Candidates' Packages will be available during normal office hours from the Office of the City Clerk beginning Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
On Monday, April 27, 2020, voters in Windsor will a Councillor for Ward 7.
Qualifications for Councillor
To run for the Office Ward 7 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.
Filing a Nomination
In order to run for public office for the 2020 Ward 7 By-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, January 14 to Thursday, March 12, 2020 and on Nomination Day, Friday, March 13, 2020 from 9:00 am. to 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.
When a candidate submits the Form 1, Nomination Paper, it must be signed in the presence of the Clerk or designate. 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 prior to filing. If the form is not signed 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, March 13, 2020 (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.)
Form 6 Notice of Extension of Campaign Period (To be completed by a candidate who has a deficit at the end of the regular campaign period and wishes to extend their campaign. Must be filed with the municipal clerk.)
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