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What do I need to do to get my name on the ballot?

To run as a candidate in Burlington’s 2022 municipal election, you must file your nomination papers between May 2, 2022 and 2 p.m. on Aug. 19, 2022 at the Office of the City Clerk, at City Hall, located at 426 Brant St.

Nominations can be filed during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) by appointment only. Appointments can be made by contacting 905-335-7777 or email the Clerks Department.

When you come for your appointment to make your submission, the following must be provided at the time of submission:

  • Nomination Paper – Form 1
  • Endorsement of Nomination – Form 2
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    • Only for nominations for an office on council.
    • A nomination for an office on council must be endorsed by at least 25 persons. A prescribed declaration is required by each of the persons endorsing a nomination.
  • Filing fee of $200 for the office of Mayor, or $100 for all other offices (payable by cash, certified cheque, money order to the City of Burlington, MasterCard or VISA)
  • Candidate identification (driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification)
  • Candidate identification that confirms citizenship (Canadian passport, birth certificate or citizenship card)

Please note: You cannot begin campaigning until your nomination papers are filed.

To qualify as a candidate, you must be:

  • A Canadian citizen
  • At least 18 years old
  • A resident in the City of Burlington
  • A non-resident of Burlington and you or your spouse own or rent property in the city.

To file your nomination papers, you’ll have to provide identification that shows your name and qualifying address. You must also sign a declaration affirming that you are eligible to run.

How can I learn more about becoming a candidate?

The City of Burlington is hosting free virtual information sessions for people interested in running as a candidate for mayor, city councillor or school board trustee (English/French, public/separate).

Elected officials, like the mayor and councillors, make important decisions that impact voters’ quality of life. For example, they make important investment and growth decisions about Burlington’s local roads, recreation centres, parks, libraries, fire stations and other municipal services.

For more information, review the Ministry of Municipal Affairs Candidates’ Guide.

For those interested running as a school board trustee, visit the Ontario Municipal and School Board Elections or contact your school board for more information.

 

Virtual information sessions for potential candidates:

On April 11, Halton Region, the City of Burlington, and Towns of Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville, provided an information session led by Fred Dean, municipal coach and former municipal solicitor. The session, “So You Want to Run for Council”, provided an overview of the roles and responsibilities of regional and municipal council members including duties, scope, and commitments.


Watch a recording of the April 11 information session

On April 27, the City of Burlington hosted an information session to provide an overview of what it means to be an elected official, including the financial and personal commitments and the legislative requirements. The session featured two guest speakers from the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.


Watch a recording of the April 27 information session

Individuals from diverse communities considering running as a candidate in the 2022 municipal election are encouraged to attend this session.

Learn more about what it means to be an elected official, including the financial and personal commitments and the legislative requirements. A variety of election topics will be covered, including:

  • roles and responsibilities
  • key dates
  • rules around nominations
  • eligibility
  • fundraising
  • advertising
  • personal considerations and conflicts of interest

Individuals from diverse communities considering running as a candidate in the 2022 municipal election are encouraged to attend this session.

The session will feature special guest speaker Matthew Green, MP for Hamilton who will speak about his experience running as a BIPOC candidate in a municipal election.

On June 23, the City of Burlington hosted an information session to provide an overview of what it means to be an elected official, including the financial and personal commitments and the legislative requirements. The session featured two guest speakers from the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.


Watch a recording of the June 23 session

Where can I find the nomination forms?

The following forms are required to file a nomination:

At the time of filing, you will be provided with additional documentation such as applicable policies, by-laws and guides.

Additional Documents

Who can I contact for more information or help?

You can contact the Office of the City Clerk’s team at the City of Burlington by:

Email: city@burlington.ca

Telephone: 905-335-7777

If you are a registered candidate in the 2022 Municipal Election and would like more information related to a particular city service and are unable to locate the information online, please complete the Candidate Request for Information Form.

City of Burlington
426 Brant St.,
PO Box 5013
Burlington, ON L7R 3Z6
Telephone: 905-335-7777
Toll Free: 1-877-213-3609
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