Information for Candidates
Important information for candidates:
including candidate forms, guides, procedures, and links to relevant websites can be found here.
April 19, 2018 - The Ministry of Municipal Affairs hosted a Candidate Information Session in partnership with the Niagara Municipalities for anyone interested in running as a candidate, or becoming a third-party advertiser in the 2018 Municipal and School Board Election.
Click here to view the Candidate Information Session presentation.
CONSIDER SCHEDULING AN APPOINTMENT BEFORE COMING TO FILE YOUR NOMINATION PAPERS. The Clerk’s office staff will review pertinent information with you when you come to file your nomination papers. The filing process will take approximately twenty (20) minutes. Please call 905-735-1700 ext. 2193 or email email@example.com to arrange a time convenient for you during office hours.
Thinking about running in Welland? Here is what you need to know:
Nomination Period: NEW – Nominations will be accepted from Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Friday, July 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m
You must file Nomination Papers with the Office of the City clerk prior to raising campaign funds (contributions) or incurring campaign expenses.
Contributions are considered to be any money, goods or services given to and accepted by, or on behalf of the candidate for their campaign.
- Mayor (1 to be elected)
- Municipal Councillors (12 to be elected – 2 in each of the 6 Wards)
- Regional Chair (1 to be elected)
- Regional Councillors (2 to be elected)
- School Board Trustees
- Public – 1
- Separate – 1
- French Public – 1
- French Separate – 1
- File your Nomination Papers with the Office of the City Clerk at Welland City Hall, 60 East Main Street, 1st Floor (excluding Regional Chair)
- Pay the filing fee ($200 for Mayor or Regional Chair. $100 for Regional Councillor, Municipal Councillor or School Board Trustee)
- NEW – Proof of Canadian citizenship required when submitting Nomination Papers.
- NEW – Nomination Papers (excluding School Board Trustee Candidates) must be endorsed by 25 eligible voters supporting the nomination.
- NEW – Nomination Papers for Regional Chair will be received by the Niagara Regional Clerk, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold.
To run for the office of Mayor, City Councillor or Regional Councillor, a candidate must be qualified on the day he or she files the nomination paper. The candidate must be:
- a Canadian citizen;
- a resident of the municipality, a non-resident owner or tenant of land in the municipality, or the spouse of such non-resident owner or tenant;
- at least 18 years old;
- not legally prohibited from voting;
- not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office
Note: a candidate, if nominated, must remain qualified throughout the election and, if elected, throughout the term of office.
Section 219 (1) (2) & (3) of the Education Act:
- A person is qualified to be elected as a member of a district school board or school authority if the person is qualified to vote for members of that district school board or that school authority and is resident in its area of jurisdiction.
- A person who is qualified under subsection (1) to be elected as a member of a district school board or school authority is qualified to be elected as a member of that district school board or school authority for any geographic area in the district school board's or school authority's area of jurisdiction, regardless of which positions on that district school board or school authority the person may be qualified to vote for.
- A member of a district school board or school authority is eligible for re-election if otherwise qualified.
Questions, Assistance, and Accessibility
If you have questions, comments or concerns regarding the Municipal Election, please contact the City Clerk’s staff. They will be pleased to assist you.
Telephone: 905-735-1700 ext. 2193