The next regular Municipal and School Board Election will be held on Monday, October 24, 2022.

Residents will head to the polls to elect:

  • The Mayor of Port Colborne
  • Eight (8) Port Colborne City Councillors, two per Ward. To see updated maps for Wards 1, 2, 3, and 4, click here
  • Regional Councillor: One (1) to be elected to represent the City of Port Colborne at the Niagara Region
  • One (1) Trustee for District School Board of Niagara
  • One (1) Trustee for Niagara Catholic District School Board
  • One (1) Trustee for Le Conseil Scolaire Viamonde
  • One (1) Trustee for Le Conseil Scolaire Catholique MonAvenir 

Are You Eligible to Vote?

You are eligible to vote in the election for municipal council if:

• you are a Canadian citizen;
• you are aged 18 or older; and
• 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 be a resident elector in only 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.  

 

 What Ward do I live in?

 View Maps for Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4

Ward 1

Ward 2

Ward 3

Ward 4

Are you on the Voter's List?

To check if you are on the municipal Voter's List, contact City Hall staff during regular business hours, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday:

  • Over the phone: 905-835-2900
  • In person: City Hall @ 66 Charlotte Street, Port Colborne

From September 1st to Voting Day on October 24th, electors can make an application with the Clerk’s Division to add, correct or delete information contained on the voter's list. At advanced polls and on voting day, election officials will be available to make revisions at the polling location.

Voters who need to update their Voter's List information must complete an Application to Amend the Voter's List (Form EL15). 

Printed copies of the form can be found at City Hall and the Vale Health and Wellness Centre.

To print the form at home, please click the link below:

Application to Amend the Voter's List - EL 15 Form

Completed forms may be filed in person or by your agent at the Clerk’s Office in City Hall during regular operating hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm). 

 Voting Methods

As an elector, there are several ways that you can cast your ballot:  

 *New for 2022 - Vote By Mail on Demand

Eligible voters will be able to choose an alternative to in-person voting in the 2022 Municipal Election.

From September 1st, until September 26th, you can apply for a Vote by Mail on Demand kit to be delivered to your home.  

Vote by Mail on Demand kits are delivered to each registered elector via regular mail with everything needed to vote by mail. All instructions about marking the ballot and returning the completed Vote by Mail on Demand kit are provided in each kit.  

Registration for Vote by Mail on Demand kits will begin September 1, 2022. Those interested in voting by mail must fill out the Registration Form.

Complete the on-line registration form: 2022 Vote by Mail Registration Form.

Registration Forms will also be available at City Hall, or through an email request sent to election@portcolborne.ca

Completed Applications may either be returned in person to City Hall or sent by mail to the City Clerk’s office, located on the 2nd floor of City Hall (66 Charlotte Street, Port Colborne, Ontario L3K 3C8). 

The final day to submit a Vote by Mail on Demand Registration Form is September 26, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.  Vote by Mail Kits will be mailed the week of September 26th to all those registered. 

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us: 

  • In person, at the Clerks Office located on the 2nd floor of City Hall (66 Charlotte Street, Port Colborne)
  • Over the phone at 905-835-2900 ext. 211
  • By email addressed to election@portcolborne.ca.  

 Advance Polls

All advanced polling opportunities for all residents of Port Colborne will be at Vale Health & Wellness Centre from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the following days:
  • Saturday, October 1, 2022
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2022
  • Friday, October 14, 2022

 Election Day 

Each of the following polling locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day:
  • Ward 1: L. R. Wilson Heritage Research & Archives
  • Ward 1: Port Colborne Baptist Church
  • Ward 2: Community Living Port Colborne-Wainfleet
  • Ward 2: Vale Health & Wellness Centre
  • Ward 3: Christian Life Assembly
  • Ward 3: Port Colborne Social & Recreation Centre for Seniors
  • Ward 4: Bethel United Church
  • Ward 4: St. Therese Catholic Elementary School
 Proxy Voting
If you will be unable to attend a polling location to cast your ballot, you may appoint someone to go to the voting place and cast a ballot on your behalf. This person is called your "voting proxy".

To appoint a voting proxy, you must fill out two copies of the Appointment for Voting Proxy Form – Form 3 and give the copies to the person that you are appointing as your proxy.

Click the following link to access this form: https://forms.mgcs.gov.on.ca/en/dataset/017-9502p

You must know who you want to appoint as your proxy when you fill out and sign the form. The person you want to appoint must be eligible to vote in the election and should be someone you trust to mark the ballot in the way you have instructed them to.

You can appoint a proxy after the nominations have been certified.

If someone has appointed you as their voting proxy, you must take the completed forms to the City Clerk to get them certified. Once the forms have been certified, you may cast a vote on behalf of the person who appointed you. You may not act as a voting proxy without first certifying these forms with the City Clerk.

The following is a list of some restrictions those using the proxy voting system must abide by:

  • If you are appointed as the proxy for one family member, you may also be appointed as the proxy for additional family members. Family member refers to a spouse, sibling, parent, child, grandparent, or grandchild.
  • There is no limit to the number of times you may be appointed, but it must only be for family members.
  • You cannot be appointed as a proxy for a non-family member and a family member at the same time.
  • If you are appointed as the proxy for a person who is not a family member, you can act as the proxy for this one person only. You cannot be a proxy for anyone else.

Find out who is eligible to vote, how to vote, and how you can support candidates by viewing the Ministry's 2022 Voter's Guide.

  

Certified Candidates

The following are the certified candidates in the 2022 Municipal and School Board Election in the City of Port Colborne. Click the link below to see the list of certified candidates, their contact information, as well as their qualifying address: 

2022 Official List of Certified Candidates

 Certified Acclaimed Candidates
OfficeNameEmailPhone Number

Regional Councillor

Fred Davies daviesregion2022@gmail.com

(905) 380-8813

Conseil Scolaire Catholique MonAvenir

 Jo-Anne Thibodeau  thibodeaullm@gmail.com (289) 214-5502

Certified Candidates for City Council
OfficeNameEmailPhone Number

Mayor

Bill Steele wsteele@cmsteeleinsurance.ca

(905) 736-2284

Mayor

Charles Steele  charlessteeleformayor@gmail.com

(365) 880-7678

Ward 1 Councillor

Heather Mahon mhjmahon@gmail.com

(905) 328-7897

Ward 1 Councillor

Mark Bagu

bagumark13@gmail.com

(905) 733-8388

Ward 1 Councillor

Jesse Boles jesse4ward1@gmail.com

(905) 359-5350

Ward 1 Councillor

Dave Elliott daveelliott33@gmail.com

(289) 668-3283

Ward 2 Councillor

Tim Hoyle hoyletg@gmail.com

(905) 658-1212

Ward 2 Councillor

Angie Desmarais angiedes37@gmail.com

(905) 341-0450

Ward 2 Councillor

Eric Beauregard beauregardjeric@gmail.com

(289) 228-9881

Ward 2 Councillor

Keith Barre

kb123eith@yahoo.com

(905) 347-3107

Ward 2 Councillor

Michael Bunton

mbunton@gmail.com

(905) 834-7242

Ward 2 Councillor

Jennifer Foti

jennifer_foti@yahoo.ca

(289) 821-3214

Ward 3 Councillor

Kim Randell krandell151@gmail.com

(905) 835-8444

Ward 3 Councillor

Gary Bruno garybruno@cogeco.ca

(289) 687-7275

Ward 3 Councillor

Frank Danch frank.danch@gmail.com

(905) 834-4913

Ward 4 Councillor

Ian Thompson ianthompsonward4@gmail.com

(905) 520-8253

Ward 4 Councillor

Ron Bodner ronbodner@hotmail.com

(905) 834-6269

Ward 4 Councillor

Monique Aquilina maquilinaward4@gmail.com

(905) 941-6289

 Certified School Board Trustee Candidates
School BoardNameEmailPhone Number

Niagara Catholic
District School Board

Danny Di Lorenzo dldilorenzo@icloud.com

(289) 241-1746

Niagara Catholic
District School Board

Karen Desjardins

karen.fieldandforest@gmail.com

(905) 984-7139

Niagara Catholic
District School Board

John Eaton-Turner

x7jet9x@gmail.com

(905) 745-3893

District School Board of Niagara

Owen Riel

owenriel@outlook.com

(289) 686-2419

District School Board of Niagara

Gregg Dame

 gregg.dame@gmail.com  (289) 673-1189

District School Board of Niagara

 Susan Jovanovic  susanjovan@hotmail.com  (289) 321-0975

 

     

Candidate Information

Who can be a Candidate?

  • Candidates must be a resident of the municipality, a non-resident owner or tenant of land in the municipality, or the spouse of such non-resident owner or tenant;
  • a Canadian citizen and at least 18 years old;

  • not legally prohibited from voting;

  • not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office.

  • Candidates will need 25 signatures of endorsement from eligible voters and must pay a fee of $100 ($200 for mayor) 

*THE NOMINATION PERIOD HAS NOW CLOSED*

Forms and More Information: 

2022 Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) Candidate Guide

2022 Port Colborne Candidates Guide

Port Colborne Election Sign By-law

MMAH Presentation for Candidates 

Yearly Stipend:

The current yearly stipend for City Council is:

  • Mayor $46,175
  • Councillors $11,489 (Current Remuneration)

**Councillors $22,978 (Proposed Remuneration - Under Review)

Niagara Region Election News

Seat at the Table Program

Niagara Region is offering a series of workshops to help communities that are underrepresented in municipal politics feel informed and educated when making the decision to run for local government.

Learn more about the Seat at the Table program on the Region's project page. 

Recruitment for Niagara Compliance Audit Committee

Niagara's local area municipalities, school boards and Niagara Region have formed a Joint Compliance Audit Committee. We are recruiting experienced professionals to form a roster of eligible members for appointment to the 2022 - 2026 Niagara Compliance Audit Committee. 

Visit Niagara Region to learn more about how to apply:

https://www.niagararegion.ca/government/council/municipal-election/compliance-audit-committee.aspx 

 Third Party Advertiser

Third party advertising refers to advertisements or other materials that support, promote or oppose a candidate, or support, promote or oppose a “yes” or “no” answer to a question on the ballot. The meaning of “third party” in this context means a person or entity who is not a candidate. Third party advertising is separate from any candidate’s campaign, and must be done independently from a candidate. Any advertisements or materials that are made and distributed by a candidate, or under a candidate’s direction, are part of the candidate’s campaign. 

For More Information and Forms: 

2022 Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Third Party Advertisers’ Guide

Notice of Registration – Third Party 

 2022 Key Election Dates

 May 2, 2022
  • Candidate Nomination Period opens. Nomination forms may be filed during regular business hours in the Office of the City Clerk, located at 66 Charlotte Street.

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

August 19, 2022 - 2:00 p.m.

  •  Nomination Day. Candidate Nomination Period closes.
  • Those interested in running as a candidate have until 2:00 p.m. to file their nomination papers, withdraw a nomination, or change office.

August 22, 2022

  • Certification of Nomination Forms and Acclamations. The City Clerk will certify nomination forms prior to 4:00 p.m.
  • If there are positions declared elected by acclamation (e.g. no other candidates running for the same position), a list will be posted by the City after 4:00 p.m.

September 2022

  • Voters' List available to candidates - September 1, 2022

October 2022 

  • Port Colborne Voters go to the Polls
    • Advanced Voting 
    • Election Day Voting
  • During the week of October 24th, 2022 Official Election results are declared by the City Clerk as soon as possible after voting day.

November 15, 2022

  • New Council terms begins.

November 22, 2022

  • Inaugural meeting of City Council.