Nominations for the next general election will be open between January 1, 2021 and September 20, 2021. Signed nomination forms can be dropped off with the Returning Officer from Monday, January 4, 2021 until Noon, Monday September 20, 2021. Prospective candidates filing their nominations must schedule an appointment with the Returning Officer.
Big Lakes County’s electoral structure consists of nine (9) divisions in which resident, in their respective divisions, vote for the local Councillor. Each Council members serves a four- year term. The elected Council elects a Reeve and Deputy Reeve from Council on an annual basis.
Nominations packages can be picked up at the High Prairie Office or at the Kinuso Office.
This information is published as a service to prospective candidates and is not inclusive of all information related to each office, election procedure, and legislation. Each candidate is responsible to comply with all applicable acts, regulations, and bylaws.
All candidates must be eligible to vote in the election and must be:
- at least 18 years old;
- a Canadian citizen;
- be a resident of the local jurisdiction and the ward, if any, for the six consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day;
- not otherwise ineligible or disqualified.
Candidates are subject to further requirements outlined in the Local Authorities Election Act. Candidates are advised to refer to the Local Authorities Election Act and, if required, obtain legal advice regarding the full extent of their obligations.
Nominations must be completed on the prescribed Form 4, Nomination Paper and Candidate's Acceptance and Form 5, Candidate Financial Information. Form 4 must be signed by at least five (5) people eligible to vote in the election and the forms must include original handwritten signatures. Digital signatures are not accepted. It is advisable to have more than the minimum required number of electors sign the form in case one or more signatures are not eligible to nominate. The nomination form states that candidates are required to make an affidavit saying that you are eligible for nomination, not disqualified from office, and that you will accept the office if you are elected. You must swear or affirm that affidavit before a Commissioner for Oaths or the Returning Officer. Returning Officer or delegate are available in person, by appointment.
RELEASE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
The Returning Officer will receive requests for information regarding candidates running for County Councillor in the Municipal Election from organizations, individuals and the media. By completing the Authorization for Release of Personal Information form and submitting along with the Nomination Papers, the Returning Officer will be able to release, upon request, the following information:
- Candidate's name
- Contact Phone Number(s)
- Contact Address
According to the nomination package, we will post the candidates that have been nominated on the first Monday of each month beginning on February 2021 at the local jurisdiction office and on the Big Lakes County Facebook page.
It is strongly encouraged that perspective candidates talk to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to discuss the position of Councillor further. To schedule a meeting with the CAO please contact the Returning Officer.
Municipal Election 2017
The 2017 Municipal Election was held on October 16, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. The next Municipal Election will be October 18, 2021.