2022 Election

2022 Election

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The Municipal Election will be held on Oct. 24, 2022

Voting is an important part of our democratic system. The decisions made by members of Town of Georgina Council affect the daily lives of all residents in the Town.

This year will be a busy one for Ontario voters, with the Ontario Provincial Election and Municipal and School Board Elections happening just a few months apart. Make sure you are on the list to vote in the 2022 Municipal and School Board Elections on Oct. 24.

To verify if you are on the municipal voters' list, visit VoterLookup.ca. For more information, view the information video on the quick and easy look-up tool. 

2022 Municipal and School Board Elections Are you on the list to vote? Have your say log on today.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in the next municipal election, you must be:

  • At least 18 years of age or older;
  • A Canadian citizen;
  • A resident of the Town of Georgina or
  • An owner or tenant of property in the Town of Georgina; or
  • The spouse of an owner or tenant of property in the Town of Georgina; and
  • Not otherwise prohibited from voting in a municipal election under any law

Election Employment Opportunities

The Town of Georgina is now recruiting customer focused individuals to work in a variety of temporary positions for the Municipal Election. For information on available opportunities and how to apply, click here: Opportunities

Important dates

Important dates

Monday, May 2, 2022

  • First day to file a nomination for an office on Georgina Town Council or school board trustee during regular business hours (Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
  • Upon filing of a person’s nomination, the Town Clerk shall provide the preliminary maximum permitted expenses and contributions to a candidate’s own campaign.
  • First day to file a notice of registration as a third-party advertiser.
    • A third-party advertiser cannot raise or spend money on their campaign, nor begin advertising, until their registration is certified by the Town Clerk.

Friday, Aug. 19, 2022 at 2 p.m.

  • Deadline for candidates to:

    • file a nomination
    • withdraw a nomination
    • change office
  • If a person is present in the Clerk’s office at 2  p.m. on Nomination Day, that person may file that nomination as soon as possible after 2 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 22, 2022 at 4 p.m.

Deadline for the Town Clerk to certify candidate nomination by signing the nomination paper if satisfied that a person is qualified to be nominated and that the nomination complies with the Municipal Elections Act.

Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022

Voters' list is made available to candidates. 

Monday, Sept. 26, 2022

  • Final spending limits provided to candidates and registered third-party advertisers. 
  • Final calculation of maximum contributions to candidate’s own election campaign provided to candidates running for Mayor and Councillor (does not apply to School Board Trustee candidates). 

October 2022

  • Advance vote locations TBD
  • Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022  10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022  10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022  noon - 8 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 24, 2022

Election Day. Electors are able to vote at any voting location in the Town between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Additional details on voting locations will be provided once finalized. 

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022

Term of office begins. Inaugural meeting of Town Council at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022

Inaugural meeting of Regional Council at 10 a.m. (tentative) 

Method of voting

Method of voting for 2022

The Town of Georgina Council has approved the use of online voting and tabulators as the voting method for the 2022 Municipal and School Board elections. Electors will be able to vote online or in person using tabulators during the Advance Vote period and in person using tabulators on Voting Day, Oct. 24, 2022. Voting by Proxy will also be available for those who are unable to attend a polling location.

The Town of Georgina has approved the use of online voting and tabulators as the voting method for the 2022 Municipal and School Board Elections. Online voting will be available 24/7 from Oct. 8 to noon on Oct. 23. In person voting, using tabulators, will be available on select dates and times for the advance voting period and on Election Day. 

Voters

Are you on the Voters' List?

From now until July 22, log into VoterLookup.ca to confirm your information.

By logging into voterlookup.ca, eligible electors can:

  • confirm or update their electoral information
  • add an elector name to an address
  • change school support

Beginning July 23, any remaining revisions to the Voters' List can be done by visiting the Town of Georgina Clerks Division, by calling 905-476-4301, or by email at vote@georgina.ca

Municipal Property Assessment Database (MPAC)

The voters’ list is a list of eligible electors in the Town of Georgina. During non-election years the Town of Georgina does not maintain a voters’ list unless it is required to in order to conduct a by-election.

During an election cycle, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for preparing the preliminary list of electors for each municipality and school board in Ontario. It is MPAC’s Municipal Property Assessment database of both property owners and tenants that is used to prepare this preliminary list, which aids in the preparation of the final voters’ list for Election Day. Once municipalities have the preliminary list of electors, the revision period begins and electors may add their name or make changes directly with the municipality.

If you are interested in checking your information with MPAC we encourage you to log into VoterLookup.ca to confirm your information.

Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC)
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1-866-296-6722

Candidates

Nominations

Nominations for an office on Georgina Town Council or school board trustee open on Monday, May 2, 2022 and close on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022 at 2 p.m.

Information on this year's candidates is available on the 2022 Candidate Information page

Notice of nomination for office

Nomination paper - form 1

Endorsement of Nomination - form 2

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Offices for Nomination

Town of Georgina Council

  • Mayor
  • Regional Councillor
  • Councillor Ward 1
  • Councillor Ward 2
  • Councillor Ward 3
  • Councillor Ward 4
  • Councillor Ward 5

School Board Trustees: English

  • Trustee - York Region District School Board
  • Trustee -York Catholic District School Board

School Board Trustees: French

  • Conseiller(ère) - le Conseil Scolaire Viamonde
  • Conseiller(ère) - le Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir

Nomination Process - Candidate

Please book an appointment to file your nomination by calling the Clerk’s Office at 905-476-4301 or email clerks@georgina.ca

 To file your nomination, you must provide:

  1. Form 1 Nomination Paper
  2. Form 2 Endorsement of Nomination with a minimum of 25 signed declarations
  3. Proof of identity with qualifying address
  4. Nomination filing fee: $200 for Mayor, $100 for Councillor

No person who proposes to be a candidate may solicit or accept contributions for election purposes or incur campaign expenses until a nomination paper has been filed. 

Municipal Office Candidate Eligibility

To run for municipal office (Mayor, Regional Councillor, Ward Councillor) in the Town of Georgina, on the day the nomination is filed, a person must be:

  • A Canadian citizen.
  • At least 18 years of age or older.
  • A resident of the Town of Georgina, or an owner or tenant of property in the Town of Georgina, or the spouse of an owner or tenant of property in the Town of Georgina.
  • Not otherwise disqualified from holding municipal office under any law.

Municipal Office Candidate Ineligibility

The following people are disqualified from being elected to office on Georgina Council:

  • Any person who is not eligible to vote in the Town of Georgina
  • An employee of the Town of Georgina who has not taken an unpaid leave of absence or resigned
  • A judge of any court
  • A Member of Parliament, a Member of Provincial Parliament or a Senator
  • An inmate serving a sentence in a penal or correctional institution
  • A candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement or exceeded the prescribed spending limit(s) in the last Municipal Election

Nomination Process - School Board Trustees:

Please book an appointment to file your nomination by calling the Clerk’s Office at 905-476-4301 or email clerks@georgina.ca

 To file your nomination, you must provide:

  1. Form 1 Nomination Paper
  2. Proof of identity with qualifying address
  3. Nomination filing fee: $100 for School Board Trustee

No person who proposes to be a candidate may solicit or accept contributions for election purposes or incur campaign expenses until a nomination paper has been filed.

York Region District School Board Trustee

Nomination forms for York Region District School Board Trustee must be filed with the Clerk of the Town of Georgina.

York Region District School Board Trustee Electoral Area: East Gwillimbury and Georgina

York Catholic District School Board Trustee

Nomination forms for York Region Catholic School Board Trustee must be filed with the Clerk of the Town of Newmarket. For more information on registering for this office, contact the Town of Newmarket by email or visit the Town of Newmarket website.

York Catholic District School Board Trustee Electoral Area: East Gwillimbury, Georgina, and Newmarket

Counseil scolaire Viamonde Trustee and Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir Trustee

Nomination forms for Conseil scolaire Viamonde Trustee and Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir Trustee must be filed with the Clerk of the City of Vaughan.  For more information on registering for these offices, contact the City of Vaughan by email or visit the Town of Newmarket website

School Board Trustee Eligibility

To run for School Board Trustee with the York Region District School Board (YRDSB), York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB), Conseil scolaire Viamonde, or Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir, a person must be:

  • A Canadian citizen.
  • At least 18 years of age or older.
  • A resident in the area of jurisdiction of the board.
  • Eligible to vote for the school board.
  • Not otherwise disqualified from holding office on a school board under any law.

School Board Trustee Ineligibility

The following people are disqualified from being elected as a school board trustee:

  • Any person who is not eligible to vote in the school board election
  • An employee of a school board or a municipal official who has not taken an unpaid leave of absence or resigned
  • A judge of any court
  • A Member of Parliament, a Member of Provincial Parliament or a senator
  • An inmate serving a sentence in a penal or correctional institution
  • A candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement or exceeded the prescribed spending limit(s) in the last school board election

2022 Candidate Information

Information about the 2022 Candidates is available on the 2022 Candidate Information page. 

Information Sessions for Potential Candidates

Are you considering running in the 2022 Municipal Elections as a candidate for member of Council or School Board Trustee?

On-line information sessions are being hosted by a number of York Region Municipalities on behalf of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH).

These MMAH sessions are being offered for anyone considering becoming a candidate as well as those that may have participated in previous elections. Participation is free. Pre-registration is required in some cases (see below for more details). 

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing will provide an overview of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, review any new legislation and provide key considerations in running in the municipal elections. 

All sessions will cover the same content, so please contact the municipalities directly to register for information sessions at a date and time that works for you.

Sessions being offered:

When Where How

April 14, 2022

1:00 p.m.

Township of King Email scudnik@king.ca to register.

April 21, 2022

7:00 p.m.

City of Vaughan

No registration required. More information will be posted as available. 

April 26, 2022

5:00 p.m.

Town of East Gwillimbury

No registration required. More information will be posted as available. 

April 28, 2022

9:00 a.m.

Town of East Gwillimbury

No registration required. More information will be posted as available. 

 

Registered third-parties

What is a registered third-party?

A third-party advertisement is a paid message placed in any medium (broadcast, print or electronic) by an individual (other than the nominated candidate), corporation, or trade union that supports or opposes a candidate for council, mayor or a school board. There were previously no rules regulating third-party advertising in municipal elections.

An interested third-party advertiser is required to register with the Town Clerk if they want to advertise. Until the Town Clerk certifies the registration, the third-party advertiser may not pay for any advertising/promotion on behalf of a candidate.

Rules

The Municipal Elections Act now includes rules for third-party advertising. 

Individuals, corporations and trade unions in Ontario can register as third-party advertisers and can also make contributions to third-party advertisers. Third-party advertising must be done independently of candidates. Candidates cannot register as a third-party advertiser and cannot provide direction to a third-party advertiser. 

The following are not permitted to register:

  • municipal election candidates
  • federal and provincial political parties, constituency associations, registered candidates and leadership contestants
  • federal and provincial governments, municipalities, or local boards

Key dates

  • May 2, 2022 - First day of third-party advertisers to register
  • Oct. 23, 2022 - Last day for third-party advertisers to register
  • Jan. 3, 2023 - Campaign period ends and last day to accept contributions
  • March 31, 2023 (2 p.m.) - Last day to file financials statements and auditor's reports

*In certain circumstances the filing date or campaign period may be extended.

What is not a third-party advertisement

Activities that do not involve spending money, such as discussions or expressing an opinion about a candidate (or an answer to a question on the ballot) are not considered to be third-party advertising. Examples include:

  • speaking to friends and neighbours
  • posting on social media, such as Twitter, Facebook or Instagram
  • sending an email to a group or mailing list

Internal communications from an employer to their employees, a corporation to its shareholders, directors, members or employees or by a trade union to its members or employees are not considered to be third-party advertising.

Registration

Third-party advertisers are required to register with the Town Clerk prior to incurring any expenses for advertisements or receiving any contributions. Individuals wishing to register must schedule an appointment with the Town Clerk calling 905-476-4301. Registration packages will be available for pick up from the Clerk’s Office, 26557 Civic Centre Rd., Keswick beginning May 2, 2022.

Third-party advertisers can register up until Oct. 21, 2022. There is no fee to register. However, there is a $250 non-refundable filing fee if a third-party advertiser places outdoor signs within the municipal boundaries. If a third-party advertiser wants to advertise in more than one municipality they must register in each municipality in which they plan to advertise. The prescribed registration forms will be released in April 2022.

Contributions

Contributions by corporations and trade unions to candidates are banned. Corporations and trade unions may contribute to registered third-party advertisers. Contributions can only be made during the campaign period (which begins the day the third-party registers and ends on Jan. 3, 2023. Money, goods and services are considered contributions.

The maximum contribution from a single contributor is $1,200 to a registered third-party advertiser and a total of $5,000 to two or more registered third-party advertisers in a municipality. These limits do not apply to contributions by a registered third-party advertiser to itself and, if the registered third-party is an individual, by his or her spouse.

Who is permitted to contribute to a third-party advertiser?

  • an individual who is normally an Ontario resident
  • a corporation that does business in Ontario
  • a trade union that holds bargaining rights for employees in Ontario
  • the registered third-party and in the case of an individual, his or her spouse

Expenses

Third-party advertisers will be subject to two spending limits:

  • a general spending limit
  • a separate limit for expenses related to parties and expressions of appreciation after the close of voting

The Town will provide a preliminary Certificate of Maximum Third-party Expense Limit to third-party advertisers at registration. A final Certificate of Maximum Third-party Expense Limit will be provided to the registered third-party advertisers by Sept. 26, 2022 The final spending limit is based on the higher of:

  • the number of eligible electors on Sept. 15, 2018
  • the number of electors as of Sept. 15, 2022 in the 2022 election

Filing Requirements for third-party advertisers

All registered third-parties must file a financial statement using a prescribed form. Third-party advertisers whose contributions and total expenses are equal to or less than $10,000 are not required to file an auditor’s report with the financial statement. A registered third-party whose contributions or total expenses exceed $10,000 are required to file an auditor’s report with the financial statement.

Advertisements

Third-party advertisements must contain the following:

  • name of the registered third-party
  • the municipality where the third-party is registered
  • a telephone number, mailing address or email address at which the third-party may be contacted regarding the advertisement

Media outlets

A broadcaster or publisher must ensure that the following information is provided to them, from the third-party advertiser, for any advertisement running between May 2, 2022 and Oct. 24, 2022:

  • name of the registered third-party
  • name, business address and telephone number of the individual who deals with the broadcaster or publisher under the direction of the registered third-party
  • name of municipality where the third-party is registered

The broadcaster or publisher must retain this information including a statement of the charge for the advertisement and a copy of the advertisement or means of reproducing it. This record must be retained for four years after the date the advertisement appeared and the public must be able to view these records during normal business hours.

Removal of third-party advertisements

If an advertisement is determined to be in contravention of the rules for third-party advertising or a person has caused or permitted the contravention of the rules or of any Town by-law, the Town may either remove the advertisement or ask the sponsor to remove the advertisement.

Contact Us

26557 Civic Centre Rd, RR 2
Keswick, ON  L4P 3G1

T: 905-476-4301 / 705-437-2210
F: 905-476-8100
info@georgina.ca

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.