The first day a Candidate may file their nomination for the 2022 East Gwillimbury Municipal Election is on Monday, May 2, 2022. To learn more about running in the upcoming municipal election, view the information below or read the Notice of Nomination for Office

 Who can run for municipal office 

To run for office in East Gwillimbury, as of the date you file your nomination, you must be:

  • A Canadian citizen; and
  • At least 18 years of age; and
  • A resident of the Town of East Gwillimbury, or
  • An owner or tenant of land in the Town of East Gwillimbury, or the spouse of such owner or tenant; and
  • Not legally prohibited from voting; and
  • Not disqualified by any legislation from holding office
 Who can't run for municipal office
The following people are not eligible to be elected as a Member of Council, or from holding office as a Member of Council:
  • Any person not eligible to vote in the municipality;
  • An employee of the municipality unless they take an unpaid leave of absence before being nominated, and resigns, if elected to the office;
  • A judge of any court;
  • A member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, a Senator or a member of the House of Commons; or
  • An inmate of a penal or correctional institution under sentence of imprisonment.

Any person who by reason of any violations of the election campaign financial requirements or violations for not filling the financial statements pursuant to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.

Who can run for the board 
 To run for school board office, as of the date you file your nomination, you must be:
  • 18 years of age or older; and
  • A Canadian citizen; and
  • A resident within the area of jurisdiction of the board; and
  • Eligible to be an elector of that school board for which the person is a candidate; and
  • Not disqualified by any legislation from holding office.
 Who can't run for the school board 
A candidate for school board office cannot be a clerk, deputy clerk, treasurer or deputy treasurer of a municipality within the jurisdiction of a board.

The following persons are disqualified from being elected to school board office:

  • Any person not eligible to vote in the municipality; or
  • An employee of any school board unless he or she takes an unpaid leave of absence before being nominated, and resigns, if elected to the office; or
  • A judge of any court; or
  • A member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, a Senator or a member of the House of Commons; or
  • An inmate of a penal or correctional institution under sentence of imprisonment; or

A person disqualified for violations of financial requirements or violations of requirements for filing financial information pursuant to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.

How to become a candidate 
Candidate registration period opens on Monday May 2, 2022.
Spending and fundraising 
Candidates cannot spend or raise funds for their election campaign until their nomination has been filed with the Municipal Clerk.
Withdraw nomination 

A person may withdraw their nomination by filing a written withdrawal in the clerk’s office,

  • before 2 p.m. on nomination day, if the person was nominated under subsection 33 (4) of the Municipal Elections Act;
  • before 2 p.m. on the Wednesday following nomination day, if the person was nominated under subsection 33 (5)

Filing a Nomination 

If a person wishes to run as a candidate in the 2022 municipal election in East Gwillimbury, they must file a nomination form in -person with the Elections Office. The first day to file a nomination for the next municipal election will be Monday, May 2, 2022.

A person cannot raise or spend money on an election campaign until they have officially filed their nomination with the Town. 

The next municipal and school board trustee election will take place on Monday, October 24, 2022, for the following offices:

  • Mayor (1)
  • Ward Councillor (6)
  • York Region District School Board Trustee (1)
  • York Catholic District School Board Trustee (1)
  • Conseil scolaire Viamonde (1)
  • Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir (1)

For more information, refer to the Candidate Nomination Process. 

Candidate Nomination Process

Nominations for office for East Gwillimbury Council will be accepted by appointment only, in-person at the Civic Centre. Appointments are approximately one hour and may be scheduled during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, between Monday, May 2 and Thursday, August 18 and between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Nomination Day, Friday, August 19. 

Registered Candidates

The list of candidates for the upcoming 2022 municipal election will be posted here, showing the name and date of nomination filing, as well as other contact information (address, email, social media) if provided by the candidate.

The Town is not responsible for the information on any individual candidate's website or social media pages, nor does the Town verify, authorize, or endorse the information provided by any candidate.

Nomination Process – Mayor and Ward Councillors

Nominations may be filed in person or by an agent with the Municipal Clerk beginning May 2, 2022, until August 18, 2022, during regular business hours (Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and on Nomination Day, August 19, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, nominations must be filed using the prescribed forms, accompanied by the prescribed nomination filing fee and nominations for an office on a council must be endorsed by at least 25 people (original signatures are required for all forms filed). The filing fee is $200for the office of Mayor and $100.00 for all other offices. The filing fee is payable by cash, debit, certified cheque or money order.

If a nomination for a candidate is filed by an agent, a letter must be submitted at the time of filing which authorizes the agent to file on behalf of the candidate. The letter must be signed by the candidate and commissioned or notarized by a person authorized under the Commissioners for Taking Affidavits Act or Notaries Act. In addition to this letter, an agent must also provide a copy of the candidate's ID to be retained on file.

No person who proposes to be a candidate may solicit or accept contributions for election purposes or incur campaign expenses until a nomination paper has been filed.

To schedule a nomination appointment with the Office of the Municipal Clerk, please contact Elections Services by email or call (905) 478-4282 ext.3855.

To file a nomination, you must provide:

Original signatures are required for all forms filed with Election Services. Agents who file on behalf of a candidate must provide all of the above, and their own identification.

If you are experiencing issues opening the above PDF's, right-click and select “Save link as” to save the PDF form onto your desktop. Do not double-click the form and open it in a browser.

To obtain an electronic fillable pdf copy of these forms, please visit the Ontario Central Forms Repository. Alternatively, hard copies of the forms are also available at Customer Service inside of the Civic Centre.

Nomination Process – School Board Trustee

York Region District School Board Trustee

Nomination forms for York Region District School Board Trustee must be filed with the Clerk of the Town of Georgina. For more information on registering for this office, contact the Town of Georgina by email or visit their website

  •  York Region District School Board Trustee Electoral Area:  East Gwillimbury and Georgina

York Catholic District School Board Trustee

Nomination forms for York Catholic District School Board Trustee must be filed with the Clerk of the Town of Newmarket. For more information on registering for this office, contact the Town of Newmarket by email or visit their website

  • York Catholic District School Board Trustee Electoral Area: East Gwillimbury, Georgina and Newmarket

Conseil scolaire Viamonde and Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir 

Nomination forms for Conseil scolaire Viamonde and Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir must be filed with the Clerk of the City of Vaughan. For more information on registering for these offices, contact the City of Vaughan by email or visit their website

  • Counseil scolaire Viamonde Trustee Electoral Area: Secteur 3 York
  • Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir Trustee Electoral Area: York

Candidate Information Sessions 

Town of East Gwillimbury facilitated two Candidate Information Sessions presented by Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing representatives on April 26 and April 28. If you were unable to join the sessions, please visit the Town's YouTube Channel and view the 2022 Candidate Training presentation slides.  

During the sessions, ministry staff provided information with respect to the following areas:

  • Roles and responsibilities of elected officials, staff and third-party advertisers
  • Eligibility rules
  • Nomination process
  • Campaign finances
  • Compliance audit
  • Voters list and voting proxy
  • Scrutineers
  • Recounts

If you have any questions, please email Election Services.