Welcome to the official site for municipal elections in the Town of South Bruce Peninsula.

Election Information Session

Bruce County facilitated an Election Information Session for those who are thinking of running in the 2014 election.  The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing made a presentation outlining what a candidate needs to know.  The Session was held on July 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Bruce County Administration Office, 30 Park Street Walkerton.  A copy of the presentation is available by clicking here

Bruce County made a presentation regarding what it means to be a County Councillor.  A copy of the presentation is available by clicking here.

Policy CO.13.2 Use of Corporate Resources for Election Purposes

The Municipal Elections Act prohibits a municipality from making a contribution to an election campaign.  Policy CO.13.2 explains the Town position with respect to the use of corporate resources for election purposes.  Click here to view the policy.

Key Dates

January 2, 2014Nomination Period BeginsNominations will be accepted Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm excluding statutory holidays
January 2, 2014Campaign Period BeginsCandidates may campaign once their nomination papers are filed
September 12, 2014Nomination DayLast day for filing nominations.  Nominations will only be accepted on Nomination Day between 8:30 am and 2:00 pm
October 27, 2014Election DayVoting end at 8:00 pm
December 1, 2014Council Term BeginsElected officials will take the oath of office
December 31, 2014Campaign Period EndsUnless a candidate withdraws their nomination or the nomination is rejected
March 27, 2015Financial Filing DeadlineFinal date for candidates to file financial statements

Offices to be Elected

One (1) Mayor
One (1) Deputy Mayor
Three (3) Councillors

One(1) English Public School Board Trustee
One(1) English Separate School Board Trustee
One (1) French Public School Board Trustee
One (1) French Separate School Board Trustee

All offices will be elected at large.

Election Method

The 2014 election will be a Vote by Mail election.

Electors will be sent a voting package which will include a ballot for the offices to be elected.

Electors will mark the ballot, place it in the secrecy envelope, complete the elector declaration and place the secrecy envelope and declaration in the return envelope provided.  Completed ballot packages should be mailed to Town Hall or dropped in a ballot box at Town Hall.

The Vote by Mail and Vote Tabulator Procedures can be viewed under the Forms section of this page.

Can I Vote?

A person is entitled to be an elector if on Voting Day he or she is:

  • a Canadian citizen
  • at least 18 years old
  • lives in the municipality
  • an owner or tenant of land in the municipality
  • the spouse of an owner or tenant in the municipality
  • not otherwise prohibited from voting

Once the Voter's List is returned to the Clerk, electors are encouraged to contact the Clerk's Office to make sure that they are on the Voter's List.

I am a Tennant in a Campground...Can I Vote?

You may vote if you have a timeshare contract and you are entitled to use the lands where you are a tennant on voting day or for a period of six weeks or more during the calendar year in which voting day of the election is held.

Additions, Deletions or Corrections to the Voter's List

People entitled to be electors who require additions to, deletions from or changes to the Voter's List are required to complete the form to make changes to the Voter's List.  Original signatures are required; we will not accept completed forms sent by email.  Forms will not be processed until September 2, 2014.  The The form is available at Town Hall or on the Forms section of this webpage. 

Can I Run for Office?

A candidate for municipal office must, upon nomination be a qualified municipal elector and fulfil the following requirements:

  • be a resident of the municipality
  • be a non-resident owner or tenant of land in the municipality
  • be the spouse of a non-resident owner or tenant of land in the municipality
  • be a Canadian citizen
  • be at least 18 years old
  • not be legally prohibited from voting
  • not be disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office.

A candidate, if nominated must remain qualified throughout the election and if elected, throughout the term of office.

The following people are disqualified from being elected to municipal office:

  • any person not eligible to vote in the municipal election
  • an employee of a municipality unless he or she takes an unpaid leave of absence before being nominated and resigns if elected to office
  • a judge in any Court
  • a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, a Senator or a member of the House of Commons
  • an inmate of a penal or correctional institution under sentence of imprisonment

Nomination Process

Nomination forms are available at Town Hall or in the Forms section of this webpage.

Nomination forms must be filed in person by the candidate or by an agent of the candidate.  No faxed, emailed or mailed submissions will be accepted.  Be prepared to show proof of identity.

Nomination forms must have original signatures.

The prescribed filing fee must be paid at the time of filing a nomination.  Payment to the Town must be made by cheque, money order, cash or debit.  The nomination filing fee is:

  • $200.00 for the office of Mayor
  • $100.00 for all other offices

A candidate is entitled to a refund of the filing fee if he or she:

  • is elected
  • receives more than the prescribed percentage of the votes cast for the office
  • withdraws the nomination before Nomination Day

Withdrawal of Candidacy

If a candidate decides to withdraw from the election, he or she must notify the Clerk in writing no later than 2:00 pm on Nomination Day.

A candidate who withdraws before Nomination Day is entitled to a refund of the nomination filing fee.

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


Nomination Form

Addition, Deletion or Change to the Voter's List Form

Candidate Guide

Voter's Guide

Municipal Elections Act

Vote by Mail and Vote Tabulator Procedures

Running for School Board Guide 2014