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Municipal Elections

2018 Municipal Election

The next Municipal Election will be held on October 22, 2018 to elect a Regional Chair for the Regional Municipality of Halton.

This page serves as a resource for candidates thinking of running for Regional Chair.

  • General information
  • Key dates
  • The nomination process
  • Additional information we hope you will find useful

This information is a starting point but it is not exhaustive. Be sure to check this page frequently in the months leading up to Election Day for updated information. If you have questions, please call 311 and ask to be connected to the Regional Clerk’s Office. Please note that we cannot provide advice on how to conduct an election campaign.

Before beginning a campaign, candidates should familiarize themselves with the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (external link) and its regulations, the Municipal Act, 2001 (external link), and all other relevant legislation. Candidates are responsible to ensure they have complied with election regulations and are qualified to run for the office of Regional Chair.

For information related to elections for the offices of Mayor, Regional Councillor, Local Councillor or School Board Trustee, please refer to the website for the local municipality where you reside.

Role of Regional Chair

Role

Role of Regional Chair: The Municipal Act defines responsibilities for the Regional Chair in two roles, as the Head of Council and as the Chief Executive Officer. These roles are identified below.

As the Head of Council, the Regional Chair is expected to:

  1. act as the Chief Executive Officer of the Region;
  2. preside over Regional Council meetings so that their business can be carried out efficiently and effectively;
  3. provide leadership to Regional Council;
  4. provide information and recommendations to Regional Council with respect to the role of Regional Council;
  5. represent the Region at official functions; and
  6. carry out the duties of the Head of Regional Council under the Municipal Act or any other Act.

As the Chief Executive Officer, the Regional Chair is expected to:

  1. uphold and promote the purposes of the Region;
  2. promote public involvement in the Region’s activities;
  3. act as the Region’s representative within and outside the municipality, and promote the Region locally, nationally and internationally; and
  4. participate in and foster activities that enhance the economic, social and environmental well-being of the region and its residents.

Role of Regional Council: The Regional Chair presides over Regional Council meetings, and ensures that the following Municipal Act requirements are upheld by Council:

  1. to represent the public and to consider the well-being and interests of the Region;
  2. to develop and evaluate the policies and programs of the Region;
  3. to determine which services the Region provides;
  4. to ensure that administrative policies, practices and procedures and controllership policies, practices and procedures are in place to implement the decisions of Council;
  5. to ensure the accountability and transparency of the operations of the Region, including the activities of the senior management of the municipality;
  6. to maintain the financial integrity of the Region; and
  7. to carry out the duties of Council under the Municipal Act or any other Act.

Endorsement of Nominations (Form 2)

Candidates running for office must complete an Endorsement of Nomination Form (PDF file) which includes the signatures of 25 individuals who are Canadian citizens, 18 years of age or older, and have a qualifying address in the municipality. Candidates running for Regional Chair may obtain signatures of individuals who have qualifying addresses in the City of Burlington, Town of Halton Hills, Town of Milton or Town of Oakville.

Third Party Advertisers

Third party advertising refers to advertisements or other materials that support, promote or oppose a candidate, or support, promote or oppose a “yes” or “no” answer to a question on the ballot. Third party in this context is a person or entity who is not a candidate. Prior to 2018, third party advertising was not regulated for municipal elections. Recent changes to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (external link) require that third party advertisers register prior to conducting any campaign activity.

If you wish to conduct third party advertising for the election for Regional Chair, you cannot register with the Clerk of the Region. You must register with the clerks of the Local Municipalities (City of Burlington, Town of Halton Hills, Town of Milton and/or Town of Oakville) in which you wish to run your advertisements. Please refer to the guide published by the Province of Ontario for third party advertisers for further information.

List of Registered Candidates for Regional Chair

Candidate Information

Resources

Term of Office

The Term of Office is December 1, 2018 to November 14, 2022.

Eligibility

A person is entitled to be a candidate in the 2018 Municipal Election if they are a qualified voter. A candidate must be qualified as of the day they are nominated and must remain qualified throughout the election period and, if elected, throughout the term of office.

A person is entitled to be a candidate if they are:

  • a resident of the Regional Municipality of Halton (i.e. a resident of the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton or the Town of Oakville), or an owner or tenant of land in the Regional Municipality of Halton, or the spouse of such an owner or tenant;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • at least 18 years old;
  • not an employee of the Regional Municipality of Halton (if you are, and wish to be a candidate for Regional Chair, you must take an unpaid leave of absence from your employment with the Regional Municipality of Halton); and
  • not prohibited from voting by law.

If you were a candidate in the 2014 Municipal Election and did not complete your financial filings for that campaign as required by the Municipal Elections Act, you are ineligible to be a candidate in the 2018 Municipal Election.

The Nomination Process

  • A candidate can register a nomination for the Office of Regional Chair by filing a Nomination Form (Form 1) (PDF file) and Endorsement of Nomination Form (Form 2) (PDF file) at the Regional Clerk’s Office, Halton Regional Centre, Level 3, 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville (view map) , starting on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Nomination Forms (Forms 1 and 2) must be filed by the candidate in person, or by an agent acting on the candidate’s behalf. The candidate or the agent will be required to provide proof of identity.
  • The Nomination Forms may not be faxed, sent by mail, emailed or submitted through any form of social media, as original signatures are required on all election documents filed with the Regional Clerk. The Nomination Forms and Declaration of Qualifications must be signed before a Commissioner of Oaths. The Regional Clerk or another member of the Clerks’ staff can commission these documents for you.
  • If the Nomination Forms are filed by an agent of the candidate, the forms must be fully completed by the candidate prior to filing. The Nomination Forms and Declaration of Qualifications must be signed before a Commissioner of Oaths.
  • The Nomination Forms (Forms 1 and 2) can be picked up at the Regional Clerk’s Office, or are available online. The final day to file Nomination Papers is July 27, 2018 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • While a Nomination may be filed any time during business hours between May 1 and July 27, you may wish to make an appointment with the Regional Clerk to submit your Nomination Forms to ensure that the process runs smoothly.

Key Dates

Dates

Period

Description

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Friday, July 27, 2018

Nomination Period

Nominations for the office of Regional Chair may be filed in person or by an agent at the Regional Clerk’s Office, Halton Regional Centre, Level 3, 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville view map (external link), Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding statutory holidays, from Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Thursday, July 26, 2018.

On Nomination Day (Friday, July 27, 2018), nominations may only be filed between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Day Nomination Paper filed to Monday, December 31, 2018

Campaign Period

The campaign period for each candidate begins on the day the candidate files a nomination paper and ends on December 31, 2018 unless the nomination is withdrawn, the Regional Clerk rejects the nomination or the candidate is continuing his or her campaign to erase a deficit.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Nomination Day

Last day for filing nomination papers. Nomination papers filed on this date may only be filed between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Office of the Regional Clerk.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Withdrawal of Nominations

Last day for withdrawing a nomination. Withdrawal of Nomination forms must be filed before 2 p.m

 

Election Signs

Candidates should check with their Local Municipality regarding the erection of election signs. Halton Region’s By-law 36-01 (PDF file) (consolidated) prohibits election signs on Regional road rights-of-way.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Certification of Nomination Papers

The Regional Clerk will examine nomination papers for certification or rejection before 4 p.m.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Acclamations

If after 4 p.m. there is only one certified candidate for the office of Regional Chair, the Regional Clerk shall declare the candidate to be duly elected.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Certificate of Maximum Campaign Spending Limit, Final Amount

Last day for the Regional Clerk to provide a certificate of maximum campaign expense limit to all candidates.

Monday, October 22, 2018

ELECTION DAY

Voting is held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Week of October 22, 2018

Official Results

As soon as possible after Election Day, the Regional Clerk will publicly declare the candidate with the highest number of votes to be elected for the position of Regional Chair.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Term of Office Commences

The December 3, 2018 to November 14, 2022 term of office commences.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Inaugural Meeting of Council

Elected members must take the oath of office prior to taking their seat.

Monday, December 31, 2018

End of Campaign Period

This is the end of the campaign period unless the candidate withdraws his or her nomination, the nomination is rejected by the Regional Clerk or the candidate is continuing the campaign to erase a deficit. Candidates may not raise funds or incur expenses beyond this date unless they have a deficit and have notified the Regional Clerk in writing of the extension to the campaign period.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Notification to the Regional Clerk of a Deficit and Continuation of Campaign Period

If a candidate has a deficit on this date and wishes to continue campaigning to eliminate the deficit, the candidate must submit the Notice of Extension of Campaign Period, Form 6 to the Regional Clerk in person on or before 4:30 p.m., December 31, 2014. Failure to do so will mean that the campaign period automatically ends on this date.

NOTE: Halton Region is closed from December 24, 2018 to January 1, 2019 for the holiday season.

Endorsement of Nomination (Form 2) – Additional Information

  • If you are running for Regional Chair, you must submit 25 signatures endorsing your nomination on Form 2. Anyone providing an endorsement signature on Form 2 must be eligible to vote in the municipality on the day that they signed the endorsement. As part of Form 2, they are required to sign a declaration that they are eligible to vote in the municipality.
  • If you submit 25 endorsement signatures and find out later that a person (or persons) was not eligible to vote on the day that they signed the endorsement, you will not lose your nomination. The person who supplied false information (by declaring that they were eligible to endorse your nomination when they were not eligible) could be subject to prosecution.

Nomination Filing Fee

  • Candidates for Regional Chair must pay a filing fee of $200 when they file their Nomination Forms. This fee must be paid at the time of filing by cash, debit, certified cheque or money order. Credit cards and personal cheques will not be accepted.
  • The nomination filing fee is refundable if the nomination is withdrawn, if the candidate is elected, or if he or she receives more than two (2) per cent of the votes cast in the election for the office of Regional Chair.

Required Identification

  • A candidate must provide one valid and original item from the following list that shows name, qualifying address and signature when filing a Nomination Form:
    • Ontario driver’s licence
    • Cancelled personalized cheque
    • Mortgage, lease or rental agreement for property in Ontario
    • Loan or financial agreement with a financial institution
    • Insurance policy
    • Document issued or certified by a court in Ontario
    • Any other document from the government of Canada, Ontario or a municipality in Ontario or from an agency of such a government
    • Any document from a Band Council in Ontario established under the Indian Act (Canada) (external link)
    OR
  • A candidate must provide one original and valid item from the following list that shows name and signature:
    • Ontario health card
    • Ontario motor vehicle permit (plate portion)
    • Canadian passport
    • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
    • Certificate of Indian Status
    • Veterans Affairs Canada Health Card
    • Social insurance number card
    • Old age security card
    • Credit card
    • Debit card
    • Employee identification card
    • Student identification card issued by a post-secondary institution
    • Union identification card or a professional licence card
    • Cancelled personalized cheque
    • Mortgage, lease or rental agreement for property in Ontario
    • Insurance policy
    • Document issued or certified by a court in Ontario
    • Any document from a Band Council in Ontario established under the Indian Act (Canada) (external link)
    • Any other document from the government of Canada, Ontario or a municipality in Ontario or from an agency of such a government
  • AND
    • Ontario motor vehicle permit (vehicle portion)
    • Income tax assessment notice
    • Child Tax Benefit statement
    • Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits Paid T4E
    • Statement of old age security T4A (OAS)
    • Statement of Canada Pension Plan Benefits T4A (P)
    • Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions
    • Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Works
    • Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Disability Support Program
    • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Statement of Benefits T5007
    • Property tax assessment
    • Insurance statement
    • Mortgage, lease or rental statement for property in Ontario
    • Credit card, bank account, RRSP, RRIF, RHOSP or T5 statement
    • CNIB card or a card from another registered charitable organization which provides services to persons with disabilities
    • Hospital card or record
    • Document showing campus residence issued by the office or officials responsible for student residence at a post-secondary institution
    • Utility bill for hydro, water, gas, telephone or cable TV or a bill from a public utilities commission
    • Cheque stub, T4 statement or pay receipt issued by an employer
    • Transcript or report card from a post-secondary school
    • Document issued or certified by a court in Ontario
    • Any document from a Band Council in Ontario under the Indian Act (Canada) (external link)
    • Any other document from the government of Canada, Ontario or a municipality in Ontario or from an agency of such a government

Forms to File

Remuneration and Benefits

The current annual remuneration rate for Regional Chair excluding benefits, which are subject to an annual review, is:

  • $183,148.00

Benefits:

  • Extended health care, including:
  • drug coverage
  • hospital coverage
  • medical supplies and equipment
  • paramedical services
  • out-of-province coverage
  • Vision care
  • Dental care
  • Life insurance
  • Accidental death and dismemberment coverage
  • Short-term disability
  • Long-term disability
  • Pension plan
  • Reimbursement plan for Regional business-related telephone expenses
  • Business travel
  • Car allowance as taxable benefit

Campaign Spending and Contributions

  • A person cannot raise or spend money on a campaign until they become a candidate, and they cannot become a candidate until they have filed a nomination paper.
  • Only the candidate, the candidate’s spouse, or individuals who are normally residents of Ontario can contribute to a municipal election campaign. An individual may not contribute more than $1,200 to a single candidate, and may not contribute more than a total of $5,000 to multiple candidates who are running to serve on the same Council.
  • Corporations and trade unions are no longer permitted to contribute to a municipal election campaign. Candidates cannot accept contributions from any federal or provincial political party (or any association related to either of them), or from any form of government or local board.

Election Signs

Candidates should check with their local municipality regarding election signs. Halton Region’s Sign By-law applies to signs on Regional road rights-of-way. No election signs may be displayed within a Regional road right-of-way. A complete list (and map) of Halton Regional roads can be found here.

Withdrawal of Nomination

A candidate who wishes to withdraw a nomination must file a Withdrawal of Nomination Form with the Regional Clerk before 2 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018. The candidate must file the withdrawal in person and may be required to submit identification. The candidate will still be required to submit a financial statement (due no later than March 29, 2019 at 2 p.m.) covering all financial transactions up to the time of withdrawal.