Municipal Elections

2018 Municipal Election

Voting Day is October 22, 2018

Every resident will receive a Voter Instruction Letter (VIL) in the mail containing your unique PIN and instructions on how to cast your ballot from the comfort of your own home.  If you do not recieve a VIL by October 3, please contact the Municipal Office at your earliest convenience to ensure you are ready to vote on October 22.  You can call the Elections Helpline at (226) 383-3251 or email us.

NOTE: If you have received a Voter Instruction Letter (VIL) and your mailing address is listed incorrectly. Please fill out Form EL15 and return both documents back to the Township. 

Voting will open on October 15 at 10 a.m. and close on October 22 at 8 p.m. You can cast your ballot anytime between that period using the internet or telephone.

If you prefer to vote in person, you can visit a Voter Help Centre to cast your ballot using the internet at the following locations.  Please remember to bring your Voter Instruction Letter (VIL) with you, as you will need your unique PIN to cast your ballot online at the Voter Help Centre.

Voter Help Centres

October 15-19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Municipal Office, 1 MacDonald Square, Elora, ON
October 20-21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Municipal Office, 1 MacDonald Square, Elora, ON
Monday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Municipal Office, 1 MacDonald Square, Elora, ON
Monday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. CW Community Sportsplex. 550 Belsyde Ave. E. Fergus,ON

 

 

Candidate Information

Candidate Qualifications – Municipal Office

A candidate for municipal office must, upon nomination, be a qualified municipal elector and fulfil all of the following requirements:

  • A resident of the Township of Centre Wellington, a non-resident owner or tenant of land in the Township of Centre Wellington, or the spouse or same-sex partner of such an owner or tenant
  • A Canadian Citizen
  • At least 18 years old
  • Not legally prohibited from voting
  • Not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office
  • Candidates for school board trustees must be a resident with the board area and a supporter of that board

Candidates can only be nominated for one office on a municipal council or school board in the Province of Ontario at a time. If a person is nominated for a second office, the first nomination is deemed to be withdrawn.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to determine whether he or she is qualified to be elected to and hold office.

Nomination Process for Candidates

The nomination period for individuals to register as candidates has changed as a result of recent amendments to the Municipal Elections Act. The nomination period now begins May 1st and ends on July 27, 2018.

Nomination forms (Form 1 and 2) and the Declaration of Qualification Form will be accepted at the Municipal Office, Legislative Services, 1 MacDonald Square, Elora from:

May 1, 2018 to July 26, 2018 between the hours of 8:30 am – 4:30 pm and on Nomination Day, July 27, 2018 between 8:30 am –2:00 pm.

The last date to file nominations will be until 2:00 pm on Nomination Day, July 27, 2018.

All nominations must be filed in person, or by an agent acting on behalf of the nominee, at the Township Municipal Office, Legislative Services, 1 MacDonald Square, Elora, Ontario.

Note: If filed by an agent, photo identification of the candidate is required. Facsimile transmissions, e-mail or mail-in nomination forms are not permitted.

All forms including Nomination Papers and Declaration of Qualification Forms are available from the Township Municipal Office, Legislative Services, located at 1 MacDonald Square, Elora, Ontario.

Candidates may begin campaigning, raising, and expending funds as soon as their nomination papers have been filed. For more information contact Legislative Services at 519.846.9691 x 242 or 243. 

Filing Fees

Candidates who are qualified to file a nomination must complete the prescribed Nomination Paper - Form 1, the Endorsement of Nomination - Form 2, and a Declaration of Qualifications, together with the required filing fee.

The required filing fee is:

  • $200 for the Office of the Mayor
  • $100 for all other offices

Payment is accepted in the form of cash, debit, cheque, or money order made payable to The Township of Centre Wellington.

Additional Information

Please refer to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs for additional information.

Information

 

2018 Candidate's Guide

This Guide has been prepared by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs to provide information to candidates in municipal and school board by-elections. The Guide has been updated to reflect amendments made to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 in Bill 181 (Municipal Elections Modernization Act, 2016) and Bill 68 ( Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act, 2017). The information applies to any council or school board byelections held after the date Bill 68 received Royal Assent on May 30, 2017.

 Thumbnail showcasing the cover page of the Candidate's Guide

Additional Forms

 

Nomination Paper - Form 1

Endorsement of Nomination - Form 2

 

Financial Statement Auditor's Report Candidate - Form 4

 

Financial Statement - Subsequent Expenses - Form 5

Notice of Extension of Campaign Period - Form 6

 

Ward Boundary Map

 

About MPAC - For Municipal Candidates

 

Intelivote - Candidate Module Tips

 

Intelivote - Candidate Module Training Guide 2018

 

 

Candidate Qualifications – School Board

A candidate for school board trustee must, upon nomination, be a qualified municipal elector and fulfil all of the following requirements:

  • A resident with in the jurisdiction of the board
  • a supporter of the board
  • A Canadian Citizen
  • At least 18 years old
  • Not legally prohibited from voting
  • Not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office

Candidates can only be nominated for one office on a school board in the Province of Ontario at a time. If a person is nominated for a second office, the first nomination is deemed to be withdrawn.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to determine whether he or she is qualified to be elected to and hold office.

Additional Information

More information about School Board Trustees has been provided by the Ontario Education Services Corporation or you may refer to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs for additional information.

Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB)

map of the School Board Trustee Electoral Wards and Schools has been provided for Centre Wellington. Additional maps can be found on the UGDSB website.  Additional information can also be located on the School Board Website.

Candidate Financial Statements

For a campaign period ending December 31, 2018, ​​Financial Statements must be filed by all candidates on or before 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019.  There is a 30 day grace period for late filing that includes a late filing fee of $500. If a candidate is not able to meet the deadline, he/she may apply to the Superior Court of Justice prior to the March 29th deadline for an extension.   

Form 4 Financial Statement - Auditor's Report

Form 5 Financial Statement - Subsequent Expenses

Form 6 Notice of Extension of Campaign Period

Form 8 Financial Statement - Auditor's Report Third Party Advertiser

Failure to file financial statements by the deadline will result in an automatic loss of seat, if elected, and ineligibility to hold any office to which the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 applies until after the next regular election.

Financial statements must be filed for all Municipal and School Board offices to which nominations were received.

The following candidates Financial Statements have been filed with the Township of Centre Wellington:

Compliance Audit Committee

Each municipality and school board must appoint a Compliance Audit Committee (CAC). The role of the Compliance Audit Committee is to receive and make decisions on applications for compliance audits of candidates' and registered third party election campaign finances. The CAC is also responsible for reviewing reports submitted by the Clerk with respect to any contributor who appears to have contravened any of the contribution limits to a candidate's election campaign or to a registered third party election campaign.

 

Council Report and Terms of Reference for the joint Compliance Audit Committee.


Every candidate and every third party advertiser must file a financial statement which reports their contributions and expenses.
An elector, who is entitled to vote in an election and believes on reasonable grounds a candidate or a registered third party has contravened a provision of the Municipal Elections Act relating to election campaign finances, may apply for a compliance audit of the candidate's/registered third party campaign finances.


The application for a compliance audit  by an elector must be submitted to the Municipal Clerk in writing and outline the reasons for the elector's belief. The CAC receives separate reports from the Municipal Clerk with respect to apparent contraventions of contribution limits to candidates' and registered third parties. An application for a compliance audit must be submitted to the Municipal Clerk within 90 days of the filing deadline. The deadline for candidates and third party advertisers to file their financial statements is March 29, 2019.


The deadline for a candidate to file a supplementary financial statement is September 27, 2019. If a candidate files a supplementary financial statement, an application for a compliance audit may be submitted within 90 days of the supplementary filing deadline.


The objective of the CAC is to ensure the provisions of the Municipal Elections Act are not contravened and to follow the necessary steps to ensure compliance.


The committee has the authority:
· To grant or reject a compliance audit application
· To appoint an auditor to conduct the audit where the application is granted and receive the results;
· To commence legal proceedings against the candidate for any apparent contravention with 30 days of receiving the auditor's report;
· To commence legal proceedings again a registered third party for any apparent contravention of contributions.

Election Results

Unofficial election results will be posted after 8 p.m. on Monday, October 22, 2018

The earliest date for declaration of official election results will be Tuesday, October 23rd. In the event of a recount for a tied vote, it shall be held within 15 days, on or before Wednesday, November 7th.

Internet & Telephone Voting

For the 2018 Municipal and School Board elections, voters can cast their ballots using the internet and the telephone.  The Township has retained the services of Intelivote for this process.  Intelivote Systems Inc. (ISI), a Canadian owned and operated company, is the recognized Canadian leader in the successful implementation of eVoting. Intelivote has delivered more eVoting elections in Canada than all our competitors combined and in addition to the Canadian elections and events, Intelivote has gained international experience and credibility in the successful implementation of both Internet and telephone-based voting applications.

Security:

The most significant attributes of the Intelivote system are derived from its ability to provide a highly secure, reliable, and redundant solution that ensures voter anonymity and secrecy of the vote. The capacity for authorized election officials to review information on particular aspects of the election as it progresses (such as voter session statistics, etc.) provides increased visibility to those election metrics that can define a successful electronic event.


Accessibility:

Ensuring each eligible elector is able to cast a ballot is integral to any vote or election. The Intelivote system has been created ensuring it meets the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) requirements guaranteeing that persons with disabilities and older people with changing abilities due to aging can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the system. Web Accessibility encompasses all disabilities that affect access to the web; therefore it is essential that the Web be accessible in order to provide equal access and equal opportunity to persons with disabilities. An accessible Web can help persons with disabilities to more actively participate in society, including the ability to cast a vote for a municipal election.

 

The Intelivote system was also intended to accommodate the older population in the community. Internet and telephone voting allows election staff to travel to senior citizen homes to assist in the voting process to maintain the high participation rates found in electors older than 65 years of age. Seniors residing in retirement homes or other facilities may choose to use the telephone to complete their voting, or election staff may visit the facility with kiosk laptops or tablets wirelessly connected to the Internet as a method for those electors to cast their ballot.


Watch these short videos to see how easy quick and easy online and telephone voting is!

Online Voting


Telephone Voting

Key Dates

Key dates for the 2018  Municipal and School Board Election:

Key Dates

Activity

August 1

In the event sufficient nominations have not been received to fill any particular office, additional nominations may be filed from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Municipal Clerk's Office

​September 4

​Clerk to Produce Voter's List - Revision Period begins

September 25

Municipal Clerk to issue certificate of maximum campaign expenses

October 3-5

Voter Identification Letters Mailed

October 15

Voting Opens via Internet and Telephone

October 15-19

​Voter Help Centre (Municipal Office) hours extended to 7 pm Monday to Friday

​October 17

​Voter Help Centre at Victoria Park Senior's Centre 10am to 1pm

Voter Help Centre at Nursing and Retirement Homes

​October 19

​Last Day for Third Party Advertisers to register 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

​October 20 & 21

​Voter Help Centre Open at Municipal Office 11am to 2pm

October 22

Voting Day – Unofficial Election Results Released after 8:00 pm

Voter Help Centres Open at Municipal Office and CW Community Sportsplex

10am to 8pm

October 23

Official Election Results released

December 3

Inaugural Council Meeting

December 31

End of Campaign Period

March 29, 2019

Deadline to file Financial Reports for reporting period ending December 31st 

April 29, 2019

Last day for a candidate who violated the deadline for filing financial statements to file algon with $500 fee. Last day for Clerk to review financial statements and report on any that exceed limits

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Third Party Advertising

What is a Third Party Advertising?

Third party advertising refers to advertisements or other materials that support, promote or oppose a candidate, or support, promote or oppose a “yes or “no” answer to a question on the ballot.

Third party advertising is separate from any candidate's campaign, and must be done independently from a candidate. Any advertisements or materials that are made and distributed by a candidate, or under a candidate's direction, are part of the candidate's campaign.

Third party advertising is a way for those outside of the candidate's campaign to express support or opposition to candidates and to try to persuade voters to vote a certain way.

A third party advertisement is an advertisement in any broadcast, print, electronic or other medium that promotes, supports or opposes a candidate, or a “yes' or “no” answer to a question on the ballot. Advertisements include traditional ads as well as materials such as brochures or signs.

What is not a third party advertisement?

Activities that do not involve spending money, such as discussions or expressing an opinion about a candidate are not considered to be third party advertising. Examples include:

· Speaking to friends and neighbours
· Posting on social media, such as twitter, facebook or Instagram
· Sending an email to a group or mailing list. 

Who can be a third party advertiser?

Only those who have registered can spend money on third party advertising. The following are eligible to register as a third party advertiser:

· any person who is a resident in Ontario
· a corporation carrying on business in Ontario
· a trade union that holds bargaining rights for employee in Ontario 

Who cannot be a third party advertiser?

A candidate running for any municipal council or school board office cannot registered to be a third party advertiser in any municipality.

Groups, associations or businesses that are not corporations are not eligible to registered and may not spend money on third party advertising in municipal elections. For example, neighbourhood associations, clubs or professional associations cannot register and cannot make contributions to third party advertisers. Members may register as individual third party advertisers and may contribute individually.
Registration

An individual, corporation or trade union must registered with the Municipal Clerk to be a third party advertiser in a municipality by completing a Notice of Registration – Third Party – Form 7. Being registered in a municipality allows the third party to advertise to the voters in that municipality. A third party advertiser can support or oppose any candidate or candidates who will be voted on by the people in that municipality. This includes candidates running for local council, school trustee and candidates running for offices on an upper tier council.

 

2018 Guide for Third Party Advertisers

This guide has been prepared by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs to provide information to Third Party Advertisers regarding their roles, responsibilities, financial obligations and other important information.

 Thumbnail showcasing the cover page for the guide for Third Party Advertisers

 

For additional information, please consult the Ministry of Municipal Affairs website.

Voter Information

Qualified electors must be: 

  • 18 years of age or older;
  • A Canadian Citizen;
  • A resident of the Township of Centre Wellington, or an owner or tenant of land in the Township or the spouse of an owner or tenant; and
  • Is not prohibited from voting under the Municipal Act or any other legislation.

The Township of Centre Wellington will use Internet and Telephone Voting for the 2018 Municipal Election.

Starting September 4, 2018, electors can check to see if their name is on the Voters' List for the 2018 Municipal and School Board Elections,  Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm in the following ways:

  • by calling the Voter Help Line 226-383-3251;
  • by visiting us at Legislative Services, Township Municipal Building, 1 MacDonald Square, Elora, Ontario
  • by sending an email to elections@centrewellington.ca.

You may have your name added to the list, or have information on the list corrected by completing an Application to Amend Voters' List, Form 15 and return it by mail or in person to Township of Centre Wellington, Corporate Services, 1 MacDonald Square, Elora, ON  N0B 1S0.

 

Student Vote

Student Vote is a parallel election program that provides students under the voting age with the opportunity to experience the voting process and practice the habits of active and engaged citizenship. The project for local elections is funded by the Ministry of Education of Ontario and Government of Canada, and is supported by the Association of Municipal managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario, as well as education stakeholders and school boards throughout the province. Program registration is free and open to all elementary and secondary schools.

 

For more information, click here. 

 

 Photo spelling out Student Vote with maple leafs.

2018 Voters' Guide

This Guide has been prepared by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs to provide information to voters in municipal and school board by-elections. The Guide has been updated to reflect amendments made to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 in Bill 181 (Municipal Elections Modernization Act, 2016) and Bill 68 (Modernizing Ontario's Municipal Legislation Act, 2017).

 Thumbnail showcasing the cover page for the Voters' Guide

For additional information, please consult the Ministry of Municipal Affairs website.

How to Vote

For the 2018 Municipal and School Board elections, voters can cast their ballots using the internet and the telephone. Curious on how to vote? The following videos explain the process for casting your ballot using the internet and the telephone.

 

Online Voting



Telephone Voting

 

 

For detailed information regarding the policies and procedures for Internet and Telephone voting, click here

Official List of Candidates

The following is the official list of candidates for the 2018 Municipal and School Board Elections as certified by the Clerk on July 30, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
Candidates for Mayor
Candidate Date Filed Contact Information Address                                        
Kelly Linton May 01, 2018 Phone: 226-820-6851
Email: klinton@imaginate.ca  
457 Avruskin St., Elora ON  N0B 1S0
Fred Morris  June 27, 2018 Home: 519-843-4824
Business: 519-787-2324
Email: fred@visionfs.ca  
63 Harper Cres., Fergus ON  N1M 3V9
Candidates for Councillor - Ward 1
Candidate Date Filed Contact Information Address                                              
Ian MacRae May 25, 2018 Home: 226-384-5623
Email: ianmacrae@ianmacrae.org 
462 Irvine Street, RR1 Elora ON  N0B 1S0
Don Fisher June 20, 2018

Home/Business: 519-846-2713

Email: dcfish1@hotmail.com 
58 West Mill Street, Elora ON  N0B 1S0
Candidates for Councillor - Ward 2 
Candidate Date Filed Contact Information Address                                               
Kirk McElwain June 29, 2018

Home: 519-846-1916

Mobile: 519-820-1365

Email: kirkmc@hsfx.ca 
23 J.M. Quarrie Dr., Ariss R2 ON  N0B 1S0
Kim Jefferson July 20, 2018

Business: 519-787-7063

Cell: 519-362-5357

Email: k@jtj.com 
101 McNab St., Elora ON  N0B 1S0
Candidates for Councillor - Ward 3
Candidate      Date Filed Contact Information Address                
Dean Workman July 06, 2018

Phone: 519-994-0446

Email: info@deanworkman.ca 
6822 Beatty Line N., Fergus ON  N1M 2W3
Bob Foster July 12, 2018 Phone: 226-383-2964
Email: bobfoster2@hotmail.com 
245 St. David St., Fergus ON  N1M 2L6
Bruce Lloyd July 26, 2018

Phone: 519-843-1314

Email: bruce@ralphbasset.com 
545 St. George St. E., Fergus ON  N1M 1L1
Candidates for Councillor - Ward 4
Candidate      Date Filed Contact Information Address 
Vinnie Green July 11, 2018

Phone: 519-400-2687

Email: thelimoguy@sympatico.ca 
107-375 Belsyde Ave., Fergus ON  N1M 2Y2
Neil Dunsmore July 20, 2018

Phone: 226-820-3411

Email: neildunsmore@neildunsmore.com 
485 Belsyde Ave. E., Fergus ON  N1M 3J7
Paul Whitaker July 23, 2018

Mobile: 226-979-3573

Email: paulcwhitaker@hotmail.com 
472 James St., Elora ON  N0B 1S0
Candidates for Councillor - Ward 5
Candidate Date Filed Contact Information Address
Stephen Kitras May 24, 2018

Phone: 519-846-1420

Email: skitras@kitras.com 
6367 Weisenberg Rd., RR1 West Montrose ON  N0B 2V0
Kent Allison July 17, 2018

Phone: 519-803-7976

Email: kentallisonward5@gmail.com 
120 Gibbons Dr., Fergus ON  N1M 3W2
Candidates for Councillor - Ward 6
Candidate      Date Filed Contact Information Address  
Steven VanLeeuwen* July 19, 2018

Phone: 519-820-5988

Email: asem.inc@gmail.com 
6375 Fifth Line RR#2, Fergus ON  N1M 2W5
Candidates for County Councillor - Ward 4
Candidate      Date Filed Contact Information Address
Ross Chaulk May 22, 2018

Phone1: 519-827-6377

Phone2: 519-848-5256

Email: rchaulk@wightman.ca 
7803 Sideroad 9 E. RR#2, Kenilworth ON  N0G 2E0
Jake Bouwman June 21, 2018

Phone: 519-843-5228

Email: jakebouwman@gmail.com 
6528 Third Line RR#3, Fergus ON  N1M 2W4
Penny Renken June 29, 2018

Phone: 519-321-1513

Email: hprenken@wightman.ca 
319 Jeremy's Crescent, Mount Forest ON  N0G 2L3
Wayne Baker July 17, 2018

Phone: 519-848-5839

Email: letsoun@gmail.com 
8730 Wellington Rd 14, Arthur ON  N0G 1H0
Allan Hons July 25, 2018 Phone: 519-546-3384
Email: allandennishons@gmail.com 
37 Gibbons Dr., Fergus ON  N1M 3T4
Stephen O'Neill July 25, 2018

Phone1: 519-848-2903

Email: steve.oneill@eastlink.ca 
180 Walton St., Arthur ON  N0G 1A0
Candidates for County Councillor - Ward 5
Candidate     Date FiledContact InformationAddress  
Mary Lloyd* July 05, 2018

Phone: 519-843-1314

Email: mary@ralphbasset.com 
545 St. George St E., Fergus ON  N1M 1L1
Candidates for County Councillor - Ward 6
Candidate      Date Filed Contact Information Address  
Shawn Watters July 18, 2018

Phone: 519-577-5226

Email: info@shawnwatters.com 
96 Water Street E., Elora ON  N0B 1S0
Diane Ballantyne July 20, 2018 Email: kdianeballantyne@gmail.com   

Candidates for Trustee - Upper Grand District School Board
Candidate      Date Filed Contact Information Address  
Barbara Lustgarten-Evoy July 19, 2018

Phone: 519-787-8528

Email: fergus.ed@hotmail.com 
250 Garafraxa St. E., Fergus ON  N1M 1E1
Jesse Wootton July 20, 2018

Personal: 519-729-6996

Email: jwootton.ugdsb@gmail.com 
 
Candidates for Trustee - Wellington Catholic District School Board 
Candidate      Date Filed Contact Information Address  
Andrew Finoro* May 01, 2018

Phone: 519-820-7085

Email: andrew.finoro@gmail.com 
9 Champlain Place, Guelph ON  N1G 3C2
Candidates for Trustee - Conseil Scolaire Viamonde 
Candidate      Date Filed Contact Information Address  
Denis J. Trudel May 29, 2018

Phone: 519-494-1789

Email: denistrudel1789@gmail.com 
74 Kipling Avenue, London ON  N5V 1K2
Pascale Thibodeau July 27, 2018 Phone: 647-335-8405
Email: pascale@revonsengrand.ca 
31 Rosevear Avenue, Toronto ON  M4C 1Z1

Candidates for Trustee - Conseil Scolaire Catholique Monavenir
Candidate      Date Filed Contact Information Address  
Geneviève Grenier July 09, 2018

Phone: 416-571-7407

Twitter: @ggrenier19  

 
Blaise Liaki July 26, 2018

Phone: 647-332-0717

Email: jblaiseml@yahoo.ca 
 

* = Candidate has been acclaimed to their position.

 

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Kerri O'Kane
Manager of Legislative Services/Municipal Clerk
1 MacDonald Square, Elora, ON, N0B 1S0
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