The nomination period for the 2014 Municipal Election shall start on January 2, 2014 and end on September 12, 2014. Nomination forms may be submitted to the Office of the City Clerk during normal office hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, and on Nomination Day, Friday, September 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
A certified cheque, or money order payable to the City of Thunder Bay, or cash/debit card of $100.00 must accompany nomination forms. The fee for Mayoralty candidates is $200.00. This fee will be returned to the candidate provided that he/she obtains more than 2% of the votes cast in the election for the office or in the event that the candidate withdraws the nomination form on or before 2:00 p.m. September 12, 2014.
The prescribed form will be available from the Office of the City Clerk or download the Nomination Form (s) below (Bring the completed form to the Office of the CityClerk, Third Floor, City Hall, 500 Donald St. East, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Also, each candidate will be required to submit the Declaration of Qualifications available from the Office of the City Clerk or download the Nomination Form (s) below (Bring the completed form to the Office of the CityClerk, Third Floor, City Hall, 500 Donald St. East, Thunder Bay, Ontario)
English Nomination Paper
French Nomination Paper / Déclaration de Candidature
Declaration of Qualifications – Council / School Trustee Forms (Complete Applicable Form)
Declaration de Qualifications – Conseil / Conseillere ou Conseiller Scolaire (forme applicable complet)
Consent to Release of Personal Information
Full Legal Name as per the Identification Provided, If Different (English & French)
Form EL14 – Candidate’s Declaration – Proper Use of Voters’ List
The candidate’s name should be typed or printed as it is to appear on the ballot, given names preceding surname. No identification such as a title, honour, decoration or degree should be included, but a name commonly called a nickname or any other name by which the candidate is commonly known may be used (as approved by the City Clerk).
The candidate’s address of residence must also be shown.
The nomination form must be signed with an original signature in order to be valid.
Photocopies or faxes of a signature are not acceptable.
The onus is on the candidate to file a bona fide nomination form.
One (1) to be elected by all the electors in the City of Thunder Bay.
Councillors at Large
Five (5) to be elected by all the electors in the City of Thunder Bay.
One (1) to be elected for each of the Wards one – seven inclusive.
School Board Trustees
English Language Public Trustee for the Lakehead District School Board [Number of Trustees – eight (8)]
English Language Separate Trustee for the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board – [Number of Trustees – six (6)]
French Language Separate Trustee for the Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales [Number of Trustees – five (5)]
French Language Public Trustee for the Conseil scolaire de district du Grand Nord de l’Ontario [Number of Trustees – one (1)]
The term of office for the above positions is four years, starting December 1, 2014 and ending November 30, 2018.
Withdrawal of Nominations
A candidate may withdraw his/her nomination by submitting in writing, his/her request to withdraw, and deliver it to the Office of the City Clerk before 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 12, 2014.
If a candidate has filed an earlier nomination for an office in the same election, the first nomination form shall be deemed to have been withdrawn automatically at the time the second nomination form is submitted.
The candidate’s campaign period commences at the time a nomination form is submitted to the Office of the City Clerk, and ends on December 31, 2014.
Candidates must not solicit or accept contributions for election purposes, or incur expenses, until their nomination form is filed with the City Clerk.
Qualifications of Candidates
Every person is qualified to be elected or to hold office as a member of a council if he/she:
Resides in the local municipality or is the owner or tenant of land there, or the spouse or same-sex partner of such a person.
Is a Canadian citizen.
Is at least 18 years old.
Note: No person shall be entitled to be elected as a councillor from any ward unless he or she had his or her residence in such ward on Nomination Day. Residency must be maintained in the City of Thunder Bay throughout the term of office.
Every person is qualified to be elected or to hold office as a member of a school board if he/she:
- Resides in the local municipality or is the owner or tenant of land there, or the spouse or same-sex partner of such a person.
- Is a Canadian citizen.
- Is at least 18 years old.
- Is a resident within the area of jurisdiction of the board.
- Is eligible to be an elector of that school board for which the person is a candidate.
Note: The spouse of an employee of a school board or school authority is qualified to be elected to the board.
Persons Not Eligible
The following persons are or may be disqualified from being elected to municipal office:
- Any person not eligible to vote in the municipality
- An employee of a municipality or local board unless he or she:
Takes an unpaid leave of absence before being nominated, and
Resigns, if elected to the office.
- A judge of any court
- A Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, a Senator or a Member of the House of Commons
- An inmate of a penal or correctional institution under sentence of imprisonment.
Note: Despite the above disqualification, MPs, MPPs and Senators may be nominated for municipal office without having to resign their current seat in Parliament. However, by 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 12, 2014 (Nomination Day), MPs, MPPs and Senators are required to resign their current seat should they wish to continue to seek municipal office.
A handful of helpful sites
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Candidates’ Guide – Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Voters’ Guide – Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Municipal Elections Act. 1996
Ontario Regulation 101/97 – General
Ontario Regulation 425/00 – Provincial Interest
Ontario Regulation 358/03 – Transitional Election Provisions – Town of Midland/Township of Tiny Annexation
Ontario Regulation 4/00 – Transitional Matters Affecting a Regular Election and Arising Out of Restructuring
Ontario Regulation 304/13 – Voter Identification
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