Municipal Election

OFFICIAL LIST OF CANDIDATES

DECLARATION OF ACCLAMATIONS TO OFFICE

The next municipal election will be held Monday, October 24, 2022. The last municipal election was held on October 22, 2018.  View the results from 2018 here.

Municipalities are governed by municipal councils. The job of municipal council is to make decisions about municipal financing and services. In the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, the head municipal council is called the Mayor. In case of the Mayor's absence a Deputy Mayor is also elected. The other members of council are called Councillors, in 2022 there will be five (5) Councillors elected at-large.

Key Dates 

April 25, 2022 - Candidate Information Packages

The Clerk’s Department had Candidate Information Packages and Nomination Packages available online and to collect in-person at the Municipal Office. Please make an appointment with the Clerk's department if you wish to pick up a package in-person.

May 2, 2022- Nomination and Registration Periods Begin

June 22, 2022- Candidate Information Session

The Clerk’s of Huron County organized a joint Candidate Information Session, the agenda of the event is provided below. A recording of the event is available upon request, contact the Clerk's Department for a copy! 

View the agenda for the event here. 

August 19, 2022 - Nomination Day

On Nomination Day, nominations may only be filed between 9:00AM and 2:00PM.

August 19, 2022 - Withdrawal Deadline

A candidate who wishes to withdraw their nomination must notify the clerk in writing before 2:00PM.

August 22, 2022 - Clerk Certifies List of Candidates

All nominations to be examined and certified by 4:00PM and declare the candidate(s) elected by acclamation.

September 1, 2022 - Voter’s List Reproduction and Revision Period Begins

Last day for reproducing the voters’ list and determining the revision procedures. On written request, the Clerk shall provide copies of the voters’ list to those referred to under subsection 23(3) of the Municipal Elections Act. On written request, the Clerk shall provide candidates with a copy of the part of the voters’ list that contains the names of the electors who are entitled to vote for that office. From September 1 until the close of voting on voting day (October 24), a person may submit an application to have their name added to or removed from the voters’ list, or to have their information on the voters’ list amended. From September 1 until the close of voting on voting day (October 24), a person may submit an application requesting that a deceased person’s name be removed from the voters’ list.

September 15, 2022 - Interim List of Changes to the Voters’ List

The Clerk shall prepare and distribute an interim list of the changes to voters’ list that were approved on or before September 15.

October 11, 2022- Voting Open

Telephone and Internet voting will open.

October 24, 2022 - Voting Day

The results of the election will be calculated and released to the public as soon as possible after 8:00PM.

November 15, 2022 - New Term of Council Begins

The Inaugural Council Meeting will be held. The incumbent council will take their oath of office, and be sworn in.

Candidate Information 

Candidate Information

List of Candidates for Mayor (Acclaimed)

Name

Qualifying Address 

Contact Information

Glen McNeil

36770 Gore Road

RR #6

Goderich, ON

N7A 3Y3

Phone: (519) 524-0516

Email: heaholme@hurontel.on.ca

 

List of Candidates for Deputy Mayor

Name

Qualifying Address

Contact Information

Roger Watt

85045 Kimberly Dr

Goderich, ON

N7A 3X9

Phone: (519) 529-3509 OR (519) 884-3895 

Email: roger.watt@uwaterloo.ca

Bill Vanstone

81216 Lucknow Line

Goderich, ON

N7A 3Y1

Phone: (519) 524-7743

Email: billyv49@live.com

 

List of Candidates for Councillors

Name

Qualifying Address

Contact Information

Jennifer Miltenburg

85291 Tower Line

RR#7

Lucknow, ON 

N0G 2H0

Phone: (519) 529-7640

Email: jennmiltenburg@gmail.com

 

Anita Snobelen

CON 3 WD PT LOT 1 ASHFIELD

Phone: (519) 355-5669

Email: anita.snobelen@gmail.com

Gloria Fisher

37719 Londesboro Rd

Goderich, ON 

N7A 3Y1

 

Phone: (519) 524-4881

Email: fisherfarm1@hotmail.com

Wayne Forster

86481 Creek Line

RR#1

Lucknow, ON

N0G 2H0

Phone: (519) 528-2645

Email: wtforster@gmail.com

Patti Wilkins

82192 Bluewater Hwy

RR#5

Goderich, ON 

N7A 3Y3

Phone: (519) 524 6108

Email: 4pwilkins@gmail.com

Peter McKee

81160 Grist Mill Line

Goderich, ON 

N7A 3Y1

Phone: (519) 440-9464

Email: peter.jf.mckee@gmail.com

Evan Hickey

38034 Nile Rd

Auburn, ON 

N0M 1E0

Phone: (519) 955-4833

Email: evan_hickey@hotmail.com

Curtis Blake

62 Ashfield Street 

Port Albert, ON

Goderich, ON 

N7A 3X9

Phone: (519) 440-3599

Email: c.j.blake@outlook.com

 

List of Candidates School Board Election

English-language Separate School Board Trustee - 1 to be elected (Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board) 
 

NameAddressContact Information

Jim McDade

(Acclaimed)

302 Walnut St S 

Goderich, ON 

N7A 4C1

Phone: (519) 524-6098

Email: jmcdade@hpcdsb.ca

English-language Public School Board Trustee - 1 to be elected (Avon Maitland District School Board)

NameAddressContact Information

Joseph Cohen

(Acclaimed)

-

Phone: (519) 529-7700

Email: josephkcohen@gmail.com

French-language Public School Board Trustee - 1 to be elected (Conseil Scolaire Viamonde)

NameAddressContact Information

Joseph Vandermeer

4079 Catherine St.

Dorchester, ON

N0L 1G0

Phone: (519) 608-4700

Email: joseph.j.vandermeer@gmail.com

David O'Hara

1628 King St E

Cambridge, ON

N3H 3R7

Phone: (519) 222-4161

Email: davidjohara@gmail.com

French-language Separate School Board Trustee – 1 to be elected (Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence)

NameAddressContact Information

Sylvie C. Barbeau-Chmielewski

968 Exmouth Street

Sarnia, ON N7S 1W1

Phone: (519) 381-3067

Email: barbeausylvie0520@gmail.com

Meghan Reale

321 Fanshawe Dr

Sarnia, ON

N7S 6C9

Phone: (519) 381-7417

Email: megrealesmith@gmail.com

 

 

Certified Nomination Papers Filed- Form 1

The Clerk certifies the nomination by signing the Certification section of the Nomination Paper- Form 1 when they are satisfied that a person is qualified to be nominated and that the nomination complies with the Municipal Elections Act,1996.

Candidate for Mayor (Acclaimed)

Glen McNeil

Candidates for Deputy-Mayor (One to be elected)

Bill Vanstone

Roger Watt

Candidates for Councillor (Five to be elected)

Curtis Blake

Gloria Fisher

Wayne Forster

Evan Hickey

Peter McKee

Jennifer Miltenburg

Anita Snobelen

Patricia Wilkins

Candidate for English-language Separate School Board Trustee (Acclaimed) 

Jim McDade 

Candidate for English-language Public School Board Trustee (Acclaimed)

Joseph Cohen

Candidates for French-language Public School Board Trustee (One to be elected)

David O'Hara

Joseph Vandermeer

Candidates for French-language Separate School Board Trustee  (One to be elected)

Sylvie C. Barbeau-Chmielewski

Meghan Reale

Voter Information 

To ensure you are on the voters’ list for the 2022 municipal and school board elections, visit voterlookup.ca  

After September 1, you must apply to your municipal clerk if you want to add your name to the list or correct your information. You have until the close of voting on October 24 to apply for any changes. If you want to change your school support, you must contact MPAC. If you are applying to add your name to the voters’ list, you will be asked to provide proof that you are eligible to vote. See list of acceptable documents for voter identification here

Who can vote in elections?

Anyone can vote in a municipal election who, on the day of the election, is:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • either a resident of the municipality or a property owner or tenant or the spouse of an owner or tenant in the municipality during a specified time just before the election. 

Your name must be on the voters’ list in order for you to cast a ballot.

The voters’ list is prepared in several steps:

A preliminary list is created by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) based on data it keeps on home ownership and tenancy.

  • The preliminary list is sent to the municipal clerk after a by-election has been called or in advance of a regular election which occurs every 4 years. The clerk can correct any errors on the list, and the corrected list then becomes the voters’ list.
  • If you are not on the voters’ list, or if your information is incorrect (for example, you have moved and may be listed at a former address), you may apply to have your name added or your information corrected. This may be done until the close of voting on voting day in a regular election or by-election. You may have your name added to the voters’ list at the voting place. You may be asked to show identification to establish that you are eligible to vote. For more information about getting on the voters’ list, you should contact your municipal clerk.

Changes to the Voters' List

The list shall be available at the Municipal Office in electronic format to accommodate the voting process as of September 1, 2022.

Eligible voters who attend at the Municipal Office and are not on the Voters’ List will be able to be added to the list by filling out an Application to Amend Voters’ List Form EL15 and provide proof of identity and residence as prescribed in O. Reg. 500/09. Their names will be added to the Voters’ List and they will be assigned and sent a Voter Information Letter containing a PIN along with the rest of the electorate.

For additions to the list made after the mailing of the Voter Information Letters, the Voter Information Letter containing a PIN will be provided to the individual immediately. 

Where an eligible voter has received a notice on their Voter Information Letter that their date of birth is missing or incomplete, the voter can attend the Municipal Office and provide their date of birth. The elector will be required to fill out an Application to Amend Voters’ List Form EL15 and provide proof of identity and residence as prescribed in O. Reg. 500/09.

Where an eligible voter has received an incorrect Voter Information Letter in terms of school support, and has not already voted, the voter can attend the Municipal Office and have the proper category applied. The elector will be required to fill out an Application to Amend Voters’ List Form EL15 and provide proof of identity and residence as prescribed in O. Reg. 500/09. 

Eligible voters who attend the Municipal Office will be able to request a replacement Voter Information Letter and PIN under certain circumstances:

  1. Where a person on the Voters’ List has lost his or her Voter Information Letter or did not receive it in the mail, he or she will prove to the satisfaction of the authorized Election Official that they require a new PIN. Upon providing proof of identity and residence as prescribed in O. Reg. 500/09 to an Election Official, an oath on Application for Re-Issue of a Voter Information Letter (Lost and Unused) Form TI01 shall be taken by the elector and a new Voter Information Letter containing a new PIN shall be issued. The new PIN shall replace the old PIN in the voting system. 
  2. Where a person on the Voters’ List has attempted to vote and their PIN has already been used, he or she can provide to the satisfaction of the Election Official that they did not vote the PIN and require a new PIN. Upon providing proof of identity and residence as prescribed in O. Reg. 500/09 to an Election Official, an oath on Application for Re-Issue of a Voter Information Letter (Used by an Impersonator) Form TI02 shall be taken by the elector and the elector’s status shall be reset to allow a second vote. Furthermore, a new Voter Information Letter containing a new PIN shall be issued. The new PIN shall replace the old PIN in the voting system.

Information taken from page 25 of the Election Procedures- 2022 Municipal Election

New This Year!

Amendments were made to the 2022 Election Procedures for the 2022 Municipal Election to allow for remote verifications of identity for the 2022 Municipal Election. 

REMOTE VERIFICATION OF IDENTITY
If the person is unable to attend the office and requires remote verification for any form included in the Election Procedures for the 2022 Municipal Election.


a) To be added to the voter’s list advise them that they will need to submit an EL15 form (available online or at the Municipal Office) and deliver it by mail or email to the Election Official to arrange for a remote meeting to review the EL15 form and identification. This meeting is not acceptable by telephone.
 

b) The remote verification takes place by an electronic method of communication in which the Election Official and the voter can see, hear, and communicate with each other in real time throughout the entire transaction.
 

c) The Election Official will request that the voter show the front and back of their identification to the satisfaction of the Election Official.
 

d) The Election Official will approve or refuse the Certificate of Approval located on the EL15 and note on the form that the meeting was held remotely.
 

a. Should the person not have identification in accordance with the Municipal Elections act, 1996 and O. Reg 304/13, a Declaration of Identity Form 9 must be completed.
 

b. The Declaration of Identity Form 9 shall be signed virtually and witnessed by the Election Official, and then submitted via mail or email for commissioning.
 

i. The Election Official shall not certify the Certificate of Approval until the Declaration of Identity Form 9, is commissioned.


e) To be issued a replacement PIN advise the elector that they will need to submit a completed Application for the Reissue of a Voter Information Letter (Lost and Unused) (TI01) and deliver it by mail or email to the Election Official to arrange for a remote meeting to review the Application form and identification.
 

a. See steps above for remote viewing process.


b. Should the person not have identification in accordance with the Municipal Elections act, 1996 and O. Reg 304/13, the Election Official shall ask the elector security questions such as, their date of birth and address, or if there are any other eligible electors in their household, and the birth dates of those electors.

How do I vote? 

On March 2, 2021 Council approved By-law 16-2021 to allow for the alternative voting method of 'internet/telephone' voting for the Municipal Election to be held in 2022.   

Each eligible voter will receive, by mail, a Voters Information Letter that will detail the races they are eligible to vote for as well as the link to login AND a telephone number to call in, so they may choose their method to cast their vote. The letter also details a Personal Identification Number, as well as information on how to get assistance.

 

When do I vote? 

The voting period will be from Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. until Election Day is October 24, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.. 

Why should I vote?

The municipal council in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh controls a 14 million dollar budget, and makes decisions on the financing and servicing of services that are vital to your everyday lives. The council you elect, will determine the strategic direction of the Township for the next four years. 

Third Party Advertiser Information

Beginning in 2018, there are rules for third party advertising in Ontario’s municipal council and school board elections. For more information read the 2022 Guide for third party advertisers

What is a third party advertisement? 

A third party advertisement is an ad that supports, promotes or opposes a candidate or a “yes” or “no” answer to a question on the ballot.

Third party in this context means a person or entity who is not a candidate. Third party advertising is separate from any candidate’s campaign and must be done independently from a candidate.

Third party advertisers who wish to spend money on advertisements during the election must register with the municipal clerk and must file a financial statement.

Eligible third party advertisers

The following are eligible to register as a third party advertiser:

  • any person who is a resident of Ontario
  • a corporation carrying on business in Ontario
  • a trade union that holds bargaining rights for employees in Ontario
  • Groups or businesses that are not corporations cannot register as third party advertisers. Candidates cannot register as third party advertisers.

Only registered third party advertisers may spend money on advertisements supporting, promoting or opposing candidates or answers to a question on the ballot during the municipal election.

Register as a third party advertiser 

An individual, corporation or trade union must register with the municipal clerk to be a third party advertiser in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh. Third parties can register in any lower-tier or single-tier municipality (city, town, township, etc.)

Being registered in a municipality allows the third party to advertise to the voters in that municipality. A third party advertiser can support or oppose any candidate or candidates who will be voted on by the people in that municipality. This includes candidates running for local council, school trustee and candidates running for offices on an upper tier council.

Third party advertisers do not need to decide before they register which candidate or candidates they want to support or oppose, and they do not have to tell the clerk what their intentions are.

A third party can only advertise to voters in the municipality where they are registered. There is no limit on the number of municipalities where a third party can register. If a third party wants to advertise to voters in more than 1 municipality they must register in each municipality where they wish to advertise.

For example, if a third party wanted to advertise for or against a candidate running for an office that is voted on by people in more than 1 municipality, such as a school trustee or regional chair, they would need to register in each municipality.

How to Register 

File electronically or in-person to the Clerk. 

Notice of Registration (Form 7) 

Deadline to register

An individual, corporation or trade union can register to be a third party advertiser beginning on May 1, 2022, and can file a registration until the close of business on Friday, October 21, 2022.

If a person requires an alternate format or communication support for any item on this page, they can contact the Clerk's Office at 519-524-4669 extension 202 or by email at clerk@acwtownship.ca

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