Becoming a Candidate

Candidate Information           Candidate's Packages will be available at the End of April 2022

If you are considering running for Municipal Office, you can learn more with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) - Lead from Where you Live: A Guide to Running for Municipal Election

The Regional Municipality of Niagara is offering a series of workshops that will help women and underrespresented groups feel informed and educated when making the decision to run for a local government.  Learn more about the Seat at the Table program on the Niagara Region's website.

Please review the Government of Ontario's 2022 Candidate Guide for Ontario Municipal Council and School Board Elections.

Becoming a Candidate

If a person wishes to run as a candidate in th​e upcoming 2022 Municipal Election, they must first file Nomination Papers with the City Clerk.  The first day to file Nomination Papers for the 2022 Municipal Election is May​ 2, 2022.

A person is not permitted to raise or spend money on an election campaign until they have filed their Nomination Papers.  (The Nomination Paper Form will be available​ online shortly before the Nomination Period opens as it is provided by the Province of Ontario).

Before running for a seat on Council, it is important ​for the individual to understand the role of Council.  The following information is being provided to assist individuals in understanding the roles of Council (as a collective)​, Mayor and Councillors.  A Guide will be provided by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs closer to the Nomination Period.

 Who CAN be a Candidate?
To run as a candidate you must:
  • reside in the municipality or, the owner or tenant of land in the municipality or the spouse of such person;
  • a Canadian citizen and at least 18 years old;
  • not legally prohibited from voting; and
  • not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office; 

To run as a candidate for a school board trustee position you must ensure you meet any other qualifications to vote for the school board and be a resident in the area of jurisdiction of the board you are seeking office to.

In municipal elections in Ontario, candidates are not elected as members of a political party.

Who CANNOT be a Candidate?
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 or exceeded the prescribed spending limit in the last municipal election or by-election
Filing a Nomination

Candidates can register for nominations in-person by visiting the Office of the City Clerk between May 2, 2022 and August 18, 2022 during regular office hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). On August 19, 2022 nominations will be accepted between 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Due to the complexity of the filing process, prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to book an appointment with the City Clerk, on our online booking system.

To file a nomination, you must provide:

  • Nomination Paper (Form 1)
  • Declaration of Qualifications
  • at least 25 Declarations of Endorsement (Form 2), applies to Mayor, City Councillor and Regional Councillor candidates only
  • current acceptable identification showing name, qualifying address and signature
  • the nomination filing fee paid by cash, debit card, certified cheque or money order, payable to City of Thorold. The filing fee is $200.00 for candidates running for mayor and $100.00 for all other candidates. Nomination fees are refunded to candidates once they file their required financial statement

A person cannot raise or spend money on an election campaign until they have FILED the nomination paper.

A nomination paper must be filed in person by either the candidate or an agent of the candidate.

The candidate’s declaration of qualification must be taken before a Commissioner of Oaths. Staff of the Office of the City Clerk can administer this oath. If an agent is filing the nomination paper on behalf of a candidate, the candidate’s declaration of qualification must be commissioned by any commissioner of oaths, prior to the agent filing the paper. Candidates are required to show proof of identity and qualifying address within the City of Thorold at the time of filing.

Under the Municipal Elections Act, the City Clerk is required to reject or certify the nominations of candidates on or before 4:00 p.m. on August 22, 2022. A candidate who wishes to withdraw their nomination, must notify the Clerk in writing by 2:00 p.m. on August 19, 2022. The withdrawal may not be faxed or scanned. The candidate must submit a financial statement including all financial transactions up to the time of the withdrawal.

Nomination Endorsements

Anyone running for City or Regional Council must submit the signatures from 25 voters endorsing the nomination. Each individual providing a signature must sign a declaration stating that they are eligible to vote in the municipality on the day that they signed the endorsement.

The requirement to submit 25 nomination signatures does not apply to candidates running for school board trustee positions.

If a candidate files a nomination, and then changes their mind and decides to run for a different office on the same Council (for example running as a Councillor then decides to run for Mayor), new signatures are not required.


**If a candidate files nomination papers for the lower tier council and then changes their intent and wants to run for the upper tier council 25 new signatures are required.

Declaration of Endorsements (Form 2)

Additional Information

City Council Meeting Schedule

City Council meetings are held every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.  Exceptions are July, August and December and any other month as deemed necessary.


Committees of Council

Currently, the City of Thorold has approximately 20 Committees of Council to which members of Council may be appointed.  Committee meetings are held at various times.  As part of Council Orientation Council Members will meet to decide which members will serve on which Committees.


Regional Councillor

For information on meeting times, and compensation for Regional Chair, and Regional Councillors, candidates should contact the Niagara Region at 905.980.6000 or visit their website.


School Board Trustee

For information on meeting times, and compensation for School Trustees, candidates should contact the respective school boards:

  • District School Board of Niagara: 905.641.1550
  • Niagara Catholic District School Board: 905.735.0240
  • Le Conseil Scolaire Viamonde: 416.614.0844
  • Conseil Scolaire Catholique MonAvenir: 416.397.6564


Candidate Supplies

When available, candidates for the 2022 Municipal and School Board Election will be provided with the following supplies from the Clerk’s Department at no charge:

  • One copy of the preliminary list of electors applicable to the office you are seeking (electronic format)
  • One street index of the preliminary list of electors
  • One map of the geographic area 
  • One list of the polling places within the City of Thorold
  • A copy of the procedures established by the Clerk for the use of the vote counting equipment and for online voting


A candidate may appoint scrutineers to represent them at the polls during the voting and at the counting of the vote. The appointment of a scrutineer is to be made on the appropriate form which is available from the Office of the City Clerk.

Prescribed forms appointing scrutineers must be signed and approved by the Clerk. A candidate may appoint one scrutineer for each voting station. Scrutineers must show their written appointment to election officials upon request. Only one scrutineer per candidate may be in the voting place at each polling station. Candidates who enter the voting place are considered to be scrutineers and one of their scrutineers must leave the voting place during the period of time the candidate is in attendance.

Scrutineers are entitled to:

  • be present when materials and documents are delivered to the Clerk following advance voting and on voting day.
  • enter the voting place 15 minutes before it opens to inspect the ballot boxes, ballots, and all other papers, forms and documents relating to the vote (but not to delay the timely opening of the voting place).
  • place his or her own seal on a ballot transfer box at the conclusion of voting on each day of advance voting.
  • sign the Deputy Returning Officer’s (DRO) statement at the close of the polls.
  • the role of candidates and scrutineers in the voting place is to scrutinize the integrity of the process, not a communicative role, and candidates and scrutineers are not to speak to electors.

Scrutineers and Candidates are prohibited from:

  • attempting, directly or indirectly, to interfere with how an elector casts their ballot.
  • attempting to campaign or persuade an elector to vote for a particular candidate.
  • displaying a candidate’s campaign material in a voting place; this includes wearing campaign buttons.
  • compromising the secrecy of voting.
  • interfering or attempting to interfere with an elector marking a ballot.
  • obtaining or attempting to obtain, in a voting place, any information about how an elector intends to vote or has voted.
  • communicating any information obtained at a voting place about how an elector intends to vote or has voted.
  • handle any of the DRO's supplies, including the poll book.
  • serving as an interpreter for a voter.

Acceptable Identification

Candidates filing a nomination must present acceptable identification showing name, qualifying City of Thorold address and signature.  This can be one piece of ID or a combination of two pieces of ID.

A link will be provided closer to the opening of the Nomination Period to assist individuals in determining what identification is acceptable.

Withdrawing a Nomination

If you have submitted your Nomination Papers and are no longer wishing to run in the 2022 Municipal Election, you must file a Withdrawal of Nomination Form prior to the end of the Nomination Period.  Candidates cannot withdraw their nomination after the Nomination Period has closed.

Candidates that have withdrawn their nomination are still required to file a financial statement

 Online Voting - How to? 

Want to learn more about online voting and the process?  Check out our slide deck!

Stay tuned for some dates where the Election Team will provide opportunities to answer questions of the upcoming election!

 Monday May 2, 2022
First day to file a nomination paper for the offices of Mayor, Councillor and School Board Trustee

(1) Mayor

(8) Councillors

(1) Regional Councillor

  • once the nomination paper is filed with the City Clerk, the candidate can start raising and spending money on their campaign
  • preliminary spending limit provided to candidates
  • preliminary contribution limit provided to candidates running for Mayor and Councillor (does not apply to School Board Trustee candidates)


First day to file a notice of registration as a third party advertiser

  • a third party advertiser cannot raise or spend money on their campaign, nor begin advertising, until their registration is certified by the City Clerk
  • preliminary spending limit provided to third party advertiser upon certification
 Friday August 19, 2022 at 2PM
  Deadline for candidates to:
  • file a nomination
  • withdraw a nomination
  • change office
Monday August 22, 2022
  • Final day for the City Clerk to certify candidate nomination papers
Thursday September 1, 2022 
  • Voters’ List available to candidates
 Monday September 26, 2022
  • Final spending limits provided to candidates and registered third party advertisers
  • Final self-contribution limit provided to candidates running for Mayor and Councillor (does not apply to School Board Trustee candidates)
 Friday October 21, 2022
  • Last day to register as a third party advertiser
 2022 Pre-Election Accessibility Report - City of Thorold
 2022 Municipal Election Pre-Election Accessibility Report

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