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Ontario Regulation 101-97 - General

Municipal Council Candidate Campaign Expenses

Campaign Finance Information

Third Party Advertisers

What is a Third Party Advertiser? 

A third party advertiser (TPA) is a message in any medium (billboard, newspaper, radio, etc) that supports or opposes a candidate or supports a yes or no vote on a question on the ballot. 

Third party advertising does not include issues-based advertising. Therefore, groups that do public outreach can continue their issues based advocacy work throughout the municipal election period. 

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs is currently proposing amendments to Ontario Regulation 101/97 under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 to: 

  • provide for the spending limit for third party advertisers and to set the limit that third party advertisers can spend on parties and gifts of appreciation; and
  • make changes to the forms to reflect provisions of the Act that come into force on April 1, 2018.
    • A third party advertising guide should also be available from the Ministry in April 2018.  

For more information, view the updated Act

2014 Final Election Results

The final election results for the 2014 Municipal Election can be found at the following link:

Election Results

2013 Elections At Large

On April 15, 2013, the Council of the Township of Stone Mills voted in favour of holding Elections at Large. As a result of this decision, commencing in 2014, elections will allow each qualified voter to cast a vote for every member of the Council of Stone Mills.

Discussion on “Elections at Large” took place during priority setting sessions, public meetings, through a referendum on the ballot and through ongoing discussions since the amalgamation of the Township of Stone Mills in 1998.  Given this review it was the intent of Council that the matter be brought forward for a decision.  Prior to voting on the issue, each Council Member was given the opportunity to provide public comment.

Arguments in favor included:

  • allowed the opportunity for the public to elect all of the Council representatives who will be making decisions on their behalf and not just those from an individual ward; and
  • allowed the opportunity for the election of the Deputy Reeve which was previously an appointment made by the  elected Council.

Arguments opposed included:

  • a loss of representation in the smaller wards;
  • there has been in-sufficient discussion on this topic by Members of Council; and
  • there has not been sufficient opportunity to secure public input.

An appeal was submitted to the Ontario Municipal Board and heard by Member M.C. Denhez on September 26, 2013.  This appeal was dismissed by Order of the Ontario Municipal Board dated October 17, 2013.

Part of the information relied upon by the Township included a witness statement provided by Mr. Greg Newman, MCIP, RPP with the firm of McIntosh Perry and Planners for the Township of Stone Mills.  The Witness Statement and associated Schedules can be viewed as follows:

2010 Election Results



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