Information for Candidates

The Province of Ontario's 2014 Candidates' Guide for Ontario Municipal and School Board Elections provides detailed information about voting, candidates, campaigns and campaign finances.

Qualifications of Candidates

An individual is qualified to be elected or to hold office as the Mayor, Ward Councillor or Regional Councillor if he/she:

  • Is a resident of Port Colborne, a non-resident owner or tenant of land in Port Colborne, or the spouse or same-sex partner of such a person;

  • Is a Canadian Citizen;

  • Is at least 18 years of age;

  • not otherwise prohibited from voting. 

Note:  The above qualifications must be maintained during the entire term of office.

Persons Not Eligible 

An individual is disqualified from being elected to municipal office if he/she:

  • is not eligible to vote in the municipality;

  • is an employee of a municipality or school board unless he/she:

    • takes an unpaid leave of absence before being nominated; and

    • resigns, if elected to the office;

  • is a judge of any court;

  • is a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, the Senate or House of Commons;

  • is a Crown employee under the meaning of the Public Service Act;

  • is prohibited from voting in an election under the Municipal Elections Act, the Municipal Act or the Education Act;

  • has violated financial requirements for the filing of financial information within the meaning of the Municipal Elections Act.

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.


Election Signs

Candidates should be aware that the City of Port Colborne has enacted a by-law to regulate elections signs.  The regulations include provisions regarding the time period signs may be up, the size and location of signs.  Candidates should familiarize themselves with the by-law prior to ordering or erecting signs relating to their campaign. 

View the By-law to Regulate Election Signs.



View information about the Nominations Process.


Campaign Period

The candidate's campaign period commences at the time a nomination form is submitted to the City Clerk, and ends on December 31, 2014.

Campaigning is not permitted on the premises of a voting place on voting day.


Financial Reporting

All candidates are required to keep complete and accurate financial statements during the course of their campaigns and to file a detailed financial statement at the end of the campaign period. Candidates should familiarize themselves with the legislation regarding campaign finances prior to embarking on their campaigns.

Candidates must not solicit or accept contributions for election purposes, or incur expenses, until their nomination form is filed with the City Clerk.

Important Dates - Financial Calendar



January 2, 2014

Campaign period begins.

December 31, 2014

Campaign period ends.

December 31, 2014

Last day to notify the City Clerk of extending campaign period if candidate has deficit.

March 27, 2015, on or before 2:00 p.m. (last Friday in March)

Filing Date - Deadline for filing financial statements for reporting period ending December 31, 2014.

June 30, 2015

Latest possible date of supplementary reporting period.

September 25, 2015 on or before 2:00 p.m. (last Friday in September)

Supplementary Filing Date - Deadline for filing financial statements for reporting period ending June 30, 2015.

Estimated Spending Limits

The Clerk must provide each candidate with an estimated spending limit upon filing of nomination papers. The estimate will be calculated based on the number of electors on the Voters' List as of Nomination Day in the previous election. The final maximum spending limits will be provided to each candidate by September 22, 2014.

For information purposes the following were the spending limits for candidates during the 2010 elections:


Spending Limit in 2010



Regional Councillor


Ward 1 Councillor


Ward 2 Councillor


Ward 3 Councillor


Ward 4 Councillor













Each candidate may appoint any number of persons as are necessary to act as a scrutineer and to represent them at the voting place and to be present during the counting of the votes. Scrutineers must be appointed in writing and upon request shall show proof of his or her appointment to an election official. Only one scrutineer may be in the voting place for each candidate for each ballot box and for each piece of vote-counting equipment. If a candidate enters the voting place the number of scrutineers that may be present is reduced by one.

Candidates and Scrutineers have the following rights:

  • to be present when ballot boxes and materials related to the advance voting and the ballot boxes and statement of the results are being delivered to the Clerk;

  • to enter the voting place fifteen (15) minutes before it opens and to inspect the ballot boxes and the ballots, and all other election documents but not so as to delay the opening of the voting place;

  • to place their own seal on the ballot box before the opening of the voting place. The seal may in no way suggest a candidate or his or her campaign. Such seals must not breach the provisions of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996. Candidates are advised to have any seals they intend to use pre-approved by the Clerk;

  • to place his or her own seal on the ballot box after the close of voting on an advance vote so ballots cannot be withdrawn or deposited without breaking the seal; 

  • to object to a person voting;

  • to sign the statement of the results of an election; and

  • to place his or her own seal on the ballot box after the counting of the votes so that ballots cannot be taken out or deposited.

Scrutineers and Candidates are prohibited from the following:

  • while at the voting place, attempting, directly or indirectly, to interfere with how an elector votes, and attempting to campaign or persuade an elector to vote for a particular candidate;

  • displaying a candidate’s election campaign material in a voting place;

  • compromising the secrecy of the voting;

  • interfering or attempting to interfere with an elector who is marking a ballot;

  • obtaining or attempting to obtain, in a voting place, any information about how an elector intends to vote or has voted; and

  • communicating any information obtained at a voting place about how an elector intends to vote or has voted.



Association of Municipalities of Ontario "So You Want to Run for Council?" Course

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is offering "So You Want to Run for Council?", a course designed to provide an overview of information for persons interested in running for municipal Council.

Please click here to view the course flyer, or visit AMO's website at for more information.


Candidate Information Sessions

The City of Port Colborne, in conjunction with the area municipalities of the Region of Niagara, hosted two Niagara Area Candidate’s Information Sessions with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

The first session, held on June 26, 2014, outlined various aspects of the Municipal Election, including the nomination process, campaign period, duties and responsibilities of candidates and financial filing.  A copy of the presentation slides is below.

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Presentation, June 26, 2014

The second session, held on September 24, 2014, concerned the rules and regulations regarding campaign finance, financial statements and compliance audits.  A copy of the presentation slides is below.

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Presentation, September 24, 2014