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Important information for candidates:
including candidate forms, guides, procedures, and links to relevant websites can be found here.

MSO Central will be offering 6 In-person Campaign Finance (Refresher) sessions throughout August and September 2018. These sessions will provide an opportunity for Candidates and Third Party Advertisers to refresh their understanding of campaign finance rules.

These 6 sessions will be located across the MSO Central geography and interested individuals can choose to attend the session that is most convenient to them. Our sincerest thanks to those municipalities who will be hosting these 6 regional sessions.

6 In-person Campaign Finance (Refresher) Sessions
Tuesday August 21, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Town of Whitby
Brooklin Community Centre and Library
8 Vipond Road, Brooklin
Thursday August 23, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
City of Toronto
Metro Hall, Room #308/309
55 John Street, Toronto
Wednesday September 5, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
District Municipality of Muskoka
Council Chamber
70 Pine Street, Bracebridge
Thursday September 13, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
City of Hamilton
Council Chamber, City Hall
71 Main St. W., Hamilton
Monday September 17, 2018
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Region of Peel
Council Chamber, 5th Floor, Suite A
10 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton
Tuesday September 18, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
County of Simcoe
Simcoe County Museum
1151 Highway 26, Minesing
In addition to providing the 6 in-person Campaign Finance (Refresher) sessions, MSO Central will also be offering 3 webinars on the same topic.
Connection Link
Teleconference Line
Tuesday August 14, 2018
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
(416) 212-8014 (Local)
1-866-500-5845 (Toll-Free)
Conference ID: 7421740
Thursday September 6, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
(416) 212-8014 (Local)
1-866-500-5845 (Toll-Free)
Conference ID: 7421740
Wednesday September 12, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
(416) 212-8014 (Local)
1-866-500-5845 (Toll-Free)
Conference ID: 7421740

Please note: Each webinar will accommodate a maximum of 100 participants. There is no pre-registration requirement, participants will gain access on a first-come-first-served basis by simply clicking on the links provided.

Please follow the steps listed below to access any of the webinars:

Step 1: Join Adobe Connect (to see the presentation)

  • From your electronic device, click one of the links above that corresponds to the webinar you would like to join.
  • When Adobe Connect opens in your internet browser, choose the “Enter as a Guest” option and enter your first and last name.
  • Click “Enter Room”.
  • If the screen says Click to run Adobe Flash Player, right click and select Run this plug-in.
  • For first-time users of Adobe Connect, the browser will prompt you to install the Adobe add-in. Click “Install Add-in”.

Connectivity Tips:

  • Try using Google Chrome or Firefox, instead of Internet Explorer
  • Using Wi-Fi is recommended, if connecting with a smart device
  • If trying to connect with a smart device, other than a computer, try to ensure you have the latest operating system installed

Step 2: Join teleconference (Audio is only available through teleconference, one needs to call to hear the presentation)

  1. From your phone, dial (416) 212-8014 (local) or 1-866-500-5845 (toll-free)
  2. Follow the system prompts and enter the conference ID: 7421740, when requested

Nomination Period: NEW – Nominations were from Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Friday, July 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m

  • 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.



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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
Email: election@welland.ca

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