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Municipal Elections


**2018 Municipal and School Board Election Letter

After September 1st, you must apply to the Clerk if you want to add your name to the list or correct your information.  You have until the close of voting day on October 22 to apply for any changes.  If you are applying to add your name to the Voters' List, you will be asked to provide proof that you are eligible to vote.  You must provide identification that shows your name and address.

Application to Amend the Voters' List

List of Acceptable Identification


How to cast your vote online:
How to cast your vote using the telephone:
Frequently Asked Questions about Internet and Telephone Voting.

Reeve and Councillors

The Reeve is elected at large, which means all eligible voters choose from the same candidates when voting.  Ten Councillors are elected to represent the six wards, two Councillors for Ward 1, one Councillor for Ward 2, two Councillors for Ward 3, three Councillors for Ward 4, one Councillor for Ward 5 and one Councillor for Ward 6.

School Board Trustees

English Public - Near North District School Board (North Archipelago), Wards 1, 2 & 3 - 1 postion

English Public - Near North District School Board (South Archipelago), Wards 4, 5 & 6 - 1 position

French Public - Conseil Scolaire Public du Nord-Est de l'Ontario (Secteur A) - 1 position 

List of Candidates (Uncertified)
This page will be updated as candidates file for office.
 Name  Qualifying Address  Telephone  Email                                
 Bert Liverance  55 Island B207  905-649-8919

Councillor Ward 1

 Name  Qualifying Address  Telephone  Email
 Greg Andrews 70 North Shore Rd.  705-773-0900
 Laurie Emery 514 Highway 529   705-938-1886
 Tom Lundy 247 South Shore Rd.  705-366-5617

Councillor Ward 2
 Name  Qualifying Address  Telephone  Email                                
 Peter Frost  1 Island A713  416-571-0038
 Councillor Ward 3
 Qualifying Address
 Gary French  1 Island B945  416-486-5544
 Earl Manners  7 Island A4  705-879-8386
 Scott Sheard  1 Island A394  647-295-8214
 Ken Williams  56 Island A96  613-389-5104
Councillor Ward 4
 Name  Qualifying Address  Telephone  Email                                
 David Ashley  1 Island B338  905-940-0614
 Alice Barton   1 Island B570  416-710-0499 
 Michael Ugarenko  60 Island B207  416-895-8978
 Rick Zanussi  51 Island B717  705-746-5135
Councillor Ward 5

 Name  Qualifying Address  Telephone  Email                                
 Ian Mead       206 Crane Lake Water  705-484-5235

Councillor Ward 6 

 Name  Qualifying Address  Telephone  Email                                
 Jim Gilchrist  425 Healey Lake Water  905-681-8240
 Grant Walker  154 Grant's Trail  705-720-2244
Near North District School Board, Zone 3 (Wards 1, 2 & 3) - English Public

 Name  Qualifying Address  Telephone  Email                                
 Rob Learn     
Near North District School Board, Zone 4 (Wards 4, 5 & 6) - English Public 

 Name  Qualifying Address  Telephone  Email                                
 John Cochrane
 32 Virginia Heights
 Parry Sound, ON
 Howard Wesley
 17 Parry Sound Rd.
 Parry Sound, ON

 Conseil Scolaire Public du Nord-Est de l'Ontario - Secteur A - French Public 

 Name  Qualifying Address  Telephone  Email                                
 Denis Boyer     
 255 Mirimishi Rd.
 East Ferris (Corbeil), ON

Nomination Period

Nominations may be filed with the Clerk from Tuesday, May 1, to Thursday, July 26, 2018 from Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding statutory holidays.

On Nomination Day which is Friday, July 27, 2017, the Clerk will accept nominations between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Nomination Process

Nomination Paper (Form 1) must be filed in person by the candidate or by an agent.  The nomination paper must have original signatures.  The candidate will be required to show proof of identity and qualifications.  The nomination paper must be accompanied by the required nomination fee; $200.00 for the office of head of council and $100.00 for all other offices.  Payment to the Municipality must be made by cash, cheque, money order or debit card.

Effective April 1, 2018 the nomination of a person for an office on council must be endorsed by at least 25 eligible electors supporting the nomination.  An Endorsement of Nomination (Form 2) must be submitted with a completed Nomination Paper (Form 1).

Candidate Qualifications

A person is qualified to be elected or hold office, who, as of the day he or she files his or her nomination is:

  • a Canadian citizen;
  • at least 18 years of age;
  • a resident of the municipality, is the owner or tenant of land in the municipality, or the spouse of such a person;
  • is not legally prohibited from voting;
  • is not disqualified for violation of financial requirements or violations of requirements for filing financial information;
  • is not disqualified by legislation from holding municipal office.
For additional information, please review the 2018 Candidates Guide for Ontario Municipal Councils and School Board Elections. 

Intelivote, who is the service provider for the municipal election telephone and electronic voting services, is hosting a Municipal Candidate Session on August 21, 2018 at the Bobby Orr Community Centre at 9:30 am to 11:00 am.  This will assist Candidates, among other things, to access the voter's list once it is released in September.  This Session is open to all West Parry Sound Municipal Candidates.
Intelivote Municipal Candidate Session, August 21, 2018

"So You Want to Run For Council?" - Online Course.  This course is hosted by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and is geared to individuals who are planning to, or have registered to run for a seat on municipal council.  

Current and retired members of council designed "So You Wish to Run for Council?” and it presents the challenges and opportunities candidates will face through the campaign and as sitting members of council.

The course content is valuable for anyone running for council, as it not only examines the rules that govern him or her but also brings to light some of the cultural and soft knowledge pieces that influence the lives of members of council. Course content covers:

·        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 the True Power and Influence of Municipal Government is;

·        Transparency and Accountability in Government;

·        and much more...

How to cast your vote online:
How to cast your vote using the telephone:
Frequently Asked Questions about Internet and Telephone Voting.

Eligible voters choose from the councillor candidates for the voter's respective ward when voting.

What ward am I in?

Are You Entitled to Vote?

You are eligible to vote in the election for municipal council if you meet all of the following requirements:
  • you are a Canadian citizen
  • you are aged 18 or older
  • you qualify to vote in the municipality
There are three ways that you can qualify to vote in a municipality:
  1. As a resident elector if you live in the municipality.  You may own, rent, live in shared accommodation where you do not pay rent or live in the municipality but do not have a fixed address.  Being a resident elector is the most common type of eligibility.
  2. As a non-resident elector if you own or rent property in a municipality, but it's not the one where you live.  You can only be a resident elector in one municipality.  However, you can be a non-resident elector in any other municipality (or municipalities) where you own or rent property.
  3. As the spouse of a non-resident elector if your spouse owns or rents property in the municipality or municipalities other than the one where you live.
Neither you nor your spouse qualify as a non-resident elector if you do not personally own or rent the property in the municipality.  For example, if the property is owned by your business or your cottage is owned by a trust, you would not qualify as a non-resident elector. 


Eligible College and University Students

The place where a student’s family resides is also their residence unless they have moved with the intention of changing their permanent lodging.  A student may vote in the municipality where he or she is temporarily residing while attending school as well as at this or her permanent home in a different municipality, provided that he or she has not abandoned the family home.


Persons Prohibited from Voting:

a)  a person serving a sentence in a penal or correctional institution (including a sentence served in the evenings or on weekends); 
b)  a corporation; 
c)  a person acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity; 
d)  a person who has been convicted of corrupt practice described in s 90(3), if Voting Day in the current election is less than 5 years after Voting Day in the election in respect of which he or she was convicted.

For additional information, please review the 2018 Voters Guide for Ontario Municipal Council and School Board Elections.

General Information
Prior to 2018, third party advertising was not regulated for municipal council and school board elections.  Those who wanted to advertise or distribute materials supporting or opposing a candidate did not have to identify themselves, were able to spend unlimited amounts of money, and did not have to report their advertising or financial activities to anyone.  

Recent changes to the Municipal Act, 1996 created a framework of rules for third party advertising. The 2018 Guide for Third Party Advertisers for Ontario Municipal Council and School Board Elections provides information about who can register to be a third party advertiser, what registration allows them to do, and the rules that third party advertisers must follow.