Information for Candidates

Qualifications for Mayor or Councillor

To run for the Office of Mayor or Office of Councillor, on the day the nomination paper is filed, a person must be:

  • A Canadian citizen
  • At least 18 years of age
  • A resident of the Town of Fort Frances, or
  • An owner or tenant of land in the Town of Fort Frances, or the spouse of the owner or tenant
  • Not legally prohibited from voting
  • Not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office

Persons Disqualified from Running for Council

The following are disqualified from being elected as a member of council, or from holding office as a member of council:

  • a judge of any court
  • a member of Provincial Legislature, the Federal House of Commons or Senate who has not resigned from their office by the close of nominations.
  • a candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement in the last municipal election or by-election

Town of Fort Frances Employees

Employees of the Town of Fort Frances who wish to run for the Office of Mayor or the Office of Councillor, must take an unpaid leave of absence beginning no later than the day the person is nominated and ending on Voting Day.
The employee must provide a copy of the documentation showing that they have taken the leave of absence and the effective date.

Qualifications of a School Board Trustee Candidate

To run for any of the four school boards, a person must be:

  • a Canadian citizen
  • at least 18 years of age
  • a resident in the area of jurisdiction of the School Board
  • not legally prohibited from voting
  • not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office

Please note, section 219(1), Education Act - A person is qualified to be elected as a member of a district school board if the person is qualified to vote for members of that district school board and is a resident in its area of jurisdiction.

Who cannot be a School Board Trustee Candidate

The following persons are disqualified from being elected as a school board trustee, or from holding office on any school board:

  • an employee of any district school board or school authority, including a clerk, treasurer, deputy-treasurer, unless he or she takes an unpaid leave of absence, beginning no later than the day the person is nominated and ending on Voting Day.
  • a Senator, Member of Parliament and a Member of Provincial Parliament
  • an inmate of a penal or correctional institution
  • a corporation
  • a candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement in the last municipal election or by-election.

Filing a Nomination

In order to run for public office for the 2018 municipal election, a candidate must file the prescribe Form 1, Nomination Paper (PDF) at the Office of the Clerk, 320 Portage Avenue, Fort Frances, Ontario during normal office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CST) beginning Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Thursday, July 26, 2018 and on Nomination Day, Friday, July 27, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (CST)

A candidate must file the Nomination paper in person as an original signature is required. The candidate will be required to show suitable identification, and pay a filing fee paid by cash, debit card, certified cheque or money order (payable to Town of Fort Frances)

Nomination Filing Fee: Office of Mayor - $200 and all other Offices - $100

Please note that the filing fee is refunded after the candidate files the Form 4, Financial Statement.

Effective April 1, 2018, the nomination of a person for the Office of Mayor and the Office of Councillor must be endorsed by at least 25 persons. The person endorsing the 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. Please use the Endorsement of Nomination - Form 2 (PDF) document to obtain the necessary signed endorsements, you will need to print additional copies of page 2.

Please Note: Nominations filed for School Board Trustee do not require the endorsement of 25 persons.

When a candidate submits the Form 1, Nomination Paper, it must be signed in the presence of a commissioner. The Office of the Clerk have staff who are authorized to act as Commissioners of Oaths in order to commission the required Nomination paper. The onus is on the person nominated to file a bona fide nomination paper.

However, if a nomination is filed by an agent, the candidate's declaration must be completed and commissioned prior to filing. If the form is not commissioned upon filing, the nomination form will not be accepted.

Withdrawing a Nomination

A candidate who wishes to withdraw his/her nomination paper must file, at the Office of the Clerk, a written withdrawal by no later than 2:00 pm on Friday, July 27, 2018 (Nomination Day) and you will be required to provide identification. Please note that you will still be required to submit a Form 4, Financial Statement by the filing deadline date.

Campaign Finance

A candidate does not have to open a bank account if they do not raise or spend money. The Clerk provides all candidates with estimated and final spending limits.

Contributions to candidates from unions and corporations are prohibited in municipal elections, but unions and corporations may participate as third party advertisers and contribute to third party advertisers. The same contribution rules will apply to third party advertiser campaigns as to candidates.

Anonymous and cash contributions cannot exceed $25. Contributions over $25 must be made in a way that links the contributor's name and account with the payment. Candidates must inform contributors of contribution limits.

If goods sold to raise funds are sold for $25 or less, that amount is considered campaign income, not a contribution. Donations under $25 received at fundraising events are not contributions.

Financial Filings

Candidates for office are required to submit financial details of their campaign. Candidates are entitled to a refund of the filing fee if they submit their campaign financial statement by the deadline.

A candidate who misses the filing deadline may file within a 30-day grace period, provided a $500 late filing fee is paid to the municipality. A candidate may resubmit a financial statement to correct an error up until the filing deadline.

The Clerk is required to make public a report of which candidates filed financial statements and which did not.

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