Information for Candidates


A Candidate for Municipal Office must, upon nomination, be a qualified municipal elector and fulfil all of the following requirements:

  • live in the municipality, be an owner or tenant of land there, or the spouse of an owner or tenant;
  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • be at least 18 years old on voting day;
  • not legally prohibited from voting; and
  • not disqualified by any legislation from holding Municipal office.

The following persons are disqualified from being elected to Municipal Office:

  • any person not eligible to vote in the Municipality;
  • any employee of a Municipality unless he or she takes an unpaid leave of absence before being nominated and resigns, if elected to the office;
  • a judge of any court;
  • a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, a Senator or a member of the House of Commons; or
  • an inmate of a penal or correctional institution under sentence of imprisonment

Nomination Process

Nomination forms may be filed:

  • Between January 2, 2014 and September 11, 2014, at a time when the Clerk's Office is open (Mon.-Fri. 8:30a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
  • On Nomination Day, September 12, 2014, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Nominations must be on the prescribed form and accompanied by the prescribed fee. Obtain nomination papers from the Clerk of the Township or online. (Form 1 is available here). A nomination paper must be filed in person by the candidate or by an agent.  The nomination paper must have original signatures and may not be faxed, mailed or emailed.  Candidates will be required to provide photo-identification when submitting the nomination forms.

The nomination filing fee is: $200 for the office of head of Council and $100 for all other offices.

The prescribed fee is payable by cash, certified cheque, money order or debit.  Credit cards and non certified cheques will not be accepted.

A Candidate is entitled to a refund of the filing fee if he or she:

  • is elected;
  • receives more than 2% of the votes cast for the office; or
  • withdraws the nomination before nomination day.

Candidates must not spend or raise funds for their election campaign until their nomination form has been filed.

The Municipal Clerk must certify or reject the nomination paper by 4:00p.m. on Monday, September 15, 2014.

If a candidate decides to withdraw from the election, he or she must notify the Clerk in writing no later than 2:00p.m. on nomination day (Friday, September 12, 2014).

A candidate who withdraws before nomination day is entitled to a refund of the nomination filing fee.  A candidate who withdraws is still required to submit a completed financial disclosure covering all financial transactions made up to the date the nomination is withdrawn.

AMO Online Course - "So You Want to Run for Council"

AMO recently announced that they are establishing a new new online course for individuals who are planning to run for a seat on Municipal Council.  The link to this site will be available in the near future.

The areas covered in the online course include:

  • Reasons that you should and should not run for council
  • What you should know before you run for office
  • Dealing with the media-techniques for working with others
  • The roles of council members and staff
  • What are the powers and influence of municipal government
  • Transparency and accountability in government

The cost of the online course is $24.95.  For more information you can view the AMO Flyer.

Offices to be Elected

The Term of Office will be December 1, 2014 to November 30, 2018.

  • Mayor
  • Councillor, Ward 1
  • Councillor, Ward 2
  • Councillor, Ward 3
  • Councillor, Ward 4

 View the Township of Zorra's Notice of Nomination for Office

 Be sure to view the 2014 Candidate Information Package

Nominated Candidates and Contact Information

If you are interested in running for Council attend our Candidate Training Session.


The Township Office is fully accessible to persons with disabilities who wish to submit a nomination for the upcoming election.  Alternate formats of documents are available upon request.

Candidate's Guide to Accessible Election from AMCTO.