Exercising your right to vote is very important. Members of City Council are your representatives. They establish City guidelines and priorities that have a lasting impact on the environment in which you live.
|First day to file a nomination paper||September 22|
|Last day to file a nomination paper||October 6|
|Production of electoral list||October 6|
|Revision of electoral list||October 16, 17, 18 and 20|
|Advance polling||October 29|
|Polling day and announcement of the results of the vote||November 5|
|Swearing-in of elected officials||November 13|
To meet the requirements of the Act Respecting Elections and Referendums in Municipalities, in May 2016 Pointe-Claire City Council adopted the By-law dividing the territory of the City of Pointe-Claire in municipal electoral districts.
The objective of this by-law is to comply with the parameters of the Act that stipulate that the number of electors in a district must not be more than 15% above or below the quotient obtained by dividing the total number of electors in the municipality by the number of districts.
Changes to the City of Pointe-Claire electoral district map will affect District 4 – Cedar Park Heights and District 6 – Seigniory, and the changes will be in effect for the November 5, 2017 election.
The election period begins on September 22. The office of the returning officer, located at 451 Saint-Jean Boulevard, is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nomination papers are accepted from September 22 to 4:30 p.m. on October 6.
If there is a political party, it must be recognized in advance by the Directeur général des élections du Québec (DGEQ). Independent candidates must obtain the prior approval of the returning officer.
Official representative and official agent
Independent candidates and their representative or agent are required to attend training on the rules surrounding political financing and election expenses given by the Directeur Général des élections du Québec (DGEQ). For more information, click here.
The role of the representative or agent is to:
- Collect and deposit contributions
- Make sure receipts are given to donors
- Contract loans
- File financial reports
- Incur or authorize election expenses
- Authorize an advertising agency to incur or order election expenses
- Make sure that any advertising contains his or her name and title as official agent
- Make sure the election expense limit is not exceeded
- File the election expense return
If you are interested in working at the elections, we invite you to fill out the recruitment form and drop it off in person at the Legal Affairs counter at City Hall, 451 Saint-Jean Boulevard.
We will then contact you to fill open positions.
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- The returning officer’s authorization is required to collect contributions, incur expenses or contract loans.
- Only electors have the right to make contributions.
- Candidates must fill out the appropriate form.
- Candidates must designate an official representative; they may also designate themselves as their official representative.
- Any independent candidate may sollicit or collect contributions if expressly authorized to do so by the official representative.
- There is a limit on election expenses. (See Election expenses)
- The public must be informed by way of expense returns and financial reports.
- The authorization granted to independent candidates expires on December 31, 2019.
- Legal persons are not allowed to make contributions.
- Contributions over $50 must be made by cheque or credit card. For credit card contributions, the elector must sign a form produced by the official representative.
- Electors must be given a receipt for every contribution.
- Contributions may result in a tax credit unless they are made by a candidate for his or her own benefit.
- Total contributions from the same elector in the same fiscal year may not exceed $100 for each independent candidate.
- Candidates may contribute up to $1,000 for their own benefit between the acceptance date of their candidacy and December 31 of the election year.
- Only the official representative may contract a loan for an authorized independent candidate.
- Candidates may be their own representative.
- There is no stipulated maximum for loans made at recognized financial institutions.
- Loans made by an elector to one or more independent candidates may not exceed a total of $10,000.
Election expenses are the cost of any goods or services used during the election period, from September 22 to November 5, 2017. The cost of goods or services used before or after the election period is not an election expense and, therefore, does not affect the spending limit.
Limits on election expenses
Election expense limits are based on the number of electors per district at the time of division into electoral districts.
Amounts will be adjusted based on the actual number of electors at the time of filing of the electoral list and the revised electoral list. The number of persons listed shall be the greater of the number appearing on the unrevised electoral list and the number appearing on the revised list.
Following the declaration of election of an unopposed candidate (elected by acclamation), the official agent can no longer incur nor authorize any expenses.
New – Matching revenues
- At the same time as the reimbursement of election expenses, the treasurer shall pay matching revenues to eligible authorized independent candidates.
- Such revenues shall be calculated at the rate of $2.50 for each dollar raised as contribution revenues from January 1, 2017 until polling day, up to the ceilings established according to the elected position and the size of the City ($1,000 in the case of the mayor and $500 in the case of a councillor).
- The calculation of this revenue excludes contributions paid by candidates for their own benefit.
- An amount equal to 70% of the election expenses entered in the election expense return may be reimbursed to candidates who either
a) are elected,
b) obtained at least 15% of the votes cast.
- After election day, under certain conditions, an advance of 50% of this reimbursement may be paid.
- The reimbursement cannot exceed
- the limit on election expenses set by the Act, or
- the amount of the debts arising from the candidate’s election expenses and his or her personal contribution.
Any person entered on the list of electors may vote. Electors are responsible for making sure their name is on the list. You can check the list on the website of the Directeur général des élections du Québec (www.electionsquebec.qc.ca).
In early October, you will receive by mail a notice indicating the name of each person entered on the list at your address.
If your name does not appear on the list, you will have to appear before the Board of Revisers to have it entered.
To appear on the list of electors, you must meet the following conditions:
- You are 18 years old or older as of November 5, 2017.
- On September 1, 2017:
- You are a natural person and a Canadian citizen. (Legal persons are not eligible to vote).
- You are not in the one of the situations leading to disqualification under the law.
- You meet one of the following conditions:
- You have been domiciled in Pointe-Claire, and in Quebec, for at least 6 months;
- You have been, for at least 12 months, the owner of an immovable or the occupant of a business establishment in Pointe-Claire;
- You are a joint co-owner of an immovable or co-occupant of a business establishment in Pointe-Claire.
The Board of Revisors of the list of electors for the City of Pointe-Claire will sit at the City Hall Council Chamber (451 Saint-Jean Boulevard) on the following dates and times:
- October 16, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
- October 17 and 18, 2017, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. and from 7 to 10 p.m.
- October 20, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
You may ask the Board to add your name to the list, correct it, or strike it off. The deadline for requesting the removal of your name is October 18 at 5:30 p.m.
To vote, you will be required to present one of the following:
- Health insurance card from the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec
- Driver’s licence
- Canadian passport
- Certificate of Indian Status
- Canadian Forces identity card