The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has prepared the 2018 Candidates’ guide for Ontario municipal council and school board elections. Click here to read the guide.
When can I start my campaign?
Campaigning, including campaign advertising, is not permitted until after the candidate has filed a nomination with the Clerk. Campaigning ends on the day the nomination is withdrawn or rejected by the Clerk or on December 31, 2018..
What are the rules for campaign signs and advertising?
Candidate campaign advertising means an advertisement in any broadcast, print, electronic or other medium that has the purpose of promoting or supporting the election of a candidate, and is subject to regulations established by the BWG 2018 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, as amended.
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 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: