Become a Candidate

To run for the office of Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Councillor or School Board Trustee you must file a Nomination Paper.

  • Nomination Papers and Candidate Guides will be available closer to Nomination Day.
  • Until you file a Nomination Paper, you cannot raise or spend any money on your campaign.
  • Candidates running for the position of Mayor, Deputy Mayor or Councillor must also provide at least 25 endorsement signatures from eligible electors.

Nomination papers can be filed from May 2 to August 18, 2022 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and on August 19, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Nominations must be filed in person with the Clerk. Please contact the Clerk to book an appointment to file your nomination papers at 705-932-9326 at the Municipal Office.

Candidate Information Session: Was April 27, 2022

This workshop will help you decide whether to put your name forward. It will give you a clear understanding of Council's roles and responsibilities. It will also give you the information on the impact that the duties and responsibilities of public office will have on your life. This is not a debate forum nor is it dealing with the technical aspects of running a campaign.

View the live recording  - Dean.mp4

 Next Steps
Once the nomination paper has been filed, a candidate shall open a bank account in the name of the campaign, start accepting contributions and start incurring expenses.

Upon the successful filing of your nomination papers, you will be provided with:

Some other suggestions:

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) has an online course, which is geared to individuals who are planning to run for a seat on municipal council.

 Fundraising and Spending Start Date

You cannot raise or spend any money on your campaign until you file your nomination paper. The earliest you can file your nomination paper is May 2, 2022.


Candidates have the responsibility to run an accessible campaign. Helpful tips for managing an accessible campaign are available in the AMCTO's Candidates' Guide to Accessible Elections.

 Financial Reporting Requirements
All candidates must file a financial statement. For details, please review the Municipal Elections Act or the 2018 Candidates' Guide to Completing the Financial Statement.

Form 1 - Nomination Paper

Form 2 - Endorsement of Nomination - 25 Signatures

Form 4 - Financial Statement - Auditor's Report Candidate

Form 5 - Financial Statement - Subsequent Expenses

Form 6 - Notice of Extension of Campaign Period

Form 7 - Notice of Registration - Third Party

Form 8 - Financial Statement - Auditor's Report third Party

Form 9 - Declaration of Identity


If you are having difficulty opening any of the forms, please try the following:

Tip# 1

  1. Hover over the link of the form you are trying to open
  2. Right mouse click
  3. Select "Save link as..."
  4. Select the location on your computer you wish to save the form (For example: Desktop)
  5. Click save
  6. Retrieve the form from the saved location and double click to open

Tip# 2

  1. Ensure you have Adobe Reader 8 or higher. To install Adobe Reader, visit the Adobe website.

Tip# 3

  1. Try opening the form in another web browser. Browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome offer a built-in PDF viewer that does not support some PDF forms.

Please contact the Township office if additional support is required.

Dates to Remember

 Withdrawal of Nominations
A person may withdraw their nomination by filing a written withdrawal at/with the Clerks Department before 2:00 p.m. on August 19, 2022.
If, at 4:00 p.m. on August 22, 2022 the number of certified candidates for an office is the same as or less than the number to be elected, the Clerk shall immediately declare the candidate or candidates elected by acclamation.
 Examinations and Certification of Nominations by Clerk
The Clerk shall examine each nomination that has been filed before 4:00 p.m. on the Monday following Nomination Day – August 22, 2022.
 Exception for Additional Nominations
If the number of nominations filed for an office is less than the number of persons to be elected to an office, additional nominations may be filed between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on the Wednesday following Nomination day – August 24, 2022.
 Examination and Certification of Additional Nominations by Clerk
Any additional nominations filed under the Municipal Elections Act Section 33(5) shall be examined before 4:00 p.m. on the Thursday following Nomination Day – August 25, 2022.