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Nominations will be accepted from Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 8:30am-5:00pm until Friday, July 27, 2018 from 8:30am-2:00 p.m.

Nomination Paper - Form 1

Endorsement of Nomination - Form 2

To run for the office of Mayor, Town Council, Regional Council, Regional Chair, or School Board Trustee for the 2018 municipal election you must file a nomination paper.

  • Until you file a nomination paper, you cannot raise or spend any money on your campaign.
  • Mayor and councillor candidates must provide, along with their nomination paper, at least 25 declaration of endorsements from eligible electors. (School Board Trustee nominations do not require endorsements).
  • See the Candidate's Information Guide under Candidate Resources tab.

Frequently Asked Questions

Requirements to run for Mayor, Town Council, Regional Chair or Regional Council
Requirements to run for School Board Trustee
Filling a Nomination
Withdrawing Your Nomination
Changing Offices


Requirements to run for Mayor, Town Council, Regional Chair or Regional Council

To run for Mayor or Town Council, 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 Erie, or
  • an owner or tenant of land in the Town of Fort Erie, or the spouse of the owner or tenant
  • not legally prohibited from voting
  • not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office

The following people 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 the Provincial Legislature, the Federal House of Commons or Senate who has not resigned from their office by the close of nominations. Proof of resignation must be provided by the close of nominations or the Clerk will not certify the nomination
  • a candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement in the last municipal election or by-election


Town of Fort Erie and Niagara Region employees

  • Employees of the Town of Fort Erie or Niagara Region who wish to run for Mayor, Town Council or Regional Council must take an unpaid leave of absence before filing a nomination paper.
  • The employee must provide a copy of the documentation showing that they have taken the leave of absence and the effective date.
     

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Requirements to run for School Board Trustee

To run for any of the four school boards on the day the Nomination Paper is filed, a person must be:

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

Who cannot be a School Board Trustee candidate
The following people are disqualified from being elected as a school board trustee, or from holding office on any school board:

  • a clerk, treasurer, deputy-clerk or deputy-treasurer of any municipality within the area of jurisdiction of the school board except those on an unpaid leave of absence
  • a member of the Provincial Legislature, the Federal House of Commons or Senate who has not resigned from their office by the close of nominations. Proof of resignation must be provided by the close of nominations or the Clerk will not certify the nomination
  • a candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement in the last municipal election or by-election

School board employees

  • Employees of any school board (including supply teachers) are disqualified from being elected as school board trustee or from holding office on any school board, except during a leave of absence.
  • The employee must be on a leave of absence before filing their nomination paper.
  • They must provide the Clerk with documentation showing that they have taken the leave of absence and the effective date.

Types of school boards

Areas of jurisdiction

If you wish to be nominated for school board trustee you must reside in the applicable jurisdiction.

For the Niagara Catholic District School Board the jurisdiction includes: Fort Erie, Port Colborne, and Wainfleet (filing to take place at the Town of Fort Erie's Clerk's Office).

For the District School Board of Niagara the jurisdiction includes: Fort Erie and Port Colborne (filing to take place at the Town of Fort Erie's Clerk's Office). 

For Conseil scolaire Viamonde the jurisdiction includes: Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Pelham, Port Colborne, St. Catharines, Thorold, Wainfleet, and Welland (filing to take place at the City of Welland's Clerk's Office).

For Conseil Scolaire Catholique MonAvenir the jurisdiction includes: Fort Erie, Pelham, Port Colborne, Wainfleet, and Welland (filing to take place at the City of Welland's Clerk's Office).

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Filling a Nomination

Nominations must be filed in person as original signatures are required. Nominations will accepted from May 1, 2018 to July 27, 2018 at 2 p.m.

To file a nomination, you must provide:

  • Nomination Paper (Form 1)
  • At least 25 declaration endorsements by eligible electors for Mayor, Regional Chair, Town and Regional Council only. (Form 2)
  • Current acceptable identification (An Ontario Driver's License is most commonly used)
  • Nomination filing fee (paid by cash, debit card, certified cheque or money order, payable to the Town of Fort Erie.
    • $200 for Mayor or Regional Chair
    • $100 for Town Council, Regional Council, or School Board Trustee

If an agent is filing a nomination on your behalf, the agent must provide the above documents as well as their own identification (Form 1)

The Nomination Paper must be commissioned by a Notary or Commissioner of Oaths prior to filing it with the Town Clerk. Any documents that are not complete will not be accepted.

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Where to file your nomination

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Withdrawing Your Nomination

If you decide you no longer wish to run in the 2018 Municipal Election, you must:

  • File the Withdrawal of Nomination form in person (Town Clerk's Office)
  • Provide identification
  • File a financial statement by the deadline date

The last day to file a withdrawal is Friday, July 27, 2018 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
 

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Changing Offices

You can change the office you're running for even after you've filed your papers. To do so, you must:

  • File the Withdrawal of Nomination for the old office
  • At the same time, file a Nomination Paper for the new office
    • For Mayor, Regional Chair, Town Council or Regional Council candidates you are not required to submit additional declaration of endorsements - the ones you submitted for the first office is transferred to the second office.

Nomination filing fee
If the nomination filing fee is the same for the new office, no extra payment is required. If the nomination filing fee is different for the new office, the difference must be paid, if applicable.

Note: the filing fee is not refunded until you file the financial statement by the deadline date

Campaign finances

  • The two offices (campaigns) are separate and contributions and expenses cannot be transferred from one to the other.
  • If you plan to incur expenses or accept contributions, you must open a separate bank account for each campaign.
  • A contributors contribution cannot exceed $1,200 per candidate. If the contributer is contributing to more than one candidate, the maximum contribution is $5,000 in total. This applies to contributions to Mayor, Councillor and School Board Trustee Candidates.

Financial statement
You will be required to file a financial statement for each campaign.

  • The withdrawn campaign will show all financial activity from the day the nomination paper is filed until the day the withdrawal is filed.
  • The current campaign will show all financial activity from the day the nomination paper is filed until the end of the campaign period.

Campaigning

Candidates are permitted access into apartment buildings, condominiums, non-profit housing co-ops and gated communities from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. in order to campaign.

Landlords and condominium corporations will not be allowed to prohibit tenants or owners from displaying campaign signs in their windows.

Candidates and third party advertisers are required to identify themselves on campaign advertisements and signs, so that it is clear who is responsible for each advertisement. For example: “Paid for by ‘John Doe,’ ‘Corporation Name’ or ‘Union Name.’"

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