So you want to be a politician? Burlington releases guidelines for candidates


Published April 26, 2022 at 1:10 pm

Want to be mayor of Burlington? Or chair of Halton Region? Perhaps you aspire to sit on City council or one of the local school boards.

If so, your chance begins at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 2. That’s when nominations open for all of those positions.

The nomination period runs until 2 p.m. on Aug. 19. Nomination papers can be filed by appointment only and municipal voting for the election takes place between Oct. 11 to 24.

Nominations can be filed at City Hall, 426 Brant St., with the office of the city clerk, located on the main floor, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

On the last day of the nomination period, Aug. 19, nominations may be filed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nomination papers can be filed by appointment only. Call 905-335-7777, ext. 7805, or email [email protected] to arrange a time.

The forms required to file a nomination are available in the office of the city clerk and the City’s website.

The following must be provided at the time of submitting a nomination:

  • Nomination Paper (Form 1)
  • Endorsement of Nomination (Form 2) – required for nominations for an office on council only. A nomination for an office on council must be endorsed by at least 25 people. A prescribed declaration is required by each of the persons endorsing a nomination.
  • Filing fee — in cash, certified cheque, money order (payable to the City of Burlington), MasterCard or VISA. The fee for the office of mayor is $200 and $100 for all other offices.
  • Candidate identification (driver’s license or another government-issued photo identification)
  • Proof of citizenship (Canadian passport, citizenship, or another government-issued identification)
  • To run in the October municipal election, candidates must:
  • be a Canadian citizen
  • be at least 18 years old
  • live in Burlington (own or rent), or
  • not live in Burlington, but you or your spouse own or rent property in the city

The City of Burlington is hosting a series of virtual information sessions for individuals who are interested in running as a candidate in the City’s 2022 municipal election at 7 p.m. on April 27, May 10 and June 23. Learn more and register for these free events at the city website.

A person cannot begin campaigning until their nomination papers are filed.

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