Information for Candidates

The upcoming municipal election in Guelph/Eramosa will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018. 

Nomination Period (Candidate Registration)

The nomination period for municipal elections is now May 1 – July 27, 2018.

The nomination period for candidates is now CLOSED.


Nomination Process

Nominations are open from Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Friday, July 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

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

Candidates who are qualified to file a nomination must complete the prescribed Nomination Paper - Form 1, the Endorsement of Nomination - Form 2, and a Declaration of Qualifications, together with the required filing fee.

The required filing fee is:  $200 for the Office of the Mayor or $100 for all other offices.

Payment is accepted in the form of cash, debit, cheque, or money order made payable to The Township of Guelph/Eramosa

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.

Nominations must be filed in-person at the Clerk’s Office at the Township of Guelph/Eramosa Department at the Municipal Office (8348 Wellington Road 124) by the candidate or the candidate’s agent, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Offices to be Elected

View a copy of the 2018 Municipal Election Nomination Ad for the Township of Guelph/Eramosa.

The Township of Guelph/Eramosa is responsible for the coordination and management of municipal elections.  In accordance with the Municipal Elections Act legislation, the Clerk conducts elections every four years for the offices of:

Qualification of a Member of Council

A person may be nominated for an office only if, as of the day the individual files a nomination paper, he or she is:

  • 18 years of age or older; AND

  • A Canadian citizen; AND

  • A resident of the Township of Guelph/Eramosa OR an owner or tenant of land in the Township of Guelph/Eramosa OR the spouse of such a person AND

  • Eligible to vote.

Persons who are or may be disqualified from seeking election to Council or Local Board

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 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; or
  • An inmate of a penal or correctional institution under sentence of imprisonment.
  • An person who by reason of any violations of the election campaign financial requirements or violations for not filling the financial statements pursuant to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.
Qualification of a Member of a School Board

A person is qualified to be elected as a member of a board if he/she is:

  • 18 years of age or older; AND
  • A Canadian citizen; AND
  • A resident within the area of jurisdiction of the board; AND
  • Eligible to be an elector of that school board for which the person is a candidate; AND
  • Not disqualified by any legislation from holding office. 
Persons who are or may be disqualified from seeking election to School Boards
  • 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.

The following persons are disqualified from being elected to school board office:

  • Any person not eligible to vote in the municipality; or
  • 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; or
  • A judge of any court; or
  • A member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, a Senator or a member of the House of Commons; or
  • An inmate of a penal or correctional institution under sentence of imprisonment; or
  • A person disqualified for violations of financial requirements or violations of requirements for filing financial information.

Forms and Resources