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Becoming A Candidate

Prospective Candidates

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Mayor and Councillor Candidate Qualifications

For the position of Mayor or Councillor you must be:

  • A Canadian citizen
  • At least 18 years of age
  • A resident of the City of Kawartha Lakes, or
  • Own or lease property in the City of Kawartha Lakes (or be the spouse of the owner or lessee)
  • Eligible to vote

You must not be:

  • a judge of any court
  • a member of the Provincial Legislature, the Federal House of Commons or Senate who has not resigned from their office by the close of nominations. Proof of resignation must be provided by the close of nominations or the Clerk will not certify the nomination
  • a candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement(s) in the last municipal election or by-election in any municipality

City of Kawartha Lakes Employees

Employees of the City of Kawartha Lakes who wish to run for mayor or councillor must take an unpaid leave of absence before filing a nomination paper. The employee must provide a copy of the documentation showing that they have taken the leave of absence and the effective date.

School Board Trustee Qualifications

For the position of School Board Trustee you must be:

  • A Canadian citizen
  • At least 18 years of age
  • A resident in the area of jurisdiction* (see question: What are the areas of jurisdiction for each of the four school boards?)
  • Eligible to vote for the school board and
  • Not disqualified to hold office by any legislation

You must not be:

  • a clerk, treasurer, deputy-clerk or deputy-treasurer of any municipality within the area of jurisdiction of the school board except those on an unpaid leave of absence
  • a member of the Provincial Legislature, the Federal House of Commons or Senate who has not resigned from their office by the close of nominations. Proof of resignation must be provided by the close of nominations
  • a candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement(s) in the last municipal election or by-election

School Board Employees

Employees of any school boards (including supply teachers) are disqualified from being elected as school board trustee or from holding office on any school boards, except during a leave of absence. The employee must be on a leave of absence before filing their nomination paper. They must provide the City Clerk with documentation showing that they have taken the leave of absence and the effective date.

Candidates Eligibility as a Voter

To vote in the municipal election, you must be a qualified elector.

If you are a qualified elector and your name is on the voters list, you are eligible to vote. The voters list is compiled from information received from Ontario’s Municipal Property Assessment Corporation and is made available for review at the City’s Elections Office, and Municipal Service Centres approximately two months prior to voting day.

If in the period between elections a person has reason to re-assess their school board support please refer to the MPAC information in regard to enumeration.

Residency Requirements

If you meet the qualifications to be a candidate, you do not have to live in the ward you want to run.

To run for School Board Trustee you must live in the area of the jurisdiction*. (see School Board Areas of Jurisdiction)

Nomination Requirements

In the past, potential candidates had to be nominated by a number of people who signed a nomination paper. This is no longer required.

A nomination paper (prescribed form) must be complete and signed by the person running for office and a Commissioner of Oaths. The City of Kawartha Lakes provides a Commissioner of Oaths when you file your nomination paper.

You must bring the filing fee (cash, certified cheque, debit or credit card, or money order) and the nomination form. Other documents may be required to be completed at the time of filing. Candidate must provide photo ID at this time.

Faxed or scanned will not be accepted as an original signature is required on all election documents filed with the City Clerk.

If an agent is filing the paperwork for the candidate, the candidate is responsible for having the forms signed by themselves and a Commissioner of Oaths prior to the agent bringing the forms into the City and providing Photo ID of the candidate. The agent must also bring:

  • Nomination Paper
    • the above must be commissioned by a Commissioner of Oaths
  • Agent Appointment form
  • the nomination filing fee
  • a photocopy of the candidate's identification
  • their own photo identification

Nomination Period

Nominations can only be filed during the nomination period, which is: 

  • January 2, 2014 to September 11th, 2014, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays
  • Nomination Day, September 12, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - City Hall (26 Francis St, Lindsay)

Filing Fee to Become a Candidate

There is a $200 filing fee for Mayoralty candidates and a $100 filing fee for Councillor or School Board Trustee candidates.

The filing fee must be paid when you file your nomination paper and the payment must be:

  • Cash
  • Certified cheque or money order payable to “Treasurer, City of Kawartha Lakes”
  • Debit or Credit Card
  • NO Personal Cheque will be accepted

Certification of Nomination Papers

s35(1) to 35(5) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996

All nominations are unofficial until formal certification by the City Clerk on September 15, 2014.

The City Clerk shall examine each nomination paper that has been filed before 4:00 p.m. on the Monday following nomination day, September 15, 2014.

If the City Clerk is satisfied the person is qualified to be nominated and the nomination complies with the Act, the City Clerk will certify the nomination paper by signing it.

If the City Clerk is not satisfied the person is qualified to be nominated or the nomination does not comply with the Act, the City Clerk will reject the nomination. If the City Clerk rejects a nomination, the person is notified as soon as possible.

The City Clerk's decision is final.

Documentation Submitted by Candidate

s88(5) and (10) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 states that all forms and correspondence submitted by the candidate to the City Clerk are deemed to be public documents and can be viewed, at the City Clerk's Office, during regular business hours.

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