Become a candidate

You’ve done the research, read all our material and now you want to become a candidate! We’ve provided you with an overview of the steps, however it is your responsibility to review all relevant legislation and ensure that you’ve complied with all regulations.

The City Clerk will provide you with the package and answer any questions. We will make an announcement when the packages are available. The package contains:

  • City of Quinte West candidate’s manual for municipal council
  • Municipal election sign bylaw
  • Use of corporate resources for election purposes
  • 2022 Candidates’ Guide – Ministry of Municipal Affairs
  • AMCTO Candidate’s Guide to Accessible Elections
  • Municipal Election Freedom of Information (FOI) Release
  • Nomination Form (Form 1)
  • Endorsement of Nomination (Form 2) *Not required for school trustee*
  • Declaration of Qualifications Form – Council (Form EL18A)
  • Withdrawal of Nomination Form (Form EL19)
  • Financial Statement – Auditor’s Report (Form 4)
  • Notice of Penalties

Get endorsement signatures from at least 25 people who live within the municipality using Endorsement of Nomination (Form 2).

This is also the perfect opportunity to learn more about what’s involved in serving on council. We recommend watching past council meetings, reading the Ontario municipal councillor’s guide and talking with a councillor in your ward.

Endorsement signatures are required for the municipal offices, not school boards.

Starting on Monday, May 2, 2022, through to Aug. 19, 2022 at 2 p.m, you can file for nomination. Bring your completed forms to city hall and pay the nomination filing fee. The fees are $200 for the office of the mayor and $100 for all other offices.

  • Nominations MUST be filed in person at city hall
  • Please call ahead to ensure the City Clerk is available
  • Friday, Aug. 19, 2022 is the last day nominations are accepted at city hall. They will only be accepted until 2 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 22, 2022 is the day all candidates will be certified by 4 p.m.

The campaign period runs from the date you file your papers until Jan. 3, 2023. No signs can be displayed nor information distributed before Aug. 19. Please consult the municipal election sign bylaw (PDF) for detailed information on rules and regulations around campaign signs.

  • Eligible voters can cast their ballot starting Oct. 11, 2022, at 10 a.m. until Oct. 24, 2022 at 8 p.m. The final day to vote in the 2022 municipal election is Monday, Oct. 24, 2022.
  • Candidates or scrutineers (appointed in writing) can be present at the following times
    • When the voting software launches on the first day of voting
    • At any voter assistance centre, while it is open
    • When the results are coming in on Oct. 24, 2022
  • Scrutineers must follow all regulations set out in the City of Quinte West candidate’s manual for municipal council.
The responsibilities of candidates don’t end after election day. Candidates are required to retrieve signs, submit financial statements and complete other duties as listed in the City of Quinte West candidate’s manual for municipal council in order to be a candidate in a future municipal election.

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Pick up a candidate information package at Quinte West City Hall

The City Clerk will provide you with the package and answer any questions. We will make an announcement when the packages are available. The package contains:
  • City of Quinte West candidate’s manual for municipal council (PDF)
  • Municipal election sign bylaw (PDF)
  • Use of corporate resources for election purposes (PDF)
  • 2022 Candidate’s Guide – Ministry of Municipal Affairs (link)
  • AMCTO Candidate’s Guide to Accessible Elections (link)
  • Municipal Election Freedom of Information (FOI) Release
  • Nomination Form (Form 1)
  • Endorsement of Nomination (Form 2) *Not required for school trustee*
  • Declaration of Qualifications Form – Council (Form EL18A)
  • Withdrawal of Nomination Form (Form EL19)
  • Financial Statement – Auditor’s Report (Form 4)
  • Notice of Penalties
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Get endorsement signatures
Get endorsement signatures from at least 25 people who live within the municipality using Endorsement of Nomination (Form 2). This is also the perfect opportunity to learn more about what’s involved in serving on council. We recommend watching past council meetings, reading the Ontario municipal councillor’s guide and talking with a councillor in your ward AMO. Endorsement signatures are required for the municipal offices, not school boards.
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Nomination and registration
Starting on Monday, May 2, 2022, through to Aug. 19, 2022 at 2 p.m, you can file for nomination. Bring your completed forms to city hall and pay the nomination filing fee. The fees are $200 for the office of the mayor and $100 for all other offices.
  • Nominations MUST be filed in person at city hall
  • Please call ahead to ensure the City Clerk is available
  • Friday, Aug. 19, 2022 is the last day nominations are accepted at city hall. They will only be accepted until 2 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 22, 2022 is the day all candidates will be certified by 4p.m.
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Campaigning
Campaign period runs from the date you file your papers until Dec. 31, 2022. No signs can be displayed nor information distributed before Aug. 19. Please consult the municipal election sign bylaw (PDF) for detailed information on rules and regulations around campaign signs.

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The election
  • The final day to vote in the 2022 municipal election is Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. Eligible voters can cast their ballot starting Oct. 11, 2022 until Oct. 24, 2022 at 8 p.m.
  • Candidates or scrutineers (appointed in writing) can be present at the following times
    • When the voting software is launched on the first day of voting
    • At any voter assistance centre while it is open
    • When the results are coming in on Oct. 24, 2022
  • Scrutineers must follow all regulations set out in the City of Quinte West candidate’s manual for municipal council.

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After the election
The responsibilities of candidates don’t end after election day. Candidates are required to retrieve signs, submit financial statements and complete other duties as listed in the City of Quinte West candidate’s manual for municipal council in order to be a candidate in a future municipal election.

FAQs

Candidates for the offices of Mayor and Councillor must meet the same criteria as eligible municipal voters. Candidates for School Board Trustee must reside within the board area and be a supporter of that board.

Eligible candidates can file nomination papers beginning Monday, May 2, 2022. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Aug 19, 2022 at 2 p.m. This deadline also applies to candidates wishing to withdraw their nomination.
Nomination papers can be picked up at city hall. Nomination papers must include the candidate’s name, address, telephone number and the office for which they wish to be nominated. Please note that nominations for the offices of mayor or councillor for the City of Quinte West must have 25 supporting signatures.

All nominations must be filed in person or by an agent acting on behalf of the nominee, at city hall. Emailed, faxed or mailed forms will not be accepted.

The nomination filing fee is $200 for the office of the Mayor and $100 for the offices of Councillor or School Board Trustee. These fees are payable by cash, certified cheque, Interac or money order.

Candidate resources

Key dates to remember

Candidate nomination period

May 2 – Aug 19, 2022

Advance voting

Oct. 11-23, 2022

Election day

Oct. 24, 2022