Who cannot be a council candidate?

The following people are disqualified from being elected as a member of council, or from holding office as a member of council:

  • Any person who is not eligible to vote in the municipality
  • A judge of any court
  • A member of the Provincial Legislature, the Federal House of Commons or Senate who has not resigned from their office by the close of nominations (proof of resignation must be provided by the close of nominations or the city clerk will not certify the nomination)
  • A candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement(s) in the last municipal election or by-election
  • An inmate serving a sentence in a penal or correctional institution
  • An employee of the City who has not taken an unpaid leave of absence or resigned. Employees of the City of Guelph who wish to run for mayor or councillor must take an unpaid leave of absence before filing a nomination paper. The employee must provide a copy of the documentation showing that they have taken the leave of absence and the effective date