Municipal Election Information
Information for Candidates
Interested individuals are recommended to watch Key Dates for the Municipal Election and News Releases for up-to-date information concerning the election.
A Candidate Guide for Southwest Middlesex will be available April, 2018. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs currently has a general interim guideline available for interested candidates.
Nomination and Eligibility
A person is entitled to be a candidate if he or she is a qualified elector under Section 17 of the Municipal Elections Act. A candidate must be qualified as of the day he or she is nominated and must remain qualified throughout the election period and, if elected, throughout the term of office.
A person is entitled to be a candidate if you:
- are a resident of the Municipality of Southwest Middlesex or an owner or tenant of land in the Municipality of Southwest Middlesex, or the spouse of such an owner or tenant;
- are a Canadian citizen;
- are at least 18 years old on Voting Day; and
- are not prohibited from voting by law.
If entitled to be a candidate, you can run in any ward - you do not have to live in a particular ward in order to be its councillor. However, if you run in a ward where you do not live, you will not be able to vote for yourself. Having a campaign office or a business in a ward where you would not otherwise be eligible to vote does not make you eligible to vote in that ward.
Changes to the Municipal Elections Act require that each candidate for Council submit the signatures of 25 voters supporting the nomination. Each supporter must sign a declaration stating their eligibility to vote in the municipality. Nomination Papers and Signature Forms will be available on or after May 1, 2018.
Candidates must pay a filing fee when they submit their Nomination Papers. The following fees must be paid at the time of filing:
Head of Council: $200.00
All other Offices: $100.00
Nomination filing fees are refundable if the nomination is withdrawn. Candidates are also entitled to a refund of the filing fee if they submit their campaign financial statement by the deadline.
Withdrawal of Nomination
A candidate who wishes to withdraw his or her nomination must notify the Clerk in writing before 2:00 p.m. on July 27, 2018.
A candidate does not have to open a bank account if they do not raise or spend money.
The Clerk provides all candidates with estimated and final spending limits.
Contributions to candidates from unions and corporations are prohibited in municipal elections but unions and corporations may participate as third party advertisers and contribute to third party advertisers. The same contribution rules will apply to third party advertiser campaigns as to candidates.
Anonymous and cash contributions cannot exceed $25.00. Contributions over $25.00 must be made in a way that links the contributor's name and account with the payment. Candidates must inform contributors of contribution limits.
If goods sold to raise funds are sold for $25.00 or less, that amount is considered campaign income, not a contribution. Donations under $25.00 received at fundraising events are not contributions.
Third Party Advertising
Individuals, corporations and unions may register to be third party advertisers. Registration begins on the first day for filing nominations and ends on the Friday before voting day. There is no registration fee.
Third parties may advertise in support of or in opposition to any candidate being elected by voters in the municipality and are required to identify themselves and provide mandatory information on all advertising.
Third party advertisers are required to follow the same campaign finance rules as candidates.
Candidates for office are required to submit financial details of their campaign. Candidates are entitled to a refund of the filing fee if they submit their campaign financial statement by the deadline. A candidate who misses the filing deadline may file within a 30-day grace period, provided a $500 late filing fee is paid to the municipality. A candidate may submit a financial statement to correct an error up until the filing deadline.
The Clerk is required to make public a report of which candidates filed financial statements and which did not.