Municipal Election

Municipal Elections in Ontario are held every four years on the fourth Monday of October.  The next municipal election will be held Monday, October 24, 2022. The last municipal election was held on October 22, 2018 and under the Municipal Elections Act, the four-year term of office for the current council and school board trustees began December 1, 2018, and ends November 14, 2022.

Nominations open on May 2, 2022, and close on August 19, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. 

Notice of Nomination - Huron County Lower Tiers

You must file in person at the Municipal Office at 14 Mill Avenue, Zurich. Please make an appointment with the Clerk's department to file your Nomination Papers.

You will need to pay the nomination fee and provide identification. You must initially complete the following forms:

Form 1:  Nomination Form 

Form 2 - Signatures of 25 voters supporting the nomination (Mayor and Councillor candidates only):  Endorsement of Nomination Form

Declaration of Qualifications (must be signed in presence of Clerk)

Complete Nomination Packages are also available for pick up at the municipal office (please note that the memo regarding the erection of election signs along Huron County road allowances was added to the package on May 6, 2022) .

Offices for which persons may be nominated:

  • Mayor - one (1) to be elected at large
  • Deputy Mayor - one (1) to be elected at large
  • Bayfield Councillor - one (1) to be elected by Bayfield Ward electors
  • Hensall Councillor - one (1) to be elected by Hensall Ward electors
  • Zurich Councillor - one (1) to be elected by Zurich Ward electors
  • Hay East Councillor - one (1) to be elected by Hay East Ward electors
  • Hay West Councillor - one (1) to be elected by Hay West Ward electors
  • Stanley East Councillor - one (1) to be elected by Stanley East Ward electors
  • Stanley West Councillor - one (1) to be elected by Stanley West Ward electors

School Board Trustees:

  • English Public - Avon Maitland District School Board - one (1) to be elected

The Municipality of South Huron is responsible for conducting the election for the Municipalities of South Huron and Bluewater. Contact for more information.

  • English Separate - Huron Perth Catholic District School Board - one (1) to be elected

The Municipality of South Huron is responsible for conducting the election for the Municipalities of South Huron and Bluewater. Contact for more information.

  • French Public – Conseil Scolaire Viamonde (1 to be elected)

The City of London is responsible for conducting the election for the Counties of Waterloo, Wellington, Middlesex, Perth and Huron. Please visit

  • French Separate – Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence (1 to be elected)

The City of Sarnia is responsible for conducting the election for the Counties of Perth, Grey, Huron, Bruce and Lambton. Please visit

When you think about candidates for federal or provincial elections, you usually think about the political party that each candidate represents. In municipal elections in Ontario, candidates are not elected to represent a political party. 

To run for Council you must:

  • be a resident of the municipality or a non-resident owner or tenant of land in the municipality or the spouse of such non-resident owner or tenant;
  •  be Canadian citizen and at least 18 years old;
  • not legally prohibited from voting; and not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office.

Nominations for the Municipality of Bluewater Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Council member candidates, and local school board trustees, will open on Monday, May 2, 2022 and will close on August 19, 2022 (Nomination Day).

Individuals interested in running for Mayor, Deputy Mayor or a Ward Councillor must ensure that their nomination papers are filed with the Clerk’s Office no later than 2:00 p.m. on August 19, 2022 and are not permitted to begin their election campaign until their papers are filed.

To run for the office of Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Councillor or School Board Trustee, a person must file a nomination paper and provide proof of qualifying address within the Municipality of Bluewater or the school board jurisdiction and the appropriate filing fee ($200 for Mayor and $100 for all other positions).

Additionally, Council member nominees must provide at least 25 endorsements of nomination from eligible voters.  The nomination paper and endorsement of nomination forms must have original signatures.

If a person is present at the Clerk’s office on Nomination Day at 2 p.m. and has not yet filed the nomination, they may file the nomination as soon as possible after 2 p.m.


A candidate that wished to withdraw their nomination must notify the Clerk in writing before 2 p.m on Nomination Day.


Anyone can vote in a municipal election who, on the day of the election, is:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • either a resident of the municipality or a property owner or tenant or the spouse or same sex partner of an owner or tenant in the municipality during a specified time just before the election. 

Your name must be on the Voters’ List in order for you to cast a ballot.

If you are not on the Voters’ List, or if your information is incorrect you may apply to have your name added or your information corrected.  This may be done until the close of voting on voting day in a regular election or by-election.

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for collecting the information of residents in Ontario (name, date of birth, citizenship and school support) in order to create a Preliminary List of Electors for municipal and school board elections. Municipalities will use the Preliminary List of Electors to prepare their Voters Lists for the 2022 Municipal and School Board Elections.  One of the ways MPAC collects this information is through

By logging into, eligible electors can:

  • confirm or update their electoral information;
  • add an elector name to an address; and
  • change school support for the purpose of voting in a school board election.

We all play a role in ensuring a fair electoral system, and it is the responsibility of every elector to make sure their information is up-to-date and accurately reflected for electoral purposes.

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


On March 22, 2021 Council approved By-law 23-2021 to allow for the alternative voting method of 'internet/telephone' voting for the Municipal Election to be held in 2022. 

These alternative voting methods will be available for all eligible voters during voting period. During the voting period, voters will be able to cast their vote remotely using their own devices (i.e., laptop, smart phone, or tablet) in the comfort of their own home, at a time that most suits their schedule, or at the municipal office using a municipally supplied iPad or laptop. The advantages of internet and telephone voting include less travel, removing time and date constraints for voting, fewer crowds and line-ups, and improved accessibility for persons with disabilities or people who are ill or away from their home.

Each eligible voter will receive, by mail, a Voters Information Letter that will detail the races they are eligible to vote for as well as the link to login AND a telephone number to call in, so they may choose their method to cast their vote. The letter also details a Personal Identification Number, as well as information on how to get assistance.

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