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Are you on the Voter's List?

The Provincial and Federal Voter’s list is different from the Municipal and School Board Voter’s List. The Municipal and School Board Election will be held on October 24, 2022 – take a moment to ensure you are on the Voter’s List.

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for collecting the information of residents in Ontario (name, date of birth, citizenship and school support) in order to create a Voter's List for municipal and school board elections. Municipalities will use the Preliminary List of Electors to prepare their Voters Lists for the 2022 Municipal and School Board Elections.

One of the ways MPAC collects this information is through voterlookup.ca. Here, Ontarians can add their name and the names of other members of their household to a secure database and confirm or update their information.

This helps ensure that each municipality has the most accurate information possible for the 2022 Municipal and School Board Elections.

Take a few minutes to verify your information at voterlookup.ca and encourage your friends and family to do the same.

 

Candidate Information
If a person wishes to run as a candidate in the City of Cambridge municipal election, they must file a nomination paper with the City Clerk. The first day to file a nomination paper for the next municipal general election will be May 2, 2022.

A person cannot raise or spend money on an election campaign until they have filed the nomination paper.

This nomination paper will be available online shortly before the nomination period opens.

Candidates must schedule a one-hour appointment by contacting the City Clerk’s office either by email: election@cambridge.ca OR by phone: (519) 623-1340 ext 4228.

Schedule a one-hour appointment by contacting the City Clerk’s office either by email: election@cambridge.ca OR by phone: (519) 623-1340 ext 4228.

Nominations must be filed in person at City Hall – Clerks as original signatures are required.

To file a nomination, you must provide:

  • nomination paper
  • at least 25 declaration of endorsements (Mayor and Councilor candidates are only required to submit endorsements)
  • current acceptable identification 
  • nomination filing fee (paid by cash, credit or debit card, certified cheque or money order, payable to ‘Treasurer City of Cambridge’)
    • the filing fee is $200 for candidates running for Mayor and $100 for Councilor or school board trustee candidates
    • nomination fees are refunded to candidates once they file the required financial statement

If an agent is filing a nomination on your behalf, the agent must provide the above documents as well as their own identification.

If candidates do not file the required financial statement by the deadline as per the Municipal Election Act, they will not receive a refund.

Offices to be Elected 

Mayor of the City of Cambridge

One (1) to be elected at large.

Councillor for the City of Cambridge 

Eight (8) to be elected, one in each ward.

Regional Chair of the Region of Waterloo

One (1) to be elected by all voters in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo.

Contact the Regional office to file nomination, visit The Region’s website for more information

Regional Councillor for the Waterloo Region

Two (2) to be elected by all voters in the City of Cambridge.

Waterloo Region District School Board Trustee

Three (3) to be elected by all voters in Cambridge and North Dumfries.

Waterloo Catholic School Board Trustee

Three (3) to be elected by all voters in Cambridge and North Dumfries.

French Language Public School Trustee (Conseil Scolaire Viamonde)

One (1) to be elected by all voters in the Regions of Waterloo, Wellington, Middlesex, Perth, and Huron-London Clerk.

French Language Separate School Trustee (Conseil Scolaire Catholique MonAvenir)

One (1) to be elected from the Regions of Waterloo, County of Brant, County of Haldimand, and Norfolk County. 

Find Candidates 

  • check who is running for office in the municipal election 
  • find candidates' websites and contact information 

City of Cambridge Candidates

Mayor
NameContact    Filing Date

Kathryn McGarry

Jan Liggett

Randy Carter

 

May 2, 2022

May 3, 2022

June 9, 2022

Ward 1 Councillor
NameContactFiling Date
Michelle Goodridge   June 20, 2022
Ward 2 Councillor
NameContactFiling Date
Mike Devine   June 29, 2022
Ward 3 Councillor
NameContactFiling Date
No candidates have filed at this time    
Ward 4 Councillor
NameContactFiling Date

Ross Earnshaw

Barbara Harrington

 

May 9, 2022

June 3, 2022

Ward 5 Councillor
NameContactFiling Date

Sheri Roberts

Pam Wolf

Mark Fisher

 

May 9, 2022

May 26, 2022

June 8, 2022

Ward 6 Councillor
NameContactFiling Date

Kris Langford

Bill Conway 

Shannon Adshade

 

May 20, 2022

June 6, 2022 

June 21, 2022

Ward 7 Councillor
NameContactFiling Date
Scott Hamilton    May 10, 2022 
Ward 8 Councillor
NameContactFiling Date
No candidates have filed at this time    

Region of Waterloo Candidates

Regional Chair
NameContactFiling Date

Narine Dat Sookram

Karen Redman

 

May 2, 2022

May 16, 2022

Regional Councillor
NameContactFiling Date

Prakash Venkataraman

Crystal Whetham

 

May 6, 2022

June 1, 2022

School Board Candidates 

Trustee, Waterloo Catholic District School Board
NameContactFiling Date
No candidates have filed at this time    
Trustee, Waterloo Region District School Board
NameContactFiling Date
Cindy Watson    June 23, 2022 
Conseiller/Conseillère, Conseil Scolaire Viamonde pour représenter la Région de Waterloo et les Comtés de Wellington, Middlesex, Perth et Huron
NameContactFiling Date
No candidates have filed at this time    
Conseiller/Conseillère, Conseil Scolaire Catholique MonAvenir pour représenter la Région de Waterloo et les Comtés de Brant, Haldimand et Norfolk
NameContactFiling Date
No candidates have filed at this time    

Withdrawn Nominations 

No nominations have been withdrawn at this time. 

Qualifications for Mayor and Councilor 

To run for Mayor or city Councilor, on the day the nomination paper is filed, a person must be:

  • a Canadian citizen
  • at least 18 years of age
  • a resident of the City of Cambridge, or
  • an owner or tenant of land in the City of Cambridge, or the spouse of the owner or tenant
  • not legally prohibited from voting
  • not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office

Who Cannot be a Mayor or Council Candidate 

The following people are disqualified from being elected as a member of council, or from holding office as a member of council:

  • a judge of any court
  • a member of the Provincial Legislature, the Federal House of Commons or Senate who has not resigned from their office by the close of nominations. Proof of resignation must be provided by the close of nominations or the Clerk will not certify the nomination
  • a candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement or exceeded the prescribed spending limit in the last municipal election or by-election

City of Cambridge Employees

  • Employees of the City of Cambridge who wish to run for Mayor or Councilor must take an unpaid leave of absence before filing a nomination paper.
  • The employee must provide a copy of the documentation showing that they have taken the leave of absence and the effective date.

 

To run for any of the four school boards on the day the nomination paper is filed, a person must be:

  • a Canadian citizen
  • at least 18 years of age
  • a resident in the area of jurisdiction* of the board
  • not legally prohibited from voting
  • not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office

Who cannot be a school board trustee candidate

The following people are disqualified from being elected as a school board trustee, or from holding office on any school board:

  • a clerk, treasurer, deputy-clerk or deputy-treasurer of any municipality within the area of jurisdiction of the school board except those on an unpaid leave of absence
  • a member of the Provincial Legislature, the Federal House of Commons or Senate who has not resigned from their office by the close of nominations. Proof of resignation must be provided by the close of nominations or the Clerk will not certify the nomination
  • a candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement or exceeded the prescribed spending limit in the last municipal election or by-election

School Board Employees

  • Employees of any school board (including supply teachers) are disqualified from being elected as school board trustee or from holding office on any school board, except during a leave of absence.
  • The employee must be on a leave of absence before filing their nomination paper.
  • They must provide the Clerk with documentation showing that they have taken the leave of absence and the effective date.

Types of school boards

Candidate Guides 

For each municipal general election, the Province of Ontario releases a guide with information on the nomination as a candidate or registering as a Third Party Advertiser. It includes – campaign rules, financial filing requirements, and more.

Below are links to the guides for the 2022 municipal and school board elections. The information also applies to any by-elections that may be held during the 2022 - 2026 council and school board term.

2022 MAH Candidates’ Guide

2022 City of Cambridge Candidates' Guide 

2022 MAH Third Party Advertisers Guide

2022 City of Cambridge Third Party Advertisers Guide

2022 MAH Voters' Guide 

2022 City of Cambridge Voters' Guide 

Acceptable Identification for Candidates 

Candidates filing a nomination must present acceptable identification showing name, qualifying Cambridge address and signature. This can be one piece of ID or a combination of two pieces of ID.

One piece of ID showing name, qualifying Cambridge address and signature:

  • Ontario driver’s license
  • Ontario Health Card (photo card with address)
  • Ontario motor vehicle permit (plate portion)
  • Cancelled personalized cheque
  • Mortgage, lease or rental agreement
  • Insurance policy
  • Loan or financial agreement with a financial institution
  • Document issued or certified by a court in Ontario
  • Any other document from the government of Canada, Ontario or a municipality in Ontario or from an agency of such a government
  • Any document from a Band Council in Ontario established under the Indian Act (Canada)

OR

Two pieces of ID:

First piece of ID showing name and signature:

  • Ontario driver’s license
  • Ontario Health Card
  • Ontario motor vehicle permit (plate portion)
  • Canadian passport
  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
  • Certificate of Indian Status
  • Veterans Affairs Canada Health Card
  • Social Insurance Number Card
  • Old Age Security Card
  • Credit card
  • Debit card
  • Employee Identification card
  • Student Identification card issued by a post-secondary institution
  • Union Identification card or professional license card
  • Cancelled personalized cheque
  • Mortgage, lease or rental agreement for property in Ontario
  • Insurance policy
  • Document issued or certified by a court in Ontario
  • Any other document issued by the government of Canada, Ontario or a municipality in Ontario or from an agency of such a government
  • Any document from a Band Council in Ontario established under the Indian Act (Canada)

Second piece of ID showing name and qualifying Cambridge address:

  • Ontario motor vehicle permit (vehicle portion)
  • Income tax assessment notice
  • Child Tax Benefit Statement
  • Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits Paid T4E
  • Statement of Old Age Security T4A (OAS)
  • Statement of Canada Pension Plan Benefits T4A (P)
  • Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions
  • Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Works
  • Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Disability Support Program
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Statement of Benefits T5007
  • Property tax assessment
  • Insurance statement
  • Mortgage, lease or rental statement for property in Ontario
  • Credit card, bank account, RRSP, RRIF, RHOSP or T5 statement
  • CNIB Card or a card from another registered charitable organization which provides services to persons with disabilities
  • Hospital card or record
  • Document showing campus residence issued by the office or officials responsible for student residence at a post-secondary institution
  • Utility bill for hydro, water, gas, telephone or cable TV or a bill from a public utilities commission
  • Cheque stub, T4 or pay receipt issued by an employer
  • Transcript or report card from a post-secondary school
  • Document issued or certified by a court in Ontario
  • Any other document issued by the government of Canada, Ontario or a municipality in Ontario or from an agency of such a government
  • Any document from a Band Council in Ontario established under the Indian Act (Canada)

Acceptable Methods of Payment 

The City Clerk’s Office requires payment for certain election-related purposes, including but not limited to:

  • filing a nomination to become a candidate or changing office
  • paying surplus funds to the clerk at the time of financial filing
  • purchasing other goods and services (for example paper copies of maps)

 

The following payment methods will be accepted:

  • cash
  • credit card (VISA, MasterCard and American Express)
  • debit card
  • certified cheque
  • money order
  • bank draft

Please note: Certified cheques, money orders and bank drafts must be payable to: the City of Cambridge

Withdrawing a Nomination 

If you no longer wish to run in a municipal election, you must file a Withdrawal of Nomination form in-person before the end of the nomination period. Candidates cannot withdraw after the nomination period has closed.

Candidates who have withdrawn their nomination are still required to file a financial statement.

Changing Office 

If, after filing a nomination for an office on Council or any of the school boards, you wish to run for a different office, you must:

  • file the Withdrawal of Nomination for the old office
  • at the same time, file a Nomination Paper for the new office*
  • pay the nomination filing fee for the new office

*For councilor candidates, you are not required to submit additional declaration of endorsements – the ones you submitted for the first office are transferred to the second office.

Campaign Finances 

  • The two offices (campaigns) are separate and contributions and expenses cannot be transferred from one to the other.
  • If you plan to incur expenses or accept contributions, you must open a separate bank account for each campaign.
  • A contributor’s total contribution cannot exceed $1,200 for both campaigns for councilor or school board trustee candidates.

Financial Statement

You will be required to file a financial statement for each campaign.

  • The withdrawn campaign will show all financial activity from the day the nomination paper is filed until the day the withdrawal is filed.
  • The current campaign will show all financial activity from the day the nomination paper is filed until the end of the campaign period.

Key Dates

Date

Milestone

May 2, 2022

Nomination period begins

August 19, 2022

Nomination Day – last day to submit or withdraw a nomination before 2:00 p.m.

August 22, 2022

Nominations certified by 4:00 p.m.

September 24, 2022

First possible date to hold an advance vote

October 24, 2022

Voting Day

March 31, 2023

Deadline for candidates to file financial statements

Info for Voters
 Election Day - Monday, October 24, 2022.

 If you meet all of the following conditions, you are eligible to vote in the 2022 municipal election:

  • a Canadian citizen
  • at least 18 years old
  • a resident in the City of Cambridge or a non-resident of Cambridge and you or your spouse own or rent property in the City
  • not otherwise prohibited under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 or by law

You can only vote once in the City of Cambridge municipal election, regardless of how many properties you own or rent within the City. You must vote in the Ward that you are registered in as a voter on Election Day.


How to vote

Bring your identification (ID) when you go to vote.

ID requirements

If your name is on the Voters' List (click to check), you will need to show one piece of identification that has your name and address on it in order to receive a ballot.

Your Voter Notification Card cannot be used as a piece of ID.


Acceptable Identification includes an Ontario driver's license, an Ontario Photo Card, a cancelled personalized cheque, an insurance policy or statement or any other document included on the acceptable documents for voter identification list.


Voters' List

The Voters' List is a list of people who are eligible to vote in the 2022 municipal election.

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) provides a list of electors to the City of Cambridge. This list is used to prepare the Voters' List for the City. If your name is on the Voters' List, you will receive a Voter Notification Card and Letter in the mail with the voting days and selected voting locations. Bring your voter card with you when you vote to make your voting experience easier and quicker. The City will be sending out all  Voter Notification Card and Letters to eligible voters in September 2022. Information will be posted on the City site for those eligible voters who do not receive their voter card prior to election day.

Voter Lookup Tool 

Every elector can check to make sure their information is up-to-date and accurately reflected by logging into www.voterlookup.ca, eligible electors can:

  • add an elector name to an address;
  • confirm or update their electoral information;
  • change school support for the purpose of voting in a school board election.

Voters can always use the Internet Voter Lookup to see if they are on the Voters’ List.

 

Voters' Guide

The Voters' Guide from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs gives information about voting in municipal and school board elections. 2022 Voters' Guide

 

Voting by proxy

If you are unable to vote either in the Advance Poll or on Election Day, you can select someone to vote on your behalf. This person must be a qualified elector within the City of Cambridge. Proxy forms will be available on August 22, 2022. More information on the Proxy process will be posted on our site in 2022.

Who is running

The City of Cambridge holds elections every four years to elect candidates to the positions of:

  • Mayor
  • Ward Councillors
  • Regional Councillor
  • School Board Trustees

This page will be updated with a full list of Certified Candidates. 

Info for Candidates

Ward boundaries

The City of Cambridge is divided into 8 Wards. If you are not sure of your Ward, check the City’s ward map

 

Candidate's Guide

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs produces a Candidates' Guide to provide information to candidates in municipal and school board elections which will be available in 2022.

Methods for Campaigning 

The methods you use to campaign are at your discretion.  A recent survey by the City found that voters preferred hearing about candidates and their platforms through website write-ups / bios followed by all candidates’ meetings and newspaper profiles.  Among survey respondents, door-to-door campaigning was noted as the least preferred way of hearing about candidates. See Report

 

Campaign spending limits

Candidates are not allowed to spend money to campaign or ask for or accept contributions before filing nomination forms.

Campaign spending limits will be available in 2022.

Campaign signs

There are rules governing the use and placement of campaign signs. Updates will be available in 2022.

Who is running
As nominations are received, this page will be updated.

Candidate Resources 

So You Want to Run For Council

Free virtual information workshop organized by the Regional Municipalities of Waterloo

May 4, 2022, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Click for more details and how to Register

Ontario MAH - 2022 Candidate Guide

Ontario MAH - 2022 Third Part Advertiser Guide

Ontario MAH - 2022 Nomination and Registration Forms Repository

Corporate Resources Use Policy during Municipal Elections

School Board Trustee Guide for Candidates and Communities (EN)

School Board Trustee Guide for Candidates and Communities (FR)

  

Maps

Cambridge voting locations map (with street index)  

Cambridge boundaries map (by ward, with street names)

Interactive boundaries map

 

Signs

Please see Election sign by-law for more information.   

 

Information Sessions 

Ontario Municipal Services Office (MSO) election campaign finance sessions (this webpage will be updated as we confirm dates)

Interested in the 2018 MSO Finance Refresher Presentation?  

Waterloo Municipal Campaign School - Learn How to Run Sessions

https://learnhowtorun.com/

Election Information Session TBD

 

Association of Municipalities Ontario

Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) Ontario Municipal Elections COVID-19 Liability Protection

Lead Where You Live: A guide on running for municipal council Online training sessions offered by AMO

Ask a Question 
Registered Candidates in the 2022 Municipal and School Board Elections are required to use the below ASK A QUESTION should they have inquiries related to City operations.

Candidates are asked not to email staff directly other than the City Clerk or by using election@cambridge.ca to inquire about City Business when they are registered as a candidate.

By submitting your questions through the below form, your question will be answered by the appropriate staff and shared on this page to provide the same information to ALL registered candidates. If a question is not able to be answered you will be contacted directly. Candidates that submit questions will not be identified when the answer is posted to this page.

Ask a Question

Nomination and registration periods begin on May 2, 2022. More information will be posted as it is made available.

 To qualify as a candidate you must meet all of the following conditions:

  • a Canadian citizen
  • at least 18 years old
  • a resident in the City of Cambridge or a non-resident of Cambridge and you or your spouse own or rent property in the City
  • not otherwise prohibited under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 or by law

To run for Mayor, Ward Councillor or School Board Trustee for the 2022 Municipal Election, you must file a nomination paper. Until you file a nomination paper, you cannot raise or spend any money on your campaign.

Employment Opportunities 

Staffing requirements are still being determined for the 2022 Municipal Election. Updates will be posted once available.

If you are interested in working the election, please contact elections@cambridge.ca with your full name and availability.