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Candidate Financial Reporting - Financial Statements

All candidates (including acclaimed or withdrawn candidates) are required to file a financial statement using the prescribed form. Candidates, whose campaign contributions and total expenses exceed $10,000, are required to file an auditor's report with their financial statement that has been prepared by an auditor licenced under the Public Accounting Act. Financial statements are due in the Clerk's Office at City Hall (26 Francis Street in Lindsay) by 2pm on Friday, March 29, 2019.

Complete and signed financial statements may be filed electronically to during the prescribed filing period (January 2-March 29). The date of the electronic submission shall be the official date received.  The original identical paper copy of the financial statements must be delivered to the Clerk’s Office within 10 days following the electronic submission.

There is a 30 day grace period for late filings of Financial Statements until April 29, 2019 at 2pm, however there is a late filing fee of $500. The $500 late filing fee is the property of the municipality. 

Candidates seeking advice on completing their financial statements should consult:

The City Clerk's Office may assist candidates by showing 'where' to find assistance, not how to complete your financial statement. It is ultimately the candidates responsibility to submit a financial statement that is to the best of their knowledge, true and correct.

Failure to submit a financial statement will find the candidate in default of the Municipal Elections Act. Penalties include:

  • The candidate forfeits the office to which he or she was elected and the office shall be deemed to be vacant; and
  • Until the next regular election has taken place, the candidate is ineligible to be elected or appointed to any office to which the Municipal Election Act applies.

Campaign Period and Filing Deadline Extension

Candidates wishing to extend their campaign period beyond December 31, 2018 (allowing you to continue making expenses and receiving contributions up until June 30, 2019), should have notified the City Clerk in writing (on prescribed Form 6) advising of your request, on or before 4:30pm, December 31, 2018. Candidates who have done this must file two financial statements:

  • The initial filing (Form 4), which details all campaign finances from the day the nomination was filed until December 31, 2018 (due by 2:00pm on March 29, 2019).
  • The supplementary filing (Form 5), which details all campaign finances from the day the nomination was filed until July 2, 2019 (due by 2:00pm on September 27, 2019).

On or before March 28, 2019, a candidate may apply to the Superior Court of Justice to extend the time for filing a financial statement. If the court is satisfied there are mitigating circumstances justifying a later date for filing the document. The court may grant an extension for the minimum period of time necessary to enable the candidate to file the document, but the court shall not grant an extension of more than 90 days. If a candidate makes an application to the Court, the candidate shall notify the City Clerk in writing before 2 p.m. on the last day for filing a financial statement (March 29).

Candidates may file after the March 29, 2019, 2:00pm deadline up until April 29, 2019 at 2:00, if their Financial Statement is accompanied by a $500 fee to avoid penalties under the Municipal Elections Act.

Kawartha Lakes Council Composition

Beginning on December 1, 2018 Council will be made up of 1 Mayor and 8 Councillors. The Mayor is elected city-wide and 1 Councillor is elected per each of the City’s new eight wards.

 Responsibilities of the Mayor and Council

Council is the City’s decision-making body. Role of Council (Section 224 of the Municipal Act):

  1. To represent the public and to consider the well-being and interests of the municipality;
  2. To develop and evaluate the policies and programs of the municipality;
  3. To determine which services the municipality provides;
  4. To ensure that administrative policies, practices and procedures and controllership policies, practices and procedures are in place to implement the decisions of council;
  5. To ensure the accountability and transparency of the operations of the municipality, including the activities of the senior management of the municipality;
  6. To maintain the financial integrity of the municipality; and
  7. To carry out the duties of council under this or any other Act.
 Role of the Mayor

Role of Mayor (Section 225 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.
 Other Roles for Members of Council
  • Attendance at City functions, such as Remembrance Day Ceremonies
  • Ward or Town-hall style meetings
  • Community groups
  • Constituent meetings
  • Committees of council – councillors determine the number of committees they wish to participate in
    • The average is approximately 8 committees per councillor and the time commitment to each varies
  • Acting or Deputy Mayor responsibilities with appointments approved by Council
 Typical Time Commitments
  • Bi-monthly agenda review 4 to 6 hours/agenda package
  • Committee meetings – varies 6 hours/month
  • Constituent issues – varies 20 hours/month
  • Purchasing bid openings – 1 hour/month depends on availability
  • Special Council meetings and information sessions – 2 to 6 hours/month
  • Processing emails, phone calls, research – 10 hours/month
  • Attendance at conferences, community events, training opportunities - varies
 Member of Council Remuneration

City Council adopted resolutions CR2017-1016 (regarding base remuneration) and CR2018-247 (regarding 1/3 tax exempt status gapping) for the Remuneration of Council for 2018 to 2022 as follows:

Please Note: Council Remuneration figures below include 1/3 Tax Exempt Status gapping.






Prior to 2018 election

Mayor salary






Deputy Mayor salary






Council term

Councillor salary






Total Salary & Benefits (20%) per annum for all Council






Additional Budget Impact






Cost per resident






Eligibility and Qualifications

 Mayor and Councillor Candidate Qualifications

For the position of Mayor or Councillor you must be:

  • A Canadian citizen
  • At least 18 years of age
  • A resident of the City of Kawartha Lakes, or
  • Own or lease property in the City of Kawartha Lakes (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

City of Kawartha Lakes Employees:

Employees of the City of Kawartha Lakes who wish to run for mayor or councillor 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.

 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 City’s Elections Office, and Municipal Service Centres 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.

 Residency Requirements for Councillors
 If you meet the qualifications to be a candidate, you do not have to live in the ward you want to run. You must however qualify as an elector within Kawartha Lakes.

Candidate Nominations - Now Closed

 Before Nomination

The City Clerk's Office held an information session for prospective, and nominated candidates on Monday, June 25, 2018 from 4-6pm (see information above). Before you file your nomination paper consider the following suggestions:

 Nomination Requirements

A person may be nominated for an office by filing a nomination in the Clerk’s Office, in person or by an agent. If filing by agent, the agent must present a commissioned Agent Appointment Form.

Effective April 1, 2018. The nomination for an office on Council must be endorsed by at least 25 persons, and they may endorse more than one nomination. All persons endorsing a nomination must be eligible to vote in an election for an office within Kawartha Lakes, if a regular election was held on the day that the person endorses the nomination. Endorsements must be completed on Form 2 (print multiple copies, as Form 2 only allows for 5 endorsements). School Board Trustee candidates do not require endorsements.

The nomination must be completed in full and filed in person by the candidate or an agent of the candidate and includes:

  1. Identification for proof of identity
  2. A completed copy of the Nomination Paper (Form 1) currently in resources
  3. A declaration of qualification (Form 2) from each of the 25 people endorsing the nomination (for Mayor and Council candidates only)
  4. The filing fee (see below)
 Documentation Submitted by Candidates

Other documentation and forms that will be submitted by yourself or an agent upon nomination will include:

  1. Notice to Returning Officer as to Candidate's Proper Name
  2. Candidate Information Consent Form
  3. Notice of Penalties
  4. Declaration of Qualifications for Council (if applicable)
  5. Declaration of Qualifications for School Board Trustee (if applicable)

The Municipal Elections Act states that all forms and correspondence submitted by the candidate to the City Clerk are deemed to be public documents and can be viewed, at the City Clerk's Office, during regular business hours.

A nomination package of forms is available for pick up at the Clerk's Office for all prospective candidates.

 Nomination Period - Now Closed

Nominations can only be filed during the nomination period, which was:

  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Thursday July 26, 2018 from 8:30am to 4:30pm (excluding holidays)
  • The last day for nominations was Nomination Day: Friday July 27, 2018 from 9am to 2pm
 Filing Fee to become a Candidate

There is a $200 filing fee for Mayoralty candidates and a $100 filing fee for Councillor or School Board Trustee candidates.

The filing fee must be paid when you file your nomination paper and the payment must be:

  • Cash
  • Certified cheque or money order payable to “Treasurer, City of Kawartha Lakes”
  • Debit or Credit Card
  • 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.

 Certification of Nomination Papers

Prior to 4pm on the Monday following Nomination Day (July 30, 2018), the City 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 City Clerk shall certify as such on the nomination filed.

If not satisfied, the City Clerk shall reject the nomination and give notice to the person who sought to be nominated and all other candidates for that office.

The City Clerk’s decision to certify or reject a nomination is final. The City 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 is available on the Voter Information page.

The Campaign Period

Starting Your Candidacy

In order to become a candidate you must file a Nomination Paper with the City Clerk. The earliest you can file is May 1, 2018. You can file your nomination paper at:

City of Kawartha Lakes Clerk’s Office
City Hall
26 Francis Street
Lindsay, Ontario

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 1, 2018.
Next Steps after Nomination Papers have been Submitted

Once the nomination paper has been accepted, a candidate should open a bank account in the name of the campaign, and may start accepting contributions and start incurring expenses.

Upon the successful filing of your nomination papers, you will be provided with a Candidate Election Information Handbook that provides more detailed information. Consult your Candidate Election Information Handbook for detailed Candidate information.

Some other suggestions are:

Understand the:

  • Financial responsibilities
  • Financial reporting requirements
  • Campaign roles
  • Potential penalties

Review the relevant legislation such as the:

Candidates' Information Session: June 25

A Candidates' Information Session was held on Monday, June 25, 2018 from 4-6pm in the Victoria Room at City Hall (26 Francis Street, Lindsay). This information session was for prospective and registered candidates for City Council or School Board or Third Party Advertisers. The information session covered the following topics:

  • Roles and responsibilities of elected officials and staff
  • Eligibility to run for various offices
  • The nomination process
  • Important dates
  • Campaign finances
  • Compliance audits
  • Third party advertising
  • Specifics about the Kawartha Lakes Election

A copy of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs presentation material can be found here. We wish to thank Carol Church, and Lisa Harvey from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for presenting an overview of the Municipal Election in Ontario.


Candidates have the responsibility to run an accessible campaign. Consult your Candidate Election Information Handbook for more information on how to run an accessible campaign. For more details regarding accessibility during the Municipal Election, please read the Accessibility Plan document.

Financial Reporting Requirements

All candidates must file a financial statement.  For details, please review the Municipal Elections Act or the Candidates Guide on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website. It is good practice for campaigns to review the Financial Statement form prior to incurring any contributions or expenses, and arrange their accounts, spreadsheets, and ledgers according to the various categories that are required to be reported on the form.

If a candidate fails to file a required financial statement or auditor’s report (or any other document required under Section 78 or 79.1 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996), fails to pay over a surplus or exceeds the spending limit for the office, the candidate forfeits any office to which he or she was elected and the office is deemed to be vacant.  The penalties will take effect on the deadline for the filing of the documents. If the candidate applies to the Ontario Court of Justice for an extension of the time to file the financial statement and fails to file the documents by the date established by the Court, the penalties will take effect at the end of the period of extension.

Sections 91 and 92 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 set out penalties with respect to violations under the Act as follows:

91. (1) If a person is convicted of a corrupt practice under this Act, or of an offence under the Criminal Code (Canada) in connection with an act or omission that relates to an election to which this Act applies, then, in addition to any other penalty provided for in this Act,

(a) Any office to which the person was elected is forfeited and becomes vacant; and

(b) The person is ineligible to be nominated for, or elected or appointed to, any office until the next two regular elections have taken place after the election to which the offence relates.


(2) However, if the presiding judge finds that the person committed the corrupt practice or offence under the Criminal Code (Canada) without any intent of causing or contributing to a false outcome of the election, clause (1) (b) does not apply.

92.(3) If the expenses incurred by or on behalf of a candidate exceed the amount determined for the office under section 76, the candidate is liable to a fine equal to the excess, in addition to any other penalty provided for in this Act.

92.(5) A candidate is guilty of an offence and, on conviction, in addition to any other penalty that may be imposed under this Act, is subject to the penalties described in subsection 80(2) if he or she,

(a) Files a document under section 78 or 79.1 that is incorrect or otherwise does not comply with that section; or

(b) Incurs expenses that exceed what is permitted under section 76

Note: The entire Financial Report is considered a public document. These documents may be inspected by any person upon request at the Office of the Clerk during normal office hours. Any person may make extracts from the documents and is entitled to copies of the documents upon payment for their preparation, at such rates as the Clerk may determine. Clerks are required to make the documents available electronically, at no cost to the requester.

All financial reports will be posted on the City's website. This includes a listing of the names and address of all contributors. You may wish to consider advising contributors that their personal information will be public and displayed on the City’s web site after the election.  The information remains on the website until after the next municipal election.

Name on Ballot

Section 41 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996

The ballot lists the candidates running for mayor, councillor and school board trustee, and will be mailed to voters, as a part of the Voting Kit, prior to Election Day. The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (Act) and City Clerk policies determine how a candidate's name appears on the ballot. The following rules apply:

  • Only the first and last name (as shown on the candidate's identification) will appear on the ballot;
  • Nicknames or middle names are not placed on the ballot;
  • Titles, such as Doctor, Reverend, etc., are not allowed on the ballot;
  • Names are arranged in alphabetical order by office
  • Any instance where two or more candidates have the same last name, all candidates running for that office will have their qualifying address printed on the ballot.

Candidates upon nomination will file a Notice to Returning Officer as to Candidates' Proper Name Form if the nomination paper filing differs from their legal name on their photo identification. Candidates may provide the Clerk's Office their preferred pronunciation of their name to assist with the reading out of their names for electors using the Telephone voting.

 Changing Office - Now Closed

If, after filing a nomination for an office, a candidate decides to run for a different office on council or school board, the proper documentation must be filed with the City Clerk during the nomination period. To change office a candidate must:

If the nomination fee is the same for the new office, no extra payment is required, for example, councillor to school board trustee. If the nomination fee is different for the new office, the following apply:

  • Mayor to councillor or school board trustee
    • The candidate will receive a refund of $100
  • Councillor or school board trustee to mayor
    • The candidate must pay the $100 difference

In regards to the campaign finances:

  • The two offices (campaigns) are separate and contributions and expenses cannot be transferred from one to the other
  • There must be a separate bank account for each campaign

A separate financial statement for each office must be filed.

  • The first filing (for the withdrawn office) must show all financial activity from the day the nomination was filed until the day the withdrawal was filed
  • The second filing must show all financial activity from the day the new nomination was filed until the end of the campaign period
Withdrawing a Nomination

Section 36 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996

A withdrawal of a nomination must be done in person at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall. If a candidate decides they no longer wish to run in the municipal election, they must:

  • Complete the Withdrawal of Nomination form; and
  • Bring the form and proper photo identification to the City Clerk’s Office.

The last day for a candidate to withdraw their nomination is 2pm, on Nomination Day, July 27, 2018. If a candidate withdraws their nomination, they must submit a financial statement showing all contributions and expenses including the nomination fee from the day the nomination paper was filed until the day of withdrawal from office. This financial statement is due by 2pm, the last Friday in March following the election.

Once the withdrawal form has been accepted, the nomination fee will be refunded by the end of November of an election year.

Faxed or mailed-in forms are not accepted.

If an agent is bringing in the withdrawal form on the candidate's behalf, the agent must provide the following:

Campaign Questions

The Office of the City Clerk is here to provide assistance with helping you identify 'where to look' if you have campaign questions. Call us at (705) 324-9411 ext. 1295 (Cathie), 1322 (Joel), or 1888 (Election Help Desk/Kia) 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.

Your question might have already been asked by someone else. Here is a list of Candidate Questions that have already been asked during the 2018 Election period.

Corporate Questions from Candidates to the Director of Corporate Services
How many fire related calls are responded to by Fire Services?
Fire Services responded to 152 fire related calls in 2016 and 114 in 2017.

The City is currently completing a Fire Master Plan. How much did it cost?

The Fire Master Plan is a 10 year community driven plan to guide operational improvements and enhance how the service is provided throughout the community.  Emergency Management & Training Inc (EMT) was hired to assist with this. While the project is not complete, it is anticipated to cost approximately $55,000. 

What is the status of the Bobcaygeon library?

The City has retained a consultant to determine the feasibility of moving the library to the Service Centre in Bobcaygeon, as directed by Council.  It is anticipated that the study will be completed within the next few months.  Upon completion, the findings will be presented to both the Library Board and Council for consideration and next steps.

All Council members are required to sign a code of conduct. What does it entail?
A copy of the Code of Conduct is available for download here.
Where can I find information about the City’s budget and departments?
A copy of the 2018 budget and business plan, including organization charts can be found on our Budget and Finance page.
How does the City levy water and wastewater fees?

The City has two main by-laws for levying water and wastewater fees.

By-law 2018-039 is a by-law to regulate water and wastewater services, and is the by-law which sets out the rates for properties connected to the City’s water and/or sewer services.

By-law 2014-255 is a by-law to require owners of buildings to connect such buildings to drinking water systems and/or wastewater collection systems in the City of Kawartha Lakes.  This by-law applies to property owners that have the ability to connect to the City’s water and/or sewer services, but currently use private systems.

Are there City staff on the “Sunshine List”?

The Province of Ontario requires all Public Sector employers to disclose annually all earnings of $100,000 or greater.  A copy of the list for 2017 can be found on the Government of Ontario's website.

How many staff has the City employed over the past five years?

The number of full time equivalent staff employed by the City over the past five years is as follows:


Full Time Equivalent











What is the salary and benefit cost for the Library Administration staff, Branch staff, and Board members?

The 2018 budget for the Library is $1,406,254.  The budget is split between Administration (34%) and Branch staff (66%). The Board members act on a volunteer basis.

What was the total operating and capital budget for the past the years 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018? What was the approved tax levy increase in each of those years?



Operating Budget

Capital Budget

Tax Levy Increase

















What background reports are available on the construction, budget, and funding sources for the new Human Services Building at the corner of Queen/Lindsay Streets.
A collection of Council reports and minutes regarding the matter are available here.

Why was the decision made to move two firefighters from the Bobcaygeon Fire Station to the Lindsay Fire Station?

The Lindsay Division full time suppression required an increase in staffing. The Bobcaygeon and Omemee stations had declining call responses and did not meet the criteria for a full time staffing model. The full time staff in Bobcaygeon and Omemee were transferred to the Lindsay division to help meet the full time staffing complement.  The volunteer firefighters continue to cover the call responses in the Bobcaygeon and Omemee Division.

Is the City of Kawartha Lakes going to licence cannabis stores?

 The City issued a media release (Cannabis retail rollout still in the hands of the province) on this matter. 

What were the tax levy increases for the years 2010 to 2015, and how do our tax increases compare to the rate of inflation?


Tax Levy increase

Ontario CPI



















What is the dollar amount or financial impact to the average household of the 3.25% tax levy increase in 2018?

It is difficult to quantify the tax levy increase to the average household.  The impact will be different depending on which community you live in because of the area tax rates, and the change in your assessment from 2017 to 2018.

What is the dollar amount or financial impact to the average household of the 3% water and wastewater rate increase in 2018?

For households that are connected to both water and wastewater, the 2018 increase equates to approximately $44 per year.  As only the fixed component of the charge was changed in 2018, the increase will be the same for all households connected to both services.

What is the current credit rating and risk assessment for the City of Kawartha Lakes? Has is substantially changed?

The City does not have a credit rating.  This would typically occur if the City was funding debt through the issuance of bonds.  The City is currently securing it’s debt funding through debentures.

When did Council decide to consolidate fire stations? Was there a recorded vote?

Report FIRE2015-004 November 10, 2015 Core Service Review – Fire Service Station Location Study

The resolution to consolidate fire stations is noted below.  There was not a recorded vote.

10.4.5 FIRE2015-004

Moved by Councillor Miller, seconded by Councillor O'Reilly,

Resolved That Report FIRE2015-004, Core Service Review - Fire Service Station Location Study, be received;

That Capital Project FS1408 Bethany Fire Station Replacement proceed in 2016 with a change in scope to a single truck station;

That the Fire Service consolidate the Baddow Fire Station with the Fenelon Falls and Coboconk Fire Stations; and

That the Fire Service consolidate the Oakwood Fire Station and the Little Britain Fire Station.

Carried CR2015-1170

Do you have an attendance record over the last year for members of Council?

The Clerk takes attendance at each Council meeting and it forms part of the minutes. The City does not keep a cumulative record of attendance. 

How did the Council members salary change from this term to the new term?

The current salary of a Councillor is $26,898. In November 2017, Council approved that the Councillor salary would increase to $41,065 effective the first term of the new Council. This is an increase of slightly more than 50%. The Mayor’s salary was increased by approx. 11% from $74,465 to $82,809. The Councillor’s salary was adjusted so significantly to recognize that with fewer Councillor’s there would be an increased level of effort for each Councillor. 

Canada Revenue Agency then changed the rules pertaining to the tax exempt status of Council salaries.  Starting in 2019, Council members must be taxed on 100% of their salary, rather than the current two-thirds. In April of 2018, Council agreed to further amend Council member’s salaries to ensure that their “take home” or net pay was not impacted by the tax exempt status being removed. This resulted in the Councillor’s salary being further adjusted to $48,050 (compared to current of $26,898 or 80% increase). The Mayor’s salary was further adjusted to $111,790 (compared to current of $74,465 or 50%). 

How much of the City’s total assessment comes from farms?

Our total farm assessment is approximately $1.7 billion and it represents about 13% of our total assessment. 

When a traffic offense occurs, there is a “victim impact surcharge”.  Which department handles that function? How is it collected? Where is it kept? How do victims access this fund? How much is in the fund? How much was paid out to victims in 2017?

The Provincial Offences division of the City is responsible for collecting the fines on behalf of the Province. All amounts collected are remitted to the Province. The remainder of the questions would be best answered by the Province, as it does not fall under the City’s responsibility.

 Campaign Questions from Candidates to Election Office

Where are the new ward boundaries and how can I see them?

 Here is the link to our interactive ward boundary map that you can use to move around and see all of the different wards and maps.

Where can I view the up to date unofficial list of candidates?

View the unofficial list of candidates.

Is there a waiting period between the time that I complete my nomination and the time that I can begin collecting and spending funds towards my campaign?

No, however, you must make sure that you have opened up a separate bank account where the funds contributed towards your campaign will be deposited into.

Will I be receiving a list of Electors?

Yes, you will be receiving a list of electors in September.

Can I get a pdf copy of a specific ward map? For ex. Ward Map 8.

Yes you can get a copy of the specific wards; they are located on the on the ward boundaries page.

I was wondering if you have anymore information on the 2018 election. Perhaps a link to municipal affairs where I can read about the new rules etc.

The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs has provided a variety of resources on their website regarding their governance of the Municipal Election. My understanding is that some of the 2018 resources have not yet been published yet.

Kawartha Lakes Election information will be posted on this page of the website, closer to the Nomination period (May 1, 2018).

You can subscribe to Election 2018 updates on the website. As things become available, you’ll receive a notice in your email.

The candidates guide mentioned the July date for signs; however, with respect to print adverting I assume it is ok to place one in after I am a registered candidate.

An election sign is defined as:

“any sign, image, words, picture, device, notice or visual medium, or any combination thereof, including without limitation, any poster, placard, bulletin, banner, wearables such as hats, shirts and buttons or vehicle wrap, which:

Identifies, depicts, promotes, advertises or provides information about;

-       a)   an individual who is a candidate; or

-       b)   a question or by-law submitted to electors; or

Promotes recognition of or influences persons to vote for or against any candidate or any question or by-law submitted to electors. For the purpose of clarification, “Election Sign” includes “Vehicle Sign” and “Campaign Office Sign”.

A sign is defined as:

-       Any surface upon which there is printed, projected or attached any announcement, declaration, or insignia used for direction, information, identifications, advertisement, promotion or promotion of products, activity or services, and includes a structure. Whether it is in a fixed location or designed to be portable or capable of being relocated, or part thereof specifically designed for the foregoing uses. Furthermore, this includes flags, banners, posters, placard, advertising devices or any object intended for advertising purposes.

The section of the by-law referring to 90 days says the following:

3.02    Highways:  A person may place or cause to be placed an election sign on a highway provided that,

a)         placement of election signs along highways or public property, are only permitted during the period 90 days prior to voting day.

At the end of my campaign, do all of the surplus campaign funds get turned over to the Clerk?

You are entitled to recoup contributions made by yourself or your spouse out of the surplus.  Example: if there is $500 surplus and you contributed $400 to your campaign, you may deduct that $400, leaving a surplus of $100.  The $100 would be turned over to the Clerk. If you contributed $600 to your campaign then the balance would be $0.  (See Campaign surplus page 32 of the Candidates Guide for Ontario Municipal Council and School Board Elections – Ontario).

Can I request a copy of Form 1 – Nomination paper for opening a bank account

Candidates may request photocopies from the Clerk’s office of any documentation submitted during the nomination process.

Are candidates able to use the CKL logo for their collateral work? Meaning on our flyers that we hand out and lawn signs that we are going to use?

To request the use of the City's logo, please contact the Communications, Advertising and Marketing division.

Can I put a corporation name on campaign goods, if they offer a discount to my campaign?

Page 17 of the MMAH 2018 Candidates Guide states the following:

-       “Campaign contributions are any money, goods or services that are given to you for use in your campaign, including money and goods that you contribute to yourself.

-       If you are given a special discount on a good or service that you are purchasing for your campaign, the difference between what you were charged and what the market value would be is considered to be a contribution.

-       Corporations and other businesses are not permitted to make contributions to candidates. If you are being offered a discount, you should make sure that whoever is offering the discount is entitled to make a personal contribution to your campaign.

-       If a professional who would normally charge for a service gives you that service for free, the market value of the service is considered to be a contribution.

-       If you sell goods at a fundraising event for more than their market value, the difference between what the person attending the fundraising event paid you and what they would have normally paid for the item is considered to be a contribution.”

When can I put up my signs?

You can start putting up your signs on highways July 25th.

The sign by-law states that “3.02     Highways:  A person may place or cause to be placed an election sign on a highway provided that,

a)    placement of election signs along highways or public property, are only permitted during the period 90 days prior to voting day.”

What are the requirements for labelling of election signs?

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Candidates’ guide states the following:

“Signs: Your municipality may have rules about when you can put up campaign signs and how signs may be displayed on public property. All of your campaign signs and other advertising must identify that you are responsible for the sign. This is so that people seeing the sign or advertisement can tell that it is from your campaign, rather than from a third party advertiser.”
The Kawartha Lakes Election Sign By-law does not specify any requirements for sign labelling or identification for Candidates’ signs. However, there are specific provisions for the labelling and identification requirements for Registered Third Party Advertisers in Section 7 of the By-law.

Can I put up signs before the 90 day period on private property?

The 90 day period is specific to Highways and Public Property. The Election sign by-law is not specific to any time restrictions on private property. Section 4 reads as follows:

4.01    Private Property – Residential Zones: 

A person may place or cause to be placed an election sign in residential zones provided that,

a)    The owner or occupant of the lands has given consent.

b)    the election sign shall not exceed 0.75 square metres, unless specifically permitted elsewhere in this section.

c)    The election sign shall not exceed 2.0 square metres where the election sign is erected on private property where no residential building exists.

d)    Where an election sign is erected on public lands abutting the rear lot line of a residential property, the consent of the owner or occupant shall not be required and the maximum size of an election sign shall be 2.0 square metres.

e)    Election signs shall not restrict any sightline of a pedestrian or vehicle on a public highway.

f)     No more than two (2) election signs per candidate are permitted on any one piece of land zoned residential.

g)    No portion of the election sign shall be placed within 15.0 metres of an intersecting highway as measured from the curb of the intersecting highway, or if there is no curb, as measured from the edge of the travelled portion of the intersecting highway.

4.02    Private Property – Other than a Residential Zone: 

No person shall place or cause to be placed an election sign in any zone except for residential zones unless it complies with this by-law, and provided that,

a)    election signs with a maximum size of 2.0 square metres shall only be erected or installed on private property and with the consent of the owner or occupant of such property.

b)    no more than three (3) election signs per candidate are permitted on any one piece of land zoned other than residential.

4.03    Campaign Headquarters: 

No person shall erect, attach, display, place or cause to be erected, attached, displayed or placed an election sign at campaign headquarters prior to the candidate having filed his/her nomination papers and paid the required filing fee and in accordance with Section 2.13.

What elector counts figures were used to create the Estimates of Maximum Expenditures? Is there any specific counts to number of ‘doors’?

The Estimate of Maximum Expenditures were created using 2014 elector counts transposed over the new 2018 ward boundaries. There is no specific counts available for number of doors, just number of properties. The elector count is as follows:


English Public

English Separate

French Public

French Separate

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Should I claim mileage as a campaign expense?

Candidates should read the Municipal Elections Act Section 88.19 to understand what is or is not a campaign expense, and what might or might not count towards the Maximum Expenditures limits. Candidates may view filed financial statements from the 2014 Municipal Election Campaign to compare previous candidate practice However, candidates should always refer to the Municipal Elections Act to ensure compliance with the 2018 regulations.

What is the fine for breaching the Election Sign By-law?

7.02    Every person who contravenes any provision of this by-law is guilty of an offence and upon conviction is liable to a maximum fine of not more than $100,000.00, as provided for by Section 429 of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, Chapter 25, as amended.

7.03    A director or officer of a corporation who knowingly concurs in the violation or contravention by the corporation of any provision of this by-law is guilty of an offence and upon conviction is liable to a maximum fine of not more than $100,000.00, as provided for by Section 429 of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, Chapter 25, as amended.

Does the City have Population Density Maps?

We aren’t aware of any maps that identify population density below a city-wide level.

The City’s interactive ward boundary map identifies the locations of some structures. However, the location of the structures are not likely congruent with population density.

If I suspect a violation of the Election Sign By-law, what do I do?

Do not alter the sign in question.

If you feel the sign may be placed in error, you may contact the candidate directly and respectfully advise them of your concerns.
Alternatively, you may contact Municipal Law Enforcement by emailing or completing their online by-law complaint form.

Vandalism and other criminal activity may be reported to the appropriate police authority.

Is there a penalty for not identifying on an election sign that a candidate has produced and placed election signs?

There is no penalty to the candidate for not identifying the fact that signs were produced by their campaign. If we do not see something on the sign that would distinguish it as a third party advertisement, then we assume that the sign was produced and placed by the candidate’s campaign.

Can I receive a Voters’ List now (prior to September 4)?

As per the Municipal Election’s Act:

Copies for candidates

(4) On the written request of a certified candidate for an office, the clerk shall provide him or her with the part of the voters’ list that contains the names of the electors who are entitled to vote for that office. 1996, c. 32, Sched., s. 23 (4); 2016, c. 15, s. 17 (2).


(5) The clerk shall not provide a copy of the voters’ list under subsection (3) or a part of the voters’ list under subsection (4) until September 1.

How close should election signs be placed from one another?

Section 3.02(c) of the Election Sign By-law states the following:

“There will be a 1 metre separation distance between all election signs.”

Should HST be included in my expenses?

“Any taxes such as HST paid on purchases should be included in the amount of the expense.”

Are there regulations about the use of ‘elect’ vs ‘re-elect’ vs ‘vote’ on election signs?

The Election Sign By-law does not regulate the use of these terms.

How many steps are there in Telephone Voting? How many numbers have to be entered?

There are 4 things (3 on telephone) to enter to access your online ballot

a.    An 8 digit Elector ID number (Electors will receive 13 digits on their PIN letters, but only have to enter the last 8)

b.    A 6 digit PIN Number

c.    A 4 digit Year of Birth

d.    And a 6 or 7 character ‘captcha challenge’ (Internet only)

We have found that telephone voting requires about 10 minutes to vote if your ballot is only a Mayor/Councillor. About 15 minutes to vote if they are also electing a school board trustee (only applicable to French Language Electors, and Wards 1 and 4 English Public Electors). Telephone voting regularly requires the elector to enter the # symbol to confirm their vote, or hit the * button to go back in the voting process.

Will there be any indication of incumbent status on the ballot?

There will be no indication of incumbency status on the ballot. Names will be listed/read in alphabetical order by last name.

Can a candidate host their own All Candidates’ Meeting or Debate?

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 does not require candidate debates to be held, and the municipal clerk is not responsible for organizing meetings or debates. Debates could be organized by community groups, media outlets, candidates or any other interested persons.

Can a candidate offer electronic equipment to allow an elector to vote?

From the Kawartha Lakes Clerk’s Election Procedures: Candidates are prohibited from offering electronic equipment to electors to vote (ex. cell phone, tablet, laptop).

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