2017 Municipal General Elections
Thinking of running for City Council?
To run for office on Côte Saint-Luc City Council, a person must:
- be a qualified elector and
- have been a resident of Côte Saint-Luc since at least September 1, 2016. (s.61)
Most officers or employees of the municipality are NOT eligible to hold a seat on Council. If you are an officer or employee of the City of Côte Saint-Luc, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your specific situation.
Candidates from previous elections must have correctly and completely filed all required financial reports from their previous election and paid all debts within the required deadlines in order to be eligible as a current candidate.
The nomination period for candidates begins on Friday, September 22, 2017 and ends on Friday, October 6, 2017.
"395. Every...independent candidate wishing to solicit or collect contributions, to incur expenses or to contract loans shall obtain an authorization..."
In order to spend any money on an election campaign, a candidate or potential candidate must have already received an authorization from the Returning Officer prior to spending any money on election expenses.
A (potential) candidate who does not intend to raise funds or spend money on their campaign does not need to be authorized.
An authorization is NOT an official acceptance of a person as a candidate for the election. That process happens between Sept. 22-Oct. 6, 2017.
A Côte Saint-Luc resident who intends to run for election in the upcoming general election may request authorization before, during, or after they file their nomination paper, however, an authorization must be granted before the candidate spends or raises any money.
Applying for, and receiving, an authorization allows the (potential) candidate to raise and spend money related to their election campaign and to the possibility of receiving partial reimbursement for qualifying election expenses. It also binds the (potential) candidate to the obligation of filing financial reports related to their election fundraising and expenses following the election.
The procedure for applying for authorization differs based on when it is requested.
- Prior to the nomination period (i.e. now):
- Contact the office of the Returning Officer and request an authorization form.
- Complete it in full, along with signatures of qualified electors from the territory you seek to represent.
- 50 signatures required for potential candidates for Mayor
- 25 signatures required for potential candidates for Councillor
- Submit the completed form to the office of the Returning Officer
- During the nomination period (Sept. 22-Oct. 6, 2017):
- Complete the authorization request included in the nomination paper and submit it to the Assistant Returning Officer along with your nomination paper. Again, be sure to do this before raising or spending money on your campaign.
A candidate or potential candidate who receives an authorization must, within 10 days of receipt, complete an on-line training course given by the Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec on the subject of election financing and reporting.
All who request authorization for these purposes must familiarize themselves with the relevant sections of the Act respecting Elections and Referendums in Municipalities (AERM). The English text of this document can be found online at http://legisquebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/ShowDoc/cs/E-2.2
For further information, please contact Mark Gross, Assistant Returning Officer, at email@example.com
Working at the election
Thank you for your interest in working on the 2017 Côte Saint-Luc elections. Please check this spot in September 2017 to submit your name for Advance Poll and Election Day positions.