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Municipal Elections

Let Your Voice Be Heard

Cochrane’s 2022 Municipal Election is taking place on October 24, 2022. The Clerk’s Department is responsible for the coordination and management of the Municipal Elections. In accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, every four years the Clerk, as Returning Officer, conducts elections for the offices of Mayor, Councillors, and School Board Trustees.

Voter Helpline

If you have questions regarding electronic voting, your Voter Instruction Letter, or any election inquiries, please call 1-877-672-4361 or email elections@cochraneontario.com. The Voter Helpline Hours are:

October 11 to October 21 from 10 am to 4 pm (excluding weekends)
&
October 24 from 10 am to 8pm

All qualified electors who are reflected on the voters list will receive by mail a Voter instruction Letter (VIL) with a personalized PIN (Personal Identification Number) approximately seven (7) to fourteen (14) days prior to when online voting officially opens (October 11, 2022 at 10 am) with instructions on how to cast your vote.

If you did not receive your VIL in the mail by the start of the election period, please email or call the Voter Helpline and an Election Official will be able to assist you.

Voting Assistance Centres

If you do not have access to a computer to vote online or require assistance with electronic voting, please visit the following Voting Assistance Centres:

Municipal Office
171 Fourth Avenue

October 11 to October 21 – 10am to 4pm (weekdays)
October 24 – 10am to 4pm

Cochrane Public Library 
178 Fourth Avenue

October 11 to October 24
Weekdays – 10 am to 5 pm
Saturdays – 10 am to 5 pm

Key Dates
  • Advance Voting Period will be held from October 11, 2022 through to October 23, 2022, using telephone and internet voting
  • Voting Day – October 24, 2022
  • Deadline for candidates to file financial statements is March 31, 2023
Quantity of Electoral Representatives

In 2022, voters in Cochrane will be electing the following number of representatives:

Office
Number to be elected
Mayor
1 to be elected
Councillors
6 to be elected
English Public School Board
1 to be elected
French Public School Board
1 to be elected
French Separate School Board
1 to be elected

Alice Mercier 

Clerk

171 Fourth Avenue
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
Tel: 705-272-4361 ext. 231
Fax: 705-272-6068

Email Alice

Information

Below you will find information for both voters and candidates about the election process.

Voters

A person is eligible to vote in the upcoming Municipal and School Board Election if they:

  • Are a resident in the local municipality or are the owner or tenant of land there, or the spouse of such owner or tenant;
  • Are a Canadian citizen;
  • Are at least 18 years old; and
  • Are not prohibited from voting under subsection 17 (3) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 or otherwise by law.

Subsection 17(3) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 prohibits the following persons from voting:

  • A person who is serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution;
  • A corporation;
  • A person acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity; and
  • A person who was convicted of the corrupt practice described in subsection 90 (3) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, if voting day in the current election is less than five years after voting day in the election in respect of which the person was convicted.

2022 Voter’s Guide

The Voters’ List contains the names of all people eligible to vote in the 2022 Municipal Election. The list is provided to the Town of Cochrane by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). If your name is on the list, you will receive a Voter Notification Card in the mail with a letter outlining your date to vote, including advanced polls, and polling station. Information from both the Federal and Provincial elections is different from the Municipal Voter’s List. You can find more information on MPAC’s Role in the Municipal and School Board Elections here. 

IMPORTANT: If you have moved since the last municipal election in 2018, you will need to update your address with MPAC, by visiting mpac.ca. You can also verify your information on voterlookup.ca. This secure database can be used by Ontario residents to enter their name and the names of other household members to confirm or update your information. It is a quick way to ensure your information is up-to-date and is one method MPAC uses to collect your information.

The Town of Cochrane will begin sending out all Voter Notification Cards in September 2022. Information will be posted prior to election day for those eligible voters who did not receive a Voter Notification Card.

Paper Ballots, Internet and Telephone Voting methods will be available for the 2022 Municipal Election. Eligible voters will receive a sealed and personalized Voters Information Letter through the mail. This letter will contain all the information necessary to vote online, by telephone, or in-person using a paper ballot.

2022 E-voting common questions

For answers to common voter questions regarding internet and telephone voting, please read the 2022 eVote Common Questions.

The Municipal Election in the Town of Cochrane for the offices of:

MAYOR
COUNCILLORS

will be held on the 24th day of October, 2022.

METHOD OF VOTING

As per By-Law Number 1491-2022 the use of optical scanning vote tabulators and the use of internet and telephone as an alternate voting method will be used for the Town of Cochrane 2022 Municipal Elections. All electors who are reflected on the voters list will receive a Voter Instruction Letter (VIL) with a personalized PIN (Personal Identification Number) weeks prior to online voting officially opens with instructions on how to cast your vote via the above methods.

VOTER ASSISTANCE LOCATIONS

If you do not have access to a computer to vote online or require assistance with electronic voting, please come to the following locations:

This should not be misconstrued as a voting place.

Municipal Office
171 Fourth Avenue
October 11 to October 21 from 10 am to 4 pm (weekdays)
October 24 from 10 am to 4 pm

Cochrane Public Library
178 Fourth Avenue
October 11 to October 21 from 10 am to 5 pm (weekdays)
From 10 am to 2 pm (Saturdays)
October 24 from 10 am to 5 pm

Retirement Home/Institution (via tabulators)
Cadence Residence – 500 Twelfth Avenue
Villa Minto – Lady Minto Hospital – 241 Eight Street
(Dates and Times to be determined)

ADVANCE VOTING

Online Voting (Telephone and Internet) will open Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 10 am and will remain open 24 hours a day 7 days a week until 8 pm on voting day, October 24, 2022.

PROXY VOTING

As per By-Law 1506-2022 proxy voting will not be permitted when alternate voting methods are being used.

Alice Mercier
Clerk

171 Fourth Avenue
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
Tel: 705-272-4361 ext. 231
Fax: 705-272-6068

Email Alice

Candidates

If you wish to run as a candidate in the Town of Cochrane’s Municipal Election, you must file a nomination paper with the Clerk. The deadline to file a nomination paper for the next Municipal Election will be August 19, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

Important: You cannot fundraise or spend money on an election campaign until you have filed your nomination paper.

The Province of Ontario, through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs produces a Candidates’ Guide, which provides information on registering as a candidate, campaign rules, financial filing requirements, and more.

2022 Candidates Guide

You are responsible for determining whether or not you are eligible to run for and hold a municipal office. The Town of Cochrane is not able to provide advice to those individuals who are proposing to run for office and encourages all potential candidates to obtain a copy of and review the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (MEA) and consult with their own independent legal counsel for more information with respect to candidate eligibility, obligations, and responsibilities.

You may run for municipal office if you are eligible to vote in the election and fulfill all the following requirements:

  • A Canadian citizen;
  • At least 18 years old;
  • A resident of the municipality, a non-resident owner or tenant of land in the municipality or the spouse of such non-resident owner or tenant;
  • Is not legally prohibited from voting; and
  • Is not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office.

You cannot be elected as a member of council, or hold office as a member of council if you are:

  • 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;
  • A candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement or exceeded the prescribed spending limit in the last municipal election or by-election.

Town of Cochrane employees who wish to run for Mayor or Councilor must take an unpaid leave of absence before filing a nomination paper and provide a copy of the documentation showing that they have taken the leave of absence and the effective date.

You may run for school board trustee if you are eligible to vote in the election and fulfill all of the following requirements:

  • A Canadian citizen;
  • At least 18 years of age;
  • A resident within the district school board’s area of jurisdiction and qualified to vote for members of that district school board;
    • In the case of the District School Board Ontario North East, a public school elector;
    • In the case of the Northeastern Catholic District School Board, a separate school elector;
    • In the case of the Conseil Scolaire Public du North-Est, a public school elector who fits into one of the following criteria:
      • First learned and still understands French;
      • Received his or her elementary school instruction in Canada in French (This does not include French immersion or French as a second language.); or
      • Whose children received, or are now receiving, elementary or secondary school instruction in Canada in French (this does not include French immersion or French as a second language.).
    • In the case of the Conseil Scolaire Catholique de District des Grandes Rivieres, a separate school elector who meets ONE of the above criteria for French-language public school electors and who chooses to be a French-language separate school elector.

Candidates can only qualify for one district school board seat. Candidates for the office of Trustee, cannot change their school support after Nomination Day.

You cannot be elected as a school board trustee or hold office on any school board if you are:

  • 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 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;
  • A candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement or exceeded the prescribed spending limit in the last municipal election or by-election.

School Board Employees (including supply teachers) must take a leave of absence before filing their nomination paper and provide a copy of the documentation showing that they have taken the leave of absence and the effective date.

Nominations for Municipal and School Board Election opened on May 2, 2022. Nominations must be filed in person at Town Hall with the Clerk of the Town of Cochrane.

To file a nomination, you must provide:

Nomination Paper (Form 1)

At least 25 declarations of endorsements for the position of Mayor or Councilor (Form 2)

Current acceptable identification (available in the 2022 Candidate Guide provided by the Province of Ontario)

A nomination filing fee (cash, certified cheque, money order or electronic payment). The filing fee is $200 for Mayor and $100 for Councilors and School Board Trustees. Nomination filing fees are refunded to candidates once they file the required financial statements

A nomination must be signed by the candidate and may be filed in person or by an agent during regular business hours between May 2 and August 19, 2022 (Nomination Day) before 2:00 p.m. Only documents with original signatures will be accepted. The nomination fee must also be paid at this time.

Note: If an agent is filing the nomination paper on behalf of a candidate, they must provide the above documents and personal identification.

If you no longer wish to run in a municipal election, you must file a Withdrawal of Nomination form in person before the end of the nomination period on August 19, 2022 before 2:00 p.m. You cannot withdraw after the nomination period has closed and you are still required to file a financial statement for refund of your nomination filing fee.

Your campaign period can begin on the day on which you file your nomination. The earliest date possible is May 2, 2022 or the start of the nomination period. Your campaign period ends December 31, 2022 or on the date your nomination is withdrawn or on August 19, 2022 (Nomination Day) if your nomination is rejected.

Those who have campaigned for municipal and school board office are required to file a complete and accurate Campaign Financial Statement (Form 4) as required under the MEA by March 31, 2023. If your campaign will have a deficit as of the election campaign end-date, you may request an extension of the campaign period by submitting a Notice of Extension of Campaign Period (Form 6) with the Clerk on or before December 31, 2022.

Form 6 Notice of Extension of Campaign-Period

Now that you have filed your Nomination Papers and they have been certified by the Clerk, you are officially able to begin campaigning for office and incurring campaign expenses. If you plan to incur expenses or accept contributions, you must open a separate bank for your campaign and plan on submitting a Campaign Financial Statement (Form 4). You are responsible for keeping records of the financial activities related to your campaign.

Please refer to the Municipal Elections Act, the 2022 Candidates’ Guide prepared by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing or consult with your own independent legal counsel with respect to your obligations as a candidate under the sections relating to campaign expenses and contributions.

Who Is Running

List of Candidates for the 2022 Municipal Election (Official)
  • Office of Mayor
    • POLITIS, Peter
    • CLEMENT, Denis
  • Office of Councillor
    • HUTCHINSON, Robert
    • HOOGENHOUD, Rodney
    • BRUNET, Daniel
    • RECOSKIE, Marck
    • NELSON, Susan Daisy
    • CHARRON-LEMIEUX, Sylvie
    • BOUVIER, France
  • Office of English Language Public Trustee – District School Board Ontario North East
    • DRAVES, Dennis (Acclaimed)
  • Office of French Language Separate Trustee – Conseil Scolaire Catholique de District des Grandes Rivieres
    • GÉNIER – OUELLETTE, Lynn (Acclaimed)
  • Office of French Language Public Trustee – Conseil Scolaire Public du Nord-East de l’Ontario
    • MCKINNON, Clara (Acclaimed)
  • Office of English Separate School Trustee – Northeastern Catholic District School Board
    • KING, Elizabeth (Acclaimed)

Certified List of Candidates

Declaration of Acclamation to Office

Resources

Below is an organized listing of election resources. Each of the following links will take you to the respective resources’ downloadable documentation.

2022 Voter’s Guide

2022 Voter’s Guide - FR

AMCTO Candidates Guide to Accessible Elections

2022 Municipal Election Accessibility Plan

2022 Municipal Elections - Policies and Procedures

Use of Corporate Resources for Election Purposes Policy

Election Sign Policy

Election Sign Map

2022 Third Party Advertiser’s Guide

2022 Third Party Advertiser’s Guide - FR

Nomination Form

Nomination Form - FR

2022 Candidates Guide

2022 Candidates Guide - FR

Ontario Municipal Councillor's Guide

Use this guide to help you meet your responsibilities.

Municipal Elections Act

Learn more about the Municipal Election Act.

2018 Results

The following links take you to results from the 2018 election. Download the files below to review the last election for the Town of Cochrane.

Candidates Financial Statements

Download a spread of the candidates latest financials.

Acclamation of Office

2018 Final Summary of Election Results

Previous Election Results

Access full details on the town's previous election results.
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