The Candidate Information Guide is for candidates seeking election to the Office of Regional Chair for Niagara Region in the 2018 Municipal Election. For the first time in history, a regional chair will be elected by general vote of the electors in Niagara.
This document will assist candidates while serving as a quick reference guide for key election information and dates relevant to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, as amended (hereinafter referred to as the "Act"), Niagara Region and Local Area Municipalities in Niagara (hereinafter referred to as the "LAMS"). In addition to the direct election of the regional chair by general vote, other amendments were made to the Act for the 2018 election including:
Candidates must familiarize themselves with the election legislation and information, including qualifications, financial responsibilities, campaign contributions, campaign expenses, financial reporting and key dates. The onus is on the candidate to inform themselves.
This guide is intended to serve as a guide only. It is the responsibility of each candidate to ensure they fully comply with the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 and all other applicable legislation.The Act can be accessed through niagaravotes.ca or the Ministry's website.
Candidates should also read the 2018 Candidates Guide prepared by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.
Candidates must deem themselves qualified to be elected and not disqualified by law.
The acting deputy regional clerk / elections is the returning officer for the Region for the direct election of the regional chair. Staff of the regional clerk's office can help you with any questions concerning the election process for the Office of Regional Chair.
The election process is shared between the Region and LAMS. Therefore, it is important to note the difference between the election duties and responsibilities between the Region and the LAMS. The regional returning officer, for the direct election of the regional chair, is responsible for:
The clerks of the LAMS will be responsible for the actual conduct of the election. All voting-related enquiries shall be directed to the clerk of the LAM. They will also manage all aspects of the election for regional councillor and school board trustee candidates.
905-980-6000 ext. 3220
905-980-6000 ext. 3720
Niagara Region and LAMS have worked together to create a niagaravotes website initially for regional chair candidates, to save them time and effort in gathering election-related knowledge and information / documents for the Region and each LAM.
Rather than a candidate having to search 13 different websites and / or visit 13 different clerk's offices, much of the information required for the campaign is located at niagaravotes.ca. The website will also serve as a useful tool for all regional, municipal and school board candidates as well as voters and the general public.
The website contains:
The website will continuously be updated as information becomes available from the LAMS.
The campaign resources section includes one repository for common election documents for each of the Region and LAMS such as:
The campaign resource map has been designed to be user-friendly and will enable candidates to access data for the Region and LAMS, such as population, demographics, number of households, eligible electors, name and location for institution / retirement / long term care homes / not for profit co-operative housing.
Voter information will include lists of candidates, voting locations, voting hours, etc.
|Fort Erie||Carol Schofield||905-871-1600 ext. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lincoln||Julie Kirkelos||905-563-8205 ext. email@example.com|
|Niagara Falls||Bill Matsonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Pelham||Nancy Bozzato||905-892-2607 ext. email@example.com|
|Port Colborne||Amber LaPointe||905-835-2900 ext. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|St. Catharines||Bonnie Nistico-Dunk||
905-688-5601 ext. 1506
|Thorold||Donna Delvecchio||905-227-6613 ext. email@example.com|
|Wainfleet||William Kolasa||905-899-3463 ext. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Welland||Carmela Radice||905-735-1700 ext. email@example.com|
|West Lincoln||Joanne Scime||905-957-3346 ext. firstname.lastname@example.org|
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Friday, July 27, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Nominations for the Office of Regional Chair may be made by filing Nomination Papers with the returning office.
Nomination Papers must be signed by the candidate and filed in person or by an agent, during normal office hours between Tuesday, May 1, 2018 and Thursday, July 26, 2018, and between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018 (Nomination Day).
Nomination Papers must be filed on the prescribed form (Form 1) in the following manner:
If a person is present in line on nomination day prior to 2 p.m. to file a nomination paper at the Regional Clerk's Office, and if due to a line-up the form cannot be processed before 2 p.m., the time will be noted and processed as soon as possible thereafter.
Until a candidate files their Nomination Paper (and pays the filing fee) they cannot raise money or incur expenses. Also, a candidate cannot spend any of their own money or that of their spouse before filing.
Nomination Papers are public documents and are available for inspection at the office of the regional clerk during normal office hours.
Candidates must show picture proof of identity and their qualifying address within Niagara at the time the Nomination Paper is filed.
A driver's licence provides both picture identification and proof of residency. Other acceptable forms of picture identification include government issued identification forms that contain the name, e.g. passport or health card.
Other acceptable documents for proof of residency (which must be shown in conjunction with acceptable picture identification) include:
A candidate's agent must provide the candidate's original identification, as well as providing his or her own identification.
In the case of a person renting property (tenant), the returning officer, in their absolute discretion, may request the candidate to furnish a current lease / rental agreement for the purpose of determining eligibility to be a candidate.
If the candidate does not have the types of identification the Region is requesting, other forms of identification as outlined in O. Reg 304/13 (Voter Identification) may be accepted.
Upon completion of the nomination process, the candidate's information including name (as it will appear on the ballot), address and contact information, as well as a link to the candidate's website, will be posted on the Region's website under the Unofficial List of Candidates and posted in the Headquarters Lobby (Campbell West Building).
The Unofficial List of Candidates will be updated as each Nomination Paper is filed.
Each candidate will be informed when the list is updated as well as the clerk of each LAM, members of council, senior staff and the media.
Last day for filing nominations. Nominations filed on July 27, 2018 may only be filed between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
A candidate who wishes to withdraw his or her nomination must notify the returning officer in writing by 2 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018. A Withdrawal of Nomination form is included in the candidate package.
Either the candidate or an agent of the candidate must file the withdrawal form in person. The withdrawal form may not be mailed, faxed or emailed.
The candidate will still have to submit a financial statement covering all financial transactions up to the time of the withdrawal. Provided the financial statement is submitted on or before the filing date of 2 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2019, the candidate will be entitled to a refund of the nomination filing fee.
The withdrawal will be noted on the Unofficial List of Candidates.
If the candidate is not qualified to be nominated, or the nomination paper does not comply with the Act, the returning officer shall reject the nomination.
A telephone call and email will be made to the candidate as soon as possible, informing them of the rejection, and a Notice of Rejection of Nomination will be sent, by registered mail, to the candidate. All other candidates will be informed by email.
On or before 4 p.m., July 30, 2018 the returning officer will examine the Nomination Papers. If the returning officer is satisfied a person is qualified to be nominated and the nomination complies with the Act, the returning officer shall certify the nomination by signing the Nomination Paper.
The returning officer shall send the names of the qualified candidates by email to the clerks of each of the LAMS for the ballots.
The candidate may sign the Consent to Release Personal Information form authorizing the returning officer to release personal information for posting on the Region's website (i.e. name and contact information).
A candidate's campaign period begins once they file a Nomination Paper during the nomination period, and ends on December 31, 2018, unless the:
Before voting day, the returning officer shall provide to each candidate a notice of penalties under Sections 88.23(2) and 92(1) of the Act related to campaign finances, and the refund of the nomination filing fee the candidate is entitled to receive in the circumstances as described in Section 34 of the Act (included in candidate package).
Calculation for Office of Regional Chair - $7500 + $0.85 cents per elector
The returning officer shall provide a certificate to the candidate at the time of the filing of the Nomination Paper of the preliminary calculation of the maximum amount of the campaign expenses that may be incurred for the Office of Regional Chair, based on the number of electors on the voters' list as of September 12, 2014, adjusted for changes made as of that date (329,493).
Preliminary Calculation - $287,569.05
The returning officer shall determine from the voters' list the number of electors eligible to vote for the Office of Regional Chair as of September 15, 2018, including changes made that day, calculate and issue a certificate by no later than September 25, 2018 of the maximum amount of campaign expenses that may be incurred by a candidate. The higher of the two calculations (preliminary and secondary) shall be the final spending limit for the Office of Regional Chair.
Upon filing the Nomination Paper, the returning officer shall provide a certificate of the applicable maximum of contributions to a candidate's own campaign.
The candidate and their spouse shall not make contributions to the candidate's own campaign that, combined, exceed an amount equal to the lesser of, for the Office of Regional Chair, $7500 plus $0.20 cents per elector ($73,427); or $25,000.
The number of electors is determined from the voters' list as it existed on nomination day of the 2014 election (September 12, 2014), adjusted for changes made as of that date, (transition year).
The returning officer's calculation is final.
The final list of certified candidates will be posted on the Region's website and in the Regional Headquarters Lobby (Campbell West) on or before Friday, August 3, 2018.
If after 4 p.m. on Monday, July 30, 2018 the number of certified nominations filed for the Office of Regional Chair is more than the number of persons to be elected to the office (1 to be elected), the returning officer shall give notice that an election shall be held. Such notice will be included in the LAM Notice of Election, including the:
The returning officer will post a Notice of Election on the Region's website and in the lobby at Regional Headquarters (Campbell West). The LAMS will publish and post a Notice of Election that will include the offices to be elected, including the regional chair's office, as well as all other relevant election information.
The returning officer shall, as soon as possible after voting day, declare the candidate who received the highest number of votes to be elected.
The elected regional chair shall take the Declaration of Office prior to taking his or her seat on Regional Council.
The end of the campaign period is December 31, 2018 unless a candidate withdraws the nomination, the nomination is rejected by the returning officer, or the candidate is continuing their campaign to erase a deficit.
If a candidate has a deficit on December 31, 2018 and wishes to continue fundraising to eliminate the deficit, the candidate must notify the returning officer on the prescribed form (Notice of Extension of Campaign Period - Form 6) on or before 4:30 p.m. on December 31, 2018. Failure to do so shall mean the campaign period ends on December 31, 2018.
This is the final date by which all candidates must file their financial statements in the prescribed form (Financial Statement - Auditor's Report Form 4) for the period from the date their nomination was filed through to December 31, 2018.
This is the final date by which candidates must file their supplementary financial statements in the prescribed form for the Supplementary Reporting Period from January 1, 2019 through to June 30, 2019.
At the time of filing the nomination, a candidate for the Office of Regional Chair must be a qualified elector in accordance with Section 17 of the Act. The candidate must be:
Candidates who are members of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, or the Senate or House of Commons of Canada may file their nomination for an office in the election, but their nomination will be rejected if they have not resigned their office as of 2 p.m. on nomination day (July 27, 2018).
If an employee of Niagara Region or local board wishes to file a nomination, the employee must take an unpaid leave of absence as of the day the employee is nominated and ending on voting day.
If elected, the person is deemed to have resigned immediately before making the Declaration of Office. (Sec. 30(1)).
The following persons are disqualified from seeking election for the Office of Regional Chair:
Reference all disqualification provisions under the Municipal Elections Act and the Municipal Act - sections noted above.
It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure they are qualified to seek the office for which they are being nominated.
The Act imposes limitations on the expenses for candidates in municipal elections. Also, the Act requires the candidate to report any contributions received and expenses incurred during the campaign period.
Campaign contributions can only be accepted during the campaign period, being the date the candidate filed his or her nomination through to December 31, 2018, unless the candidate withdraws the nomination, the returning officer rejects the nomination or the candidate is continuing his or her campaign to erase a deficit.
Expense limit for regional chair is $7500 plus $0.85 per elector.
The preliminary calculation is $287,689.75 based on 2014 eligible elector numbers as of September 12, 2014, with changes.
The maximum campaign expense amount will be available on or before September 25, 2018 based on 2018 eligible elector numbers.
A candidate must ensure receipts are obtained for every expense.
All candidates must disclose and report their contributions and expenses in the prescribed form, Financial Statement - Auditor's Report Form 4, (included in Candidate Package) on or before 2 p.m., March 29, 2019.
Even if the candidate is extending their campaign due to a deficit, they must submit a Financial Statement for the campaign period which ran from the date of filing their Nomination Paper through to December 31, 2018.
Candidates whose campaign contributions exceed $10,000 or whose total campaign expenses exceed $10,000 are required to file an auditor's report with the financial statement.
If the candidate notifies the clerk on or before December 31, 2018 of the fact that their campaign has a deficit and they wish to extend their campaign period, the candidate will be required to submit a Notice of Extension to Campaign form (Form 6). The Supplementary Reporting Period runs from January 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019. The candidate must submit Form 6 to the clerk on or before 2 p.m. on September 27, 2019.
There are penalties for not filing financial statements by the applicable deadlines, which may include forfeiture of office. The penalties do not take effect if the candidate files their forms before 2 p.m. within 30 days of the applicable deadline, and pays a late filing fee of $500 to the clerk.
Candidate Financial Statements are filed with the clerk and are public documents. Financial statements will be posted on the Region's website, along with a report from the clerk indicating whether each candidate met the filing deadline requirements.
If a candidate filed their financial statement prior to the filing date of March 29, 2019 for the campaign period ending December 31, 2018 and noticed an error, they can withdraw the statement and refile the Financial Statement - Auditor's Report by March 29, 2019.
The clerk will review the contributions reported on the Financial Statements to determine whether any contributor appears to have exceeded any of the contribution limits. Should the clerk determine that a contributor has exceeded the limits; the Clerk must prepare a report and forward it to the Compliance Audit Committee. The Compliance Audit Committee will review the report and determine whether to commence a legal proceeding against a contributor for an apparent contravention.
A candidate is entitled to receive a refund of the nomination filing fee if they file their Financial Statements on or before the financial filing date of Friday, March 29, 2019 on or before 2 p.m., or the supplementary filing date of September 27, 2019. (s.34)
Voters' Lists will be available no later than September 1, 2018 from the LAM Clerk's Offices. Pursuant to Section 23(4) of the Act, every candidate will receive one free copy of the Voters' List upon written request. (Forms included in Candidate Information Package).
Continuing on the path of "One Stop Niagara" for the regional chair candidates, the LAMS will be providing their respective voters' lists on a USB thumb-drive to be picked up at the Regional Clerk's Office. An email will be sent to all candidates when the thumb-drives may be picked-up.
All of the LAMS will be utilizing a paper ballot for voting, with vote tabulators for the counting of the ballots, save and except the following:
The clerk of the LAM is responsible for the actual voting process and looks after the ballot preparation, proxy voting, polling locations, advance polls, voters'
list and the counting of ballots in their respective municipality. If you have any questions about the voting process in a LAM, please contact the Clerk of the appropriate municipality.
Eligible electors in Niagara, including non-resident electors, may only vote once for the Office of Regional Chair, regardless of the number of municipalities in which they may own property, or be a tenant or the spouse of such owner or tenant.
In each LAM, all electors indicated on the voters' list as non-resident electors may be requested by the poll personnel to take an oral oath attesting to the fact they have not already voted for the Office of Regional Chair in another LAM.
The polls close on voting day at 8 p.m.
The results for the Office of Regional Chair will be reported by each LAM to the Region for tabulation and posting.
Election Control will be located in the regional clerk's office. No council member, member of the public or media will be permitted access to the clerk's office after the close of the polls.
Election Central will be located in the Council Chamber at Regional Headquarters and will open at 7 p.m. The election results for the Office of Regional Chair will be displayed on the overhead screens for each LAM. The election results will also be displayed, by LAM, for all other offices.
Further details will be provided to all candidates prior to voting day.
As a result of recent amendments to the Act, candidates now have a right of access to campaign in apartment buildings, condominiums, non-profit housing co-operatives or gated communities between the hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the doors to the apartments, units or houses, as the case may be.
No landlord / agent can prohibit a tenant from displaying election signs on the premises to which the lease relates. Also, no condominium corporation / agent may prohibit the owner or tenant of a unit from displaying election signs on the premises of their unit.
However, a landlord, person, condominium corporation or agent may set reasonable conditions relating to the size or type of election signs that may be displayed on the premises and may prohibit the display of election signs in common areas of the building. They may not prohibit the display of election signs posted at the direction of the LAM clerk if common area space in the building is being used as a voting place.
In addition, under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006, candidates, or their authorized representatives, may undertake lawful campaign activities at Niagara Regional Housing premises for the purpose of canvassing or distributing election material.
Candidates will have reasonable access to Niagara Region long-term care homes for the purpose of engaging in campaign activities such as canvassing and the distribution of election campaign materials, subject to the following limitations.
Candidates shall be limited to canvassing and leaving election related materials in the common areas such as the main lobby.
|City||Long-term Care Home||Contact||Phone|
|Fort Erie||Gilmore Lodge||Beth Plato-Giles||905-871-6160 ext. 4601|
|Grimsby||Deer Park Villa||Cindy Perrodou||905-945-4164 ext. 4801|
|Niagara-on-the-Lake||Upper Canada Lodge||Marg Lambert||905-468-4208 ext. 4401|
|Niagara Falls||Meadows of Dorchester||Colleen Tufts||905-357-1911 ext. 4301|
|Port Colborne||Northland Pointe||Leslie Hancock||905-835-9335 ext. 4701|
|905-934-3364 ext. 4101|
|Welland / Pelham||Woodlands of Sunset||Tracey Tait||905-892-3845 ext. 4501|
|Welland||Rapelje Lodge||Gail Gill||905-714-7428 ext. 4201|
Effective April 1, 2018, Section 88.3 of the Act provides candidate advertising and signs (not third party advertising) must identify the candidate and make it clear who is responsible for the sign/message. This will apply to all advertising regardless of format or method.
Candidates, or those advertising on their behalf, must provide broadcasters and publishers with information including the name of the candidate, name of the individual or organization taking out the advertisement, as well as the address and telephone number of the individual interacting with the broadcaster or publisher on behalf of the candidate.
The broadcaster or publisher is then responsible for retaining this information along with a copy of the advertisement and invoice for a period of four (4) years and making this information available to the public for inspection during that time period.
Candidates may wish to set up campaign websites. In the event any funds are expended for a campaign website, it is deemed to be a campaign expense and must be reported at the end of the campaign period. Similarly, once the campaign is over, the campaign website should be removed if money is being spent, no matter how minor, to maintain the website or domain name.
Definition of Third Party Advertising means an advertisement in any medium that has the purpose of promoting or supporting or opposing a candidate(s) or a "yes" or "no" answer to a question on the ballot.
It does not include:
Individuals, corporations or trade unions must formally register with the LAM clerk as a third party advertiser. The Region has no involvement with Third Party Advertisers.
Registrations will be accepted by LAM clerks between the first day for filing nominations (May 1) and the Friday before voting day (October 19, 2018) in a regular election.
The following are NOT permitted to register:
Must be registered at time of advertisement, and the ad must contain:
The broadcaster / publisher must retain records of the above information, a copy of the ad / means of reproducing it and the cost, for four (4) years after the date of appearance and shall permit inspection of same during normal business hours.
Contributions cannot be made or accepted unless registered as a third party. Same contribution limits as those for candidates: $1,200 per registered third party and maximum of $5,000 total for registered third parties in the same municipality.
Expenses are subject to a maximum expense limit (a prescribed formula based on the number of electors entitled to vote). Must record expenses and file a financial statement.
Third party advertisers are subject to compliance audits in the event an application is filed with the Compliance Audit Committee.
The LAM may require any person who contravenes the provisions for third party advertisers or caused / permitted the contravention, including the owner or occupier of the land on which the contravention occurred, to remove or discontinue the advertising.
There are similar penalties as those for candidates for financial statement default
Regional maps are included in the Candidate Information Package and are available on the website.
LAM maps must be obtained from the clerk of each area municipality. Candidates will be asked to present the photocopy of their Nomination Paper to each clerk in order to obtain the map and street index for that municipality. Electronic versions will be available on the respective websites.
Each candidate may appoint, in writing, scrutineers to represent them at the voting place and to be present during the counting of the votes. As a matter of convenience, scrutineer information and forms are included in the Candidate Information Guide. Otherwise, please contact the clerk of the LAM for any further scrutineer information or instructions.
The LAMS each have Sign By-laws regulating election signs on highways and private property. Some by-laws provide start and end dates for placement and removal of signs. Any questions with respect to the Election Sign By-law for a LAM can be directed to the clerk. LAM Election Sign By-laws can be found at niagaravotes.ca under One Stop Niagara.
Niagara Region Section 4 of Regional Sign By-law No. 122-2013 provides that no person shall place or allow an election sign to be placed on a Regional Road. The Regional by-law may also be enforced by the LAM Municipal By-law Enforcement Officers. The Regional Sign By-law can be located at niagaravotes.ca under One Stop Niagara.
Section 4 of Regional Sign By-law No. 122-2013 provides that no person shall place or allow an election sign to be placed on a Regional Road. The Regional by-law may also be enforced by the LAM Municipal By-law Enforcement Officers.
The Regional Sign By-law can be located at niagaravotes.ca under One Stop Niagara.
Candidates are encouraged to use recyclable materials for all applicable election materials. Candidates are also encouraged to promote recycling of their signs after use by members of the public who may choose to display them on their property.
Niagara Region's Recycling Centre can accept corrugated plastic signs. Residents can readily place this material in their blue boxes once they remove any metal or wooden components for disposal (i.e. stakes). Should candidates have any questions pertaining to sign material and disposal, please contact Niagara Region Waste Management via email at email@example.com or by telephone at 1-800-594-5542 or 905-356-4141.
An Election Accessibility Plan will be posted at niagaravotes.ca.
Should any candidate require election information in a different format, kindly contact the returning officer or Steve Murphy, Policy and Sustainability Analyst at 905-980-6000 ext. 3252.
Key date information applies to Regional Chair Candidates or Returning Officer / Regional Clerk unless LAM Clerks are specified.
|Item||Date / Period||Municipal Elections Act Reference|
|Publish and Post Notice of Nominations||April||s. 32|
|Nomination Period Commences||May 1||s. 33(4)|
|Nomination Day||July 27 (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.)||s. 31|
|Withdrawal of Nominations||July 27 (Before 2 p.m.)||s.36(a)|
|Preliminary Certificate of Maximum Campaign Expenses and Contributions for Own Campaign||Provided when nomination filed||s.33.01 (1) and 33.02 (1)|
|Provide notice of penalties for election campaign finances and refund of nomination filing fee||Provided when nomination filed||
|Notice of filing requirements for financial statements for period ending December 31, 2018 (last day to provide notice is February 21, 2019)||Provided when nomination filed||s.88.25 (9); 34; 88.23 (2)|
|Certification of Nominations||July 30 (Before 4 p.m.)||s.35 (1) (2); 35 (5) Before 4 pm on July 30|
|LAM Clerks to provide candidates with copy of procedures and forms for vote-counting equipment or alternative voting method||May 1||s.42 (3)|
|Filing of Notice of Registration as Third Party Advertiser with LAM Clerks (not Region)||May 1- Oct. 19||s.88.6 (7)|
|Nominations filed with Region must be forwarded to LAM Clerks||July 30 (By 2 p.m.)||s.11.1 (4)|
|Certification of nomination papers||July 30 (By 4 p.m.)||s.35 (1)|
|Declaration of Acclamations||July 30 (After 4 p.m.)||s.37 (1)|
|Period to issue proxy vote certificates||July 30 (After 4 p.m.)||s.44 (6)|
|Proxy applications may be filed with LAM Clerks||July 30 - Oct. 22||s.44 (6)|
|Voters' List (LAM Clerks)||Sept. 4||s.19 (11)|
|Revisions to Voters' List (LAM Clerks)||Sept. 4 - Oct. 22||s. 23, 24, 25|
|Prepare and Distribute Interim List of Changes to Voters' List (LAM Clerks)||Sept. 15 - 25||s.27 (1)|
|Notice of Election Issued||Sept. 21||s.40|
|Issue Certificate of Maximum Campaign Spending Limits and Contribution Limits for Own Campaign||Sept. 25||s.88.9.1 (2); 88.20 (11)|
|Deadline to establish Compliance Audit Committee and administrative practices and procedures (Joint)||Sept. 28||s.88.37 (1); 88.37 (6)|
|Voting Day||Oct. 22||s.5|
|Declaration of Results posted on website including number of declined and rejected ballots||As soon as possible after voting day - Oct. 23||s.55 (4.1); s. 55 (4.1)2|
|Last Regional Council Meeting||Nov. 1|
|Term of Office Commences||Dec. 1||s.6|
|Regional Council Inauguration||Dec. 6|
|First Regional Council Meeting||Dec. 13|
|Campaign Period Ends||Dec. 31||s.88.24 (1-2)|
|Candidate may apply to Ontario Court of Justice to extend time to file financial statement||By March 28, 2019||s.88.23 (6)|
|Deadline to file financial statements. May extend by 30 days with $500 penalty fee or by court-ordered extension||March 29, 2019 by 2 p.m.||s.88.30 (1)|
|Final day for Clerk to review and report on financial statements that exceeded the limits||April 29, 2019||s.88.34|
|First day for Clerk to publish report of candidates who filed by March 29, 2019||May 1, 2019||s.88.23 (4,5)|
|Last day to file compliance audit application to Compliance Audit Committee for regular financial statement filing period||June 27, 2019||s.88.33 (3)|
Regional Council consists of 32 members composed of the Regional Chair and the Regional Councillors from the 12 LAMS. By virtue of the Mayor's Office, the Mayors also serve as Regional Councillors.
It shall be the role of the chair to carry out the responsibilities set forth in Sections 225 and 226.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001 (Act).
Section 225 of the Act states: "It is the role of the head of council,
Section 226.1 of the Act states: "As chief executive officer of a municipality, the head of council shall,
Niagara Region Council Rules of Procedure By-law includes Sections 225 and 226.1 of the Act. The by-law also governs the Chair as follows:
It shall be the duty of the Chair, with respect to any meetings over which he or she presides, to:
The Chair shall be the chair of the Committee of the Whole meetings except for Budget Review Committee of the Whole Meetings. The Chair may also select another Member to Chair Committee of the Whole meetings.
The Chair shall be a member of all Committees and shall have full privileges, including the right to vote at meetings thereof, but shall not be eligible to be the Committee Chair / Co-Chair or Committee Vice-Chair.
The Chair shall only vote in a Council meeting to break a tie vote.
The 2018 rate of remuneration for the regional chair is $132,477 plus a full benefit package.