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Running in the municipal or school board election?

Here are a few things you need to know!

Important Dates
Event Date
Nomination Period 2PM on Monday, May 2nd to Friday August 19th,2022
Third Party Advertiser Registration Monday, May 2nd to Friday, October 21st, 2022
Campaign Period From Date of Filing Nomination Paper (on or after May 2nd to December 31st, 2022)
Nomination Day 2PM on Friday, August 19th, 2022
Withdrawal of Nominations 4PM on Monday, August 22nd, 2022
Certification of Nominations 4PM on Monday, August 22nd, 2022
(unless additional nominations are required)
Campaign Period From Date of Filing Nomination Paper
(on or after May 2nd to December 31st, 2022)
Voters’ List provided to candidates Thursday, September 1st, 2022
Revisions to Voters’ List
(add, delete or change information)
September 26th to October 21st, 2022
Certification of Final Maximum Campaign Expenses and Contributions September 25th, 2022
Voting Day October 24th, 2022 until 8PM
Campaign Period Ends December 31st, 2022
Deadline for filing Financial Statements for Reporting Period March 31st, 2023 at 2PM
  • a candidate must be a resident of the Municipality or a non-resident owner or tenant of land in the Municipality or the spouse of such non-resident owner or tenant;
  • a Canadian citizen and at least 18 years old;
  • not legally prohibited from voting; and not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office;
  • candidates need 25 signatures on their nomination form and must pay a fee.
Documents and Forms
FORM 1 Nomination Form Filed by all candidates seeking office.

(included in Candidate’s Information Package and available on the Municipality’s Municipal Website.)

FORM 2 Endorsement Form

Note: If you are unable to open the form from the link provided, save the form to your device/desktop and open the form from there.

Filed by all candidates seeking office must accompany the Nomination Form.

(form must contain 25 elector signatures supporting candidate’s candidacy Included in Candidate’s Information Package and available on the Municipality’s Municipal Website).

FORM 4 Financial Statement

– Auditor’s Report

All candidates must file Form 4. Candidates who receive contributions or incur expenses in excess of $10,000 must also attach an Auditor’s Report. All surplus funds shall be paid to the Municipal Clerk.

(included in Candidate’s Information Package and available on the Municipality’s Municipal Website.)

FORM 5 Financial Statement

– Subsequent Expenses

To be filed if a candidate has incurred costs related to a recount, compliance audit, or supplementary filing period has passed and who has applied for the return of their surplus funds to defray those costs.
FORM 6 Notice of Extension of Campaign Period To be completed and filed by candidates or registrants requesting an extension of the campaign period due to a deficit.
FORM 9 Declaration of Identity To be completed by persons who do not present the prescribed proof of identity and residence. This form must be completed at the voting place.
Campaign Finances

As stated in Section 33, the Clerk shall provide information pertaining to financial guidelines upon a filing of a person’s nomination

Candidates’ Campaign Expense Limit
4.1. In accordance with Section 88.20 of the MEA, the Clerk will determine the maximum campaign expense limits a candidate may spend on his or her campaign using the prescribed formula:
On or before September 26, 2022, the Clerk will calculate the amount for the Final Certificate of Maximum Campaign Expenses using the number of eligible electors on the Voters’ List for the 2022 Municipal Election. The Certificate will be provided to each Candidate, via email.

Election Finances
4.2. Information regarding election finances and campaign contributions, including financial responsibilities of candidates, campaign contributions/fundraising, campaign expenses and financial reporting is available in the Ministry of Municipal Affairs’ 2022 Candidates’ Guide for Ontario Municipal and School Board Elections. This and other documentation can be found on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website:

The below information is provided for convenience:
• Corporations and trade unions that hold bargaining rights for employees in Ontario are prohibited from contributing to an individual campaign. A corporation or trade union that contravenes the campaign financing provisions of the MEA, is liable to fines up to $50,000. These types of organizations may contribute to registered third party advertisers’ campaigns (see section D – Third Party Advertisers, below).
• Candidates will be required to inform contributors of the contribution limits. A contributor is limited to a total of $1,200 to any one candidate in an election and $5,000 to two or more candidates for office on the same council or local board.
• An individual, including the candidate, who contravenes the provisions of the MEA, is liable to fines of up to $25,000.
• Candidates are required to open a separate bank account. If they receive contributions (including donations, spouse or themselves) or incur expenditures related to their campaign, these must be reflected in their account statement.

All candidates are required to file a financial statement using the prescribed form. Electronic submissions will not be accepted. The received financial statements will be publicly disclosed through the municipal website. For more information regarding financial statements, see section, Post-Election.

Election Signs

The Municipality of West Nipissing By-Law 2018/76 contains provisions related to election signs. Please refer to the by-law for full details.

• Sign permits are not required.
• Election signs may be erected in any zone.
• Election signs are permitted on municipal road allowances and on private property subject to certain conditions.

All election signage must be removed immediately following the election. Failure to comply may result in a candidate or third party advertiser being invoiced for the collection and disposal of any remaining signage by the Municipality.

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