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Candidate Qualifications and Nomination


Qualifications for Candidate

A person may be nominated as a candidate at an election who:

    • is a Canadian citizen;
    • has attained the age of 18 years or will obtain that age on or before nomination day;
    • is not disqualified or ineligible under this Act, or any other Act, to be a candidate or a member of the Legislative Assembly; and
    • is qualified as an elector in any one of the electoral districts referred to in the Electoral Boundaries Act.

Who may Nominate Candidates

Any 25 or more persons, entitled under section 20 of the Election Act to have their names registered on a list of electors for an electoral district for which a writ has been issued, may nominate a candidate for the electoral district:
                 (a) by filing a nomination paper in Form 3, duly completed, with the Returning Officer, at any
                      time between the date of the proclamation and 2:00 p.m. on nomination day; and

                 (b) by depositing with the Returning Officer the sum of $200 (payment can be by legal
                      tender, certified cheque or a money order for that amount).


If you are a federal public servant...

Before seeking nomination as, or being, a candidate in a federal, provincial, or municipal election, federal public servants subject to the political activities provisions (Part 7) of the Public Service Employment Act are required to obtain permission from the Public Service Commission and, if applicable, a leave of absence without pay during the election period. To find out more about your legal rights and responsibilities regarding political activities visit https://www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/services/political-activities/suite-political-activities-tools/guides-tools-videos.html#video1 
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