Information for Candidates

The next regular election will be held October 17, 2020. Here you will find information on requirements, official forms and more. You can also download the Candidate’s Guide for the Regular Election. An updated version of the Candidate’s Guide will be available in 2020.

The Requirements

To be a candidate in either a municipal or school board election, you must be: 

  • 18 years of age at the time of nomination;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • ordinarily resident in the Municipality of Barrington for six months preceding nomination day, and continue to so reside.

You don’t need to live in the polling district that you’re running in, as long as you meet the residency requirement of six months in the municipality.

Key Dates

March 17, 2020  Residency required to qualify as candidate in election
September 8, 2020 Nomination Day (Nominations can be filed by appointment with the Returning Officer in the five business days prior – September 1-7, 2020)
September 9, 2020 Last day for candidate to withdraw
TBD (by resolution of council)  First Advance Poll
October 13, 2020 Second Advance Poll
October 17, 2020 Election Day
October 20, 2020  Official Addition
October 24, 2020  Last day to file Affidavit re Removal of Advertising Materials and Return of Lists of Electors (Form 12) 
October 27, 2020  Last day to apply for a recount
December 16, 2020  Last day to file Campaign Contributions Disclosure Statement (Forms 40 and 41 )

The Paper Work

All candidates must either appoint an official agent or file a declaration that you’ll be acting as your own official agent. The official agent must keep track of any campaign contributions and open a separate bank account for this purpose.  You should appoint your agent before you begin to accept any campaign contributions. Filing your agent forms will be made public and posted to the municipal website.

You become an official candidate by filing your nomination papers with the Returning Officer. As an election approaches, dates for nomination will be publicized – you can file your nomination papers only during the specified dates and times. 

If you’re thinking of running an election, you should start by reading the Candidate’s Guide to Municipal and School Board Elections. An updated version of the guide will be available in time for the 2020 regular election.