2022 Municipal Election
Municipal elections in Ontario are held every four years and are governed by the Municipal Elections Act. The next municipal election will be held on Monday, October 24, 2022. The new term of council begins November 15, 2022.
Southwest Middlesex election positions and important dates are as detailed in the 2022 Notice of Nominations.
2022 Unofficial Candidates
|NAME OF CANDIDATE||OFFICE||QUALIFYING ADDRESS||CONTACT INFORMATION|
|Allan Mayhew||Mayor||148 Ewen Ave., Southwest Middlesex, N0L 1M0||@email
|Christa Cowell||Deputy Mayor||23680 Thames Road, Southwest Middlesex, N0L 1A0||@email
|Mike Sholdice||Deputy Mayor||22842 Big Bend Road, Southwest Middlesex, N0L 1Z0||@email
|Mark McGill||Councillor Ward 1||23129 Taits Road, Southwest Middlesex, N0L 1M0||@email
Who Can Vote in the Elections?
Anyone can vote in a municipal election who, on the day of the election, is:
- 18 years of age or older
- a Canadian citizen; and
- either a resident of the municipality or a property owner or tenant or the spouse or same sex partner of an owner or tenant in the municipality during a specified time just before the election.
Are you on the Municipal & School Board Election List?
You must be on the voters' list in order to be able to cast a ballot.
Voterlookup.ca is an online service administered by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) available to eligible electors. Using this service, electors can ensure that their information is correctly reflected for the upcoming municipal and school board elections. See MPAC's video on how easy it is to use this service - Voterlookup.ca - YouTube.
The voters list is prepared in three steps:
1. A preliminary list is created by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) based on data it keeps on home ownership and tenancy.
2. The preliminary list is sent to the municipal clerk in advance of a regular election which occurs every 4 years as noted above or after a by-election has been called. The clerk can correct any errors on the list, and the corrected list then becomes the voters' list.
3. Changes can be made to the list. If you are not on the voters' list or if your information is incorrect (for example, you have moved but your former address is still showing on the list), you may apply to have your name added or to have your information corrected. This may be done until the close of voting on voting day in a regular election or by-election. You may have your name added to the voters list at the voting place. We encourage everyone to bring photo id with them as you will be asked to provide proof of your eligibility to vote in this manner.
Who Can Be a Candidate?
To be eligible as a candidate in the Southwest Middlesex municipal election, you must meet the following requirements:
- 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.
Guides and Forms - Candidates including Registered Third Party Advertiser
- 2022 Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) Candidates Guide
- 2022 SWM Candidate Information Guide
- 2022 SWM Election Policies and Procedures
- Candidate Information Materials - Session held April 4th - Presentation Document & Video of Training Session
Registered Third Party Advertiser Guides
- 2022 Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) Registered Third Party Guide
Registered Third Party Advertiser Forms
- available at a later date
Guides and Forms - Voters
- 2022 Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) Voters Guide
- Available at a later date
How to Become a Candidate
Any individual looking to run for municipal office must be considered an eligible candidate and complete the prescribed nomination procedures outlined below.
- a candidate may file his or her nomination papers as of May 2, 2022 at 8:30 am until no later than 2 pm on August 19, 2022
- eligibility is listed above
- potential candidate must file nomination papers prior to receiving any campaign contributions and/or expending any funds on a campaign
- nomination papers will be available online or from the Clerk's Department
- the nomination of a person for an office on council must be endorsed by at least 25 persons and those endorsing the nomination must be eligible to vote in an election for an office within the municipality if a regular election was held on the day that the person endorses the nomination
- when filing, candidates must submit the following:
- Nomination Papers - Form 1 (Nomination paper) and Form 2 (Endorsement)
- Declaration of Qualifications
- Filing Fee
- Consent to Release Information
- Candidate's Declaration
Please also refer to our Election Procedure Guide for full details
Candidate Campaign Finances
The campaign period begins once a nomination paper or notice of registration is filed with the Clerk
- election expenses cannot be incurred outside of the campaign period
- corporations and trade unions are no longer eligible to contribute to municipal election campaigns. This includes all council and school board elections. Corporations and trade unions can be third party advertisers and make contributions to third party advertisers
- a candidate who does not accept any contributions of money, or incur any expenses, is not required to open a separate election bank account
- nomination filing fee is not considered a campaign expense
- candidates are responsible for keeping records of the financial activities related to their campaign. Remember to issue receipts for all donations of goods or services, obtain receipts for expenses incurred and keep copies of all receipt
It is the responsibility of the candidate to file a complete and accurate financial statement on time. Candidates should completely familiarize themselves with the appropriate sections of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.
Important Dates & Candidate Information Sessions
Candidate Information Sessions
- Monday, April 4, 2022 - if you missed this session, please see materials under Guides and Forms - Candidates
Nomination Period for Candidates
- May 2, 2022 to August 18, 2022 (Monday to Friday (excl. holidays), 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
- Nomination Day is Friday, August 19, 2022 from 9 am to 2 pm
Third Party Advertising Registration Period
- May 2, 2022 to October 21, 2022 (8:30 am to 4:30 pm)
Lame Duck - Restricted Acts After Nomination Day
A lame duck situation is determined by the Clerk, after the following dates as applicable, and as per Section 275 of the Municipal Act 2001
- August 19, 2022
- November 14, 2022
Voter's List Revision Period
- September 1, 2022 to October 24, 2022 (prior to close of polls at 8 pm)
Voting Period for Electors
- Starting at 9 am on Monday, October 17, 2022 and closing on Monday, October 24, 2022 at 8 pm
Term of New Council
- November 15, 2022 to November 14, 2026
Ending of Campaigns
- Last date for any candidate and third party campaigning - January 3, 2023
- Candidate and Third Party Financial Reporting Deadline - March 31, 2023 at 2 pm
- Final Late Candidate Financial Reporting (subject to $500.00 late filing fee) - May 1, 2023 at 2 p.m.
For further information about Ontario's municipal and school board elections please see:
- Ministry of Municipal Affairs Election webpage (2022 information guides and forms)
Please check back as we anticipate updates closer to the election.