To be eligible to become a municipal councillor, an individual must be entitled to have his or her name entered on the municipal list of electors, and have resided in the municipality, continuously or not, for 12 months as of September 1 of the calendar year during which the general election will take place.
In order to qualify as an elector, the person must, in particular, meet the following conditions:
- Be of the age of majority; that is, be at least 18 years old on November 7, 2021;
- Be a Canadian citizen as of September 1, 2021;
- Not be under curatorship as of September 1, 2021;
- Not have been found guilty of fraudulent electoral activity.
It is the responsibility of the candidate to verify that he or she meets the eligibility conditions for a position on council.
A person may only submit his or her candidacy for one council position of one municipality.
Each elector who undertakes to stand as a candidate or any candidate in the general election who wishes to solicit or collect donations, obtain loans, incur expenses, even when the expenses are personally incurred by the candidate himself or herself, must, in advance, receive authorization from the Directeur général des élections (DGEQ).
From January 1st, to the filing of the nomination paper (which must occur no later than October 1st, 2021)
Each request for authorization must be filed at the City Clerk’s office by filling out the following forms:
- Application for authorization of an independent candidate or an elector who undertakes to run as an independent candidate (DGE-1028)
- Schedule to the application for authorization of an elector who undertakes to run as an independent candidate (DGE-1028.1)
These two forms must be completed and submitted together.
To book an appointment with the returning officer for the purpose of producing an application for authorization, please contact call 514-457-5500 or send an E-mail at email@example.com.
At the time of the filing of the nomination form (between September 17 and October 2, 2021)
When the nomination paper (SM-29-FIN) is filed with the Returning Officer, the independent candidate must complete Sections 9, 10 and 12 of the form.
Forming a political party: another way to participate in municipal elections.
It is possible to file an Application for Authorization on behalf of a political party at any time. However, this request must be made to the DGEQ.
The authorized independent candidate is the only person entitled to appoint his or her agent and official representative in writing, which is the act of appointment. The official agent of an authorized independent candidate must be the same person as the official representative. However, under Article 164 of the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities (AERM), the candidate may designate himself or herself as his or her own Official Agent.
The authorized independent candidate must, as soon as possible, notify the Directeur général des élections du Québec (DGEQ) and the Treasurer of the City in writing of any change to the information relating to a change of his agent and official representative and of any other information required for the updating of the register of authorized independent candidates.
Official representatives have ten (10) days, as of the date of their nomination, to attend a training session given by the DGEQ regarding the rules of political financing and election expenses.
Nomination papers for a position on municipal council must be filed at the office of the Returning Officer from September 17, 2021 until October 1st, 2021 on the following days and times:
DATES AND TIMES
From Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 pm.
PLEASE NOTE that on Friday, October 1st, the office will be open continuously from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
To book an appointment with the Returning officer for the purpose of producing nomination paper, please call at 514-457-5500 or send an E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The restrictions on advertising are always an issue of interest to candidates during an election period. For more information on these restrictions, please refer to sections 285.1 and following of the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities (RLRQ, c. E-2.2).
We also invite you to consult the directive issued by the Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and the Electrification of Transport, which specifies the way in which it interprets the provisions of the Act respecting election advertising.
Any dispute with regard to election advertising must be submitted to the Returning Officer who will, if necessary, forward written complaints to the DGEQ.
In the case of premises not owned by the municipality, it is up to the owner of the premises to assert his or her right of ownership. The Returning Officer is not required to intervene in such cases. Any complaint of this nature must therefore be made to the Municipal Patrol or to the police.
Partisan advertising is governed by Section 283 of the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities (RLRQ, c. E-2.2). This Act mentions, in particular, that it is forbidden to place partisan advertising in a place which may be visible from a polling station. Any advertising material which does not respect this rule shall be removed without notice.
The map depicting the zone in which advertising is prohibited will be available soon.
Me Sabrina Béland was appointed returning officer for the 2021 general election of the City of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue by the Commission municipale du Québec. Her mandate during the election period is to see to the smooth running of the election and, as such, to train other election officials and direct their work.
You can reach the returning officer in any of the following ways:
By mail or in person:
Office of the returning officer
Ville de Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue
109 rue Sainte-Anne
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue (Quebec) H9X 1M2
The returning officer can be met in person, by appointment only, Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
By phone or email:
Telephone: 514 457-6829
However, the Act gives important responsibilities to the Directeur général des Élections du Québec (DGEQ), who “may, on request, provide the returning officer with all the assistance he/she needs to perform his/her duties” (art. 90 of the LERM). The DGEQ can also "provide information to the public", in particular through its Information Center and by broadcasting advertising. The DGEQ can also provide training on the application of the AERM to representatives and official agents of authorized candidates and political parties, as well as to returning officers. Also, he/she may, on his/her own initiative or at the request of an individual, investigate the application of a significant part of the AERM.