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Elections

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About 

Municipal elections happen every four years in Ontario and the guidelines for the conduct of an election are set out in the Municipal Elections Act.  

The next municipal election will be held Monday, October 22, 2018.

To run for office in Caledon you must be an eligible elector in the Town of Caledon.

Please continue to check back here as dates are subject to change with legislation.

The Town Clerk is responsible for the administration and management of municipal elections, including:

  • Accepting nominations of candidates running for office,
  • Preparing the voters' list and ballots,
  • Selecting voting locations,
  • Retaining staff for voting days, and
  • Certifiying and issuing notifications about election results.

In accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, the Clerk conducts elections for the following positions:

  • Mayor
  • Area Councillors
  • Regional Councillors
  • Trustee, Peel District School Board
  • Trustee, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
  • Trustee, French Separate - one to be elected by all voters within the City of Brampton and the Town of Caledon (The City of Brampton is responsible for conducting the election of the French Separate School Board Trustee for the Region of Dufferin-Peel-Wellington.)
  • Trustee, French Public - one to be elected by all voters within the Region of Peel geographic area
    (The City of Mississauga is responsible for conducting the election of the of the French Public School Board Trustee for Peel Region.)

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I file a Nomination Form?

Nominations can be filed starting May 1st, 2018 and ending July 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. You must file in person at Town Hall, 6311 Old Church Road, Caledon East on the fourth floor in Legislative Services. You must complete the following forms:

1. Nomination Form

2. Signature of 25 eligible Caledon electors supporting the nomination

3. Declaration of Qualifications for Municipal Candidates or Declaration of Qualifications for School Board Candidates

You will also need to pay the nomination fee, provide identification and swear an oath at our office.

*The requirement to submit 25 nomination signatures does not apply to candidates running for School Board Trustee positions.

Where are the Nomination Forms available?

The Nomination Forms will be available online and at Legislative Services on the 4th floor of Town Hall, located at 6311 Old Church road, Caledon East.

Is it possible to complete the Nomination Form online?

No, you must file your Nomination Form in person at Town Hall in Legislative Services.

Are qualifications required only at the time of filing a nomination or throughout the election?

You must be eligible to run for office at the time of nomination and throughout the election. If you are elected, you must maintain your eligibility during your time in office.

Are candidates required to provide a list of citizens supporting their nomination?

Yes, the nomination of a person for an office on a council must be endorsed by at least 25 eligible electors who may also endorse more than one nomination. Persons endorsing a nomination must be eligible to vote in an election for an office within the municipality, if a regular election was held on the day that the person endorses the nomination.

How do I know if I am disqualified from holding office?

It is the responsibility of each candidate to ensure they are qualified to seek the office for which they are being nominated. If you are unsure, seek legal advice immediately. You will also be required to swear an Oath of Qualification when filing your nomination.

How does a candidate choose which Ward to run in? Do you have to live in the Ward you are running in?

A candidate can run for office in the Ward of their choice. You do not have to live in the same Ward you are running in. However, you do have to vote for the Ward in whch you reside. For example, if you live in Ward 2, but are running in Ward 4, you must vote for Ward 2.

If you are employed the Town or a Board or Commission, does this disqualify you?

An employee of a municipality or local board is eligible to be a candidate for and to be elected as a member of the council or local board that is the employer if he or she takes an unpaid leave of absence beginning as of the day the employee is nominated and ending on Voting Day. If the employee is elected to the office, he or she shall be deemed to have resigned from the employment immediately before making the declaration of office. Please consult legislation in the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 and the Municipal Act, 2001.

How do you determine which name goes on the ballot (eg. nicknames)?

When you filedd your Nomination Form there will be a section for you to write down your name as you want it to appear on the ballot. If you normally go by a different name than your legal first name, you may use that name provided the Town Clerk agrees.

Example: Your name is John Alexander William Turner

  • if you normally go by John Turner, print Turner, John on the Nomination Form
  • if you normally go by Alex Turner, and the Town Clerk agrees, print Turner, Alex on the Nomination Form
  • if you normally go by John Alexander Turner, and the Town Clerk agrees, print Turner, John Alexander on the Nomination Form

You do not have to provide all of your names under Given Name(s) on the form. Only provide the name(s) that you want to appear on the ballot.

How do I withdraw my nomination?

We have a Notice of Withdrawal Form that you are required to complete at Legislative Services. This must be done before the close of nominations on July 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

What type of materials can I expect from Legislative Services to assist with my campaign?

  • Notice of Penalties
  • Election Sign by-law
  • Tabulator Procedures
  • One paper copy of the Voters List (after September 4
  • One copy of Ward map and applicable street guide
  • List of Changes to the Voters List (after the Advance Voting period)
  • Scrutineer Forms
  • List of Voting Places

How do I find out how many candidates are running for each Ward?

The Town of Caledon will post the names of candidates online and at Town Hall outside Legislative Services on the 4th floor, as candidates file their nomination papers.

When can I start campaigning?

You can only start campaigning after you file your nomination papers.

When can I put up signs?

You can only start erecting signs after you file your nomination papers.

Have there been any changes to legislation since the last election?

Yes, the Municipal Elections Modernizatin Act, passed June 7, 2016 made changes to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996. These changes affect the Nomination Calendar, Eligibility, Third Party Advertising, Ranked Ballot Voting, Campaign Finance,Accessibility, Campaign Advertising and Election Administration for 2018. Some of these changes came into effect immediately after Royal Assent and certain changes do not come into effect until April 1, 2018. A summary of these changes can be found online.

What kind of time commitment is required to be a member of Council.

Council meets approximately three times per month except for the months of July and August. The time commitment for each meeting is approximately 3 hours. Members of Council also sit on various boards and committees. Regional Councllors have the added responsibility of membership on Regional Council and applicable committees. Members of Council must spend time preparing for these meetings and also ensure that they can effectively represent their constituents.

When does the first meeting of Council take place?

The first meeting of Council is the Inaugural Meeting taking place on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

What is the term of office for those elected in 2018?

Members will be elected for the period commencing December 1, 2018 and ending November 14, 2022.

Are candidates required to establish a separate bank account for their campaign?

Candidates will not be required to open a bank account if they do not raise or spend money.

Contact

If you have any questions regarding election information, please contact us by phone at 905.584.2272 x. 3528 or by email at vote@caledon.ca.

You can also visit Town Hall, Legislative Services Section, 6311 Old Church Road, Caledon, ON L7C 1J6, during regular business hours - Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.