Who can be a Candidate?
To run for municipal office, you must be nominated and qualify. Review the qualifications and disqualifications for candidacy and the process for nominations below.
To be a qualified candidate you must be:
- A Canadian Citizen, and
- At least 18 years old, and
- Reside in the City of Kingston or be the owner or tenant of land in Kingston or the spouse of an owner or tenant of land in Kingston
If you own or lease two or more properties in Kingston you MUST vote where you reside/live.
Who cannot be a Candidate?
- An employee of the municipality or local board unless he or she takes an unpaid leave of absence beginning the day the employee is nominated and resigns if elected to the office;
- A judge of any court; a member of the legislative assembly, the senate or the House of Commons;
- An inmate of a penal or correctional institute under sentence of imprisonment;
- One who ceases to be a Canadian citizen;
- One who is not a resident, the owner or tenant of land or the spouse of an owner or tenant of land in the municipality;
- One who is prohibited from voting in an election according to the Municipal Elections Act, Municipal Act or Education Act;
- One who has violated financial requirements for filing financial information in the previous election
**Despite the above disqualification, MPs, MPPs and Senators may be nominated for municipal office without having to resign their current seat in parliament. However by 2:00 p.m. on March 31, 2017 (Nomination Day), MPs, MPPs and Senators will be required to resign their current seat should they wish to continue to seek municipal office.
Nominations will be accepted at the Election Office, City Hall, 216 Ontario St. during regular business hours until 2 p.m. on March 31, 2017 (Nomination Day).
Nominations must include:
- Nomination paper in the prescribed form (see link below)
- A completed Declaration of Qualifications in the prescribed form (see link below)
- The prescribed nomination filing fee: $100 to run for Council. The filing fee is payable by cash, certified cheque, money order, Debit or Credit (MasterCard, Visa or American Express).
Candidates are requested to bring photo identification and the unsigned forms with them to the Election Office where they are to be signed in front of an election official and filed.
A nomination must be signed by the candidate and may be filed in person or by an agent between Feb.13, 2017 and March 30, 2017 during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and on March 31, 2017 (Nomination Day) between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The agent must also provide an original copy of the candidate's identification as well as their own identification. The nomination form must be signed by the candidate and witnessed by a Notary or Commissioner. If you have any questions about submitting a nomination form by an agent please call the Election Office at 613-546-4291 Ext 1610.
- Nomination Paper
- Declaration of Qualifications - Municipal Candidates
- Personal Information Release Consent Form
A Candidates' Kit can be obtained from the City Clerk's Department, 216 Ontario St.
The Election Sign Bylaw regulates the placement of election signs within the City. Council approved a new Election Signs Bylaw in 2013. Please review the Bylaw to ensure that you are in compliance.