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Am I eligible to run as a candidate in this election?

Running for Town Council

You must be eligible to vote in a municipality in order to run for a position on council.

On the day you file your nomination, you must be a Canadian citizen aged 18 or older and qualify as a resident or non-resident elector. 

You must be eligible to hold office on the day you file your nomination. For example, a person who is 17 years old but will turn 18 before the end of the nomination period must wait until they have turned 18 to file their nomination.

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 be otherwise eligible to vote does not make you eligible to vote in that ward.

You must file the appropriate paperwork when you submit your nomination (see Forms section below).

Running for School Board Trustee

In order to run for an office of school board trustee you must be a resident within the jurisdiction of the board, and you must be eligible to vote in a school board election. 

On the day you file your nomination, you must be a Canadian citizen aged 18 or older, and you must meet any other qualifications to vote for the school board (for example, being a Roman Catholic, or holding French language rights). 

You must file the appropriate paperwork when you submit your nomination (see Forms section below).​​

How does nomination work?

When and how is nomination done?

People who intend to run as candidates in the 2022 Municipal Election must file all of the necessary documentation along with the required filing fee during the nomination period, which runs from May 2 to August 19, 2022. 

Filing must be done by appointment, in person or by an agent (not by mail, email or fax) with the Clerk at 100 Dissette St., Units 7&8 during the following hours:

  • From May 2 to August 18 during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).  

  • On August 19 ("Nomination Day") between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

The next section of this menu contains instructions on filing your nomination.

How much is the filing fee?

The filing fee is $200 for the office of Mayor and $100 for all other offices (including Deputy Mayor, municipal councillors and school board trustees). 

What positions can I run for?

The 2022 Municipal Election is for the following positions: 

  • 1 Mayor (elected at large)

  • 1 Deputy Mayor (elected at large)

  • 7 Councillors (1 Councillor elected for each ward)

  • 1 Trustee for the English Language Public District School Board

  • 1 Trustee for the English Language Catholic District School Board

  • 1 Trustee for the French Language Public School Board

  • 1 Trustee for the  French Language Catholic School Board

Can I nominate myself?

Yes, you may nominate yourself. Even if another person recommends you for the position, you must complete all the paperwork and be present to file your nomination or file through an agent. For all offices except school board trustee, you must also obtain and submit the signatures of 25 people eligible to vote in the 2022 BWG elections who support your nomination.

Can I run in a different ward than the one where I live?

As long as you are eligible to vote in the municipality, you may run in any ward. If you run in a ward where you do not live, you will not be able to vote for yourself.

What if I change my mind after I have submitted my nomination paperwork and want to withdraw or switch to a different ward or position?

A person may withdraw his or her nomination by filing a written Withdrawal of Nomination in the Clerk's Office before 2:00 p.m. on August 19, 2022. Withdrawn candidates are still required to file financial statements. The filing fee will be refunded as soon as the financial statement is received.

If you wish to run for a different position or in a different ward, you must re-file your nomination paperwork in the Clerk's Office before 2:00 p.m. on August 19, 2022, which will trigger your original nomination to be withdrawn.  You do not need to submit different signatu​​res from the ones you submitted with your initial nomination. An additional filing fee may be required.

Are nomination forms available to the public?

Yes, documents and materials filed with or prepared by the Clerk or any other Election Official are public records and, until their destruction, may be inspected by any person at the Clerk's office at a time when the office is open.​

What forms and documents do I need?

​Nomination papers must be filed IN PERSON by annointment, by either the prospective candidate or their agent at the Town's Administration Office at 100 Dissette St., Units 7&8 during the nomination period.

A candidate filing their own nomination may fill out the forms in advance or at the Clerk's office. 

If an agent is filing on the candidate's behalf, the candidate must fill out the forms in advance and sign where indicated, with the exception of the Declaration of Qualifications, which must be signed by the agent in front of the Clerk or designated Town staff member (see below).

Please note that updated links to all forms will be provided as they become available.

MUNICIPAL COUNCIL CANDIDATES must file:

Nomination Paper

  • This form provides detailed information about the person being nominated and declares that they are legally qualified to run. The bottom section (beginning with "Date Filed") will be filled out at the Clerk's office.

Endorsement of Nomination  

  • This form must include the names, addresses and original signatures of 25 people who wish to endorse your nomination. Each person who signs the form must be eligible to vote in BWG for the 2022 Municipal Election themselves. The original document is two pages long – make as many copies as you require to get the signatures of at least 25 people. Ensure all fields are completed by each person who endorses the nomination.

Declaration of Qualifications - Council  

  • This form must be filled out at the Town offices and witnessed by a member of the Clerk's office. If the candidate has designated an agent to file the nomination on their behalf, the agent will be expected to sign the paper in their stead.

Consent to Release Personal Information

  • This form lets us know how you wish to be contacted by the Clerk's office and by electors. At minimum, candidates must be willing to have their name made public.

Authorization for Agent to File Nomination

  • If a candidate wishes to designate someone else to file their nomination papers, that agent must appear at the Clerk's office with all of the forms indicated above plus the Authorization for Agent to File Nomination.

SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEE CANDIDATES must file:

Nomination Paper

  • ​This form provides detailed information about the person being nominated and declares that they are legally qualified to run. The bottom section (beginning with "Date Filed") will be filled out at the Clerk's office.

Declaration of Qualifications - School Board Trustee

  • ​This form must be filled out at the Town offices and witnessed by a member of the Clerk's office. If the candidate has designated an agent to file the nomination on their behalf, the agent will be expected to sign the paper in their stead.

Consent to Release Personal Information

  • This form lets us know how you wish to be contacted by the Clerk's office and by electors. At minimum, candidates must be willing to have their name made public.

Authorization for Agent to File Nomination

  • ​If​ a candidate wishes to designate someone else to file their nomination papers, that agent must appear at the Clerk's office with all of the forms indicated above plus the Authorization for Agent to File Nomination

If you have any questions or concerns about these forms or how to fill them out correctly, you may contact the Clerk's division for assistance in advance or when you come to file a nomination. ​​​​​

What important dates and events should I know about?

​May 2 - August 19, 2022
​Nomination Period 

Timeframe for Candidates to file their Nomination Papers.

​April 7, 2022, 6:00 p.m.  
Candidate Information Session

This virtual session featured a presentation by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for those interested in running as a candidate or registering as a third-party advertiser in the 2022 municipal election.  Learn more about the roles of council, head of council, and school board trustee, the nomination process, eligibility, general campaign rules, and more.

If you missed the session, you can view the presentation slides here and the meeting recording here​.

May 12, 2022, 6:00 p.m.
​Candidate Information Session

This virtual information session will feature a presentation from Fred Dean, a municipal trainer, and former municipal solicitor.  Learn more about the responsibilities of a member of council and head of council such as Municipal Conflict of Interest, Code of Conduct, and the role of Integrity Commissioner.  The scope of duties, workload, and impact on family life will be discussed.​

Register with the Clerk's office at 905-775-5366 ext. 8683 (VOTE) or at vote@townofbwg.com​​

What do I need to know about campaigning?

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has prepared the 2022 Candidates' guide for Ontario municipal council and school board elections, and it is available here​ and is posted on our website under the Related Links section.

When can I start my campaign?

A candidate's campaign period begins on the day they file their nomination and ends on January 3, 2023. A candidate who has a deficit in his or her campaign may continue to receive contributions until January 3, 2023, to obtain additional contributions in order to eliminate the deficit.

What are the rules for campaign signs and advertising?

Candidate campaign advertising means an advertisement in any broadcast, print, electronic, or other channels, that has the purpose of promoting or supporting the election of a candidate, and is subject to regulations established by the BWG 2022 Municipal Election Procedures and the Town's Sign By-law 2011-23, as amended. Examples include lawn signs, brochures, posters and print, radio, and electronic advertisements. Candidates are encouraged to review the Sign By-law 2011-23, which is currently under review and will be posted shortly.

Can candidates use signs from past election campaigns?

Yes, you may use signs left over from a previous campaign for the 2022 municipal election; however, it is considered to be a contribution that you make to your election campaign. You must record the current market value (i.e. what it would cost you to buy those signs today) as an expense.

Can I use the Town logo or photos from a Town website or social media site on my campaign materials?

No, candidates may not use the Town's logo or other corporate images (including Town-owned photos) on their own websites (including social media), campaign literature, lawn signs, buttons, clothing, or other campaign material. 

Candidates may re-tweet/share a Town social media post or share a link from Town of BWG websites on their own websites including social media. Candidates wishing to share information/pages from the Town's official websites must do so by providing links rather than screen captures. 

The Use of Municipal Resources for Election Purposes Policy establishes rules and procedures which prohibit the use of municipal resources during the election campaign period. Candidates should review the Use of Municipal Resources for Election Purposes Policy (currently under review)​ for more information.

Can I campaign at public events?

You may not campaign at events that are hosted by the Town. These include the annual events highlighted at the top of the Town's Events webpage, as well as any other events such as public information sessions or open houses. Wearing a campaign t-shirt, hat, button, or other apparel is considered campaigning.

You may campaign at private events held on private property. Additionally, a private organization or candidate may rent a Town space (such as a community centre) for a campaign or other event and permit campaigning if they choose, so long as all campaigning activity and signage is limited to the interior space.

Can I have a campaign office?

You may set up a campaign office on private property. An Election Sign may be placed, erected, or displayed at a Campaign Office provided that: 

(a) the Candidate has filed his or her nomination or in the case of a Registered Third Party, registered with the Clerk, Chief Electoral Officer, or the returning officer of the electoral district, as applicable; and 

(b) the Election Sign at the Campaign Office may be larger than 16 square feet, provided they otherwise comply with the provisions within the Town's Sign By-law, as applicable.

What do I need to know about campaign finance?

Can candidates use an existing bank account for campaign purposes?

Yes, you may use an existing bank account provided that it is only used for campaign revenue and expenses.

Can contributions come from anyone who lives in the province?

Yes, contributions can be accepted from an individual who is normally resident in Ontario. If a spouse of a candidate is not normally a resident in Ontario, they can still make a contribution but only to the candidate's campaign and not any other candidate.

Can a candidate accept contributions from a business account?

No, a candidate shall not accept contributions from a corporation, or trade union; non-Ontario residents; a federal political party; constituency organizations; registered candidate in a provincial or federal election; a municipal or provincial government; or a school board.

Can candidates only accept personal cheques?

Contributions that are $25 or less can be made in cash. All contributions above $25 must be made by cheque, money order, or by a method that clearly shows where the funds came from. All cheques must come from personal accounts and not from a business account, ex. Smith & Sons Co.

What type of records should candidates keep respecting campaign contributions?

Candidates shall keep a list of names and addresses of every contributor who gives more than $100 total to their campaign in the financial statement. Candidates should keep a record of the names and addresses of each contributor regardless of the value of their contribution. Candidates should refer to the MMAH Candidates' Guide for Ontario municipal council and school board elections and the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 for more information regarding their campaign contributions and expenses records.

Do candidates have to issue receipts to all contributors?

Yes, candidates must issue a receipt for every contribution they receive. The receipt should show who made the contribution, the date, and the value. If the contribution was in goods or services, candidates must determine the value of the goods or services and issue a receipt for the full value.

More Frequently Asked Questions

What is involved in being on Town Council?

As a councillor, you have representative, policy-making, and stewardship roles to play in your municipality. Often these roles will overlap. You will be called on to consider and make decisions on issues that will sometimes be complex and controversial. Most of those decisions will have long-term consequences for your municipality that extend beyond your four-year term of office and should be made in the context of your municipality's directions for the long-term health and welfare of your community. 

The time commitment can be significant. In addition to bi-monthly council meetings, this may include sitting on committees, public meetings, and events to take part in, as well as considerable time spent talking with and responding to the residents in your Ward. The amount of time required to prepare for a Council or committee meeting can be several hours per week due to the number of lengthy reports to be read in advance.

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor also sit on Simcoe County Council.

How much are Council members paid?

A BWG Council position is not considered or expected to be a full-time position. Council annual remuneration, as of January 1, 2022, is as follows: 

  • Mayor: $45,501.37 plus expenses

  • Deputy Mayor: $30,344.81 plus expenses

  • Councillor: $24,242.53 plus expenses

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2022 Forms