Become a candidate

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To qualify as a candidate you must be:

A Canadian citizen

At least 18 years old

A resident in the City of Mississauga, or;

A non-resident of Mississauga and you or your spouse own or rent property in the City

You are not eligible to run as a candidate if you:

Are serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution

Are a corporation

Are acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity

Were convicted of the corrupt practice described in Municipal Elections Act, 1996, less than five years ago

To file your nomination papers, you’ll have to provide identification that shows your name and qualifying address. You must also sign a declaration affirming that you are eligible to run.

Register as a candidate

To run for Mayor, City Councillor or school board trustee for the 2022 Municipal Election, you must file a nomination paper.

If you’re running as a candidate for Mayor or City Councillor, you must gather at least 25 endorsements from eligible voters in Mississauga.

If you’re running for school board trustee you don’t need to provide endorsements.

Appointment of scrutineer

Candidates can appoint scrutineers to represent them at voting locations on voting days. A scrutineer observes the voting process at a voting location on the candidate’s behalf.

Check back in 2022 for more information.

Campaign spending

You cannot spend money to campaign, or ask for or accept contributions before filing nomination forms.

There are limits to how much you can spend during a campaign. More information will be available when nominations open in 2022.

Financial statements

All candidates must disclose their campaign finance information to the City by filing a financial statement with the City Clerk’s Office.

For more information, check the Ministry of Municipal Affairs Candidates’ Guide.

All financial statements filed with the City are available to the public according to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.

Campaign signs

There are rules about the placement and use of campaign signs. For more information, read the Sign By-law.