FAQs Body ContentFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the 2018 Municipal Election for voters, candidates, third party advertisers and workers. Voter FAQsWho is eligible to vote?A person is entitled to be an elector (voter) at an election held in a local municipality, if on Voting Day he or she is:- a Canadian citizen;- at least 18 years old;- residing in the local municipality or an owner or tenant of land there, or the spouse of such owner or tenant; and- not otherwise prohibited from voting.Who is prohibited from voting?The following cannot vote in a municipal election:- a person serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution;- a corporation; or- a person convicted of a corrupt practice for an election held within four years of Voting Day. Note: A person who is acting as an executor or in any other representative capacity (e.g., power of attorney), cannot vote on behalf of the person they are representing unless they have been appointed as a voting proxy.How is my school support determined?General qualifications:- is a Canadian citizen;- is at least 18 years old;- has not already voted in the election for school trustees elsewhere in the school board’s area of jurisdiction;- resides in the local municipality or territory or is the owner or tenant of a residential property, or is the spouse of such owner or tenant; and- is not otherwise prohibited from voting.ANDEnglish public- be a supporter of the English-language public district school board; or- not be a supporter of any board, nor have qualified him- or herself as an elector for a separate or French-language school board in the election.English separatemust be a Roman Catholic who must:- qualify as an elector for the English-language separate district school board; or- be a supporter (or be the spouse of a supporter) of the English-language separate district school board.French publicmust be a French-language rights holder (see ss. 23(1) and (2) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms for criteria) who must:- qualify as an elector for the French-language public district school board; or- be a supporter (or the spouse of a supporter) of the French-language public district school board.French separatemust be a Roman Catholic and a French-language rights holder (see the Charter for criteria ) who must:- qualify as an elector for the French-language separate district school board; or- be a supporter (or the spouse of a supporter) of the French-language separate district school board.What if I cannot make it to the voting place on Voting Day?Voters who are not available to vote on Voting Day can instead vote at the advance polls. Advance voting dates will be available soon. Voters can also appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf. See "How can I appoint a proxy ?" FAQ below.How can I appoint a proxy?An elector in a municipality may appoint another person similarly qualified as an elector as his or her voting proxy, using the prescribed form: - complete an application in the prescribed form, including a statutory declaration that he or she is the person appointed as a voting proxy; and - present the application and the appointing document to the Clerk, in person, at the Clerk’s office; and- get the application certified by the Clerk Note: Proxies cannot be appointed before the end of the nomination period A person cannot: - appoint more than one (1) voting proxy; or - act as a voting proxy for more than one other person. This restriction does not apply if the appointed proxy and the other person are spouses or siblings of each other, parent and child, or grandparent and grandchild.Can I act as proxy for more than 1 person?If you are appointed as the proxy for a person who is not a family member, you may not be appointed as a proxy for anyone else, including family members. If you are appointed as the proxy for a family member, you may also be appointed as the proxy for additional family members, if the family members are a spouse, sibling, parent, child, grandparent or grandchild.When is Voting Day?Voting Day is Monday, October 22, 2018. The City of Brampton will also be holding advance voting days. Advance voting dates will be available soon.When are voting hours?Voting hours on Voting Day are 10 am - 8 pm. Can a person in prison vote?No. A person who is serving a sentence in prison is not entitled to vote.My family owns a cottage. Can I vote in that municipality?In order to qualify as a non-resident elector, you (or your spouse) must be the owner or tenant of the property. If a family member who is not your spouse is the owner, and you have use of the cottage, you would not qualify as a non-resident elector. If the cottage is owned by a trust, you would not qualify as a non-resident elector. My company owns a property in another municipality. Can I vote there?If the business is the owner of the property, you would not qualify as a non-resident voter.I live in one municipality and own property in another municipality. Do I have to choose which municipality to vote in?You are eligible to vote in the municipality where you live, and the municipality where you qualify as a non-resident voter. You can vote in both municipalities. If both municipalities are in the same school board, you can only vote for school trustee in one municipality.I live in one ward and own a property in another ward of the same municipality. Can I choose which ward I want to vote in?No. You must vote in the ward where you live.Where do I vote?Information on where to vote will be available in 2018.Do I get time off work to vote?You are entitled to three consecutive hours in which to vote on Voting Day. If your job requires you to work hours that would not give you a three-hour period in which to vote, you are allowed to be absent from your job for enough time to give you that three-hour period. Your employer may decide when it would be most convenient for you to be absent in order to vote. Note: This does not mean that you are entitled to take three hours off of work.Do I need to show ID to vote?If you are on the Voters' List, you should receive a voter notice closer to the election. Take that card to the voting location, as well as one piece of identification that shows your name and address. If you are not on the Voters' List, you will need to be added at the voting location. You will need to provide identification showing your name and address. You will need to sign a statutory declaration stating that you are a qualified elector. What if I forget my ID?If you are on the Voters' List, you can still vote by completing and signing a declaration that you are the person whose name appears on the list. If you are not on the Voters' List, you will need to be added to the list before voting, and will need to provide identification.How do I get on the Voters’ List?The Voters’ List is put together for each election based on information that is held by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). Please contact MPAC at 1-866-296-MPAC (6722) to be added to the Voters' List. I don’t want my name on the Voters’ List. Can I get it removed?You can have your name removed from the Voters’ List, but you will not be able to vote unless you have your name put back on the list.Can I remove someone else’s name from the Voters’ List?You can apply to the Clerk to have the name of a person who is deceased removed from the list. This can be done until the close of voting on Voting Day. Candidate FAQsWho is qualified to run for Mayor, Council or Regional Council office?A candidate for municipal office must, upon nomination, be a qualified municipal elector and fulfill all of the following requirements:- 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;- a Canadian citizen;- at least 18 years old;- not legally prohibited from voting; and- not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office.Note: A candidate, if nominated, must remain qualified throughout the election and, if elected, throughout the term of office.Who is NOT qualified to run for Mayor, Council or Regional Council?The following persons are disqualified from being elected to municipal office:- any person not eligible to vote in the municipality;- an employee of a municipality unless he or shetakes an unpaid leave of absence before being nominated, and resigns, if elected to the office;- a judge of any court;- a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, a Senator or a member of the House of Commons; - an inmate of a penal or correctional institution under sentence of imprisonment.When can I file my nomination?Nominations start on May 1, 2018 and end on July 27, 2018. More information about filing nominations will be available in the Spring of 2018.How can I apply to run for office?More information about filing nominations will be available in the Spring of 2018.Can I run for more than 1 office?Candidates can only be nominated for one office on a municipal council or school board in the Province of Ontario at a time. If person is nominated for a second office, the first nomination is deemed to be withdrawn.Who is qualified to run for School Board office?A candidate for a school board must, upon nomination, be a qualified municipal elector and fulfill all of the following requirements:- a resident within the jurisdiction of the board;- a supporter of the board;- a Canadian citizen;- at least 18 years old;- Roman Catholic (if running for a separate school board);- not legally prohibited from voting; and- not disqualified by any legislation from holding school board office.Note: A candidate, if nominated, must remain qualified throughout the election and, if elected, throughout the term of office. School board candidates should confirm that they have the qualifications described in Section 219 of the Education Act.Who is NOT eligible to run for School Board Office?A candidate for school board office cannot be:- a clerk, deputy clerk, treasurer or deputy treasurer of a municipality within the jurisdiction of a board;- any person not eligible to vote in the municipality;- an employee of a school board unless he or she takes an unpaid leave of absence before being nominated, and resigns, if elected to the office;- a judge of any court;- a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, a Senator or a member of the House of Commons;- an inmate of a penal or correctional institution under sentence of imprisonment.How can I withdraw my candidacy?If a candidate decides to withdraw from the election, he or she must notify the Clerk in writing no later than 2 pm on nomination day (Friday, July 27, 2018).A candidate who withdraws is still required to submit a completed financial disclosure covering all financial transactions made up to the date the nomination was withdrawn.When can I start accepting campaign funds?Your campaign starts when you file your nomination. You cannot accept funds before filing your nomination.I would like to run in the next election, but I am not eligible because I did not file my campaign financial statement after I ran in the last election. Can the Minister give me an exemption and allow me to run?No. The Minister does not have authority under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 to extend the filing deadline or waive the penalties for failing to file.Can I run in a different ward than the one where I live?As long as you are eligible to vote in the municipality, you may run in any ward. If you do run in a ward where you do not live, you will not be able to vote for yourself.Can I use my campaign office as my qualifying address so that I can vote for myself? No. If you are a resident voter (you live in the municipality), you must vote in the ward where you reside. You cannot choose to vote in a different ward where you may own or rent another property. Third Party FAQsWhat is third party advertising?A third party advertisement is a message in any broadcast, print, electronic or other medium that has the purpose of promoting, supporting or opposing: - a candidate, or - a "yes" or "no" answer to a question on the ballotWho can be a third party advertiser?The following can become a registered third party advertiser: - an individual who is normally resident in Ontario - a corporation that carries on business in Ontario - a trade union that holds bargaining rights for employees in OntarioCan a candidate also be a third party advertiser?No. A candidate is not eligible to file a notice of registration to be a third party advertiser.How much can a third party advertiser spend on advertising?Registered third party advertisers will be subject to maximum spending limits. More information will be available in the Spring of 2018.If I don't incur any costs for my advertising, do I still need to register?Third party advertising does not include an advertisement for which no expense is incurred. If you do not have any expenses, you are not required to register.How do I register as a third party advertiser?Third party advertisers are required to file their notice of registration with the Clerk's Office during the registration period.When can I register as a third party advertiser?The registration period begins on May 1, 2018 and ends on October 19, 2018.When can I begin advertising?You cannot begin advertising until you have registered as a third party advertiser with the Clerk's Office. Worker FAQsWhen will you be recruiting?Applications for working the 2018 Municipal Election will be accepted in the Summer of 2018.What positions are you recruiting for?There are several positions including: Assistant Location Supervisor, Deputy Returning Officer, Revisions Officer, Election Assistant, and Tabulator Attendant.What’s the pay?Compensation depends on the position you are hired for. A full listing of positions with rates of pay will be posted in the Spring of 2018.Are there any age restrictions to working the election?Assistant Location Supervisors and Deputy Returning Officers must be 18 years of age or older.How do I apply to work?Information on how to apply will be available in the Spring of 2018.What if I don’t have access to a computer? Can I still apply?Information on how to apply will be available in the Spring of 2018.What qualifications do I need to work in the election?Excellent customer service and organizational skills, proficient computer skills, and ability to work under pressure. Previous elections experience and a spoken second language are assets. Will training be provided? Yes, training is provided and is mandatory to work in the election.Is previous experience required?Previous experience is preferred however you will be trained for your role.Do I still need to attend training if I have previous experience?Yes, training is mandatory for all workers experienced or not. There are always changes and upgrades with technology.What are the hours I need to work on Voting Day?You are required to work the full day. The day starts at 8 am with polls closing at 8 pm. Finish time will depend on location closing procedures.