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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. Nominations for the offices of the Mayor and district councillor must be endorsed by at least 25 people.

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 p.m. on July 27, 2018 (Nomination Day), MPs, MPPs and Senators will be required to resign their current seat should they wish to continue to seek municipal office.

Process for filing nominations

The process for filing nomination papers is as follows:

  • Nomination papers may be filed during regular office hours at the Election Office, first floor, City Hall between May 1 and July 26, 2018;
  • On Nomination Day (July 27, 2018), nomination papers may be filed at the Election Office between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.;
  • Nomination papers may only be filed in person by the candidate or by an agent of the candidate;
  • Nomination papers MUST:
    • be on the prescribed form (Form 054);
    • include the candidate's Declaration of Qualifications (Form 054A);
    • include the prescribed filing fee; and
    • if for the office of Mayor or district councillor, be endorsed by at least 25 people (see below);
  • It is the responsibility of the person being nominated to ensure that a complete and accurate nomination paper is filed;
  • A person may be nominated for one office only;
  • A person is eligible to be nominated for an office in any district in the city of Kingston;
  • Nominations for the Mayor and district councillor MUST be endorsed by at least 25 people. A person endorsing a candidate:
    • May endorse more than one candidate;
    • Must be eligible to vote in an election in the city of Kingston if a regular election was held on the day the person endorses the nomination; and
    • Must submit the prescribed Declaration with the nomination papers;
  • All nominations must be certified by the city clerk or designate;
  • Nominations may be withdrawn in writing before 2 p.m. on Nomination Day (July 27, 2018).

 

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