Information for Candidates

Logo for the October 22, 2018 election

Nominations will be accepted from Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Friday, July 27, 2018 at 2 p.m. To run for the office of Mayor, City Council, Regional Council, Regional Chair, or School Board Trustee for the 2018 Municipal Election, you must file a nomination paper.

  • Until you file a nomination paper, you cannot raise or spend any money on your campaign.
  • Mayor and Councillor candidates must provide, along with their nomination paper, at least 25 declaration of endorsements from eligible electors. (School Board Trustee nominations do not require endorsements)
  • Nomination forms are available (see below under "Filing a Nomination)
  • A Candidate's Information Guide is also available (see under "Candidate Resources")

 

  • Requirements to run for Mayor, City Council, Regional Chair or Regional Council

    To run for Mayor or City Council, on the day the nomination paper is filed, a person must be: 

    • a Canadian citizen
    • at least 18 years of age
    • a resident of the City of Niagara Falls, or
    • an owner or tenant of land in the City of Niagara Falls, or the spouse of the owner or tenant
    • not legally prohibited from voting
    • not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office

    Who cannot be a Council candidate

    The following people are disqualified from being elected as a member of Council, or from holding office as a member of Council:

    • 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 in the the last municipal election or by-election.

    City of Niagara Falls and Niagara Region employees

    • Employees of the City of Niagara Falls or Niagara Region who wish to run for Mayor, City Council or Regional Council must take an unpaid leave of absence before filing a nomination paper.
    • The employee must provide a copy of the documentation showing that they have taken the leave of absence and the effective date.
  • Requirements to run for School Board Trustee

    To run for any of the four school boards on the day the Nomination Paper is filed, a person must be:

    • a Canadian citizen
    • at least 18 years of age
    • a resident in the area of jurisdiction of the board
    • not legally prohibited from voting
    • not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office

    Who cannot be a School Board Trustee candidate

    The following people are disqualified from being elected as a school board trustee, or from holding office on any school board:

    • a clerk, treasurer, deputy-clerk or deputy-treasurer of any municipality within the area of jurisdiction of the school board except those on unpaid leave of absence.
    • 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 in the last municipal election or by-election.

    School board employees

    • Employees of any school board (including supply teachers) are disqualified from being elected as school board trustee or from holding office on any school board, except during a leave of absence.
    • The employee must be on a leave of absence before filing their nomination paper.
    • They must provide the Clerk with documentation showing that they have taken the leave of absence and the effective date.

    Types of school boards

    1. District School Board of Niagara
    2. Niagara Catholic District School Board
    3. Conseil scolaire Viamonde
    4. Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir

    Areas of jurisdiction

    If you wish to run for school board trustee you must live in the jurisdiction.  For the District School Board of Niagara, the area of jurisdiction is the City of Niagara Falls and for the Niagara Catholic District School Board the areas of jurisdiction are the City of Niagara Falls and Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. 

  • Filing a Nomination

    Nominations must be filed in person as original signatures.  Nominations will be accepted from May 1, 2018 to July 27, 2018 at 2 p.m.

    To file a nomination, you must provide:

    • Nomination Paper (Form 1)
    • Endorsement of Nomination (Form 2) - At least 25 declaration endorsements by eligible electors (for Mayor, Regional Chair, City and Regional Council only)
    • Current acceptable identification
    • Nomination filing fee (paid by cash, credit or debit card, certified cheque or money order, payable to  'City of Niagara Falls.'
      • $200.00 for Mayor or Regional Chair
      • $100.00 for City Council or Regional Council

    If an agent is filing a nomination on your behalf, the agent must provide the above documents as well as their own identification (Form 1).  

    Any documents that are not complete will not be accepted. 

    Where to file your nomination

    • All nominations - except for the Regional Chair - are to be filed at the Office of the City Clerk at Niagara Falls City Hall, 4310 Queen Street.
    • Nominations for Regional Chair are to be filed at the Office of the Regional Clerk, Niagara Region Headquarters, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way.  For more information on running for Regional Chair, please visit the Niagara Region Website.
  • Withdrawing Your Nomination

    If you decide you no longer wish to run in the 2018 Municipal Election, you must:

    • File the Withdrawal of Nomination form in person (City Clerk's Office)
    • Provide identification
    • File a financial statement by the deadline date

    The last day to file a withdrawal is Friday, July 27, 2018 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

  • Changing Office

    You can change the office you're running for even after you have filed your papers.  To do so, you must:

    • File the Withdrawal of Nomination for the old office
    • At the same time, file a Nomination Paper for the new office
      • For mayor, regional chair, city council or regional council candidates you are not required to submit additional declaration of endorsements - the ones you submitted for the first office is transferred to the second office.

    Nomination filing fee

    If the nomination filing fee is the same for the new office, no extra payment is required.  If the nomination filing fee is different for the new office, the difference must be paid, if applicable.  Note:  the filing fee is not refunded until you file the financial statement by the deadline date. 

    Campaign finances

    • The two offices (campaigns) are separate and contributions and expenses cannot be transferred from one to the other.
    • If you plan to incur expenses or accept contributions, you must open a separate bank account for each campaign.
    • A contributor's total contribution cannot exceed $1200.00 for both campaigns for councillor or school board trustee candidates or $2500.00 for mayoralty candidates.

    Financial statement

    You will be required to file a financial statement for each campaign.

    • The withdrawn campaign will show all financial activity from the day the nomination paper is filed until the day the withdrawal is filed.
    • The current campaign will show all financial activity from the day the nomination paper is filed until the end of the campaign period.