Candidates

Are you interested in running for office?

Are you interested in running for the Municipality of Clarington Council or for a local school board? Nominations will be accepted beginning on May 1, 2018, until 2 p.m. on July 27, 2018. If you are interested in running for local office, the following guidelines may assist you leading up to when the nomination period opens on May 1, 2018. 

Don't:

  • Solicit campaign donations before registering as a candidate
  • Hold fundraisers before registering as a candidate
  • Accept goods and services or other non-monetary donations before registering as a candidate - these are still campaign contributions
  • Use resources from personal businesses to promote your future candidacy (e.g. print materials, signs, advertising, etc.) - these are still campaign contributions
  • Incur expenses before registering as a candidate. Not sure what qualifies as an expense? Refer to section 88.19 of the Municipal Elections Act

Do:

  • Express your interest in running for office - it's okay to be clear about your intentions to register
  • Read about your obligations as a potential candidate, including financial reporting
  • Read or ask about the Municipality’s election practices and previous elections
  • Learn about serving on a municipal council - prepare yourself for the role
  • Exercise caution: If you think your actions may be construed as incurring campaign expenses or soliciting contributions outside of the campaign period, consider whether engaging in that activity is necessary before you can register on May 1 and your campaign officially begins
  • Consider inclusiveness including accessibility in your planning, including accessible debates
  • Review the FAQs.

Forms and Other Resources

Forms

Other resources

Legislation of interest