Municipal Election

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 will have 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 are organizing a joint Candidate Information Session. A hybrid meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Libro Hall in Clinton, ON.

View poster for the event here.

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 Guide

Who can be a candidate? 

Candidate must be a resident of the municipality or a non-resident owner or tenant of land in the municipality or the spouse of such non-resident owner or tenant;

  • a Canadian citizen and at least 18 years old;
  • not legally prohibited from voting;  and not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office.
  • You will need 25 signatures on your nomination form and must pay a fee of $100 ($200 for mayor).

When you think about candidates for federal or provincial elections, you usually think about the political party that each candidate represents. In municipal elections in Ontario, candidates are not elected to represent a political party.

Nomination Process

Nominations open on May 2, 2022, and close on August 19, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. 

You must file in person at the Municipal Office at 82133 Council Line. Please make an appointment with the Clerk's department to come and file your Nomination Papers.

You will need to pay the nomination fee and provide identification. You are also required to swear an oath at our office. You must complete the following forms:

Nomination papers are also available at the Municipal Office.

NOMINATION PACKAGE

If you have trouble opening the Nomination Package on your internet browser (Chrome, Edge, Explorer etc) please download the file to your computer. If issues prevail please contact the Kaitlin Bos, Deputy -Clerk by phone (519) 524 4669 ext. 219 or by email communications@acwtownship.ca

Resources for Potential Candidates

Unofficial List of Candidates (updated June 21, 2022)

Unofficial List of Candidates for Mayor

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

 

Unofficial List of Candidates for Deputy Mayor

Name Qualifying Address Contact Information

Roger Watt

85045 Kimberly Dr

Goderich, ON

N7A 3X9

Phone: (519) 884-3895

Email: roger.watt@uwaterloo.ca

 

Unofficial 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

 

 

Unofficial List of Candidates School Board Election

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

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

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

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

Name Address Contact Information
Sylvie C. Barbeau-Chmielewski

968 Exmouth Street

Sarnia, ON N7S 1W1

Phone: (519) 381-3067

Email: barbeausylvie0520@gmail.com

 

Voter Information 

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

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.

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 until Election Day is October 24, 2022. 

Where can I find more information about the candidates?

Nomination period ends August 19, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. stay tuned for more information. 

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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