Information for Candidates

Key Dates

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

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.

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.

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

Candidates Guide 2014

School Board Candidates Guide 2014