This information is a summary of the requirements contained in the
Municipal Elections Act (MEA). Each candidate is responsible for
ensuring that they are familiar with all requirements of the MEA and must
satisfy themselves that they are in full compliance with the MEA. Other sources
of information are the pages: Candidate
Financial Responsibilities, Contributions
& Fundraising and Financial Reporting
(including completing the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Auditor’s Report: Form 4).
Information contained on this site should not be used by candidates in
isolation of a thorough review of the MEA.
What is a campaign expense?
A campaign expense is a cost incurred for goods and services candidates use in
election campaign. This would include things such as audit and accounting fees,
the cost of holding fundraising functions, interest on loans, etc. As a
candidate, it is your responsibility to ensure that copies of receipts are kept
for all expenditures.
Is there a limit on how much I can spend?
When candidates file their nomination, they are required to sign and date the
Certificate of Maximum expense which indicates the maximum amount the candidate
can spend campaigning for the office they are seeking. This amount will vary
from one office to the next, and from ward to ward.
For Mayor, the formula for calculating the maximum expense is $7,500 plus 85
cents for each elector entitled to vote for the office. For all other offices
(including councillor or school board trustee), the formula is $5,000 plus 85
cents for each elector entitled to vote for the office.