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To run for office, Nomination Forms will be accepted in the Clerk's Office between May 1, 2018 and 2:00 p.m. on July 27, 2018. Nominations for positions on Municipal Council must be endorsed by at least 25 persons. Persons endorsing a nomination must be eligible to vote in Saugeen Shores, if a regular election was held on the day that the person endorses the nomination. Nominations filed for school boards do not require the endorsement of 25 persons.

Click here for the Nomination Form for an office on Council
Click here for the Nomination Form for School Board Trustee 

The completed Nomination Form must be filed in person or by an Agent and must be accompanied by the filing fee of $200.00 for the position of Mayor or $100.00 for all other positions. 

Offices to be Elected:

MAYOR (elected at large)

DEPUTY MAYOR (elected at large)

VICE DEPUTY MAYOR (elected at large)

(former Town of Port Elgin) Map

(former Township of Saugeen) Map

(former Town of Southampton) Map

English Public School Board Trustee - Bluewater District School Board

English Separate School Board Trustee - Grey Bruce Catholic District School Board

French Public School Board Trustee - Conseil scolaire Viamonde - Sector 5

French Catholic School Board Trustee - Conseil scolaire Catholique Providence

Nomination Process:

Nominations will be accepted for the above offices from May 1, 2018 to July 26, 2018 during regular office hours (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) Monday to Friday and on Nomination Day Friday July 27, 2018 between 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Nomination Form must be submitted in person by the candidate, or by the candidate's agent. 

For School Boards, the designated Clerk may delegate responsibility to receive nominations; however the designated Clerk must certify the nominations.

Nominations will be accepted in the following manner only:

  • The nomination must be on the prescribed Nomination Form and accompanied by the prescribed filing fee of $200.00 for the head of Council and $100.00 for all other offices,
  • The filing fee is payable by cash, debit, certified cheque or money order.

NOTE: A Candidate for an office is entitled to receive a refund of the nomination filing fee if he or she withdraws, is elected, or receives more than 2% of the votes cast in the election for the office.

The Nomination Form must be signed by the candidate, or by the candidate's agent in the presence of a Commissioner of Oaths. All candidates, and candidate's agents, must provide identification to the Clerk when filing their Nomination Form. Persons running for a Ward Councillor must decide prior to filing which Ward they wish to represent.

NOTE: Facsimile transmissions or mailed in nomination forms are not permitted. The onus is on the person nominated for election to an office to file a bona fide nomination paper.

Candidate Qualifications

A person is qualified to be elected for municipal office who, as of the day he or she files his or her nomination is:

  1. Entitled to be an elector under Section 17 of the Municipal Elections Act, (MEA)
  2. For an upper tier municipality, must be entitled to be an elector under Section 17 of the MEA in a lower tier municipality within the upper tier municipality,
  3. Not disqualified for violations of financial requirements or violations of requirements for filing financial information,
  4. Not disqualified by any Act from holding such office,
  5. Not disqualified under the provisions as outlined in Sections 90(3) and 91(1) of the MEA.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to determine whether they are qualified to be an elector to hold the office for which they are nominated.

Election Signs

Election signs cannot be posted until after Nomination Day (July 27, 2018). All signs must be removed by November 1, 2018.

Resource Material

Each person interested in being a candidate should refer to the documents: