Frequently asked questions

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Voters and voting

Monday, October 24, 2022 is voting day.

Online voting begins October 5, 2022 at 10 a.m. and runs 24/7 until 8 p.m. on October 24, 2022.

You may vote in the election if you reside in the City of Thunder Bay, or are the owner or tenant of land in the City of Thunder Bay or your spouse is a property owner or tenant here. You must be a Canadian citizen and 18 years old or older on election day.  

You can check your voter information using VoterLookup.

If a member of your household is a new voter, they can be added to the voters list using VoterLookup.

Eligible voters who are without a permanent home or fixed address, can still vote. Their qualifying address will be the location to which they most frequently returned to sleep or eat during the five weeks prior to the election. If a person returns with equal frequency to one place to sleep and to another to eat, the place to which they return to sleep shall be considered their residence.

A person serving a sentence of imprisonment, a person acting as executor or trustee for someone, and corporations are all prohibited from voting.

No. You must be a Canadian citizen.

If you are voting in person, you must provide proof of your identity and where you live. Even if you have your Voter Information Letter, you must still provide identification showing your name and qualifying address.

If you do not have identification, you must complete a prescribed form to make a statutory declaration, swearing or affirming that you are the elector shown on the voters list.

Candidates 

To run for Mayor or City Councillor, on the day the nomination paper is filed, a person must be:

  • a Canadian citizen
  • at least 18 years old
  • a resident of the City of Thunder Bay, or an owner or tenant of land in the City of Thunder Bay, or the spouse of such person
  • not legally prohibited from voting
  • not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office

To run for School Board Trustee, on the day the nomination paper is filed, a person must be:

  • a Canadian citizen
  • at least 18 years of age
  • a resident in the area of jurisdiction of the board
  • not legally prohibited from voting
  • not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office

If you wish to run for School Board Trustee for one of the following boards, you must live within the jurisdiction of that board. 

  • Lakehead District School Board
  • Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board
  • Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l’Ontario
  • Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales

The following people are disqualified from being elected or holding office as Mayor or City Councillor: 

  • a judge of any court
  • a Senator, Member of Parliament or Member of Provincial Parliament who has not resigned from their office by the close of nominations. 
  • a candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement or exceeded the prescribed spending limit in the 2018 municipal election
  • City of Thunder Bay employees, unless the candidate takes an unpaid leave of absence before filing a nomination paper

The following people are disqualified from being elected or holding office as a School Board Trustee:

  • a clerk, treasurer, deputy-clerk or deputy-treasurer of any municipality within the area of jurisdiction of the school board except those on an unpaid leave of absence
  • a Senator, Member of Parliament or Member of Provincial Parliament who has not resigned from their office by the close of nominations 
  • a candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement or exceeded the prescribed spending limit in 2018 municipal election
  • employees of any school board, unless the candidate takes a leave of absence before filing a nomination paper

To be elected or hold office as a school board trustee, the potential candidate must be qualified to vote for members of that school board. Therefore, they must be a supporter of the school board for which they wish to run. (s. 219 (1) of the Education Act)

To become a candidate for Mayor, City Councillor or School Board Trustee you must file a nomination paper with the City Clerk, in person, on the first floor of City Hall, 500 Donald Street East. Nomination papers may be filed from Monday, May 2, 2022 to Friday, August 19, 2022, by appointment only. Walk-in appointments will not be guaranteed. Book your appointment online or call the Office of the City Clerk at 807-625-2230.

Your nomination must be filed in person and include:

  • Form 1 - Nomination Paper, it is the responsibility of the person being nominated to make sure their nomination paper is complete and accurate.
  • Form 2 - Endorsement of Nomination, endorsed by at least 25 people who are eligible to vote in our municipal election. Endorsements are required only if running for Mayor or City Councillor, not School Board Trustee
  • Declaration of qualifications
  • Consent to release personal information
  • Identification showing name, qualifying address and signature
  • Applicable filing fee, $200 for Mayor, $100 for all others. The fee must be paid in cash, debit card, certified cheque or money order.

Nomination packages may be picked up from the Office of the City Clerk on the first floor of City Hall, 500 Donald Street East, or you can download and print your nomination package using the links, below.

Nomination package for Councillor and Mayor candidates

Nomination package for School Board Trustee candidates

If a candidate wishes to withdraw, they must file a written withdrawal of their candidacy in person in the City Clerk's office. The deadline to withdraw is 2:00 p.m. on Nomination Day, August 19, 2022.

If the candidate wishes and the clerk agrees, another name that the candidate also uses may appear on the ballot instead of or in addition to their legal name. (s. 41(2) 3 of the Municipal Elections Act)

View our candidate information page to learn about becoming a candidate. 

You may change the office you are running for any time before the end of the nomination period, which is 2 p.m. on August 19, 2022.  You must file nomination papers for the new position. A candidate may run for only one office at a time. When a candidate files a second nomination, the first nomination is deemed to be withdrawn.

If a candidate was running for a Councillor or Trustee position and decided to run for Mayor, the nomination filling fee would need to be topped up to $200.

 

City of Thunder Bay
Office of the City Clerk
500 Donald St. E., 3rd Floor
Thunder Bay, ON P7E 5V3
Phone: (807) 625-2230

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