2022 Municipal and School Board Elections
The 2022 Municipal Election will be held on Monday, October 24, 2022.
Information on this page will be updated as it becomes available.
Ensure you are on the Voters List by using our online Voter Lookup Tool.
Notice of Nomination for Office
|Information for Municipal and School Board Candidates|
Nominations for Council and School Board Trustee are now closed.
Eligible Springwater voters will elect a number of different positions on Voting Day, including:
The four (4) year term of office for the next Council begins on Tuesday, November 15, 2022.
School Board Trustee elections are also held on October 24, 2022. Nominations for school board trustee are accepted by the Clerk of the municipality with the most electors representing the school board district. For the 2022 Election, the municipalities responsible for each school board trustee elections are:
A full listing of election forms, documents and publications will be included on the Township CivicWeb Portal.
What is the role of a Council Member or Head of Council?
The Municipal Act, Section 224 outlines the following responsibilities for the role of a Councillor:
(d.1) To ensure the accountability and transparency of the operations of the municipality, including the activities of the senior management of the municipality;
The Municipal Act, Section 225 outlines the following responsibilities for the role of a Head of Mayor (Head of Council):
How often do Council Meetings occur?
Regular meetings of Council occur on the first and third Wednesday of every month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Public meetings under the Planning Act are generally held on the fourth Monday of the month, as required, and Special Meetings are called as deemed necessary by the Mayor or Clerk.
Due to COVID-19, all Council meetings are being held electronically, until further notice.
On average, how many hours are needed to prepare for bi-weekly Council meetings?
It is estimated that the preparation time for regular meetings is 2 to 10 hours per meeting, depending on agenda volume and complexity of agenda items. For an example of an agenda and items included on an agenda, please visit the Township CivicWeb Portal.
What are the rates of remuneration for Members of Council?
In 2022, the remuneration rates are:
*Please note that a Council Remuneration Review is being conducted in early 2022. Once the review is complete, the above information will be updated.
The Mayor and Deputy Mayor also receive remuneration as Councillors for the County of Simcoe.
The Council Expense Policy (as of February 19, 2020) also provides the following benefits and expense allowances:
How many advisory committees are Councillors typically a part of?
Councillors may participate in between 1 and 4 advisory committees which provide advice and assistance to Council on a variety of special interest areas.
For a current listing of our Advisory Committees of Council, please visit the Townships CivicWeb Portal.
Qualifications and Nominations Requirements
The following individuals are disqualified from being elected or holding office on a municipal Council:
A full list of disqualifications is available under the Municipal Elections Act and Municipal Act, found here.
Withdrawal of Nomination
If a candidate decides they no longer wish to run for Office, the following must occur:
Last day to withdrawal: Friday, August 19, 2022 between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Reasons to Reject a Nomination by the Clerk
Prior to 4:00 p.m. on August 22, 2022 (Monday following Nomination Day), the Township Clerk must examine each nomination filed. If satisfied and if the nomination complies with the Municipal Election Act, 1996, the person is qualified to be nominated and the Township Clerk shall certify the nomination. If not satisfied, the Township Clerk shall reject the nomination and give notice to the person who sought to be nominated and all other candidates for that office. The Township Clerk's decision to reject a nomination is final.
|Information for Voters|
Am I on the Voters List?
We all play a role in ensuring a fair electoral system, and it is the responsibility of every elector to make sure their information is up-to-date and accurately reflected for electoral purposes. Ensure you are on the Voters List by using our online Voter Lookup Tool.
Voting Methods in the 2022 Municipal Election
Voters in the Township of Springwater will be able to cast their vote in the Municipal Election from the comfort of their own home—or anywhere they can access the internet or telephone. Voting opens at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 14, 2022 and closes at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 24, 2022. Information on how to vote will be mailed to all eligible electors in early October. Voter Help Centres will be open throughout the voting period for those who do not have access to the internet, need to be added to the Voters List or require help voting.
Voter Help Centers are listed below and will be listed on your Voter Information Letter.
Voter Help Centre Locations
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Benefits of Internet and Telephone Voting
Accessibility: Whether you are away on personal travel, suffering from illness, working days or nights, have a disability, or just have difficulty travelling, you can cast your ballot from anywhere with an internet connection or touchtone telephone.
Convenience: Remotely cast your vote from anywhere using a computer, smart phone, tablet device, or touchtone phone, 24 hours a day over an extended voting period.
Environmentally-Friendly: Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as voters no longer need to travel to polling locations.
Who Can Vote?
A person is entitled to vote in a municipal election if, on Voting Day, they:
A resident elector is a person who lives and is eligible to vote in that municipality’s election. A person is only allowed to have one residence.
A person’s residence is the permanent lodging place to which, whenever absent, he or she intends to return.
The following rules apply in determining a person’s residence:
If a person lives in one municipality but owns or rents property in another municipality, then they are a non-resident elector and able to vote in that municipality’s election.
Spouse of Non-Resident Elector
If a person lives in one municipality and qualifies as a spouse of a non-resident elector, then they are able to vote in that municipality’s election.
People Without Housing
Persons without a permanent residence may also qualify to be added to the Voters List during the revision period by submitting an application to the Clerk. If a person has no permanent residence or lodging place, the following rules apply in determining their residence:
MPAC is not required to include a person without housing's name on the Preliminary List of Electors. As persons without housing are entitled to be electors, they are also eligible to be candidates provided they meet the citizenship and age requirements, and are not otherwise prohibited by law.
A person may have residences in two local municipalities at the same time if the person lives in one of the local municipalities in order to attend an education institution but not with the intention of changing their permanent lodging place, and the person’s permanent lodging place is in the other local municipality.
Therefore, students can vote in the municipality where they attend school and they can also vote in the municipality where they live.
Trailer Owners – Campgrounds
Trailer owners in campgrounds are tenants of the campground – therefore, they are potentially eligible electors. Under a timeshare contract, to be eligible, the person must be entitled to use the land on Voting Day, or for a period of six weeks or more during the calendar year in which the election is held.
Who Cannot Vote?
The following cannot vote:
Election Day is on Monday, October 24, 2022
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The Clerk's Department are pleased to assist you with any questions you may have concerning the Municipal Election. For any questions, concerns or further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-728-4784 x2015.
Do you need Assistance for the 2022 Municipal Election?
The Township of Springwater Clerk’s Department is committed to having regard to the needs of electors with disabilities and consideration to the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001, as amended, while providing all eligible electors full access and the right to vote during the 2022 Municipal Election.
The Township of Springwater Administration Centre at 2231 Nursery Road provides full accessibility for the 2022 Municipal Election. If you have specific needs/or a disability and require additional assistance, please contact the Clerk’s Office at 705-728-4784 x2015 or email email@example.com.
|Certified List of Candidates|
NOTICE is hereby given to the Municipal Electors of the Township of Springwater that during the period commencing on May 2, 2022 and completed on Nomination Day, August 19, 2022, the following persons filed all necessary papers, declarations and fees and as Clerk, I, Renée Ainsworth, am satisfied that such persons are qualified and that their Nominations satisfy the requirements of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996. I have therefor, certified such candidates for the office, which follows their respective name.
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*The contact information has been provided by each Candidate and is being provided for information purposes only. The Township of Springwater does not endorse, support or monitor any Candidates social media or website. Where no contact information is present, the Candidate has not provided the relevant information. Contact information will be added as it becomes available.
|Compliance Audit Committee|
Pursuant to Section 88.37(1) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, as amended, municipalities are required, prior to October 1 in a regular election year, to establish a Compliance Audit Committee (CAC). The purpose of the CAC is to consider applications for compliance audits of candidates’ or registered third parties’ campaign finances and determine if audits are required. The responsibilities of the CAC are fulfilled in a fair, open and responsible manner.
The Committee is to be comprised of persons with accounting and audit, academic or legal backgrounds and/or other individuals with knowledge of election campaign finances. Members should have a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of municipal election campaign finances; proven analytical and decision-making skills; experience working on a committee, task force or similar setting; and good oral and written communication skills.
The Committee is established prior to Election Day and appointments take effect on the first day of the new Council’s term of office.
|Third Party Advertisers|
Effective May 1, 2018, new rules have been placed on advertisements during municipal election periods. From May 1, 2022 to October 24, 2022, no paid advertisements can be made to support or oppose a candidate or a question on the ballot for the municipal election unless that person is a registered candidate or registered third party advertiser.
Who can register as a Third Party Advertiser?
A registered third party advertiser is an individual, corporation, trade union, or other body that advertises to support or oppose a candidate or a question on the ballot for the municipal election. A registered third party is subject to many of the same requirements as that of a candidate, including filing registration papers, expense limits and financial statements, and is subject to the Township's Election Sign By-law and other legislation and by-laws.
No election advertising outside of a candidate or registered third party is permitted.
A third party may register with the Clerk's Department from May 1, 2022 to October 21, 2022. Registered third party packages will be available in the spring of 2022, or sooner. There is no registration fee for third party advertisers, but the Clerk must examine the registration, and then certify the notice of registration if deemed compliant, or reject the registration.
The following are not permitted to register:
If third party advertisers want to advertise in more than one municipality, they will be required to register in each municipality. This includes newspaper publications that originate in one municipality but are delivered to multiple municipalities.
Candidate Information Session
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, in partnership with the City of Orillia and the Townships of Oro-Medonte, Severn, Ramara and Springwater will be hosting free information sessions for potential candidates interested in running in the 2022 Municipal and School Board Election and those interested in registering as a Third-Party Advertiser.
What is considered a paid advertisement?
The following are not considered as paid advertisements:
Advertising that does not cost money to post or to broadcast, such as comments made on social media, will not be considered as third party advertising.
Rules for Broadcasters and Publishers
Broadcasters and publishers are responsible for ensuring that all qualifying advertisements comply with the Municipal Elections Act.
Restricted Campaign Period
Broadcasters and publishers may only permit third party advertisements to appear between May 1, 2022 and October 24, 2022 (Election Day).
A registered third party advertiser must provide the following information to the broadcaster or publisher in writing before the third party advertisement appears:
All third party advertisements must contain the following information:
The broadcaster or publisher of a third party advertisement must maintain records for 4 years after the date the advertisement appears. These records must contain:
The public must be permitted to inspect the records during normal business hours.
Charges and Contributions
The broadcaster or publisher may not charge a third party advertiser more or less than their normal advertising rate. If less is charged, the difference is deemed to be a contribution to the third party advertiser. Providing free advertising is considered a contribution towards the third party advertiser, unless all third party advertisers are offered the same service.
Broadcasters or Publishers as Registered Third Party Advertisers
Broadcasters or publishers, who wish to conduct third party advertising, must register as a third party advertiser and follow the requirements of the Act. A Third Party Advertisers’ guide, published by the Government of Ontario, will be provided upon registration.
|Frequently Asked Questions|
These are questions or common inquiries regarding the 2022 Municipal Election. This page may be updated from time to time.
Can anyone use the Township logo in their campaign material?
No, the Township’s logo is protected, and the Township asserts copyright over its use.
What is a Registered Third Party?
A registered third party is any individual, corporation or trade union that advertises to support or oppose a candidate or a question on the ballot for the municipal election. A registered third party is subject to many of the same requirements as that of a candidate, including filing registration papers, expense limits and financial statements, and is subject to the Township's Election Sign By-law. No election advertising outside of a candidate or registered third party is permitted.
An example of a registered third party would include, but is not limited to, a business operating from the municipality or a rate payers group.
Why have I been asked to sign an endorsement?
As part of their nomination filing package, a candidate for Council must include twenty-five (25) written endorsements of nomination for their position. A person endorsing a nomination must be an eligible voter in Springwater on the day to which the endorsement is made.
When can I file my nomination for Council?
The nomination period for 2022 is from May 2 to August 19, 2022.
When can election signs be posted?
Municipal election signs may be posted starting on the second Friday in September, and must be removed by end of day on the fifth day following Election Day. This means municipal election signs may be posted from Friday, September 9, 2022 to Saturday, October 29, 2022.
As a resident, how much can I donate to one candidate? Can I donate to multiple candidates?
An individual may contribute up to $1,200 to one candidate. You may donate to more than one candidate, however, total contributions to multiple candidates from one individual cannot exceed $5,000.
Can election signs be posted in a different ward from the one in which a candidate is running for office?
No, municipal election signs can only be posted in the area for which the candidate has filed a nomination.
Who can vote?
In order to qualify as an eligible elector, you must:
How do I register to vote in the municipal election?
Once the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) is available, there will be a public notice to review, correct or add your name to the Voters List.
Does a candidate have to live in the ward in which they run for office?
No. An eligible candidate for the Township of Springwater can run for office for either Mayor, Deputy Mayor, or for Councillor in any one of the five wards.
|Ward Boundary Maps|
The Clerk's Department is pleased to assist you with any questions you may have concerning the Municipal Election. For any questions, concerns or further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-728-4784 x2015.
For a full listing of election forms, documents and policies, please visit the Township's CivicWeb Portal.