Election

2022 Municipal Election

By logging into voterlookup.ca,  https://voterlookup.ca/home.aspx  eligible electors can:

  • Confirm or update their electoral information;
  • Add an elector name to an address; and
  • Change school support for the purpose of voting in a school board election          

Municipal and School Board Election 2022

The next regular Municipal Election to elect a Mayor, Four (4) Councillors and a School Board Trustee will be held on Monday, October 24, 2022.  The term of office is for four years (4) starting Tuesday, November 15, 2022 and concludes in 2026.  

For Third Party Advertisers

The registration period will start on Monday May 2, 2022 and the deadline to register to be a third party advertiser is Friday, October 21, 2022.

Nomination Period

The nomination period will start on Monday May 2, 2022 and closes on Nomination Day, Friday August 19, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

To run for Mayor, Councillor or School Board Trustee you need to:

  • Be eligible to vote for that office
  • Submit a complete nomination form including 25 signatures and qualifying information from people eligible to vote for that office
  • Submit a fee of $100 for municipal councillor or school board trustee or $200 if running for mayor
  • Return your completed form, fee and other qualifying documents into the township office no later than 2 pm on Friday, August 19, 2022.

When you file your nomination papers you will be given information on running for the office you are seeking as well as a spending limit for your campaign.  You can also obtain this information before filing by asking for it at the township office.

There are many moving parts and things to know when it comes to running for municipal council.  With the October 24 election in mind.  The Association of Municpalities of Ontario (AMO) has assembled an easy-to-use guide that provides all the infomation you need when preparing to run for Council.  What you will find in AMO's guide are important considerations on managing your campagin like: 

  • How municipal government works, including the role of council and structure government
  • Key things to know about managing a campaign, including key dates and eligibility requirements
  • Rules relating to campaigning, including campaign finance rules
  • Tips for dealing with media/social media
  • Election day and information about voting
  • Key resources for after the election

Although the "Lead Where You Live" guide doesn't get into the ins and outs of council and council meetings, it does highlight things you will want to get familiar with during your campaign so you are prepared should you be elected.

After the election, AMO will be providing a range of training and resources to help incoming councillors navigate the ins and outs of council meetings, legislation, staff-council relationships, conflict of interest and so much more.

To get your copy of guide Lead Where You Live .  Note: This guide is for individual purchase and not available for reproduction or sharing.

Are you on the Voters' List?

To be eligible to vote you must:

  • Be a resident of the Township of Bonnechere Valley or own property here or be a non-resident tenant of property here or be the spouse of a non-resident tenant.
  • Be a citizen of Canada
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Not be legally prohibited from voting

The Voters' List for the Township of Bonnechere Valley is prepared by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC).  MPAC is a not-for-profit corporation mandated by the Government of Ontario to conduct property assessments for tax purposes on behalf of municipalities and is legislated to provide municipalities with a Preliminary List of Electors in a municipal election year.  This list is used by Municipal Clerks to produce the final Voters' List used for the election.

MPAC administers voterlookup.ca which is an online service available to electors.  Using voterlookup.ca, electors can confirm and update their electoral information for the purposes of the Preliminary List of Electors for the upcoming municipal and school board elections.  

Alternative Voting – Vote By Mail?

The Clerk, no later than October 5th, , shall mail or cause to be mailed, to every elector on the Voters List on the date of mailing, a complete voters package and thereafter the Clerk shall at the time of adding an elector to the Voters List, deliver or cause to be delivered to the elector, a complete voters package.

Ballots received by the Clerk after 8:00 PM on Voting Day shall not be counted and shall be treated as rejected ballots, placed in a sealed box and retained for the statutory document retention period.

A separate voting package is required from each individual elector. Packages which contain more than one identification slip, ballots from another elector or more than one inner ballot envelope shall be treated as rejected ballots.

The vote by mail procedure is as follows: Upon receipt of the voting package, the elector shall complete the ballot(s), insert the ballot in the secrecy envelope, seal the secrecy envelope, place the secrecy envelope in the return envelope, complete the Voter Declaration Form and insert it into the return envelope. The elector shall then seal the return envelope and mail or deliver it to the Advance Ballot Return Station prior to voting day or deliver it to the Voting Day Return Station on voting day.

If an elector on or added to the voters list does not receive a voting package, or if the package is lost or destroyed, a replacement package may be issued. The elector may attend at the township office to obtain a replacement package. The Clerk or designate will confirm that the elector is qualified, administer an appropriate oath, note on the voters list that a replacement package has been issued, and issue the replacement package.

Each day, as return voting packages are received at the municipal office, designated staff will remove the ballot envelope and voter identification slip and update the voters list by striking off the name of the voter. Sealed ballot envelopes will be sorted according to ward and placed in a secure drop box. A ballot envelope which is not sealed or has marks which may identify the elector will be rejected, marked accordingly, and kept separately in a secure drop box. At the end of each day the Clerk or designated official shall affix a seal to each of the ward drop boxes, initial the seal and place the sealed drop boxes in a secure place. Each morning the Clerk or designate shall retrieve the drop boxes, inspect the seals to ensure they are intact, and in the presence of another staff member break the seals to access the slots for use during the day. After 8:00 PM on voting day the boxes will be sealed and transferred to the care of the Clerk, who shall transport them to a designated secure counting area.

Should a voting package be returned to the municipality as “undelivered”, it shall be marked invalid and stored in a separate, sealed drop box, under the care of the Clerk. A new ballot shall be issued to the elector once proper mailing address has been established. It is the responsibility of the elector to ensure that the Clerk is aware of their proper mailing address.

Important Events & Dates

NOMINATION DAY STARTS - Monday  May 2, 2022

NOMINATION DAY ENDS - Friday August 19, 2022 at 2:00 pm

ELECTION DAY - Monday October 24, 2022