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Becoming a Regional Chair Candidate

The Regional Municipality of Peel accepts nominations only for the Office of the Regional Chair. The nomination period closed at 2 p.m. on July 27, 2018.

Other information


Any person who is a resident of Ontario may make a contribution to your Regional Chair campaign.

A contributor may contribute a maximum of $1,200 to your campaign. This includes the value of any goods or services donated to your campaign. A contributor may not contribute more than $5,000 in total to candidates running for offices on the same council or school board.

If you buy a ticket to a candidate’s fundraiser, the cost of the ticket is a contribution.

Groups such as neighbourhood associations, clubs or professional associations, such as fire or police associations, are not eligible to make contributions. Members may contribute individually.

Any contribution of money must come directly from your contributor. You are not allowed to pool contributions from contributors and then forward that money to your campaign. If a contribution is made from a joint account, it must be clear which person is making the contribution.

Contribution Amount

All contributions greater than $25 must be made by cheque, money order, or by a method that clearly shows where the funds came from.

If an individual’s contribution to your campaign is greater than $100, the individual’s name and address must be recorded in your financial statement.

Surplus at the end of your campaign

Candidates with a surplus at the end of their campaigns must turn that money over to the municipality. They are not allowed to return unused contributions to contributors.

Third party advertising

A third party advertisement is a paid message that supports or opposes a candidate.

A third party advertiser is any individual, corporation or trade union that contributes to the production of, or buys space for, the ad.

All third party advertisers must register with the local area municipality where they plan to advertise. If a third party advertiser for a Regional Chair candidate plans to advertise in 3 municipalities in Peel, the advertiser must register in all 3 municipalities.

Third party advertisements can appear in or on any medium, such as billboards, newspaper, or radio.

Third party advertising does not apply to:

  • Messaging that doesn’t cost money to post or broadcast, such as tweets or Facebook postings.
  • Issues-based advertising. Groups that do public outreach can continue their issues-based advocacy work throughout the municipal election period.

2018 Guide for third party advertisers

Financial records and statements

Candidates for Regional Chair must open a separate bank account for all campaign spending.

Consider consulting with an auditor or an accountant early in your campaign to make sure the bookkeeping and accounting system you’re using will suit your needs.

You will be required to file these forms:

Learn more about campaign finance and record keeping.

Election signs

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996, does not regulate signs.

Candidates must ensure that campaign signs are removed after voting day. Your municipality may have penalties for failing to remove your signs. You should contact your local clerk for more information.

For more information on election sign policies, placement and enforcement, visit your municipality election website:

Main responsibilities

The Chair is the Chief Executive Officer of the municipal corporation and acts as head of Regional Council. The Chair:

  • Acts as Chief Executive Officer of the municipality.
  • Provides leadership to Council.
  • Represents the municipality at official functions, and
  • Carries out the duties of the head of Council under the Municipal Act, 2001.

The Regional Chair is the Presiding Officer at meetings of Council. At council meetings, the Regional Chair:

  • Calls the members to order, calls the roll, announces the business before Council and conducts the meeting in accordance with the Rules of Procedure.
  • Enforces the Rules of Procedure.
  • Preserves order and decides points of order.
  • Presides over all in camera matters.
  • Expels or excludes from any meeting any person who has been determined to be guilty of improper conduct at the meeting.

When it isn’t possible to maintain order, the Chair may, without any motion being put, adjourn the meeting to a time decided upon by the Chair.

Other responsibilities

Other duties of the Regional Chair include:

  • Authenticating, by signature, all by-laws, resolutions, and minutes of Council.
  • Calling upon the Council Section Chair to preside over their respective Council section.
  • Receiving and putting to a vote all motions, resolutions and by-laws presented by the members of Council
  • Announcing the result when this function is not performed by a Section Chair or Vice-Chair; and
  • Declaring a state of emergency in emergency situations.
  • Acting as an official signing officer for the Corporation.
  • Representing the Region in dealings with other levels of government.
  • Acting as spokesperson for the Region in matters of policy and public issues.
  • Acting as the official representative of the Region in greeting visiting dignitaries, either in a ceremonial capacity or investigating business opportunities.


Once elected, you cannot hold the position of Regional Chair if, during the term of office:

  • You’re no longer a Canadian citizen.
  • You no longer live in Peel.
  • You (or your spouse) no longer own land in Peel.

Find more information on the Municipal Act, 2001:

Section 223.11: Registrar for lobbying matters

Section 239.2: Investigator

Nomination period - CLOSED

Election Day
October 22, 2018 (10 a.m. - 8 p.m.)

End of 2014-2018 Term of Council
November 30, 2018

Inaugural Meeting
December 6, 2018

End of Campaign Period
December 31, 2018

End of 2018-2022 Term of Council
November 14, 2022

Get additional information for candidates including election manuals, courses and Regional facilities and maps.