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Municipal Elections Act, 1996

ONTARIO REGULATION 101/97

GENERAL

Consolidation Period: From November 26, 2013 to the e-Laws currency date.

Last amendment: O. Reg. 303/13.

This is the English version of a bilingual regulation.

1. (1) For the purpose of clause 33 (2) (c) of the Act, the prescribed nomination filing fee is $100 except for the office of head of council of a municipality, in which case the filing fee is $200. O. Reg. 101/97, s. 1 (1); O. Reg. 383/02, s. 1.

(2) The nomination filing fee shall be paid,

(a) in cash;

(b) by certified cheque or money order made payable to the municipality; or

(c) by an electronic method of payment that the clerk specifies. O. Reg. 303/13, s. 1.

2. For the purpose of clause 34 (c) of the Act (refund of nomination filing fee), a candidate is entitled to receive a refund of the nomination filing fee if he or she receives more than 2 per cent of the votes cast in the election for the office. O. Reg. 101/97, s. 2.

3. (1) The rules set out in subsection (2) are prescribed for the purpose of subsection 54 (2) of the Act (rejection of ballots).

(2) The deputy returning officer shall reject from the count,

(a) all votes in a ballot, if the ballot,

(i) was not supplied by the deputy returning officer, or

(ii) contains writing or marks that may identify the elector, or is torn, defaced or otherwise dealt with by the elector in a way that may identify him or her;

(b) all votes in a ballot for an office, if votes have been cast for more candidates for the office than are to be elected;

(c) all votes in a ballot on a by-law, if votes have been cast for both the affirmative and negative on the by-law;

(d) all votes in a ballot on a question, if votes have been cast for more than one answer on the question;

(e) any vote in a ballot, if the vote is not marked inside the space provided for marking the ballot. O. Reg. 101/97, s. 3.

4. The following rules are prescribed for the purpose of subsection 60 (2) of the Act:

1. The clerk shall give notice of the recount to:

i. every certified candidate for an office that is the subject of the recount,

ii. in the case of a recount requested under subsection 57 (1) of the Act, the council, local board or Minister, as the case may be,

iii. in the case of a recount ordered under section 58 of the Act, the applicant, and

iv. in the case of a recount concerning an office, question or by-law in respect of which electors of another municipality are entitled to vote, the clerk who was responsible for the conduct of the vote in that other municipality.

2. The clerk shall open the ballot boxes and count,

i. in the case of a recount in an election for an office, the number of votes for each candidate who is subject to the recount under section 56, 57, 58 or 59 of the Act,

ii. in the case of a recount in an election to obtain the assent of the electors to a by-law, the number of votes in favour of the by-law and the number opposed, and

iii. in the case of a recount in an election to obtain the opinion of the electors on a question, the number of votes for each possible answer to the question.

3. The clerk shall reject from the count all ballots and votes in a ballot that do not comply with the rules set out in subsection 3 (2).

4. The clerk may conduct the recount by adding the votes from the statements of results prepared by the deputy returning officers under subsection 55 (1) of the Act, rather than by following rules 2 and 3, if a recount under those rules is waived by,

i. each candidate subject to the recount under section 56, 57, 58 or 59 of the Act who is present, in the case of a recount in an election for office,

ii. the council that submitted the by-law, in the case of a recount in an election to obtain the assent of the electors to a by-law,

iii. the Minister, council or local board that submitted the question, in the case of a recount in an election to obtain the opinion of the electors on a question, and

iv. the applicant, if he or she is present, in the case of a recount ordered under section 58 of the Act. O. Reg. 101/97, s. 4.

5. The following formulas are prescribed for the purpose of subsection 76 (4) of the Act (maximum amount of expenses):

1. In the case of a candidate for the office of head of council of a municipality, the amount shall be calculated by adding together $7,500 plus 85 cents for each elector entitled to vote for the office.

2. In the case of a candidate for another office, the amount shall be calculated by adding together $5,000 plus 85 cents for each elector entitled to vote for the office.

3. In the case of a registrant for a question, 50 cents for each elector entitled to vote on the question. O. Reg. 101/97, s. 5; O. Reg. 426/00, s. 1; O. Reg. 383/02, s. 2; O. Reg. 499/09, s. 1.

6. For the purpose of clause 88 (11) (b) of the Act, the following methods of making a voters’ list prepared under the Act available to the public are prescribed:

1. Posting on an Internet website.

2. Any other print or electronic medium of mass communication. O. Reg. 101/97, s. 6.

7. (1) The following forms are prescribed as the required forms for the purposes indicated:

1. Form 1, entitled “Nomination Paper”: a nomination under section 33 of the Act.

2. Form 2 or 2.1, entitled “Ballot”: a ballot under section 41 of the Act.

3. Form 3, entitled “Appointment for Voting Proxy”: an appointment of a voting proxy, declaration of voting proxy, clerk’s certificate and oath of voting proxy under section 44 of the Act.

4. Form 4, entitled “Financial Statement — Auditor’s Report”: a consolidated financial statement and auditor’s report under section 78 of the Act.

5. Form 5, entitled “Financial Statement — Subsequent Expenses”: a financial statement under section 79.1 of the Act for subsequent expenses after the return of a surplus.

6. Form 6, entitled “Notice of Extension of Campaign Period”: a notice of extension of campaign period under subsection 68 (1) of the Act.

7. Form 7, entitled “Notice of Registration (Question on the Ballot)”: a notice of registration under section 39.1 of the Act.

8. Form 8, entitled “Financial Statement — Auditor’s Report (Question on the Ballot)”: a financial statement and auditor’s report under section 78 of the Act, as made applicable by section 82.1 of the Act. O. Reg. 303/13, s. 2.

(2) The forms prescribed by subsection (1) are the forms dated November, 2013 that are available on the website of the Government of Ontario Central Forms Repository under the listing for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. O. Reg. 303/13, s. 2.

8.-11. Revoked: O. Reg. 499/09, s. 2.

11.1-11.4 Revoked: O. Reg. 341/03, s. 1.

12.-15. Revoked: O. Reg. 499/09, s. 2.

FORMS 1-9 Revoked: O. Reg. 341/03, s. 2.

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