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Information for Voters - 2020 Cumberland By-election

Nominated Candidates - 2020 Cumberland By-Election

List of Nominated Candidates - 2020 Cumberland By-election

PLEASE NOTE: All candidates may provide optional contact information (a telephone number, email address, and/or a link to their website or social media platform of choice) to the City of Ottawa Elections Office when filing their nomination papers. Candidate links are intended to help you access campaign information but do not constitute an endorsement of the website or content. By clicking a candidate link below, you will leave the City of Ottawa Elections website.

The City of Ottawa Elections Office does not operate, review, endorse or approve any external site nor are we responsible for the views, content, accuracy or display language of information presented by any external website. The City of Ottawa is not responsible or liable for any damages arising from linking to or using those sites.

Last updated: July 31, 2020

Nominated candidates Ward 19
Candidate's Name Date Nomination Filed Registered for the Contribution Rebate Program Telephone Email Website or Social Media Account
Yvette Ashiri 2020/07/16 Yes 613-600-6702 info@yvetteashiri.ca yvetteashiri.ca
Lyse-Pascale Inamuco 2020/07/16 Yes 613-304-2176 info@lysepascale.ca  lysepascale.ca
Catherine Kitts 2020/07/16 Yes 613-883-1919 info@catherinekitts.ca  
Denis Labrèche 2020/07/16 No 613-697-2151 dlabreche@rogers.com DenisLabreche.ca
Craig MacAulay 2020/07/17 No 613-518-2107 ottawaowl2@yahoo.ca

bellscorners.wordpress.com/cumberland

Mark Scharfe 2020/07/31 No 613-795-2637 mark_scharfe@hotmail.com  
Patrick Uguccioni 2020/07/16 No 613-619-3004 patrick.uguccioni64@gmail.com  

Registered Third Parties - 2020 Cumberland By-election

List of the Registered Third Parties - 2020 Cumberland By-election

Please Note: All registered third parties may provide optional contact information (a telephone number, email address, and/or a link to their website or social media platform of choice) to the City of Ottawa Elections Office when filing their notice of registration. Registered third party links are intended to help you access campaign information but do not constitute an endorsement of the website or content. By clicking a registered third party link below, you will leave the City of Ottawa Elections website.

The City of Ottawa Elections Office does not operate, review, endorse or approve any external site nor are we responsible for the views, content, accuracy or display language of information presented by any external website. The City of Ottawa is not responsible or liable for any damages arising from linking to or using those sites. 

Registered Third Party

Last updated: July 15, 2020

Registered Third Parties
Name of Registrant Date Registration Filed Telephone Email Website or Social Media Account
         

Eligibility to Vote

The City of Ottawa’s 2020 Cumberland By-election will take place on Monday, October 5, 2020. Eligible electors will have the opportunity to cast a ballot for the following office:

  • City Councillor – Ward 19 (Cumberland)

For more information, we recommend consulting the Ministry of Municipal Affairs' 2018 Voters’ guide for Ontario municipal council and school board elections. This guide was created to provide voters with general information in plain language concerning the rules and constraints of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 and other legislation and regulations.

Who can vote?

A person is entitled to vote in a municipal election if they are a qualified elector. That means, on voting day, you must be:

  • a resident of the City of Ottawa, or an owner or tenant of land in the City, or the spouse of such an owner or tenant;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • at least 18 years old; and
  • not prohibited from voting by law.

Note: If you live in a different City of Ottawa ward, you may not vote in the Ward 19 By-election, even if you are the owner or tenant of a separate property in Ward 19. If you are a non-resident elector who lives outside of Ottawa and who has a qualifying address in Ward 19, you may vote in this by-election. If you own or rent properties in more than one ward in the City of Ottawa, you must choose only one ward to vote in and be on the Voters’ List for that qualifying address. You do not qualify as a non-resident elector if you do not personally own or rent a property in the municipality.

Who cannot vote?

The following are prohibited from voting in a municipal election:

  • serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution
  • a corporation
  • acting as executor or trustee or in another representative capacity, except as a voting proxy
  • convicted of a corrupt practice described in section 90(3) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996

Voting for students

If you are a student and consider your "home" to be the place where you live when you are not attending school, which means you plan on returning there, then you are eligible to vote in both your "home" municipality and in the municipality where you currently live while attending school.

As a student and a resident of Ward 19, if you are unable to vote in the 2020 Cumberland By-election, you may appoint another elector as a proxy to vote on your behalf.

Voters' list

The voters’ list identifies people who are eligible to vote in the 2020 Cumberland By-election by name, address, school support, and residency status.

From September 5 until October 5, 2020, you can verify your information by:

  • using the Am I on the Voters’ List? search tool;
  • calling 3-1-1; or
  • calling the Elections Office at 613-580-2660.

The voters’ list will also be available for public viewing from September 8 to October 5, 2020, at the Elections Office and any of the Client Service Centres.

Adding your Name or Amending your Information on the Voters’ List

Electors can conveniently add or amend their information online by using the Am I on the Voters’ List? search tool from September 5 to September 13, 2020, at 5 pm.

After September 13, 2020, if you need to add or amend your information, you can download and complete the Application to Add or Amend My Information on the Voters’ List form and bring it with you to the voting place. This application will also be available at all voting places on voting days.

The deadline to make an application to add or amend your information on the voters’ list is October 5, 2020.

Removing a Name from the Voters’ List

If an elector wishes to remove their name from the voters’ list, or if a person’s name appears on the voters’ list and another elector has reason to believe that the person’s name should no longer be there (e.g. the person is deceased or has moved), the elector may take the following steps to have the name removed:

  • Complete an Application to Remove a Name from the Voters’ List; and
  • Mail or deliver it to the Elections Office along with the supporting information as to why the person’s name should be removed from the voters’ list.

Copies of this application can be picked up at the Elections Office and any of the Client Service Centres.

The final day to remove someone’s name from the voters’ list is October 5, 2020.

Voter Identification

All electors will be required to present a piece of identification in order to receive a ballot at their voting place. The identification must show your name and address. Photo identification is not required. Electors who cannot present an acceptable proof of identity and residence will have to make a statutory declaration.

Many documents can be used to show a person’s name and address.You may present one of the following:

  • An Ontario driver’s licence.
  • An Ontario Health Card (photo card).
  • An Ontario Photo Card.
  • An Ontario motor vehicle permit (vehicle portion).
  • A cancelled personalized cheque.
  • A mortgage statement, lease or rental agreement relating to property in Ontario.
  • An insurance policy or insurance statement.
  • A loan agreement or other financial agreement with a financial institution.
  • A document issued or certified by a court in Ontario.
  • Any other document from the government of Canada, Ontario or a municipality in Ontario or from an agency of such a government.
  • Any document from a Band Council in Ontario established under the Indian Act (Canada).
  • An income tax assessment notice.
  • A Child Tax Benefit Statement.
  • A Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits Paid T4E.
  • A Statement of Old Age Security T4A (OAS).
  • A Statement of Canada Pension Plan Benefits T4A (P).
  • A Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions.
  • A Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Works.
  • A Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Disability Support Program.
  • A Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Statement of Benefits T5007.
  • A property tax assessment.
  • A credit card statement, bank account statement, or RRSP, RRIF, RHOSP or T5 statement.
  • A CNIB Card or a card from another registered charitable organization that provides services to persons with disabilities.
  • A hospital card or record.
  • A document showing campus residence, issued by the office or officials responsible for student residence at a post-secondary institution.
  • A document showing residence at a long-term care home under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, issued by the Administrator for the home.
  • A utility bill for hydro, water, gas, telephone or cable TV or a bill from a public utilities commission.
  • A cheque stub, T4 statement or pay receipt issued by an employer.
  • A transcript or report card from a post-secondary school.

Please note that your Voter Notification cannot be used as a piece of identification.

Voting

Advance Voting

Electors will have an opportunity to vote on Monday, September 28, 2020, and Tuesday, September 29, 2020, from 10 am to 8 pm.

Voting Day

Voting Day is Monday, October 5, 2020, from 10 am to 8 pm.

Voting by proxy

If you will be unable to get to a voting place to cast your ballot on September 28, September 29, or October 5, you may wish to appoint a proxy. A proxy is someone that can go to the voting place and cast a ballot on your behalf. This person must be an eligible elector and should be someone you trust to mark the ballot the way you have instructed them to.

A proxy representing one family member can also be a proxy for additional family members. A family member refers to a spouse, sibling, parent, child, grandparent or grandchild.

A proxy appointed for a person who is not a family member can act as the proxy for this one person only. A person cannot be appointed as a proxy for a non-family member and a family member at the same time.

How to appoint a proxy

An elector can appoint a voting proxy from September 8, 2020, until October 5, 2020, during regular business hours.

To appoint a proxy, you and the person you want to appoint must fill out an Appointment for Voting Proxy (Form 3). The individual that has been appointed must take the completed forms to the City’s Elections Office, Ottawa City Hall or any Client Service Centre (excluding Walter Baker Sports Centre) during regular business hours to have it certified by City staff. The individual that has been appointed can also bring the completed forms to a voting place and have it certified on voting days during voting hours.

Your proxy will be required to present proof of their identity. Please refer to the Voter Identification section for a list of documents that may be presented as identification.

Things needed for certification:

Things needed at the voting place:

Deadline for appointing a proxy

All voting proxies must be appointed before the close of voting on Voting Day (October 5, 2020).

Voting by special mail-in ballot

New for this by-election, electors can apply to vote by special mail-in ballot should they be unable to make it to a voting place on September 28, September 29, or October 5 or feel uncomfortable about voting in person. This alternative voting method is available to all eligible electors upon request.

Electors that apply and are registered to vote by special mail-in ballot will be mailed a Special Ballot Voter Kit that will include instructions on how to vote, a voter declaration form, a ballot, a ballot secrecy envelope, and a prepaid return envelope. Electors will be required to mail or deliver their completed special ballot to the Elections Office by 4:30 pm on Voting Day. Electors can also deliver their completed special ballot to the Orléans Client Service Centre at 255 Centrum Boulevard by 4:30 pm on Voting Day. Special ballots received after 4:30 pm on Monday, October 5 will not be counted.

How to apply for a special mail-in ballot

The application to receive a special ballot will be available from Saturday, September 5 until Sunday, September 13. Any eligible elector may request to vote by special ballot by applying to the Elections Office via the online application, by email or mail, before September 13 at 5 pm.

Accessibility

Accessible voting tools and services

The Elections Office is committed to providing an accessible voting process.  As such, the Elections Office ensures several accessibility tools are available to electors, including:

  • large print ballots
  • magnifying sheets
  • braille listings of candidates
  • braille ballot templates
  • access to a cell phone with Elections call centre staff on standby

Accessible vote tabulators

All voting places will offer electors the opportunity to use an accessible vote tabulator (AVT). The AVT allows electors with disabilities to mark and cast their ballot privately and independently.

Its features include:

  • a braille keypad
  • L-R paddles (colour-coded left and right paddles)
  • a sip-puff device
  • bilingual audio through headphones
  • bilingual visual support through a 19-inch screen with zoom and high contrast features

Curbside voting

If you are physically unable to go inside the voting place, you can request to have your ballot brought to your vehicle, outside of the building or to another area within the voting place. A friend or support person will need to go inside the voting place to let the election officials know that you require curbside voting.

For additional information about curbside voting, please contact the Elections Office.

Campaign Finances

Candidates cannot raise or spend any money on their campaign until they have filed a nomination paper and opened a bank account exclusively for the purposes of the election campaign.

Third parties cannot raise or spend any money on their campaign until they have filed a notice of registration and opened a bank account exclusively for the purposes of the election campaign.

Contributions to a candidate’s campaign

Campaign contributions are any money, goods or services that are given to a candidate for use in their campaign, including money and goods that a candidate contributes to themselves.

Any person who is a resident of Ontario may make a contribution to a candidate’s campaign.

The following persons and entities shall not make a contribution:

  • A federal political party registered under the Canada Elections Act (Canada) or any federal constituency association or registered candidate at a federal election endorsed by that party.
  • A provincial political party, constituency association, registered candidate or leadership contestant registered under the Election Finances Act.
  • A corporation that carries on business in Ontario.
  • A trade union that holds bargaining rights for employees in Ontario.
  • The Crown in right of Canada or Ontario, a municipality or a local board. 

Individuals may contribute a maximum of $1,200 to a single candidate. This includes the value of any goods or services donated to the campaign. Individuals may not contribute more than $5,000 in total to candidates running for offices on the same council or school board. Any contribution of money must come directly from the contributor.

Contributions greater than $25 may not be made in cash. All contributions above $25 must be made by cheque, money order, or by a method that clearly shows where the funds come from.

Contributions to municipal and school board candidates, as well as registered third parties, are not tax deductible.

Contributions to a registered third party

The following persons and entities may make a contribution to a registered third party:

  • Any person who is a resident of Ontario.
  • A corporation that carries on business in Ontario.
  • A trade union that holds bargaining rights for employees in Ontario.
  • The registered third party and, in the case of an individual, his or her spouse.

The following persons and entities shall not make a contribution to a registered third party:

  • A federal political party registered under the Canada Elections Act (Canada) or any federal constituency association or registered candidate at a federal election endorsed by that party.
  • A provincial political party, constituency association, registered candidate or leadership contestant registered under the Election Finances Act.
  • The Crown in right of Canada or Ontario, a municipality or a local board. 

Contributors may contribute a total of $1,200 to a registered third party in relation to third party advertisements that appear during an election in the City of Ottawa. The maximum total amount that a contributor can give to third parties registered in the City of Ottawa is $5,000.

Contributions greater than $25 may not be made in cash. All contributions above $25 must be made by cheque, money order, or by a method that clearly shows where the funds come from.

Contribution Rebate Program

Program overview

Section 88.11 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (the “MEA”), provides that a municipality may pass a by-law to allow for the payment of rebates to individuals who contribute to candidates for office of mayor or councillor, and may establish conditions under which such a rebate is paid.

Contribution Rebate Program

For the purposes of the contribution rebate program:

  • “Individual” means an individual residing in the Province of Ontario; and
  • “Participating candidate” means a candidate for an office on the municipal council who has submitted a completed application form to the Clerk for the purpose of participating in the contribution rebate program and who meets the requirements of By-law No. 2018-33.

By-law No. 2018-33 authorizes the establishment of the City of Ottawa’s Contribution Rebate Program. It allows for the payment of rebates to individuals who contribute to participating candidates running for municipal council.

Registered third parties and school board trustees are not eligible to participate in the contribution rebate program.

Campaign contributions to candidates for municipal office

Campaign contributions to candidates for municipal office are any money, goods or services given to the candidate for use in their campaign, including money and goods they contribute to their own campaign.

The total value of contributions from an individual cannot exceed $1,200. An individual may not contribute more than a total of $5,000 to two or more candidates for offices on the same municipal council.

Note: Municipal campaign contributions are not eligible for federal income tax purposes.

Candidates for municipal office can accept contributions from:

  • Individuals who are normally residents of Ontario; and
  • The candidate and their spouse.

Note: If a candidate’s spouse is not usually a resident of Ontario, they can still contribute to their spouse’s campaign.

Candidates for municipal office cannot accept contributions from:

  • Corporations;
  • Trade unions;
  • An individual who is not normally a resident of Ontario;
  • A federal political party, constituency association, or a registered candidate in a federal election;
  • A provincial political party, constituency association, or a registered candidate or leadership contestant; and
  • A federal or provincial government, a municipality or a school board.

Contribution Rebate Program eligibility

Campaign contributions from individuals are only eligible for a rebate if both the contributor and participating candidate meet the requirements of By-law No. 2018-33.

The following are not eligible to receive a contribution rebate:

  • A candidate or the candidate’s spouse; or
  • The dependent child of a candidate.

Only a contribution of money accepted by the participating candidate during their campaign period will be eligible for the payment of a rebate. A contribution of money includes cash, a cheque or money order.

A minimum contribution of $25.01 is required to be eligible for the payment of a rebate. See the Contribution Rebate Calculations section for more information on the eligible rebate amounts a contributor may receive.

Participating in the Contribution Rebate Program

To participate in the contribution rebate program, candidates must fill out a Contribution Rebate Program Application form, and comply with the provisions of By-law No. 2018-33.

The Contribution Rebate Program Application form is provided to candidates when they file their nomination. Candidates may apply to participate in the program at any time between the time they file their nomination and Nomination Day (August 21, 2020).

Please note, individuals who make contributions to candidates are eligible for a rebate only once the candidate has applied for the contribution rebate program.

The Contribution Rebate Program Application form must be filed in person at the Elections Office, or by registered mail. If candidates submit a completed application via registered mail, they will receive a confirmation of receipt from the Elections Office.

The Contribution Rebate Program Application form must be filed and received no later than August 21, 2020, at 2 pm for a candidate to participate in the program. See the Contact the Elections Office section for information on where to submit the application form.

Complying with the Contribution Rebate Program

Participation in the contribution rebate program requires candidates to meet the requirements of By-law No. 2018-33.

Contributors are only eligible for the payment of a rebate if the participating candidates:

  • Submit a completed Contribution Rebate Program Application form within the filing period;
  • Issue a receipt, in the form prescribed by the Clerk, for each contribution made under the rebate program;
  • File a financial statement and auditor’s report, including copies of receipts for all contributions, by the relevant filing date including any required supplementary audited financial statements;
  • Have an auditor confirm the candidate has not exceeded their spending limit;
  • Paid any surplus in accordance with section 88.32 of the MEA, within the time period stipulated by that section; and
  • Pass the deadline for an application for a compliance audit under section 88.33 of the MEA, with no request for a compliance audit.

The Clerk will review the receipt filed by the contributor and the copy of the receipt filed by the participating candidate to ensure consistency. The Clerk may also request further information from the contributor or participating candidate to determine whether a rebate may be issued in accordance with the by-law.

Consult By-law No. 2018-33 for a comprehensive list of the conditions required for the payment of a rebate.

Contribution rebate receipts

Participating candidates must issue a receipt to a contributor, for every contribution received. The receipt is required to be in the form established by the Clerk, signed by a candidate or their agent, and should include the name of the contributor, the date the contribution is accepted, and its value.

If a candidate receives a cheque from a joint personal account, the receipt must be issued only to the person who signed the cheque. The contribution can only come from one person.

Candidates are required to list the names and addresses of every contributor who gives more than $100 total to their campaign on their financial statement. Candidates should keep a record of the names and addresses of every contributor, regardless of the value of their contribution, because the same contributor may make multiple contributions that end up totalling more than $100.

If an eligible contributor has lost their receipt, candidates are required to complete the following steps to ensure they receive a rebate:

  • Photocopy both sides of the pink copy of the contribution rebate receipt;
  • Re-sign the new photocopies;
  • Indicate “reissued” on the photocopies;
  • Have the contributors fill out the new photocopies and submit them to the Elections Office; and
  • Provide the Elections Office with a list of which receipts, including the receipt numbers, were reissued.

Contributors applying for a contribution rebate

An individual who has made a campaign contribution and received the prescribed receipt from a participating candidate may apply to the Clerk for a rebate using the Application for the Payment of a Contribution Rebate form printed on the back of the prescribed receipt. 

To receive a rebate for contributions made on or before November 19, 2020, the contributor must submit a completed Application for the Payment of a Contribution Rebate form to the Clerk and it must be received no later than 2 pm on February 22, 2021.

If a candidate has extended their campaign, contributions made between November 20, 2020, and May 19, 2021, are eligible for a rebate. Contributors must submit a completed Application for the Payment of a Contribution Rebate form to the Clerk and it must be received no later than 2 pm on August 18, 2021.

Contribution rebates will not be issued until all participating candidates' campaign periods have ended, and the provisions of the By-law have been met. Further, given the City Clerk’s other statutory roles in administering and ensuring the integrity of the election, the requirements for the City Clerk to review and interpret financial statements, as well as report to the Election Compliance Audit Committee on apparent non-compliance by contributors, rebate cheques for the 2020 Cumberland By-election will be issued in October 2021, in accordance with By-law No. 2018-33.

Contribution rebate calculations

The following formula is used to calculate rebates to individuals who have contributed to participating candidates:

  • If the contribution by an individual to a candidate is $25 or less, there is no rebate for that contribution;
  • If the contribution by an individual to a candidate is equal to or greater than $25.01 and not more than $100, the rebate is 50% of the total contribution;
  • If the contribution by an individual to a candidate is greater than $100, the rebate is $50 plus 25% of the amount by which the contribution exceeds $100; and
  • The maximum rebate to an individual may not exceed $75.

If an individual makes more than one contribution to a single candidate, the formula noted above also applies. The rebate will be calculated using the sum of the contributions. For example, if an individual contributes $10, five different times to candidate X resulting in a total amount of $50, the individual is eligible for a rebate for their $50 contribution to candidate X.

The same formula applies if an individual makes a contribution to more than one candidate. The rebate will be calculated using the sum of the contributions, provided that no single contribution is less than $25.01. For example, if an individual contributes $20 to candidate X, and $50 to candidate Y, only the $50 contribution to candidate Y is eligible for a rebate.

Sample Rebate Calculations
Total Contribution Rebate
$25.00 or less $0
$25.01 $12.51
$50.00 $25.00
$100.00 $50.00
$150.00 $62.50
$200.00 - $1,200.00 $75.00

Campaigning and Sign Restrictions

Election signs on private property

The first day an election sign can be placed on private property is August 6, 2020.

Temporary Signs on Private Property By-law - City of Ottawa By-law 2004-239, Sections 14 and 21, states:

  1. No person or entity shall place or cause to be placed or allow to remain placed an election sign more than sixty (60) days immediately preceding the election date.
  2. Every election sign together with its appurtenances shall be removed from the premise within forty-eight (48) hours following the election date.
  3. Dimension requirements [By-law 2004-239] do not apply to an election sign.

Election signs on public property

The first day an election sign can be placed on public property is September 5, 2020.

Signs on City Roads By-law - City of Ottawa By-law 2003-520, as amended, states:

  1. No person shall place an election sign on a highway other than on an inner boulevard, provided that the sign is not placed more than thirty (30) days immediately preceding the election date in a municipal election.
  2. No election sign is to be placed within fifty (50) centimetres of a sidewalk, or where there is no sidewalk, within two (2) metres of the roadway or within fifty (50) centimetres of the edge of a shoulder where such exists.
  3. The election sign and its appurtenances shall be removed within forty-eight (48) hours following the election date.

Note: It is forbidden to use election signs that constitute a safety hazard or utilize any sign type identified as a prohibited sign in any of the above listed by-laws.

Election signs on provincial highways

Please contact the Ministry of Transportation for regulations governing election signs on provincial highways.

Election signs on National Capital Commission lands

Please contact the National Capital Commission for regulations governing election signs on its lands.

Campaign material around a voting place

When a voting place is located within public premises, the entire property of the voting place and all the boundaries associated with it are considered part of that voting place.

Where a voting place is located in a multi-residential building (e.g. apartment, condominium, university residence, retirement residence, long-term care facility, etc.) the boundaries do not include any residences on the property.

On both public and private premises, "premises" includes the parking lot, adjoining fences and adjacent road allowances. The City of Ottawa utilizes only a specific area for a voting place and has no jurisdiction over adjacent properties, for example, over political signs posted on street corners or passing cars advertising a candidate.

Campaigning at a voting place

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996, stipulates that no person shall attempt to influence, directly or indirectly, how the elector votes and no person shall display a candidate’s election campaign material or literature in a voting place.

Clothing or accessories that identify a candidate, such as, signs, buttons, slogans, logos, advertising, etc., are not permitted inside a voting place.

Voting screens are checked regularly for markings and campaign literature.

The Supervisor Deputy Returning Officer is the final arbiter and may take whatever action is deemed necessary to maintain compliance in the voting place.

Resources

Legislation

Declarations

Guides

Prescribed Forms

2020 Cumberland By-election Maps and Voting Places

Presentations

Reports

Key Dates - 2020 Cumberland By-election

July 15, 2020 - Nomination and Registration Period Begins

  • First day for candidates to file a nomination paper for the Office of Ward 19 Councillor. A candidate’s campaign period begins once their nomination paper has been filed, meaning they may begin accepting contributions and spending money on their campaign.
  • First day for an individual, corporation, or trade union to file a notice of registration as a third party advertiser. The campaign period for a registered third party begins once their registration paper has been filed, meaning they may begin accepting contributions and spending money on their campaign.

August 6, 2020

  • First day an election sign can be placed on private property.

August 21, 2020 - Nomination Day

  • Candidates have until 2 pm to file their nomination paper.
  • A candidate who wishes to withdraw their nomination has until 2 pm to notify the Clerk by filing a written withdrawal.
  • Nominations or withdrawals cannot be accepted after 2 pm.

September 5, 2020

  • First day an election sign can be placed on public property.
  • Am I on the Voters’ List? search tool available, allowing electors to check if they are registered to vote and see how their information is currently presented on the voters’ list. Electors may use this tool from September 5 to September 13 at 5 pm to submit an application requesting that their information be updated or that their name be added to the voters’ list.
    • Electors may also submit a paper application requesting that their information be updated or that their name be added or removed from the voters’ list.
    • Electors may also submit an application requesting to vote by special mail-in ballot.
    • The Revision Period and Application Period for Special Mail-in Ballot will close on September 13, 2020, at 5 p.m.
    • Electors may still submit applications to update or add their name to the voters’ list at their voting place.

September 8, 2020

  • Copies of the voters’ list available to certified candidates upon written request.

September 13, 2020

  • The online Revision Period ends at 5 pm.
  • The Application Period to receive a special mail-in ballot ends at 5 pm.

September 14, 2020

  • Interim list of changes to the voters’ list to be provided to each certified candidate by this date.
  • Final expense limits certificate to be provided to candidates and third parties by this date.
  • The Elections Office will begin mailing Special Mail-in Ballot Voter Kits to the electors who have registered to receive a special mail-in ballot. Electors will have until 4:30 p.m. on October 5, 2020, to mail or deliver their completed special mail-in ballots to the Elections Office.

September 28 and September 29, 2020 - Advance Vote Day

  • Electors can cast their ballot between 10 am and 8 pm.

October 2, 2020

  • Last day for an individual, corporation, or trade union to file a notice of registration as a third party advertiser.
  • Individuals, corporations, and trade unions have until 4:30 pm to file their notice of registration.

October 5, 2020 - Voting Day

  • With the exception of institutions and retirement homes that may have reduced opening hours, voting places will open at 10 am and close at 8 pm.
  • Electors will have until 4:30 pm to mail or deliver their completed special mail-in ballots to the Elections Office.

October 7, 2020 – Declaration of Results and Declaration of Office

  • The Clerk is expected to declare the results of the by-election official.
  • The new Councillor-elect is expected to take the declaration of office, which is required to take the seat, under section 232 of the Municipal Act, 2001.

November 19, 2020 - Campaign Period Ends

  • Campaign period ends for candidates and registered third parties, meaning they cannot accept any contributions or incur any expenses.
  • Candidates or registered third parties that wish to extend their campaign, due to a deficit, must file a Notice of Extension of Campaign Period, Form 6 by this date.

November 20, 2020

  • Last day for the Clerk to provide candidates and registered third parties with notice of the financial filing requirements and penalties.

December 18, 2020

  • Last day for a candidate or registered third party to apply to the Superior Court of Justice to extend the time to file the financial statement.

December 21, 2020 - Deadline for Filing Financial Statements

By 2 pm:

  • Last day for all candidates and registered third parties to file a financial statement and auditors' report for the reporting period ending on November 19, 2020.
  • Last day for a candidate or registered third party to notify the Clerk in writing of a filing extension received from the Superior Court of Justice.

January 21, 2021

By 2 pm:

  • Last day for a candidate or registered third party to file a primary financial statement and pay a $500 late filing fee.
  • Penalties take effect at 2:01 p.m.

March 22, 2021

  • Last day for an elector to apply for a compliance audit of a candidate or registered third party’s campaign finances.

May 19, 2021 - End of the Supplementary Campaign Period

  • Campaign period ends for candidates and registered third parties that extended their campaign, meaning they cannot accept any contributions or incur any expenses.
  • Last day for the Clerk to provide candidates and registered third parties with notice of the filing requirements and penalties for supplementary financial statements and auditor’s reports.

June 17, 2021

  • Last day for a candidate or a registered third party to apply to the Superior Court of Justice to extend the time to file the financial statement.

June 18, 2021 - Deadline for Filing Supplementary Financial Statements

By 2 pm:

  • Last day for those who filed a a Notice of Extension of Campaign Period, Form 6 to extend the campaign period to file a financial statement and auditors’ report for the reporting period ending May 19, 2021.
  • Last day for a candidate or registered third party to notify the Clerk of a filing extension received from the Superior Court of Justice.

July 19, 2021

By 2 pm:

  • Last day for a candidate or registered third party to file a supplementary financial statement and pay $500 late filing fee.
  • Penalties take effect at 2:01 pm.

September 17, 2021

  • Last day for an elector to apply for a compliance audit on a candidate or registered third party’s supplementary financial statement.