Qualifications of Candidates
A person who is eligible to be a candidate may file a nomination paper with the City Clerk or designate.
This may be done in person or by an agent, during regular business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm., starting Monday, January 4, 2010 through to Thursday, September 9, 2010. Nominations may be filed between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Nomination Day, Friday, September 10, 2010.
Nomination papers will be accepted only at the City Clerk's Office, located on the Second Floor of Tom Davies Square, 200 Brady Street, Sudbury.
Either the candidate or an agent of the candidate must file the nomination paper in person. The declaration section of the nomination paper must be signed in front of a Commissioner of Oaths.
• a Canadian citizen;
• at least 18 years of age;
• a resident within the district school board's area of jurisdiction; and,
• qualified to vote for members of that district school board
In order to qualify to be a candidate a person must be:
- In the case of the Rainbow District School Board, a public school elector;
- In the case of the Sudbury Catholic District School Board, a separate school elector;
- In the case of the Conseil scolaire du district du Grand Nord de l'Onatrio a public school elector who fits into one of the following criteria:
a) First learned and still understands French;
b) Received his or her elementary school instruction in Canada in French (This doe no include French immersion or French as a second language.); or
c) Whose children received, or are now receiving, elementary or secondary school instruction in Canada in French (this does not include French immersion or French as a second language.).
- In the case of the Conseil scolaire de district catholique du Nouvel-Ontario, a separate school elector who meets ONE of the above criteria for French-language public school electors and who chooses to be a French-language separate school elector.
Electors may support only one board, and it must be a board they are eligible to support.
- Persons who are not Roman Catholic and do not have French-language education rights must be English-Public school supporters.
- Persons who are not Roman Catholic but do have French-language education rights, must be either English-Public school supporters.
- Only Roman Catholics who have French-language education rights, have the choice of supporting any one of the four District School Boards.
Candidates can only qualify for one district school board seat. Candidates for the office of Trustee, cannot change their school support after Nomination Day.
Roman Catholic includes Greek and Ukrainian Catholics.
If an agent is filing the nomination paper on behalf of a candidate, the candidate's declaration must be commissioned prior to the agent filing the paper with the City.
Subsection 29(2) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 provides that if a person has been nominated for one office and then is nominated for another office, then the first nomination is deemed to have been withdrawn at the time the second nomination is filed. However, Section 261 of the Municipal Act, 2001 provides that no person may hold more than one office governed by the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 at the same time anywhere in Ontario.
If a person is nominated for and his or her name appears on the ballot for more than one office and he or she is elected to any of those offices, his or her election is void and the office is vacant.
The responsibility of ensuring that the first nomination has been withdrawn and that the proper financial statements are later filed, rests solely with the Candidate.
The Nomination Form shall:
- be in the prescribed Form 1 (Nomination Paper);
- be accompanied by a Declaration of Qualification in the prescribed form;
- be signed by the person being nominated; and
- be accompanied by the prescribed nomination filing fee ($100 for Trustee),
The Onus is on the Candidate to File a Complete and Accurate Nomination Form.
At the time of filing, each candidate must pay the nomination fee of $100 for a Trustee candidate.
Payment can only be made by cash, debit, certified cheque or money order payable to the "City of Greater Sudbury".