Information for Candidates

Key Dates

May 1, 2018 Nomination Period Begins Nominations will be accepted Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm excluding statutory holidays
May 1, 2018 Campaign Period Begins Candidates may campaign once their nomination papers are filed
July 27, 2018 Nomination Day Last day for filing nominations.  Nominations will only be accepted on Nomination Day between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm
October 22, 2018 Election Day Voting ends at 8:00 pm
December 1, 2018 Council Term Begins Elected officials will take the oath of office
December 31, 2018 Campaign Period Ends Unless a candidate withdraws their nomination or the nomination is rejected or there is an extension
March 29, 2019 Financial Filing Deadline Final date for candidates to file financial statements at 2:00 pm

Election Information Session

Bruce County and the Municipal Clerks will be holding an Election Information Session for those who are thinking of running in the 2018 election.  The Session will be held at the Bruce County Administration Office, 30 Park Street Walkerton on June 26, 2018 at 7:00 pm.  For more information and for registration information, click 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 Town 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 in the municipality
  • be the spouse of a non-resident owner or tenant 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

It is recommended that appointments are made for the filing of nominations.  Contact the office of the Clerk.  Filing nomination papers takes approximately one hour.

Nomination forms will be 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.

Nomination forms must be accompanied by the prescribed form of Endorsement which must contain the prescribed number of signatures of elegible electors to endorse the nomination.

The prescribed filing fee must be paid at the time of filing a nomination.  Payment to the Town must be made by certified cheque, money order or cash.  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 the documents required under Section 88.25(1) of the Municipal Elections Act are filed on or before 2:00 pm on the filing date in accordance with the section of the Act.

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required to submit a completed financial statement covering all transactions made up to the date the nomination was withdrawn.


Forms are available on the main election page.  Please click on the title Forms, above to be taken to the main election page.