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candidate qualifications


A person is qualified to be elected or hold office who, as of the day he or she files his or her nomination, is:

  • Entitled to be an elector under the Municipal Elections Act, s.17

  • A Canadian citizen, AND

  • At least 18 years old, AND

  • A resident of The Township of Rideau Lakes, OR

  • The owner or tenant of land in The Township of Rideau Lakes or the spouse of such owner or tenant

  • Not prohibited from voting as noted otherwise by law

  • Not disqualified for violation of financial requirements or violations of requirements for filing financial information

  • Not disqualified by any Act from holding such office

  • Not disqualified under the provisions as outlined in MEA, s. 90(2) and 91(1)


candidate's GUIDE


2018 Candidates Guide





Changes to the Municipal Election Act include changes to the nomination period. For the 2018 Municipal Election the nomination period is from May 1, 2018 to July 27, 2018. Nominations can be filed during regular business hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) from May 1, 2018 to July 26, 2018. On Nomination Day (July 27), nominations can be filed between 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

PDF File Nomination Paper - Form1



A person may be nominated for an office by filing a nomination in the Clerk's Office, in person or by an agent. Effective April 1, 2018, the nomination of a person for an office on Council, must be endorsed by at least 25 persons, and they may endorse more than one nomination with one exception. The endorsement requirement does not apply to a nomination in a municipality in which the number of electors who were eligible to vote in the 2014 election is less than the prescribed number.


The person 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.

The Clerk is entitled to rely upon the information filed by the candidate and a nomination certified by the Clerk is conclusive evidence that all conditions have been complied with. In other words, the Clerk does not have to verify the electors are qualified.


Nominations filed for School Board do not require the endorsement of 25 persons.

PDF File  Endorsement of Nomination - Form2



The filing fee must accompany the nomination. The prescribed nomination fee is $200.00 for the Head of Council (Mayor) and $100.00 for all other offices.  The filing fee is payable by cash, certified cheque, money order or by a debit card.


Withdrawal of NOMINATION:

If a candidate wishes to withdraw completely, the candidate must file a written withdrawal of their candidacy by no later than 2:00 pm on July 27, 2018 (Nomination Day) in the Clerk's Office.


As nominations are accepted, the Clerk shall provide notice of the "Unofficial List of Candidates" by posting a copy in the Municipal Office, the township website.


The Clerk will certify the nomination papers before 4:00 pm on Monday, July 30, 2018 and post a copy in the Municipal Office, on the township website.





Once a person has filed his or her nomination papers, the Clerk will provide notice of the preliminary maximum campaign expense limit and a copy of the procedures and guidelines established for candidates.


Each Candidate is required to keep records of all contributions and expenses during his or her Campaign Period and to complete a Financial Statement.


Campaign Finance Information pdf





New regulations govern contributions from third party advertisers.  Please review the relevant section of the Candidates' Guide.

See the Third Party Advertisers page.






Returning Officer/Clerk:  Mary Ellen Truelove

1-800-928-2250  Ext 293

613-928-2251  Ext 293


Township of Rideau Lakes, 1439 County Road 8, Delta, ON, K0E 1G0
Tel: 613-928-2251 or 1-800-928-2250 - Fax: 613-928-3097

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