Thinking About Serving Your Community as an Elected Official?
Nominations are now closed for the 2022 Municipal Election.
Typical Time Commitments
While the role of Reeve is a full-time commitment, the role of Councillor depends on your lifestyle and the level of availability you intend to provide your constituents. Some past councillors have continued to work in their full and part-time careers, while to others being councillor is their full-time career, or a service to their community in their retirement. Some typical time commitments include:
- Regular Council and Committee of the Whole Meetings – 4-10 hours/month
- Special Council meetings and information sessions – 2-6 hours/month
- Council/Meeting agenda review and reading: 4-6 hours/month (Council Agendas are typically 50-500 pages long)
- Committee meetings – varies 6 hours/month
- Constituent issues – varies 20 hours/month
- Purchasing bid openings – 1 hour/month, if required
- Processing emails, phone calls, research – 10 hours/month
- Attendance at conferences, community events, training opportunities – varies
Responsibilities of the Reeve and Council
Council is the Township’s decision-making body. Role of Council (Section 224 of the Municipal Act):
- To represent the public and to consider the well-being and interests of the municipality;
- To develop and evaluate the policies and programs of the municipality;
- To determine which services the municipality provides;
- To ensure that administrative policies, practices and procedures and controllership policies, practices and procedures are in place to implement the decisions of council;
- To ensure the accountability and transparency of the operations of the municipality, including the activities of the senior management of the municipality;
- To maintain the financial integrity of the municipality; and
- To carry out the duties of council under this or any other Act.
Role of the Reeve
Role of Head of Council (Section 225 & 226.1 of the Municipal Act):
- To act as chief executive officer of the municipality;
- Preside over council meetings so that its business can be carried out efficiently and effectively;
- To provide leadership to the council;
- Without limiting clause, to provide information and recommendations to the council with respect to the role of council described in clauses 224 (d) and (d.1);
- To represent the municipality at official functions; and
- To carry out the duties of the head of council under this or any other Act.
As chief executive officer of a municipality, the head of council shall,
- uphold and promote the purposes of the municipality;
- promote public involvement in the municipality’s activities;
- act as the representative of the municipality both within and outside the municipality, and promote the municipality locally, nationally and internationally; and
- participate in and foster activities that enhance the economic, social and environmental well-being of the municipality and its residents.
The Reeve has a prominent and very public profile. Many citizens within Tyendinaga Township, and elsewhere in Ontario will have high and often varied expectations for the Reeve. The head of council (Reeve) must find a way to balance these expectations and special responsibilities.
Municipal decisions, however, are made by council as a whole. Generally speaking, the Reeve does not have any more power than any other member of council to make decisions on behalf of the municipality. Each member of council only has one vote. Like in every municipality in Ontario, the Reeve does not hold a veto power over any decision of Council.
Other Roles for Members of Council
- Attendance at Township functions and ceremonies, such as Remembrance Day or flag raising events
- Community groups meetings like sport associations, or boards
- Individual constituent meetings
- Committees of council – councillors determine the number of committees they wish to participate in
- Acting or Deputy Reeve responsibilities with appointments approved by Council
Member of Council Remuneration (Salary & Benefits)
Note: The remuneration is currently being reviewed.
Position 2022 2023 Reeve $11,599.42 $11,831.41 Deputy Reeve $10,052.82 $10,253.88 Councillor $8,506.24 $8,676.36
Eligibility and Qualifications
Reeve and Councillor Candidate Qualifications
For the position of Reeve, Deputy Reeve or Councillor you must be:
- A Canadian citizen
- At least 18 years of age
- A resident of the Township of Tyendinaga, or
- Own or lease property in the Township of Tyendinaga (or be the spouse of the owner or lessee)
- Eligible to vote
You must not be:
- A judge of any court
- A member of the Provincial Legislature, the Federal House of Commons or Senate who has not resigned from their office by the close of nominations. Proof of resignation must be provided by the close of nominations or the Clerk will not certify the nomination
- A candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement(s) in the last municipal election or by-election in any municipality.
Township of Tyendinaga Employees:
Employees of the Township of Tyendinaga who wish to run for Reeve, Deputy Reeve, or councillor must take an unpaid leave of absence before filing a nomination paper. The employee must provide a copy of the documentation from the Chief Administrative Officer showing that they have taken the leave of absence and the effective date. Persons appointed by by-law to certain legislated positions of the Township may be required to resign or have the by-law amended before filing a nomination (example: Line Fence Viewers, Livestock Investigators, etc…).
Volunteer Firefighters: According to the Municipal Elections Act, a person shall not be considered an employee of a municipality or local board for the purposes of this section by reason only of being a volunteer firefighter as defined in the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997.
Candidates Eligibility as a Voter
To vote in the municipal election, you must be a qualified elector.
If you are a qualified elector and your name is on the voters list, you are eligible to vote. The voters’ list is compiled from information received from Ontario’s Municipal Property Assessment Corporation and is made available for review at the Municipal Office approximately two months prior to voting day.
If in the period between elections a person has reason to re-assess their school board support please refer to the MPAC information in regard to enumeration.
Book a Candidate Nomination Appointment
If a person wishes to run as a candidate in the 2022 Township of Tyendinaga municipal election, they must file a nomination form along with Nomination Package with the Elections Office. The first day to file a nomination for the next municipal general election will be Monday, May 2, 2022. Appointments are required. Call 613-396-1944 extension 200 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A person cannot raise or spend money on an election campaign until they have officially filed their nomination with the Township.
Before you file your nomination paper consider the following suggestions:
- Read this website (You’re off to a good start!)
- Review the Candidate’s Guide
- Take an optional course, like AMO‘s “Lead Where You Live” (fees apply)
- Read the Ministry of Municipal Affairs Candidates’ Guide
- Read the Ontario Education Services Corporation Guide for School Board Trustees
- Talk to former and current members of elected office
- Review the Municipal Elections Act
- Make yourself aware of the financial responsibilities and reporting requirements, campaign roles, potential penalties, the public nature of all documentation submitted to the Clerk’s Office for a campaign.
- Attend the Candidate Information Session April 25, 2022
Nomination Procedures - New for 2022
For the Office of Reeve, Deputy Reeve, Councillor:
Candidate nomination meetings with Township election staff are by appointment only. These meetings may be booked as virtual or in-person appointments. Drop-ins are not available. Contact the Election Office by email at email@example.com or by telephone at 613-396-1944 extension 200.
Once the meeting is booked, prospective candidates will receive two emails from Election Staff. The first email will provide a confirmation of the date, time, meeting location and log-in details for those who have selected a virtual Zoom appointment. The second email will provide a link to a package of digital forms customized for the position they are submitting their nomination for.
New for 2022 – All candidates will complete their candidate documentation electronically.
Nominations can only be filed during the nomination period, which is:
- Monday, May 2, 2022 to Thursday, August 18, 2022 from 8:30am to 4:00pm (excluding weekends and holidays); and
- Nomination Day: Friday, August 19, 2022 from 9am to 2pm
Filing Fee to become a Candidate
There is a $200 filing fee for Reeve candidates and a $100 filing fee for all other offices.
The filing fee must be paid when you file your nomination paper and the payment must be:
- Certified cheque or money order payable to “Treasurer, Township of Tyendinaga”
- No Personal Cheque will be accepted
The filing fee is not considered a campaign expense, but rather, a personal expense, and will be returned to you upon successful filing of your campaign financial statement.
Unofficial List of Candidates
The unofficial list of candidates will be updated as needed after 3:00 p.m. on weekdays, starting Monday, May 2, 2022 to Friday, August 19, 2022. Note that names listed on the Unofficial List of Candidates have not been certified as eligible to run in the 2022 Municipal and School Board election. The Certified List of Candidates will be posted after 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 22, 2022.
The Returning Officer/Deputy Clerk shall examine each nomination filed, and if satisfied the person qualified to be nominated and that the nomination complies with the Municipal Elections Act, the Returning Officer/Deputy Clerk shall certify as such on the nomination filed.
If not satisfied, the Returning Officer/Deputy Clerk shall reject the nomination and give notice to the person who sought to be nominated and all other candidates for that office.
The Returning Officer/Deputy Clerk’s decision to certify or reject a nomination is final. The Returning Officer/Deputy Clerk will consider the following criteria to certify or reject individual nominations:
- Candidate has refused or declined to provide proof of identification;
- Candidate does not satisfy the requirements set out in the Municipal Elections Act in Section 29 (1);
- The nomination form is incomplete;
- The filing fee has not been paid
- The necessary financial disclosure was not filed for the previous election in which the individual may have been a candidate.
A full list of certified candidates will be made available on the Voter Information page.
The Campaign Period
Starting Your Candidacy
In order to become a candidate you must file a complete Nomination Package with the Returning Officer/Deputy Clerk. The earliest you can file is Monday, May 2, 2022. Please see the detailed information on the Candidate Nomination above.
You can file your nomination paper by appointment only at:
Retuning Officer/Deputy Clerk
859 Melrose Road
Shannonville, ON K0K 3A0
Fundraising and Spending Start Date
You cannot raise or spend any money on your campaign until you file your nomination paper. The earliest you can file your nomination paper is May 2, 2022.
The Office of the Returning Officer/Deputy Clerk is here to provide assistance with helping you identify ‘where to look’ if you have campaign questions. Call us at 613-396-1944 ext. 200 (Carla), 201 (Yvonne), for assistance with navigating the various Acts and guides that were provided to you in your nomination binder. Matters of interpretation of the Municipal Elections Act to your specific situation should be referred to a lawyer.
To ensure fairness and transparency, if an election-related question requires clarification to the Election Procedures, the Returning Officer/Deputy Clerk will attempt to answer the question within one week of the inquiry and:
• revise thee procedures and the election website accordingly, and
• email updates to all Candidates and Third Party Advertisers.
Your question might have already been asked by someone else. The Township will provide a list of Candidate Questions that have already been asked during the 2022 Election period as they arise.
- 2022 Tyendinaga Township Candidate Guide
- 2022 Tyendinaga Township Municipal Election Procedures
- Election Signs By-law
- Use of Corporate Resources Policy
- 2022 Election Accessibility Plan
- 2022 Candidates’ Guide for Ontario Municipal and School Board Elections – Ministry of Municipal Affairs
- 2022 Third Party Advertisers’ Guide – Ministry of Municipal Affairs
- Municipal Elections – Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
- Municipal Elections Act, 1996
- Municipal Act, 2001