizers directly for this information. The City of Barrie has no involvement in these meetings. The City of Barrie cannot provide information on candidates' platforms, and cannot publish upcoming candidates' debates. Voters are encouraged to read local newspapers and candidates' websites for further information and to learn about upcoming candidates' debates.

Can I run for more than one office?

Candidates can only be nominated for one office on a municipal council or school board in the Province of Ontario at a time. If a person is nominated for a second office, the first nomination is deemed to be withdrawn.

How can I withdraw my candidacy?

If a candidate decides to withdraw from the election, he or she must notify the Clerk in writing no later than 2 pm on nomination day (Friday, July 27, 2018).

When can I start accepting campaign funds?

Your campaign starts when you file your nomination. You cannot accept funds before filing your nomination.

Who can and cannot contribute to my campaign?

Who can contribute: An individual who is normally a resident in Ontario or the candidate and his/her spouse.

Who cannot contribute:

  • A federal political party registered under the Canada Elections Act or any federal constituency association or registered candidate at a federal election endorsed by that party
  • A provincial political party, constituency association, registered candidate or leadership contested registered under the Election Finances Act
  • A corporation that carries on business in Ontario
  • A trade union that holds bargaining rights for employees in Ontario
  • A municipality or local board
What is the maximum an individual can contribute to a campaign?

A contributor shall not make contributions exceeding a total of $1200 to any one candidate in an election.

A person shall not make contributions exceeding a total of $5000 to two or more candidates for office on the same council or local board.

I would like to run in the next election, but I am not eligible because I did not file my campaign financial statement after I ran in the last election. Can the Minister give me an exemption and allow me to run?

No. The Minister does not have authority under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 to extend the filing deadline or waive the penalties for failing to file.

Can I run in a different ward than the one where I live?

As long as you are eligible to vote in the municipality, you may run in any ward. If you do run in a ward where you do not live, you will not be able to vote for yourself.

Can I use my campaign office as my qualifying address so that I can vote for myself?

No. If you are a resident voter (you live in the municipality), you must vote in the ward where you reside. You cannot choose to vote in a different ward where you may own or rent another property.

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