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Every person who proposes to be a candidate must file nomination papers prior to receiving any campaign contributions and/or expending any funds on a campaign. A candidate may file his or her nomination papers as of May 1, 2018 during regular business hours. The nomination of a person for an office on council must be endorsed by at least 25 persons and the person endorsing the nomination must be eligible to vote in an election for an office within the municipality if a regular election was held on the day that the person endorses the nomination.
Nomination Form for Council position
Nomination Form for School Board Trustee

The Town of Saugeen Shores will be using the internet and telephone voting systems for the 2018 election. Paper ballots will not be used.  Mail-in ballots will not be used.  Our vendor has shared with us a short 'how-to video' for casting your vote online: to watch the video click here

Detailed information regarding the Municipal Election Procedures can be found here.


If you are an Ontario resident over the age of 18 you can visit to confirm or update 

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your information. You can also change your school support for electoral purposes. 

Updating this information will help to ensure that municipal Voters' List are accurate and up-to-date in preparation for municipal and school board elections occurring this October. Find out ahead of time if you are eligible to vote. Visit or call 1-866-296-6722. Have your say. Log on today.




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Enumeration Notice

MPAC (Municipal Property Assessment Corporation) will be mailing enumeration notices to each household. Please check the accuracy of the information provided on the enumeration notice. If the information is not correct, please follow the instructions to provide the correct information. If you do not receive an enumeration notice or the information is incorrect, you will not be able to vote until the correct information is provided.

May 1


Nomination Period Starts

Nomination forms may be filed between May 1st and Friday, July 27 at 2:00 p.m.  Nomination forms will be accepted in the Clerks Office starting on May 1st (Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and on July 27th 9:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.



Campaign Period

The campaign period begins once a candidate has filed a nomination form and ends on December 31, 2018. Alternative time periods will be in effect if the candidate withdraws the nomination, the Town Clerk rejects the nomination, or the candidate extends his/her campaign and is continuing to campaign to erase a deficit.

June 4


Deadline to return Enumeration Forms

Municipal Enumeration Forms are to be returned to MPAC to ensure inclusion of electors on preliminary list of electors.

July 27


Nomination Day

Last day to file nomination forms. Nomination forms will be accepted in the Clerk's office between 9:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.

Any person wishing to withdraw their nomination form must do so prior to 2:00 p.m. on July 27th.

July 31 - 

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Preliminary List of Electors

On a date between July 31 - September 1 the Clerk will receive the preliminary list of electors.


August 1


Additional Nominations

If necessary, additional nominations will be received 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Withdrawal of additional nominations before 2 p.m.

August 2


Certification of Nomination Forms

Clerk certifies nomination forms by 4:00 p.m. on August 2nd. Acclamations will be announced after 4:00 p.m.


August 2



The Town Clerk shall, immediately after 4:00 p.m., declare any acclaimed eligible candidate(s) to be duly elected.

Sept 4 - Oct 22


Revision - Application to Remove Another Elector's Name

An individual may make a written application to the Town Clerk requesting that their name be added, removed or corrected. An individual may apply to remove a deceased person from the voters' list. The application must be approved by the Town Clerk or designate.

Sept 4 - Oct 22


Voters List

The Town Clerk shall make the list of voters available for election purposes only. Note: Public viewing of the Voters List will be supervised in order to protect personal information.

September 13


This is the first date that candidates can display Election Signs.

September 25


Certificate of Maximum Campaign Spending Limits

The Town Clerk shall issue the certificate of maximum campaign spending limits to all certified candidates.


Sept 22 -October 12

Voter Notification Cards

Electors whose name appears on the Voter's List will be mailed a Voter PIN card with instructions on how to vote using the internet or telephone. 

October 18 - 22* (dates subject to change)

Voting Period

Electors will be able to vote either using the internet or telephone during a 10 day period leading up to, and including, Election Day on October 22nd.

October 22


Election Day

Electors will be able to vote electronically or by telephone until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day October 22

Week of October 23


Official Results

The Town Clerk shall, as soon as possible after Voting Day, declare the candidate who received the highest number of votes for each office to be elected.

December 3


New Term of Office Commences

The elected members shall take the declaration of office prior to taking his or her seat. The term of office commences once the declaration of office has been taken.

December 31


End of Campaign Period

Candidates may not raise funds or incur expenditures beyond this day, unless the candidate is continuing his or her campaign to erase a deficit and has filed the appropriate documentation to do so.

December 31


Extension of Campaign Period

Candidates, if in a deficit, may extend their campaign period by submitting a Form 6 (extension of campaign period form) to the Town Clerk no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 (subject to Festive Closure)

Electors will receive a notice in the mail providing instructions and a secure PIN number to use to vote using either the internet or telephone.

Electors are encouraged to vote using either the internet or telephone up to ten days in advance of election day on October 22, 2018.  There is no need to wait to vote on election day as there will be no polls.  A help desk will be available at the municipal office to provide assistance.  

Please watch a video on how to vote via the internet or telephone - the video will be available at a later date.


It is easy for you to find out if you are on the Voters' List. Submit your information about yourself in our online Voterview Service and find out if you are on the list.


Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions in the spring of 2018.

QUALIFICATIONS TO VOTE: On Voting Day a person is qualified to be an Elector if he or she:

  • Is a Canadian Citizen;
  • Is at least 18 years of age;
  • Resides in the Town of Saugeen Shores or is an owner or tenant of land in the Town of Saugeen Shores, or the spouse of an owner or tenant in the Town of Saugeen Shores; and
  • Is not be prohibited from voting because he or she:
    • Is serving a sentence of imprisonment
    • Is a corporation
    • Is acting as an executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity
    • Was convicted of a corrupt practice described in Section 90(3) of the Municipal Elections Act

 It is the responsibility of the Elector to ensure they are a qualified elector.


Students who reside away from home may vote in both places (in the municipality where they attend school and where their family resides) as long as the family residence is their permanent residence.

Trailer Owners in Campgrounds

Trailer owners in campgrounds are considered tenants and may therefore vote if they are entitled to use the land on Voting Day, or for at least six weeks in the year of the election.

Homeless Persons

Persons without a permanent residence may qualify to be added to the voters list during the revision period provided that they can identify a place within Saugeen Shores where they frequently returned to eat and sleep during the five weeks preceding.