Information for Candidates

Filing Nomination Papers - Clerks Office Encourages Those Interested in Running as a Candidate to Arrange a Time and Date to File

The Clerks Office encourages those interested in running as a candidate in the 2018 Municipal Election to arrange for a time and date to file papers. This ensures that the Returning Officer or Deputy Returning Officer are available.  As Council continues as usual, the Returning Officer and Deputy Returning Officers may be in Council or Committee meetings or may be attending offsite meetings. Arranging a time will ensure that you are given full attention and confirm that staff are available. Thank you!
To arrange times, please email or 519-923-2110 ext. 230

Minimum Qualifications

Municipal candidates must fulfill the following minimum qualifications in order to be eligible to run in the 2018 municipal election:
  1. At least eighteen (18) years of age; and
  2. A Canadian Citizen; and
  3. A resident of the Township of Southgate or the owner or tenant of land in the Township of Southgate or the spouse or same sex partner of such owner or tenant.
Nomination Period

The Nomination period will commence on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 until July 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Candidates may pick up their Nomination Form and Candidates Information Package at the Municipal Office.  The office is located at 185667 Grey County Rd. 9, RR #1, Dundalk, ON. Please visit the contact us page of our website for location and directions.
All candidates shall be required to provide photo identification at the time of filing a nomination paper.  Valid photo identification includes a current Ontario Driver's License, Passport, Canadian Citizenship Card.  Please contact the Office of the Clerk for a full list of acceptable forms of identification.

NOTE: A new change has been implemented for the 2018 Municipal Election under the Municipal Elections Modernization Act (MEMA). Candidates seeking office for Municipal Council will have to have their nomination paper endorsed by at least 25 individuals who are eligible to vote within the Township of Southgate and are due at the time of nomination.

The Ministry now has updated editions of Municipal Elections Guides for Voters, Candidates and Third Party Advertisers and related forms can now be found at:

Additional Information
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