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Filing a Nomination  - 2018 Municipal Election

Filing a Nomination  - 2018 Municipal Election


NOMINATION PACKAGE (package will be available Tuesday, May 1, 2018) 



A person can only become a candidate during the Nomination Period. The Nomination Period starts on Tuesday May 1, 2018 and ends on Friday July 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.  Nomination papers will not be accepted after the deadline.

Nomination papers must be signed by the candidate and filed in person or by an agent (no fax or email), accompanied by 25 signatures from eligible electors. It is recommended that potential candidates make an appointment with the Clerk to ensure availability to receive the nomination.

Nominations must be filed at the Municipal Office during the period:

  • Tuesday May 1, 2018 through to Thursday July 26, 2018, Monday to Friday (excluding weekends and statutory holidays) between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday July 27, 2018 (Nomination Day) between 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. On Nomination Day, candidates must make their presence known to the Clerk prior to 2:00 p.m.

Nomination papers will not be accepted after the deadline.

Nominations may be made by completing and filing in the office of the Clerk, nominations on the prescribed form and accompanied by the Declaration of Qualification, acceptable identification (must be valid and contain the candidate's name, qualifying address and signature), the prescribed nomination filing fee ($200 for the Office of Mayor, $100 for all other offices), and such other documentation as required for the filing process.  The filing fee is payable by cash, debit, certified cheque, bank draft or money order payable to the Township of Lake of Bays. 

If, after having filed a nomination form, a candidate wishes to file a nomination for a different office in the same election, the first nomination shall be deemed to have been withdrawn at the time the second nomination is filed.  The 25 signatures endorsing the candidate's nomination may be transferred.  The filing fee is deemed to have been paid with the latest filing if the two nominations are for the same council/board unless changing offices.

If a greater number of candidates are certified than are required to fill the said office, there will be an election.  If the number of nominations for an office is less than the number of candidates to be elected an additional Notice of Nomination will be advertised on the website only and additional nominations may be filed between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on the Wednesday following Nomination Day (August 1, 2018). 



The filing fee must accompany the nomination. The prescribed nomination fee is $200 for the head of council and $100 for all other offices. The filing fee is payable by cash, debit, cheque, bank draft or money order payable to the Township of Lake of Bays. 

A candidate is entitled to receive a refund of the nomination filing fee if he or she files the documents under s.88.25(1) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, - the financial statements and auditors report, on or before 2:00 p.m. on the filing date. In the case of the 2018 regular election, the filing date is March 29, 2019 for the reporting period ending December 31, 2018.



If a candidate wishes to withdraw completely, the candidate must file a written withdrawal of their candidacy, by no later than 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018 (Nomination Day) in the Clerk's Office.

Any withdrawals sent by mail, email or fax are not permitted, as it must be filed in the Clerk's Office.



Prior to 4:00 p.m. on the Monday following Nomination Day - Monday, July 30, 2018, the Clerk shall examine each nomination filed and if satisfied the person is qualified to be nominated and that the nomination complies with the Act, the Clerk shall certify as such on the nomination filed. If not satisfied, the Clerk shall reject the nomination and as soon as possible, give notice to the person who sought to be nominated and all other candidates for that office.

The Clerk's decision to clarify or reject a nomination is final. Under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, the Clerk is required to reject or certify nominations of candidates. A Clerk may wish to consider the following criteria in his or her decision to reject or clarify individual nominations:

  • Candidate has refused or declined to provide proof of identification suitable to the Clerk;
  • Candidate does not satisfy the requirements set out in the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, s.29(1) (eligibility requirements);
  • The nomination form is incomplete;
  • The prescribed filing fee has not been paid; and
  • The necessary financial disclosure was not filed for the previous election or any by-election in which the individual may have been a candidate.


For more information on Filing a Nomination, please contact the Clerk. 


Carrie Sykes, Director of Corporate Services/Clerk
Township of Lake of Bays
1012 Dwight Beach Road
Dwight, ON  P0A 1H0
Telephone:  (705) 635-2272, ext. 236

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