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Become a Candidate

General Information

Thinking of running for municipal or school board office? Here are a few things you might want to consider. This section will be updated as new information becomes available. 

Step 1: Are you eligible to run for and hold office? 

Anyone may run for council or for a school board position if they are eligible to vote in the election and fulfill all of the following requirements: 

Mayor and Council

  • Is a resident of the municipality, a non-resident owner or tenant of land in the municipality or the spouse of such non-resident owner or tenant;
  • Is a Canadian citizen;
  • Is at least 18 years old;
  • Is not legally prohibited from voting, and; 
  • Is not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office. 

School Board Trustees

  • Is a resident within the District School Board's area of jurisdiction and qualified to vote for members of that District School Board;
  • Is a Canadian citizen;
  • Is at least 18 years old;
  • Is not legally prohibited from voting, and; 
  • Is not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office. 

It is the responsibility of the Candidate to determine whether or not they are eligible to run for and hold municipal or school board office. 

Step 2: File Your Nomination Papers with the Clerk's Office 

Nominations open on Tuesday May 1, 2018 and end on Friday July 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Those who are satisfied that they meet the prescribed requirements, as set out in the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, and wish to campaign for office must first file a Nomination Paper with the Clerk's Office. The form can be filed anytime during the nomination period,  during normal office hours (Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at City Hall. 

The nomination of a person for an office on Council must be endorsed by at least 25 persons. Persons endorsing a nomination must be eligible to vote in the City of Peterborough at the time the nomination is endorsed and the person may endorse more than one candidate.

The candidate will also be required to show current acceptable identification, and pay a nomination fee, which can be made by cash, debit, credit card, certified cheque or money order in the amount of: 

  • $100.00 for Ward Councillors and School Board Trustees
  • $200.00 for Mayor

The filing fee is refunded when a candidate submits their Financial Statement (and Auditor's Report, if applicable) in March of 2019.

A candidate cannot raise or spend any money on their campaign until the nomination paper has been filed. A nomination form is required to open campaign account at a bank. 

If an agent is filing a nomination on a candidate's behalf, the agent must provide the above documents - with the nomination commissioned by a Notary or Commissioner of Oaths prior to their filing - and the agent must also present their own identification. 

Step 3: Campaigning and Expenses 

All candidates are required to file a financial statement for their campaign after the election. Candidates should have a way of keeping track of money they spend and earn.

After filing the nomination, candidates will need to open a campaign account in order to raise or spend money related to the election. Candidates may only receive contributions from individuals who are residents of Ontario. Candidates may not accept cash contributions of more than $25 from any one person and a contributor’s total contribution cannot exceed $1,200 for any one candidate.

New for 2018: Candidates will be limited with the amount they can self-fund their campaigns and how much they are eligible to spend after the election. They are also prohibited from accepting donations from Corporations or Trade Unions. 

All information on this page is meant to provide a high level overview of the requirements for candidates intending to run in the 2018 City of Peterborough Municipal and School Board Elections. The City of Peterborough is not able to provide advice to those individuals who are proposing to run for office and encourages all potential candidates to obtain a copy of the Municipal Elections Act, ​1996 for review, as well as consult with their own independent legal counsel for more information with respect to candidate eligibility, obligations and responsibilities.