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Voting and Voters
Monday, October 24, 2022
The Voting Period opens Monday October 17 and Closes Monday October 24, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.
You may vote in the election if you reside in the municipality or are the owner or tenant of land or your spouse is a property owner or tenant here. You must be a Canadian citizen and 18 years old or older on election day.
You must provide proof of your identity and where you live. Even if you have your Voter Notification Card, you must still provide identification.
Please bring either:
- A government-issued photo identification that has your name and address; or
- Two pieces of identification (one that includes your name and the other should have your name and address).
Yes, please click on the link below to access the Accessibility Plan for the municipal election.
Frequently asked questions received by the District of Muskoka can be found here: https://www.muskoka.on.ca/en/council/2022-municipal-election.aspx
Election questions related to nomination for the Office of the District Chair or District of Muskoka services, facilities or programs may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also attend a free Information Session for Municipal Election and School Board Candidates. Potential candidates interested in running in the 2022 Municipal and School Board Election are invited to attend a free Candidate Information Session on Tuesday April 5, 2022, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. No Registration Required!
This session is hosted in partnership with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and will provide attendees with information on:
- Roles and responsibilities of elected officials, staff and Third-Party Advertisers
- Eligibility rules
- Nomination process
- Campaign finances
- Compliance audit
- Voters’ list
Nominations may be filed between May 2 and August 19, 2022. Attend this session to find out more!
Copy and paste the Webinar link to join:
Or call in by phone:
Webinar ID: 837 4240 9294
- On Private Property (with consent of the property owner) - after 2:00 p.m. on Friday August 19, 2022 (Nomination Day).
- On Road Allowances - beginning on Saturday September 24, 2022.
Election signs may not be placed on, in front of, or overhanging public property (including parks and facilities). All election signs must be removed within 72 hours following the election.
Please review the Election Sign By-Law before you put up any signs.
Yes, any eligible elector in the Town of Bracebridge is allowed to sign an Endorsement Form for a Candidate.
An eligible elector in the Town of Bracaebridge may sign an endorsement for more than one person seeking nomination.
"Lead Where You Live: A guide on running for municipal council," prepared by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO)
2022 Candidates' Guide, produced by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH)
Check back here regularly as more resources become available!
Please review the Council Member Reference Manual for information related to the position of Councillor. This document is updated regularly so check back frequently.
Certified Candidates will get access to the Voters' List on September 1, 2022 through an online Candidates Portal. This date coincides with the commencement of the Revision period for qualified electors to change or be added to the Voters' List.
The Campaign Period ends January 3, 2023, candidates are strongly encouraged to monitor their finances closely for the entire length of the campaign. If, during the campaign period, a candidate determines that they will require an audit they should account for that expense and fundraise accordingly. If you are in a deficit there is a process to extend the campaign period.
Yes. Candidates can end their campaign anytime after Voting Day provided that they have all invoices in and contributions to cover expenses.
The choice of using a personal website for a campaign is at the discretion of the candidate however all candidates should make themselves aware of rules and regulations governing their campaign. If a candidate chooses to use their personal website they must satisfy themselves that they have correctly apportioned the associated costs and will be required to justify their decision if they are required to go to a compliance audit committee. Also keep in mind to delete all campaign information from the website once the campaign period is over, as this may be interpreted as campaigning for the next election.
If a candidate chooses to accept e-transfers they must satisfy themselves that the donor is eligible to donate to their campaign, receipts are issued for all funds received and all information can be verified.
A candidate may continue to fundraise after Voting Day if their campaign is in a deficit.
The Act does outline what information is required to be included on the receipt.
Yes, a candidate’s name on the ballot can other than their legal name if the Clerk is in agreement.
If a candidate repays a volunteer for the cost of a campaign expense the candidate should consider making notes and keeping records associated with reimbursing the volunteer supporter from the campaign account. These detailed records could assist in the provision of information to the compliance audit committee, if required.
Yes, donations can be accepted from any Ontario resident.
No, donations must be made by a resident of Ontario.
If a candidate can satisfy the requirements of the Act with respect to required information they can choose to use electronic receipts.
The candidate would be eligible to keep the surplus of $500.00.
Third Party Advertisers
A third party advertisement is a message that supports or opposes a candidate or a “yes” or “no” question on the ballot. It can be in any medium including print, broadcast, electronic platform, and more. It does not include issue-based advertising or advertising that does not incur a cost.
Third party advertisements cannot be made by or under the direction of a candidate and must include:
- The 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 registered third party may be contacted regarding the advertisement
2022 Third Party Advertisers' Guide, produced by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH)
Municipal and Provincial elections elect officials for offices in two different types of government in Canada. Each of the two election administrations is governed by separate pieces of legislation. The following is a general summary of which offices are elected at each level of government:
Electors will elect a candidate, which may or may not represent a political party, for their electoral riding (district). The elected candidate will become your Member of Provincial Parliament.
In general terms, the party leader of the political party that wins the greatest number of seats during the election, will become the Premier of the Province.
Visit: Elections Ontario for more information.
There is no political party association at this level of government. As an eligible elector of the municipality, you elect:
- A Mayor
- Three (3) District Councillors
- A Ward Councillor
- A School Board Trustee (School Board Trustee is not applicable for commercial property owners or tenants)