Municipal Elections

2018 Municipal Election

Voting Day is October 22, 2018

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Beginning May 1, 2018 nominations will be accepted for the following offices:

Municipal Council

  • Mayor: 1 to be elected
  • Ward Councillors: 6 to be elected

Wellington County Council

  • Councillor Ward 4: 1 to be elected
  • Councillor Ward 5: 1 to be elected
  • Councillor Ward 6: 1 to be elected

School Board Trustees

  • Wellington Catholic District School Board (English Catholic): 1 to be elected
  • Upper Grand District School Board (English Public): 1 to be elected
  • Conseil scolaire Catholique MonAvenior, formerly Conseil scolaire de District Catholique Centre-Sud (French Separate): unknown at this time
  • Conseil scolaire Viamonde (French Public): 1 to be elected

For detailed information regarding the policies and procedures for Internet and Telephone voting, click here. We have created videos explaining the process for both online  and telephone  voting. 

Applications for the Joint Compliance Audit Committee are currently being accepted until July 20, 2018. For more information please see our advertisement or the information below.  If you require more information, please contact Legislative Services.

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 If a person is nominated for a second office, the first nomination is deemed to be withdrawn.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

 

2018 Voter's Guide

 

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

 

 

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, 2018.  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.

 

If you are interested in applying to be part of the joint Compliance Audit Committee a completed application form can be submitted to the Township of Puslinch, Deputy Clerk, 7404 Wellington Road 34, Puslinch ON N0B 2J0 by telephone at 519-763-1226 or email nlecic@puslinch.ca

 

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

Unofficialelection results will be posted after 8:00 pm 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.

Key Dates

Key dates for the 2018  Municipal and School Board Election:

Key Dates

Activity

April 4

Staff Available at the Key Projects Open House to respond to questions, check voter information, etc.

April 12

Candidate Information Session at 6:30 pm with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Wellington County Museum

​April 19

​Candidate Information Workshop at 7 pm with Speaker Fred Dean: So You Want to Run for Council, Wellington County Museum

​May 1

​Nomination Period Begins

First day Notice of Registration as Third-Party Advertiser can be filed

July 27

Nomination Day:  Last Day to file Nominations with the Municipal Clerk or designate, at the Township Municipal Office, 1 MacDonald Square, Elora from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

July 30

Clerk to certify Nominations by 4:00 pm

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.
 
For additional information pertaining to the responsibilities of registered third parties, financial obligations, etc, please consult the Guide for Third Party Advertisers from 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 Centrea 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.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs publishes a 2018 Voter's Guide for Ontario Municipal Council and School Board Elections.  For additional information consult the Ministry 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

 

 

Who is running?

List of Candidates for 2018

Office of the Mayor

Kelly Linton - Filed May 1, 2018
Fred Morris - Filed June 27, 2018

 

Councillor Ward 1

Ian MacRae - Filed May 25, 2018
Don Fisher - Filed June 20, 2018

 

Councillor Ward 2 

Kirk McElwain - Filed June 29, 2018

 

Councillor Ward 3 

Dean Workman - Filed July 6, 2018

Robert Foster - Filed July 12, 2018

 

Councillor Ward 4 

Vinnie Green - Filed July 11, 2018

 

Councillor Ward 5

Stephen Kitras - Filed May 24, 2018

Kent Allison - Filed July 17, 2018

 

Councillor Ward 6

Steven VanLeeuwen - Filed July 18, 2018

 

County Councillor Ward 4

Ross Chaulk
Penny Renken

Wayne Baker

 

County Councillor Ward 5

Mary Lloyd - Filed July 5, 2018

 

County Councillor Ward 6

Shawn Watters - Filed July 18, 2018

 

School Board- English Public Trustee
 
School Board - English Separate Trustee

Andrew Finoro - Filed May 1, 2018

 

School Board - French Separate Trustee

Genevière Grenier - Filed July 09, 2018

 

School Board - French Public Trustee

Denis Trudel - Filed May 29, 2018

Find Your Ward

 

Contact Us

Kerri O'Kane
Manager of Legislative Services/Municipal Clerk
1 MacDonald Square, Elora, ON, N0B 1S0
T.: 519.846.9691 x243
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