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Information for Candidates & Supporters

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The City of Barrie's Candidates' Information Guide for the 2022 Municipal Election is now available as a downloadable PDF here.

The City Contact for Candidates (and potential candidates!) is:

Wendy Cooke, City Clerk / Director of Legislative and Court Services

705-728-VOTE (8683)

Be.Counted@barrie.ca

Training and Resources for Candidates

 

Resources – General

Barrie Candidates' Information Guide 2022

  • Candidates Guide (PDF)

  • Covers the important dates, roles of Mayor, Councillor and School Trustee, eligibility to run and the nomination process, campaign information, rules and penalties, and what to expect if you are selected for the new term

Ontario Candidates Guide 2022

  • Candidates Guide (online)

  • Candidates Guide (PDF)

  • Covers information to candidates for the 2022 Municipal and School Board elections – and will also  apply to any by-elections that may be held during the 2022-6 Council and School Board term.

Lead Where You Live

  • A guide on running for municipal council, created by the Association of Municipalities Ontario

  • Purchase Link ($55 – downloadable)

  • If you are thinking of running for election in 2022, this guide will introduce you to some of the key steps in that process.  It will also give you a sense of what life is like as an elected member of a Municipal Council.

    • How municipal government works, including the role of council and structure of government

    • Key things to know about managing a campaign, including key dates and eligibility requirements 

    • Rules related to campaigning, including campaign finance rules

    • Tips for dealing with media/social media

    • Election day and information about voting

    • Key resources for after the election

Resources – Diversity of Representation

We All Win – Diversity on Council

Women for Local Politics

  • Facebook Group  (private - you will be asked to answer a few questions to join)

  • Hosted by some of our contributing members and partners!

  • A group of local women with a strong desire to transform local politics and increase diversity of race and gender representation of local Municipal politics throughout Simcoe County and Simcoe Grey.  History shows it's time for change.  When we say women, it's ALL women and however they identify as we support inclusivity.

  • We are here to support, provide resources, connections, tools, collaboration and network.

Equal Voice Foundation

  • Website

  • A registered charity dedicated to improving gender representation in Canadian Politics.  Working to advance education and provide leadership training for women to increase women's participation at all levels of Canadian politics.  By leading and supporting initiatives, they equip women with the skills and tools they need to successfully run for office.

Municipal Campaign School

  • Website

  • A volunteer-led initiative to encourage and support members of underrepresented communities, including women, Indigenous, Black, racialized and youth members of our community, to run for office.

  • Training videos and other resources 

Operation Black Vote Canada

  • Website

  • provides hands-on training to support Black candidates in Federal, Provincial and Municipal elections

PoliNow

  • Website

  • Empowering trailblazing women to change the political landscape of Northern Ontario by equipping them to become leaders in their communities.

  • Free and accessible resources and tools to help women run for office

  • The Get Elected Guide ($35)

ProudPolitics

  • Website

  • Canada's only non-partisan organization aimed at diversifying Canada's politics by breaking down barriers for under-represented and marginalized 2SLGBTQ+ communities to become civic leaders, and to serve and win elections to all orders of government through leadership development, networking, and fostering role models

Women in Local Government

  • Website

  • Closing the gender gap in municipal governments

Information Sessions – Coming Up

How to Run For Office:  Your Campaign Plan

  • August 18, 8:00pm - 9:30pm, webinar

  • Details and registration at https://www.polinow.org/events/2022/campaignwebinars 

  • All women, women-identifying and non-binary candidates running in the upcoming 2022 Ontario municipal election, and their volunteer team, are welcome.

  • Topics include:

    • The basics of campaign fundraising and reporting.

    • Building your campaign team

    • How to cultivate relationships with volunteers

    • How to know how many voters you need to reach

    • How to set realistic goals

  • Hosted by PoliticsNOW

How to Run For Office:  Connecting with Voters

  • August 22, 8:00pm - 9:30pm, webinar

  • Details and registration at https://www.polinow.org/events/2022/campaignwebinars-campaignplan 

  • All women, women-identifying and non-binary candidates running in the upcoming 2022 Ontario municipal election, and their volunteer team, are welcome.

  • Topics include:

    • How to connect with voters on the campaign trail.

    • How to craft a message that is authentic and resonates with voters.

    • How to reach constituents through door knocking and phone banking.

    • Getting out the vote on Election Day.

    • How to share on social media.

  • Hosted by PoliticsNOW

How to Run For Office:  Self-Care on the Campaign Trail

  • August 25, 8:00pm - 9:30pm, webinar

  • Details and registration at https://www.polinow.org/events/2022/campaignwebinars-selfcarecampaign

  • All women, women-identifying and non-binary candidates running in the upcoming 2022 Ontario municipal election, and their volunteer team, are welcome.

  • with special guest Meghan Bonhomme, self-care coach and owner of The Lovely Human School

  • Meg is a coach, educator, and self-care queen who will teach us how to make sure that we put ourselves first in a busy season.

  • Hosted by PoliticsNOW

Information Sessions – Recordings

Barrie Votes Candidates Information Session

  • Held April 27, 2022, hosted by the City of Barrie

  • Presentation (PDF)

  • Q&A (PDF)

  • Covered City policies, procedures and bylaw information, as well as the third-party advertiser registration process

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Information Session

  • Held June 15, hosted by the City of Barrie

  • Presentation (PDF)

  • Reviewed the Municipal Elections Act and provided information on becoming a candidate or third-party advertiser in a municipal election

Municipal Campaign School

Who to speak to

City of Barrie

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Becoming a Candidate

Nominations will be accepted at City Hall (70 Collier Street) during business hours 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday, May 2 through Thursday, August 18, 2022, and on Nomination Day – Friday, August 19, 2022 – from 9am to 2pm.

Until you file a nomination paper, you cannot raise or spend any money on your campaign.

To run for office on City Council or a School Board, you must be qualified to run on the day you file the nomination paper.  Please see the categories below for the qualifications for each position.

All candidates must complete the required forms (see below for requirements for each position), plus the applicable fee during the nomination period listed above.

A candidate's campaign period begins once their nomination paper is filed.

 

Mayor and Councillor Candidates

 

Qualifications

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 of age

  • A resident of the City of Barrie, or an owner or tenant of land in the City of Barrie, or the spouse of the owner or tenant

  • Not legally prohibited from voting

  • Not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office

 

Submission Forms

Nomination Fees

  • Mayoral Candidate:  $200

  • Councillor Candidate:  $100

School Trustee Candidates

Qualifications

To run for any of the four school boards, 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

Submission Forms

Nomination Fee

  • $100

More coming soon!

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