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How to Become a Candidate

2022 Vote Amherstburg - How to become a candidate

Want to be a 2022 Candidate?  We are here to help! 



To be a candidate, you MUST be a qualified elector.  A person is entitled to be an elector if, on Voting Day, October 24, 2022, if he or she:

  • resides in the local municipality, or is the owner or tenant of land there, or the spouse of such owner or tenant;
  • is a Canadian citizen
  • is at least 18 years old; and
  • is not prohibited by the Elections Act or any other legislation from voting or holding Municipal Office.


To be a candidate for a school board must, upon nomination, be a qualified municipal elector and fulfill all of the following requirements:

  • a resident within the jurisdiction of the board;
  • a supporter of the board;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • at least 18 years old;
  • Roman Catholic (if running for a separate school board);
  • not legally prohibited from voting; and
  • not disqualified by any legislation from holding school board office.


  • It is the responsibility of the candidate to determine whether he or she is qualified to be elected to and hold office

Candidate Information Meeting - WATCH RECORDED MEETING HERE




Nomination papers may be filed in the Clerk’s office of the Town of Amherstburg from Monday, May 2, 2022 until Friday, August, 19, 2022 at 2:00 pm. The nomination must be in the prescribed form(s) and accompanied by the prescribed fee. Forms are available at the Clerk’s office. The Clerk must certify or reject the nomination paper by 4 p.m. on Monday, August 22, 2022.
TIP: Faxed or emailed nominations will not be accepted.

The nomination process is easy! 

  • Obtain nomination papers (Form1) from the Clerk’s office, 271 Sandwich Street, Amherstburg, during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm;
  • A nomination paper must be filed in person by the candidate or by an agent;
  • The nomination paper must have original signatures. The nomination paper may not be faxed, mailed or emailed. Either the candidate or the agent must bring the completed and signed nomination papers to the office of the clerk. The candidate will be required to show proof of identity and qualifying address;
  • A minimum of 25 endorsement signatures must accompany the nomination form;
  • The prescribed nomination filing fee must be paid at the time of filing the nomination. Payment to the municipality must be made by cash, debit, cheque or money order.
  • The nomination filing fee is: 
    • $200 for the office of Mayor; and 
    • $100 for all other offices (Deputy Mayor, Councillor & School Board Trustee).

Nominations to more than one office: 

  • Candidates can only be nominated for one office on a municipal council or school board in the Province of Ontario at a time. If a person is nominated for a second office, the first nomination is deemed to be withdrawn. 


  • A candidate is entitled to a refund of the filing fee if he or she is elected; receives more than a prescribed percentage of the votes cast for the office; or withdraws the nomination before Nomination Day.


  • Windsor and Essex County residents who are considering running in the October Municipal Election were invited to attend the free, virtual Candidate Information Seminar on April 28, 2022. If you were unable to attend or would like to review the meeting you can watch the recorded meeting by clicking here.

  • The last day to withdraw a nomination is August 19, 2022 at 2:00pm, and must be done in writing to the Clerk.




Candidate Information Session                                 April 28, 2022 at 6 pm
Nomination and campaign period begins                   May 2 to August 19, 2022
Nomination Day (last day to be nominated)               August 19, 2022 at 2:00 pm
Last Day to withdraw a nomination                           August 19, 2022 at 2:00 pm
Advanced Vote                                                        October 5 & October 15, 2022|
Voting Day                                                              October 24, 2022
Council term begins                                                 November 15, 2022
Campaign expenses filing deadline                            March 31, 2023
Council terms ends                                                  November 14, 2026



Municipal Elections Act - You may view a copy at the Clerk's office during regular business hours.

Candidate Check List

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Elections Page

2022 Candidates' Guide - Ontario Municipal Council and School Board Elections

2022 Third Party Advertisers' Guide

2022 Voters' Guide

AMCTO Elections Calendar

Lead Where You Live: A Guide on Running for Municipal Council (AMO Course costs $55)

For accessibility accommodation, please contact the Clerk at or 519-736-0012.