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Managing a Campaign

Starting Your Candidacy

In order to become a candidate you must file a “Nomination Paper” with the City Clerk. The earliest you can file is January 2, 2014. You can file your nomination paper at:

City of Kawartha Lakes Clerk’s Office
City Hall
26 Francis Street
Lindsay, Ontario

Fundraising & Spending Start Date

You cannot raise or spend any money on your campaign until you file your nomination paper. The earliest you can file your nomination paper is January 2, 2014.

Next Steps

Once the nomination paper has been accepted, a candidate shall open a bank account in the name of the campaign, start accepting contributions and start incurring expenses.

Upon the successful filing of your nomination papers, you will be provided with a Candidate Election Information Handbook that provides more detailed information. Consult your Candidate Election Information Handbook for detailed Candidate information.

Some other suggestions are:

  • Become involved in the community
  • Research and understand the role of a Mayor, Councillor or School Trustee
  • Review the 2014 Candidates Election Information Handbook (PDF)
    • Understand the:
      • Financial responsibilities
      • Financial reporting requirements
      • Campaign roles
      • Potential penalties
  • Review the relevant legislation such as the:


Candidates have the responsibility to run an accessible campaign. Consult your Candidate Election Information Handbook for more information on how to run an accessible campaign. For more details regarding accessible campaigns, please read the “Count Us In” document. Other helpful tips for managing an accessible campaign are available from the AMCTO in their Candidates Guide to Accessible Elections.

Financial Reporting Requirements

All candidates must file a financial statement.  For details, please review the Municipal Elections Act or the Candidates Guide on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing web site.

If a candidate fails to file a required financial statement or auditor’s report (or any other document required under Section 78 or 79.1 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996), fails to pay over a surplus or exceeds the spending limit for the office, the candidate forfeits any office to which he or she was elected and the office is deemed to be vacant.  The penalties will take effect on the deadline for the filing of the documents. If the candidate applies to the Ontario Court of Justice for an extension of the time to file the financial statement and fails to file the documents by the date established by the Court, the penalties will take effect at the end of the period of extension.

Section 91 and 92 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 set out penalties with respect to violations under the Act as follows:

91.       (1) if a person is convicted of a corrupt practice under this Act, or of an offence under the Criminal Code (Canada) in connection with an act or omission that relates to an election to which this Act applies, then, in addition to any other penalty provided for in this Act,

(a)       any office to which the person was elected is forfeited and becomes vacant; and

(b)       the person is ineligible to be nominated for, or elected or appointed to, any office until the next two regular elections have taken place after the election to which the offence relates.


(2) However, if the presiding judge finds that the person committed the corrupt practice or offence under the Criminal Code (Canada) without any intent of causing or contributing to a false outcome of the election, clause (1) (b) does not apply.

92.(3)  If the expenses incurred by or on behalf of a candidate exceed the amount determined for the office under section 76, the candidate is liable to a fine equal to the excess, in addition to any other penalty provided for in this Act.

92.(5)  A candidate is guilty of an offence and, on conviction, in addition to any other penalty that may be imposed under this Act, is subject to the penalties described in subsection 80(2) if he or she,

(a)       files a document under section 78 or 79.1 that is incorrect or otherwise does not comply with that section; or

(b)       incurs expenses that exceed what is permitted under section 76

Note: The entire Financial Report is considered a public document.  These documents may be inspected by any person upon request at the Office of the Clerk during normal office hours.  Any person may make extracts from the documents and is entitled to copies of the documents upon payment for their preparation, at such rates as the Clerk may determine.  Clerks are required to make the documents available electronically, at no cost to the requester.

All financial reports will be posted on the City web.  This includes a listing of the names and address of all contributors.  You may wish to consider advising contributors that their personal information will be public and displayed on the City’s web site after the election.  The information remains on the website until after the next municipal election.

Name on Ballot

s41 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996

The ballot lists the candidates running for mayor, councillor and school board trustee, and will be mailed to voters, as a part of the voter’s kit, prior to Election Day. The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (Act) and City Clerk policies determine how a candidate's name appears on the ballot. The following rules apply:

  • only the first and last name (as shown on the candidate's identification) will appear on the ballot
  • nicknames or middle names are not placed on the ballot
  • titles, such as Doctor, Reverend, etc., are not allowed on the ballot
  • names are arranged in alphabetical order by office
  • any instance where two or more candidates have the same last name, all candidates running for that office will have their qualifying address printed on the ballot

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