Background Information

On November 5, 2019, Council considered Report 19-297(CRS), re: Council Vacancy and declared the office of Ward 7 Councillor vacant by resolution 19-218.

On November 19, 2019, Council considered Report 19-309(CRS), re: Methods to Fill a Council Vacancy and selected to fill the vacancy by way of by-election and set Voting Day to be Monday, March 23, 2020 by resolution 19-228 to 229. 

Key Dates

Date 
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 Nomination Period Begins
Friday, February 7, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Nomination Day
Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Advance Voting Day

City Hall (Bowman Room)

Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Advance Voting Day

City Hall (Bowman Room)

Friday, October 2, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Advance Voting Day

City Hall (Bowman Room)

Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Advance Voting Day

City Hall (Bowman Room)

Monday, October 5, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Voting Day*

City Hall (Bowman Room) / Curbside (Civic Square Lot)

Voting is available in-person only (there is no internet voting).

*Eligible voters will be able to vote at any polling location within Ward 7 on Voting Day.

COVID-19 Guidelines

Numerous safety precautions will be in effect including health screenings, maximum capacities, single-use pens, plexiglass barriers and enhanced cleaning. 

Any voters who are self-isolating due to symptoms or close contact, or who are awaiting COVID-19 test results will be requested to use a proxy voting, or take advantage of curbside voting. Several curbside voting stations will be set up around City Hall allowing residents to fill out their ballot in their vehicle and drop their ballot in a curbside ballot box.

Voting Locations

Advance Voting and Voting Day

Bowman Room, City Hall - 50 Dickson Street, Cambridge, ON

 

Notes:

  • Accessible voting and curbside voting will be available.

Candidate Information

 Eligibility 
 In order to be qualified to hold office as a Municipal Councillor, a person must be:
  • 18 years of age or older;
  • A Canadian citizen;
  • A resident of the City of Cambridge, or an owner or tenant of land in the Municipality, or the spouse of such an owner or tenant; and
  • Not prohibited from voting under any Act or from holding municipal office.
Nominations

Nominations were received from December 18, 2019 to 2:00 p.m. on February 7, 2020. 

Campaign Financial Information
Candidates need to be aware of their campaign expense limit, what constitutes an expense, and the contribution limits that can be accepted. For further information, please refer to the Guide and Information for Candidates available in the tab below. 
Resources
List of Certified Candidates

Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (s. 35(1)1)

Notice is hereby given to the municipal electors of Ward 7 of The Municipality of Cambridge, that during the period commencing on December 18, 2019 and completed on Nomination Day, February 7, 2020 the following persons filed all necessary papers, declarations and fees and as Clerk, I am satisfied that such person are qualified and that their nominations satisfy the requirements of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996. 

I have therefore certified the following candidates for the office of Councillor - Ward 7:

Name Address Home Telephone No. Alternative Telephone No. Campaign Website or Social Media
Cole Boland 40 Mill Creek Road 519-277-4690 N/A www.coleboland.com 
Cody Botelho 16 Athlone Road 519-654-7816 N/A N/A
Connie Cody 59 Carlos Court 226-336-9250 N/A www.conniecody.ca 
Manuel da Silva 55 Beaverbrook Crescent 519-622-3039 N/A www.manueldasilva.ca
Scott Hamilton   226-203-4490 N/A www.scotthamiltoncambridge.ca
R.J. Johnston 300 Dundas Street North 519-267-2067 N/A www.rj4ward7.ca
Sandra Lemieux 517 Parkview Crescent 519-716-5890 N/A N/A

Vandan Patel

315-45 Brierdale Road 226-507-2141 N/A

www.vandanpatel.ca 

Simon Weresch

19 Bloomington Drive 519-221-4021 N/A

 www.simonweresch.com

 Third Party Advertiser Information

Eligibility
Third Party Advertisers (TPA) can be an individual, corporation or trade union. 
Registration Package
When submitting your nomination package, the following must be included:

Completed registration packages will be accepted by appointment only. Please e-mail byelection@cambridge.ca or call 519-740-4680 ext. 4079 to book your appointment. Registrations will not be accepted without an appointment. 

Third Party Advertisers Financial Information 
Third Party Advertisers need to be aware of their campaign expense limit, what constitutes an expense, and the contribution limits that can be accepted. For further information, please refer to the Guide and Information for Third Party Advertisers available in the tab below. 
Resources

Voter Information

 Eligibility
In order to be qualified to vote in a municipal election, a person must be:
  • 18 years of age or older;
  • A Canadian citizen;
  • A resident of Ward 7 of the City of Cambridge, or an owner or tenant of land in Ward 7, or the spouse of such an owner or tenant; and
  • Not prohibited from voting under any Act or from holding municipal office. 

If you are unsure if you live in Ward 7, please view the Ward 7 Map or contact the City Clerk's Office at 519-740-4680 ext. 4079. 

Voter Information Notices

New Voter Information Notices will be mailed to electors who did not already vote on March 7, 2020. By mid to late September, you should receive a new Voter Information Notice in the mail. Your Voter Information Notice will include the following information:

  • your options for how to vote (Advance Vote Day or Voting Day)
    • Advance Vote - September 26, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - City Hall (Bowman Room)
    • Advance Vote - October 2, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - City Hall (Bowman Room)
    • Advance Vote - October 3, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - City Hall (Bowman Room)
    • Voting Day - October 5, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. - City Hall (Bowman Room) / Curbside (Civic Square Lot) 
  • Voting on at all the Advanced and Voting Days will only be taking place at city Hall in the Bowman Room (50 Dickson St.)

If you do not receive a Voter Information Notice by mid-February, please contact the City Clerk's Office at 519-740-4680 ext. 4079 or by e-mail at byelection@cambridge.ca

Acceptable Forms of Identification

A person may present, as proof of identify and residence for the purposes of subparagraph 52 (1) 1 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, an original, or certified or notarized copy, of a document that is listed below and shows the person’s name and qualifying address.

Where any one of the below documents are not available for presentation at the voting place, the elector shall complete an application in the prescribed form (Declaration of Identity), including a statutory declaration that he or she is the elector shown on the voters’ list.

  1. An Ontario driver’s licence
  2. An Ontario Health Card (photo card)
  3. An Ontario Photo Card
  4. An Ontario motor vehicle permit (vehicle portion)
  5. A cancelled personalized cheque
  6. A mortgage statement, lease or rental agreement relating to property in Ontario
  7. An insurance policy or insurance statement
  8. A loan agreement or other financial agreement with a financial institution
  9. A document issued or certified by a court in Ontario

10. Any other document from the government of Canada, Ontario or a municipality in Ontario or from an agency or such a government

11. Any document from a Band Council in Ontario established under the Indian Act (Canada)

12. An income tax assessment notice

13. A Child Tax Benefit Statement

14. A Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits Paid T4E

15. A Statement of Old Age Security T4A (OAS)

16. A Statement of Canada Pension Plan Benefits T4A (P)

17. A Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions

18. A Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Works

19. A Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Disability Support Program

20. A Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Statement of Benefits T5007

21. A credit card statement, bank account statement, or RRSP, RRIF, RHOSP or T5 statement

22. A CNIB Card or a card from another registered charitable organization that provides services to persons with disabilities

23. A hospital card or record

24. A document showing campus residence, issued by the office or officials responsible for student residence at a post-secondary institution

25. A document showing residence at a long-term care home under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, issued by the Administrator for the home

26. A utility bill for hydro, water, gas, telephone or cable TV or a bill from a public utilities commission

27. A cheque stub, T4 statement or pay receipt issued by an employer

28. A transcript or report card from a post-secondary school

Proxy Voting

Any person who is entitled to be a voter in the City of Cambridge's by-election may vote by proxy. The person appointed must also be entitled to vote in the City of Cambridge's by-election. 

A person appointed as a proxy may only act for one (1) person, unless the proxy and the other person are spouses or sibilings of each other, parent and child, or grandparent and grandchild.

Proxy voting applications forms are available here or from the Clerks Division. Proxy voting applications will be accepted, by appointment only. 

To book an appointment, please e-mail byelection@cambridge.ca or call 519-740-4680 ext. 4079. Proxy voting applications will not be accepted without an appointment.  

Contributing to Candidates/Third Party Advertisers

Electors can contribute:

  • Up to $1,200 to any one (1) candidate in an election; and
  • Up to $5,000 to two (2) or more candidates for offices on the same Council.

Resources

Guide and Information for Voters

Application to Amend the Voters List

Application for Proxy Voting

Additional Resources

Helpful Guides, Policies and Procedures
By-laws
  • By-law 19-181 - Being a by-law of the Corporation of the City to require a By-Election to fill the vacancy for the office of City Councillor representing Ward 7.
  • By-law 19-182 - Being a by-law of the Corporation of the City to enter into an Agreement with Dominion Voting for the use of the optical scanning vote tabulators for the purpose of counting votes at the 2020 by-election. 
  • By-law 19-183 - Being a by-law of the Corporation of the City to provide for an advance vote to be held prior to Voting Day for the 2020 municipal by-election. 

Election Contact Information

Clerk's Office

2nd Floor, 50 Dickson Street

PO Box 669

Cambridge, ON

N1R 5W8

Telephone: 519-760-4680 ext. 4079

Email: byelection@cambridge.ca