Notices for Municipal Election

Notice of Nomination for Office - Notice to Municipal Electors of Niagara

Nominations for the offices below may be made by filing nomination papers with the clerk of the appropriate municipality.

Municipal Offices to be Elected

  • (NEW) Niagara Region
    • Regional Chair (1)
  • Fort Erie
    • Mayor (1)
    • Regional Councillor (1)
    • Councillor Ward 1 (1)
    • Councillor Ward 2 (1)
    • Councillor Ward 3 (1)
    • Councillor Ward 4 (1)
    • Councillor Ward 5 (1)
    • Councillor Ward 6 (1)
  • Grimsby
    • Mayor (1)
    • Regional Councillor (1)
    • Alderman Ward 1 (2)
    • Alderman Ward 2 (2)
    • Alderman Ward 3 (2)
    • Alderman Ward 4 (2)
  • Lincoln
    • Mayor (1)
    • Regional Councillor (1)
    • Councillor Ward 1 (2)
    • Councillor Ward 2 (2)
    • Councillor Ward 3 (2)
    • Councillor Ward 4 (2)
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake
    • Mayor (1)
    • Regional Councillor (1)
    • Councillor (8)
  • Niagara Falls
    • Mayor (1)
    • Regional Councillor (3)
    • Councillor (8)
  • Pelham
    • Mayor (1)
    • Regional Councillor (1)
    • Councillor Ward 1 (2)
    • Councillor Ward 2 (2)
    • Councillor Ward 3 (2)
  • Port Colborne
    • Mayor (1)
    • Regional Councillor (1)
    • Councillor Ward 1 (2)
    • Councillor Ward 2 (2)
    • Councillor Ward 3 (2)
    • Councillor Ward 4 (2)
  • St. Catharines
    • Mayor (1)
    • Regional Councillor (6)
    • Councillor Ward 1 (2)
    • Councillor Ward 2 (2)
    • Councillor Ward 3 (2)
    • Councillor Ward 4 (2)
    • Councillor Ward 5 (2)
    • Councillor Ward 6 (2)
  • Thorold
    • Mayor (1)
    • Regional Councillor (1)
    • Councillor (8)
  • Wainfleet
    • Mayor (1)
    • Alderman (4)
  • Welland
    • Mayor (1)
    • Regional Councillor (2)
    • Councillor Ward 1 (2)
    • Councillor Ward 2 (2)
    • Councillor Ward 3 (2)
    • Councillor Ward 4 (2)
    • Councillor Ward 5 (2)
    • Councillor Ward 6 (2)
  • West Lincoln
    • Mayor (1)
    • Regional Councillor (1)
    • Councillor Ward 1 (2)
    • Councillor Ward 2 (2)
    • Councillor Ward 3 (2)
  • Trustees - District School Board of Niagara (English Public School) - Combined Areas
    • Fort Erie* / Port Colborne (1)
    • Grimsby* / Lincoln (1)
    • Niagara Falls* (2)
    • Pelham* / Thorold (1)
    • St. Catharines* / Niagara-on-the-Lake (4)
    • Welland* (1)
    • West Lincoln* / Wainfleet (1)

    *File nominations with the clerk of this municipality.

  • Trustees - Niagara Catholic District School Board (English Separate School) - Combined Areas
    • Fort Erie* / Port Colborne / Wainfleet (1)
    • Grimsby* / Lincoln / West Lincoln / Pelham (1)
    • Niagara Falls* / Niagara-on-the-Lake (2)
    • St. Catharines* (2)
    • Thorold* / St. Catharines (Merritton) (1)
    • Welland* (1)

    *File nominations with the clerk of this municipality.

  • Conseil Scolaire Viamonde (French Public School) - Combined Areas
    • Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Pelham, Port Colborne, St. Catharines, Thorold, Wainfleet, Welland (1) Ville de Welland*
    • Grimsby, Lincoln, West Lincoln (1) Ville de Hamilton*

    *File nominations with the clerk of this municipality.

  • Conseil Scolaire Catholique Monavenir (French Separate School) - Combined Areas
    • Fort Erie, Pelham, Port Colborne, Wainfleet, Welland (1) Ville de Welland*
    • Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Thorold, West Lincoln (1) Ville de St. Catharines*

    *File nominations with the clerk of this municipality.

Nomination Papers

Nomination papers must be signed by the candidate and filed in person or by an agent during regular office hours between Tuesday, May 1, 2018 and Thursday, July 26, 2018, or between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018 (Nomination Day).

(NEW) Each nomination paper must be endorsed by 25 eligible voters (excluding School Board Trustee candidates). Individuals providing a signature must sign a declaration stating they're eligible to vote in the municipality / region on the day they signed the endorsement.

Filing Fee

Filing fee of $200 for the Head of Council (Regional Chair or Mayor) and $100 for all other offices (Regional Councillor, Councillor / Alderman or School Board Trustee). Check with the appropriate clerk for types of payment accepted.

Candidates must register (file nomination form and fee) before spending funds on a campaign or accepting contributions.

Vacant Positions

Nominations will be reopened by the appropriate clerk for vacant positions only if there is an insufficient number of certified candidates to fill the positions. Additional nomination papers would be accepted between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

Third party Advertising during the 2018 Municipal and School Board Elections

Recent changes made to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 mean the 2018 municipal election will be the first time that third party advertising is regulated in Ontario.

Third party advertisers must now register with EACH municipality where they plan to advertise.

What is third party advertising?

Third party advertising is any PAID advertising that supports or opposes candidates running in the 2018 municipal election. It can be in any format, including:

  • Paid social media
  • Websites
  • Billboards
  • Signage
  • TV
  • Newspaper
  • Radio

Individuals, corporations and trade unions can register as third party advertisers and can also make contributions to third party advertisers. Candidates are not able to register as third party advertisers.

All third party advertising must be independent and cannot be directed by candidates.

Registering as a Third Party Advertiser

Third party advertisers must register with the Municipal Clerk anywhere they are advertising. Registration opens May 1, 2018 and closes on Oct. 19, 2018.

Registration must occur BEFORE advertisers spend any money or accept any contributions. Contributions are considered to be any money, goods or services accepted by a third party advertiser.

Contact the office of your Municipal Clerk for more information.
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