Pre-Election Information Session - June 16, 2022 at 7:00 pm.
Municipal elections will be held on October 26, 2022. If you are interested in running for Winkler City Council or would like more information on what is involved in being the Mayor or a Councilor before making a decision, the City of Winkler will be hosting an information session on June 16, 2022. The session will be held in the Multipurpose Room at the Winkler Library located at 160 Main St, Winkler starting at 7:00 PM.
The session is expected to last 1.5 to 2 hours and will provide information on many topics including:
- Terminology (Act, By-law, Resolution, etc.)
- Information about the City of Winkler and how it operates
- Overview of applicable Province of Manitoba legislation
- Roles of Mayor, Council, CAO/Administration
- How Council gives Administration direction
- Committees, meetings and time commitments
- Election financing rules
The presentation will be given by Mr. Ernie Epp of Way To Go Consulting Inc. Mr. Epp has over 35 years experience in local government, and for the past 10 years has been providing a wide variety of consulting services to many municipalities in Manitoba.
Walk-ins are welcome but for planning purposes it would be appreciated if those interested in attending would pre-register by filling out the registration form located at the link below.
We are seeking Municipal Election Support Workers!
- Voting Officials
- For the office of head of council - Between May 1, 2022 and September 20, 2022
- for the office of Councillor - Between June 30, 2022 and September 20, 2022
Election Day - October 26, 2022
Prospective Municipal Elections Candidates & Registration
Prospective municipal election candidates must register with the Senior Election Official during the registration period before they may begin to accept contributions, incur expenses, fundraise or borrow money for their campaign.
To obtain a registration form contact the SEO by email.
Registration will be received at the City of Winkler Administration Office, 185 Main Street, during regular hours of business.
Province of Manitoba Municipal Elections FAQ
Answers to the most frequently asked questions about municipal elections can be found at the link below.
AMM Municipal Elections Resources
The AMM Municipal Elections Resource Hub has useful information for those interested in running for Council.
Senior Election Official
Council has appointed Barb Dyck as SEO for the 2022 City of Winkler Municipal Elections.
Barb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Campaign Finance By-law regulates campaign expenses and contributions to candidates, and includes limits on contribution amounts received and expenses incurred.
Contributions to Candidates
Legislation restricts who may contribute to a candidate’s campaign:
Contributions may only be received from:
• Residents of Manitoba
Contributions may not be received from:
- Unions, corporations or any other organizations, for example the chamber of commerce or rotary club.
- Anonymous contributors. Any candidate who receives an anonymous contribution must turn it over to the SEO.
Legislation establishes the maximum amount that a person may contribute. Monetary and non- monetary contributions are counted towards the limit.
The maximum amounts an individual can contribute to one candidate:
- $1,500 to mayors;
- $1,500 to councillors;
These contribution limits also apply to candidates and their spouses.
All prospective candidates must register with the SEO during the registration period before they begin their campaign. Through this process, a candidate becomes authorized to commence an election campaign.
For each election, the registration period:
· for head of council begins on May 1 and ends at the close of nominations;
· for councillors begins on June 30 and ends at the close of nominations.
Prospective candidates must include their name and address and the office (head of council or councillor) they are seeking as well as any additional information required by the SEO. Those who will be receiving monetary campaign contributions from others must also include the name and address of the financial institution and the number of the bank account they will be using for purposes of their election campaign.
Once registered, candidates must notify the SEO in writing of any changes in the information provided in their registration form.
Registration for candidates for Mayor begins on Sunday, May 1, 2022 and ends at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 20, 2022.
Registration for candidates for Councillor begins on Thursday, June 30, 2022 and ends at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 20, 2022.
Any person who is eligible to vote in municipal elections in the Local Authority of the City of Winkler can have his or her name added to the Voters List, or have any information about the voter on the Voters List corrected.
In order to qualify as a candidate for municipal council, a person must be:
· A Canadian citizen,
· At least 18 years of age on Election Day,
· A resident of Manitoba,
· A qualified voter of the municipality (has either resided or owned property in the municipality for at least 6 months before Election Day),
· not subject to disqualification under The Municipal Act or any other Act.
Becoming a candidate for Council involves two important steps:
- Registration Process; and
- Nomination Process
October 26, 2022 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Meridian Exhibition Centre – 104 Grandeur Avenue, Winkler
Candidates must submit nomination papers which provide evidence of support from eligible voters.
Before a candidate is permitted to file nomination papers, they must have already filed their registration form. Nomination papers are provided to prospective candidates at the time of registration.
All nomination papers must be filed in-person with the Senior Election Official during the nomination period which begins on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 20, 2022.
All nominations must be supported by a number of eligible voters whose names appear on the voters list. For Mayor or Councillor, nominations must be signed by at least 25 voters of the municipality. Candidates must use the voters list provided to confirm that they have acquired the signatures of 25 eligible voters.
All nomination papers will be available for public inspection. A list of nominated candidates will be available on this website.
The campaign period is the time during which a registered candidate, or any person acting on their behalf, can accept contributions or incur campaign expenses.
The campaign period for candidates for Mayor commences upon registration (registration begins May 1, 2022) and ends March 31, 2023. The campaign period for candidates for Councillor commences upon registration (registration begins June 30, 2022) and ends March 31, 2023. It is only during this period that candidates can solicit contributions and expend funds for the purposes of election.
The Candidates Guidebook outlines the regulations for campaign financing and the requirement to file an audited financial statement.
The City of Winkler By-Law No. 2271-21 to regulate the use and development of land:
Item 6.2 TEMPORARY SIGNS
- A Temporary Sign on private property shall be removed within seven days after the date of the advertised community event or at the discretion of the Designated Officer.
- Temporary Signs on public property include, estate sale, sporting events, open houses, election signs, construction signs, providing that:
a. The sign does not exceed 16 sq ft (1.5 sq m) in area. CITY OF WINKLER ZONING BY-LAW 67
b. The sign indicates the date of the event.
c. The sign is not placed within 50 ft (15.2 m) of an intersection.
d. The sign is not placed on public property more than two days in advance of the event.
e. The sign is removed within 24 hours of the event.
In the case of a municipal election the “event” referred to in Section 6.2(d) can be defined as:
- No earlier than the date notice is given of the opening of nominations ending election day.
- Notice is given at least one week, but no more than three weeks, before the nomination period begins (Sept 14 – 20, 2022).
- With respect to Section 6.2 (e) the City generally would not enforce the removal of election signs until at least 7 days after the election unless they are placed in a way that poses a risk to public safety.
A person is eligible to have their name added to the Voters List if they are:
- A Canadian citizen and at least 18 years of age on Election Day; and
- A resident of the City of Winkler for at least six months prior to Election Day, OR a registered owner of land in the City of Winkler for at least six moths prior to Election Day.
Any person can request to have his or her name and address obscured from the Voters List.
A person whose name has been obscured will receive a Personal Security Certificate and identification number. That person may only vote by Sealed Envelope Ballot and cannot vote in person at the regular or advance voting places.
To implement the above, a written request must be submitted to the Senior Election Official, in person, by e-mail, fax or mail to:
City of Winkler
185 Main St.
Winkler, MB R6W 1B4
All registered candidates must file a Candidate Election Finance Statement with the City Manager. Please refer to the Campaign Expenses and Contributions Guide for additional information on this matter.