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Colourful logo for the municipal election. Text says The County Votes 2022

Information for Candidates

Elected offices

The next regular municipal election will be held on Monday, October 24, 2022. Eligible electors will be casting ballots for the following offices:

Office Details
Mayor One (1) to be elected at large by all electors in The County
Ward Councilors Ward 1 (Picton) – 2 offices
Ward 2 (Bloomfield/Hallowell) – 2 offices
Ward 3 (Wellington) – 1 office
Ward 4 (Ameliasburgh) – 3 offices
Ward 5 (Athol) – 1 office
Ward 6 (Sophiasbsurgh) – 1 office
Ward 7 (Hillier) –1 office
Ward 8 (North Marysburgh) – 1 office
Ward 9 (South Marysburgh) –1 office
English Public School – Hastings & Prince Edward District School Board One (1) Trustee to be elected to represent the combined area of wards 3, 4, 6, & 7
One (1) Trustee to be elected to represent the combined area of wards 1, 2, 5, 8 and 9
English Separate School - Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board One (1) Trustee to be elected by all separate school electors in The County. Note: Nominations will be received by Loyalist Township.
Le Conseil des ecoles publiques de I’Est de I’Ontario One (1) Trustee to be elected by all French public electors in the Counties of Frontenac, Leeds and Grenville, Prince Edward, Lennox and Addington, and Hastings. Note: Nominations will be received by the City of Kingston.
Le Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est One (1) Trustee to be elected by all French Catholic electors in the Counties of Frontenac, Prince Edward and Lennox and Addington, and Hastings. Note: Nominations will be received by the City of Kingston.

Certified List of Candidates and Third Party Advertisers

Nominations for offices is now closed. 41 candidates filed Nomination Papers. To be on this Certified List the following persons have met the criteria and filed all necessary papers, endorsement of nominations, declarations and paid the required fees. The Clerk has determined that such persons are qualified, and that their nominations satisfy the requirements of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996. This list also includes third-party advertisers who can register up to Friday, October 21, 2022, at 4:30 pm. View the List of Certified Candidates and Third Party Advertisers

Who can be a candidate?

A person is entitled to be a candidate in the 2022 municipal election if they are an eligible elector. A candidate must be eligible as of the day they are nominated and must remain eligible throughout the election period and, if elected, throughout the term of office. To be a candidate, you must be:

  • A resident of the County, or an owner or tenant of land in the County, or the spouse of such an owner or tenant;
  • A Canadian citizen;
  • At least 18 years old; and
  • Not legally prohibited from voting or disqualified from being elected/holding office as a member of Council.

Who cannot be a candidate?

The following people are disqualified from being elected as a member of council or from holding office as a member of council:

  • An employee of the municipality unless they take an unpaid leave of absence beginning the day they are nominated and resign if elected to the office;
  • 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; or
  • A candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement(s) in the last municipal election or by-election.

Campaign finances:

Candidates cannot raise or spend any money on their campaign until they have filed a nomination paper and opened a bank account exclusively for the purposes of the election campaign.

Candidates are responsible for keeping records of the financial activities related to their campaign and are required to keep these records until October 26, 2026 when the next council or school board takes office.

Campaign contributions:

Campaign contributions are any money, goods or services that are given to a candidate for use in their campaign, including money and goods that a candidate contributes to themselves. Candidates must issue a receipt for every contribution they receive. The receipt should show who made the contribution, the date, and the value of the contribution.

Any person who is a resident of Ontario may contribute to a candidate’s campaign.

The following persons and entities shall not make a contribution:

  • A federal political party registered under the Canada Elections Act (Canada) or any federal constituency association or registered candidate at a federal election endorsed by that party.
  • A provincial political party, constituency association, registered candidate or leadership contestant registered under the Election Finances Act.
  • A corporation that carries on business in Ontario.
  • A trade union that holds bargaining rights for employees in Ontario.
  • The Crown in right of Canada or Ontario, a municipality or a local board.

Individuals may contribute a maximum of $1,200 to a single candidate. This includes the value of any goods or services donated to the campaign. Individuals may not contribute more than $5,000 in total to candidates running for offices on the same council or school board. Any contribution of money must come directly from the contributor.

Contributions greater than $25 may not be made in cash. All contributions above $25 must be made by cheque, money order, or by a method that clearly shows where the funds come from.

Candidates are required to inform each of their contributors of these contribution limits.

Campaign period:

A candidate’s campaign period begins once their nomination paper is filed and ends on December 31, 2022. On this date, the candidate’s campaign is automatically closed. Candidates cannot accept any contributions or incur any expenses after the end of the campaign period.

If at the end of the campaign period a candidate’s campaign expenses are greater than their campaign income, their campaign will be in deficit. A candidate may take action to extend their campaign in order to do some additional fundraising.

If a candidate’s campaign has a surplus, the candidate must pay the surplus to the Clerk when filing their financial statement.

Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee

The County of Prince Edward has formed a Joint Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee with neighboring municipalities and boards as required under the Municipal Elections Act.

The participating municipalities and boards in the Joint Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee are the City of Belleville, City of Quinte West, the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School. 

The Joint Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee is a public process and the Committee is responsible for reviewing compliance audit applications submitted by an elector who believes on reasonable grounds that a candidate or third-party advertiser has contravened the provisions of the Municipal Elections Act relating to campaign or advertising finances.

Find out about the Municipal Election Joint Compliance Audit Committee.

Forms & Resources

These Procedures outline all election processes, including the Use of Vote Tabulators & Internet Voting.

2022 Municipal Election Procedures

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing 2022 Candidates’ Guide provides information to candidates for the 2022 municipal council and school board elections. The information also applies to any by-elections that may be held during the 2022-2026 council and school board term.

2022 Candidates’ Guide

This guide provides information on councillors’ responsibilities to the people in the community.

Ontario Municipal Councillor’s Guide

View the notice of nomination for member of council and school board trustee.

Election Nomination Notice

Website provides a summary of some of the changes following the latest review of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Website

This site provides resources on the municipal election.

AMO Website

To encourage more diversity in the upcoming 2022 municipal election, the Association of Municipalities in Ontario has created this resource to share more about municipal government as well as supports available for those interested in running for municipal office.

AMO webpage – We all win


Need more information?

Questions about the municipal election can be directed to the Clerk’s Office:

By email at

By phone 613-476-2148 extension 1021 or 1026

In person at 246 Main Street, Wellington Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.