Candidates' Packages will be available during normal office hours from the Office of the City Clerk beginning Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
On Monday, October 22, 2018, voters in Windsor will elect members for the following offices:
||One to be elected by all electors of the City of Windsor|
||One to be elected in each ward (10 wards) by electors in that ward in the City of Windsor|
|Trustee, Greater Essex County District School Board (English Public)
City of Windsor, Wards 1, 2, 9 combined - elect 2 Trustees
City of Windsor, Wards 3, 4, 10 combined - elect 2 Trustees
City of Windsor, Wards 5, 6, 7, 8 combined - elect 2 Trustees
|Trustee, Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board (English Separate)
||Wards 1 and 10 combined - elect 1 Trustee|
Wards 2 and 9 combined - elect 1 Trustee
Wards 3 and 4 combined - elect 1 Trustee
Wards 5 and 8 combined - elect 1 Trustee
Wards 6 and 7 combined - elect 1 Trustee
|Trustee, Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence (French Separate)
City of Windsor, Wards 1, 9 and Town of Lasalle combined – elect 1 (one) Trustee (Nomination Papers to be filed in the Town of Lasalle)
City of Windsor, Wards 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 combined – elect 1 (one) Trustee (Nomination papers to be filed in the City of Windsor)
City of Windsor Wards 6, 7 and Town of Tecumseh Wards 1, 2, 3 combined – elect 1 (one) Trustee (Nomination papers to be filed in the City of Windsor)
|Trustee, Conseil Scolaire Viamonde (French Public)
||County of Essex - elect 1 Trustee|
(includes Pelee, Leamington, Kingsville, Amherstburg, LaSalle, Windsor, Tecumseh, Lakeshore and Essex [town])
Nomination papers to be filed in the City of Windsor
Free Candidate Information Session
The City of Windsor, in partnership with local County of Essex municipalities is offering a Municipal Candidate Information Session for all those who would like more information about a future in political office. The information session will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Essex County Civic Centre (360 Fairview Avenue West, Essex, Ontario, N8M 1Y6).
- The information session is free to attend and will provide potential candidates with information regarding:
- The role of City and County council
- The role of municipal staff
- The role of School Board trustees
- Nominations and the eligibility to run
- Candidate and third party advertiser rules and duties
- General campaign rules and election finances
- Compliance audits and penalties.
- Potential candidates can find out more information about running in the upcoming the election and the role of a municipal councillor, and will have a chance to speak with municipal staff and gain a greater understanding of the election process and role of local government.
- The information session will feature speakers from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, and from Mike Galloway (bio below), a Senior Municipal Leader with both political and administrative experience.
- Speaker from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs
- Mike Galloway
- A senior municipal leader for the past 20 years, Mike currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer in the Region of Peel, with the Town of Caledon. He brings his unique perspective to the topic of running for municipal elected office, as he is also a former elected official who served two terms on City Council with the City of Kitchener.
Qualifications for Mayor or Councillor
To run for the Office of Mayor or Office of Ward Councillor, on the day the nomination paper is filed, a person must be:
- A Canadian citizen
- At least 18 years of age
- A resident of the City of Windsor, or
- An owner or tenant of land in the City of Windsor, or the spouse of the owner or tenant
- Not legally prohibited from voting
- Not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office
Persons Disqualified from Running for Council
The following 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 Provincial Legislature, the Federal House of Commons or Senate who has not resigned from their office by the close of nominations.
- a candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement in the last municipal election or by-election
City of Windsor Employees
- Employees of the City of Windsor who wish to run for the Office of Mayor or the Office of Ward Councillor, must take an unpaid leave of absence beginning no later than the day the person is nominated and ending on Voting Day.
- The employee must provide a copy of the documentation showing that they have taken the leave of absence and the effective date.
Qualifications of a School Board Trustee Candidate
To run for any of the four school boards, a person must be:
- a Canadian citizen
- at least 18 years of age
- a resident in the area of jurisdiction of the School Board
- not legally prohibited from voting
- not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office
Please note, section 219(1), Education Act " - A person is qualified to be elected as a member of a district school board if the person is qualified to vote for members of that district school board and is a resident in its area of jurisdiction.
Who cannot be a School Board Trustee Candidate
The following persons are disqualified from being elected as a school board trustee, or from holding office on any school board:
- an employee of any district school board or school authority, including a clerk, treasurer, deputy-treasurer, unless he or she takes an unpaid leave of absence, beginning no later than the day the person is nominated and ending on Voting Day.
- a Senator, Member of Parliament and a Member of Provincial Parliament
- an inmate of a penal or correctional institution
- a corporation
- a candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement in the last municipal election or by-election.
- Greater Essex County District School Board (English Public)
- Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board (English Separate)
- Conseil Scolaire Catholiques Providence (French Separate)
- Conseil Scolaire Viamonde (French Public)
Filing a Nomination
In order to run for public office for the 2018 municipal election, a candidate must file the prescribe Form 1, Nomination Paper at the Office of the City Clerk, 350 City Hall Square West, Windsor, Ontario during normal office hours of 8:30 am. to 4:30 pm. beginning Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Thursday, July 26, 2018 and on Nomination Day, Friday, July 27, 2018 from 9:00 am. - 2:00 pm.
A candidate must file the Nomination paper in person as an original signature is required. The candidate will be required to show suitable identification, and pay a filing fee paid by cash, credit or debit card, certified cheque or money order (payable to City of Windsor)
Nomination Filing Fee: Office of Mayor - $200 and all other Offices - $100
Please note that the filing fee is refunded after the candidate files the Form 4, Financial Statement.
Effective April 1, 2018, the nomination of a person for the Office of Mayor and the Office of Ward Councillor must be endorsed by at least 25 persons on the prescribed Form 2, Endorsement of Nomination. The person endorsing the nomination must be eligible to vote in an election for an office within the municipality, if a regular election was held on the day that the person endorses the nomination.
Please Note: Nominations filed for School Board Trustee do not require the endorsement of 25 persons.
When a candidate submits the Form 1, Nomination Paper, it must be signed in the presence of a commissioner. The Office of the City Clerk have selected staff who are authorized to act as Commissioners of Oaths in order to commission the required Nomination paper. The onus is on the person nominated to file a bona fide nomination paper.
However, if a nomination is filed by an agent, the candidate's declaration must be completed and commissioned prior to filing. If the form is not commissioned upon filing, the nomination form will not be accepted.
Withdrawing a Nomination
A candidate who wishes to withdraw his/her nomination paper must file, at the Office of the City Clerk, a written withdrawal by no later than 2:00 pm on Friday, July 27, 2018 (Nomination Day) and you will be required to provide identification. Please note that you will still be required to submit a Form 4, Financial Statement by the filing deadline date.
Form 1 Nomination Paper (To be completed by a person wishing to be a candidate in a municipal or school board election. Must be filed with the clerk of the municipality responsible for conducting the election, along with the prescribed fee.)
Form 2 Endorsement of Nomination (If you are running for municipal council and your municipality has more than 4,000 electors, you must submit endorsement signatures from 25 people who are eligible to vote in the municipality. Candidates for school board trustee and candidates for municipal council in municipalities with 4,000 or fewer electors do not have to submit endorsement signatures.)
Form 5 Financial Statement - Subsequent Expenses (To be completed by a candidate who incurs costs related to a recount, controverted election or compliance audit after the supplementary campaign period has passed, and who receives the surplus funds from their campaign held in trust from the clerk.)
See the complete list of key dates for the 2018 Municipal Election
Office of the City Clerk
350 City Hall Square West
Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9A 6S1
Phone: For general election information, call 311.
For detailed election inquiries, please call (519) 255-6211
Fax: (519) 255-6868