Nominations

Nomination Period

The nomination period for the 2014 Municipal Election starts on January 2, 2014. The last day to file a Nomination is on Nomination Day, Friday, September 12, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Important Dates

Date

Action

January 2, 2014      

Start of Nomination Period

September 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

Nomination Day/Close of Nomination Period

September 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.  

Deadline to Withdraw a Nomination

 
 

Nomination Process

The nomination period for the 2014 Municipal Election starts on January 2, 2014 and ends on September 12, 2014. Nomination forms may be submitted to the City Clerk starting on January 2, 2014 and before September 12, 2014, during normal office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday or on Nomination Day, Friday, September 12, 2014 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. 

All candidates will be required to show proof of identity and qualifying address within the City of Port Colborne at the time the nomination form is filed.  Identification that includes proof of Canadian citizenship is preferred.

A candidate must be nominated in order to raise campaign funds or incur expenses.

A completed nomination in the prescribed form must be signed by the candidate (before a Commissioner of Oaths or the City Clerk) and may be filed in person or by an agent. Faxed Nomination forms will not be accepted. An original signature is required on all election documents.

A prescribed nomination filing fee of $200.00 for Mayor and $100.00 for all other offices must be paid at the time of filing the nomination. The nomination filing fee shall be paid in cash or by certified cheque or money order made payable to the municipality.  The filing fee will be refunded if the candidate is elected, withdraws his or her nomination on or before 2:00 p.m. on September 12, 2014, or receives more than 2% of the votes cast for the office for which he or she was nominated.

A nomination must be certified by the City Clerk before such person becomes a certified candidate for the office to which she or he is nominated.  The City Clerk is required to reject or certify the nominations of candidates (who filed on or before Nomination Day) on or before 4:00 p.m., Monday, September 15, 2014.

In the event there is an insufficient number of certified candidates to fill all positions available, nominations will be reopened for the vacant positions only on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and such additional nominations, if required, may be filed in the office of the Clerk.  The Clerk is required to reject or certify such additional nominations as may be filed on or before 4:00 p.m., Thursday, September 18, 2014.

 
 

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.

 
 

Nomination Forms

Below you will find a link to the forms to be completed and submitted to the Office of the City Clerk. Please note there is a section of the Nomination Paper that needs to be completed and signed before the Clerk or a Commissioner of Oaths.


Nomination Paper - Form 1

Declaration of Qualification - EL 18A

Candidate's Consent to Release of Personal Information - EL 02

Candidate's Declaration - Proper Use of Voters' List - EL 14

 
 

Elected Offices

Nominations are being accepted for the following offices:

(a)       Mayor (one to be elected at large)

(b)        Councillor Ward One (two to be elected by ward vote)
            Councillor Ward Two (two to be elected by ward vote)
            Councillor Ward Three (two to be elected by ward vote)
            Councillor Ward Four (two to be elected by ward vote)

(c)        Regional Councillor (one to be elected at large)

Note: Those wishing to register as a candidate for the offices of Mayor, Councillor or Regional Councillor serving the City of Port Colborne must file their nomination paper with the Clerk of the City of Port Colborne, 66 Charlotte Street, Port Colborne. 

(d)       Trustee for the District School Board of Niagara (one to be elected at large by the English Language Public School 
           electors of the municipalities of the City of Port Colborne and the Town of Fort Erie)

(e)       Trustee for the Niagara Catholic District School Board (one to be elected at large by the English Language 
           Separate School electors of the municipalities of the City of Port Colborne, the Town of Fort Erie and the
           Township of Wainfleet)

Note: Those wishing to register as a candidate for the offices English Language Public or English Language Separate School Boards serving the City of Port Colborne must file their nomination paper with the Clerk of the Town of Fort Erie, 1 Municipal Drive, Fort Erie, Ontario.

(f)        Trustee for the Conseil scolaire Viamonde (formerly conseil scolaire de district du centre-sud-ouest) (one to be elected at
            large by the French Language Public School electors of the municipalities of the City of Port Colborne, the Town of Fort
            Erie, the City of Niagara Falls, the Town of Pelham, the City of Thorold, the Township of Wainfleet and the City of
            Welland.)

(g)       Trustee for the Conseil scolaire de district catholique centre-sud (one to be elected at large by the French Language
           Separate School electors of the municipalities of the City of Port Colborne, the Town of Fort Erie, the Town of Pelham,
           the Township of Wainfleet and the City of Welland.)

Note: Those wishing to register as a candidate for the office of Trustee of the French Language Public or French Language Separate School Boards serving the City of Port Colborne must file their nomination paper with the Clerk of the City of Welland, 60 East Main Street,
Welland.

For information on how to file a nomination paper for school board elections, please directly contact the appropriate Clerk indicated above.

Note: The representation for school board elections is subject to change in the year of the election based on a formula for each Board which determines representation to an elector population of the Board's jurisdiction in accordance with the Education Act of Ontario.


Term of Office

The term of office for the above positions is four years, starting December 1, 2014 and ending November 30, 2018.

 
 

Withdrawal of Nomination

A candidate may withdraw his/her nomination by submitting in writing the request to withdraw, and delivering it to the City Clerk before 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 12, 2014. A faxed request of withdrawal will not be accepted. An original signature is required on all election documents.

If a candidate has filed an earlier nomination for an office in the same election, the first nomination form shall be deemed to have been withdrawn automatically at the time the second nomination form is submitted.

 
 

Campaign Period

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

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

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