Information for Candidates

Thinking of running for municipal office?

Here are a few things you need to know!


Step 1: Are you eligible to run for and hold office?

Mayor and Council

An individual may run for municipal office if they are eligible to vote in the election and fulfill all of the following requirements:

  • A Canadian citizen;
  • At least 18 years old;
  • A resident of the municipality, a non-resident owner or tenant of land in the municipality or the spouse of such non-resident owner or tenant;
  • Is not legally prohibited from voting; and
  • Is not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office.

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School Board Trustees

An individual may run for school board trustee if they are eligible to vote in the election and fulfill all of the following requirements:

  • A Canadian citizen;
  • At least 18 years of age;
  • A resident within the district school board’s area of jurisdiction; and, qualified to vote for members of that district school board
  • In the case of the District School Board Ontario North East, a public school elector;
  • In the case of the Northeastern Catholic District School Board, a separate school elector;
  • In the case of the Conseil Scolaire Public du North-Est, a public school elector who fits into one of the following criteria:
    • First learned and still understands French;
    • Received his or her elementary school instruction in Canada in French (This does not include French immersion or French as a second language.); or
    • Whose children received, or are now receiving, elementary or secondary school instruction in Canada in French (this does not include French immersion or French as a second language.).
  • In the case of the Conseil Scolaire Catholique de District des Grandes Rivieres, a separate school elector who meets ONE of the above criteria for French-language public school electors and who chooses to be a French-language separate school elector.

Candidates can only qualify for one district school board seat. Candidates for the office of Trustee, cannot change their school support after Nomination Day.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to determine whether or not they are eligible to run for and hold a municipal office. The City of Timmins is not able to provide advice to those individuals who are proposing to run for office, and encourages all potential candidates to obtain a copy of and review the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (MEA) and consult with their own independent legal counsel for more information with respect to candidate eligibility, obligations and responsibilities.

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Step 2: File your Nomination Papers

Nominations for Municipal and School Board Election Opens May 1st, 2018!

Those who are satisfied that they meet the prescribed requirements as set out in the MEA and wish to campaign for office must first file a Nomination Paper (Form 1) with the Clerk of the City of Timmins and have that form certified as required MEA before incurring any expenses and no later than 2:00 p.m. on the 27th of July, 2018, Nomination Day.

A nomination must be signed by the candidate and may be filed in person or by an agent during regular business hours between May 1 and July 27, 2018 and between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018 (Nomination Day).

Only documents with original signatures will be accepted.

A nomination fee must also be paid at this time and can only be made by cash, debit, certified cheque or money order payable to the “City of Timmins”.

  • $100.00 for Ward Councillors and School Board Trustees
  • $200.00 for Mayor

A $200.00 deposit is required as per City of Timmins Sign By-law No. 2012-7223, Section VI.

A Candidate’s Guide with basic general information has been prepared and will be provided to registered parties at this time.

Note: If an agent is filing the nomination paper on behalf of a candidate, the candidate’s declaration must be commissioned prior to the agent filing the paper with the City.

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Step 3: Important Dates

The campaign period ends December 31, 2018. Those who have campaigned for municipal and school board office are required to file a complete and accurate Financial Statement – Auditor’s Report (Form 4) as required under the MEA by March 29, 2019.

Under provisions of the MEA, registrants may request an extension of the campaign period to eliminate a deficit by submitting a Notice of Extension of Campaign Period (Form 6) with the City Clerk on or before Wednesday, December 31, 2018.

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Step 4: Campaigning / Expenses

Now that you have filed your Nomination Papers and they have been certified by the Clerk you are officially able to begin campaigning for office and incurring campaign expenses. Please refer to the MEA, or the 2018 Candidates’ Guide for Ontario Municipal and School Board Elections prepared by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, or consult with you own independent legal counsel with respect to your obligations as a candidate under the sections relating to campaign expenses and contributions.

As noted above the City of Timmins is not able to provide advice to candidates and we encourage you to obtain and review a copy of the MEA to satisfy yourself of your obligations and responsibilities under the Act.

Additional Information

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing – 2018 Candidates’ Guide
2018 Candidates’ Guide