City Clerk / Director of
Legislative & Court Services
Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Municipal Elections Act, 1996
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.
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:
The following forms must be completed by the candidate:
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.
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:
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
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
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
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
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
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.
A person filing a nomination form must provide identification showing their name and address. The following is the list of acceptable identification:
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.
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.
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.
The following people are disqualified from being elected to the office of mayor or councillor:
The following people are disqualified from being elected to a school board:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Your campaign starts when you file your nomination. You cannot accept funds before filing your nomination.
Who can contribute: An individual who is normally a resident in Ontario or the candidate and his/her spouse.
Who cannot contribute:
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.
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.
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.
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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