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Ministry officials, municipalities hosting free information sessions

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs, in partnership with the City of Orillia and Townships of Oro-Medonte, Ramara, Severn, and Springwater, will be hosting free information sessions for citizens interested in running for Council or School Board Trustee Offices in the 2018 Municipal Election.

The first Candidate Information Session will take place on Thursday, April 12, 2018, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Township of Oro-Medonte’s Council Chambers, located in the Administration Centre at 148 Line 7 South, Oro-Medonte. 

Later on that evening, the second session will be offered from 7 to 9 p.m. in the City of Orillia’s Council Chamber, located at 50 Andrew St. S., Orillia.

During these sessions, representatives from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs will present information and answer questions on various topics including eligibility to run for office, general campaign rules, election finances, and compliance audits. 

The roles of Council, Head of Council, municipal staff, School Board Trustees, third party advertisers, proxies and scrutineers will also be explored in detail.

“Serving the public as an elected official requires a considerable commitment of time and energy,” said Gayle Jackson, chief administrative officer and clerk for the City of Orillia. “Running for office is an exciting, challenging, and worthwhile experience, and we want to provide potential candidates with all of the necessary tools and information to assist them with this process.”

Candidates’ Information Guides will be available for all attendees outlining key timetables for the 2018 Municipal Election, campaign period requirements, election sign regulations, voting equipment and accessibility information.

“Prospective candidates must satisfy themselves through their own determination that they have complied with the election regulations,” said Janet Nyhof, deputy clerk for the City of Orillia. “Anyone intending to stand for elected office is encouraged to refer to their municipality’s website and candidate guide to obtain the most up-to-date information on the 2018 Municipal Election.”

To register for the Township of Oro-Medonte session, individuals are asked to email Janette Teeter at with their name, address and phone number or call 705-487-4028. Citizens can also visit for other election details.

To register for the City of Orillia session, individuals are asked to email Janet Nyhof at with their name, address and phone number or call 705-325-2108.  Citizens can also visit here for other election details.

The 2018 Municipal Election takes place on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. 

Persons may file a Nomination Paper from 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018.

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