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pdf Becoming a Council Candidate (245 KB)
This document is for those who are interested in becoming a candidate for council. It explains the process.

pdf Form 17 (Appointment of Official Agent) (131 KB)
If campaign contributions are being accepted, an Official Agent must be appointed before Nomination Day even if the candidate has chosen to be their own Agent.  pdf Form 17 (131 KB) should be filled out by the candidate and they (the candidate and Official Agent) should make an appointment with the Returning Officer as the Official Agent must take an oath. If no campaign contributions are being accepted, then Form 17 can be submitted on Nomination Day.

 

Are you passionate about your community? Looking for a way to get more involved in shaping your environment? Why not run for municipal council this year!

Unsure of where to begin? We can help. Check out these resources and discover if running for Council is right for you.

What Does Each Level of Government Do in Canada. This video outlines exactly what each level does in Canada, and why local government is so important.

In the Spring of 2016, Nova Scotia company Springtide teamed up with the Department of Municipal Affairs to deliver three full-day campaign schools. Many of the sessions were captured on video, and are available here: https://www.springtide.ngo/local-decisions/

pdf Prospective Candidate Information - MODL 2020 (5.24 MB) . This document, prepared for the 2020 municipal election, offers information specific to running for Council in MODL. This document was prepared by MODL Election staff. A new guide for 2024 is expected to be released in June. 

Nova Scotia Guide for Municipal Councillors, 2020. This document, prepared for the 2020 municipal election, gives an overview of the roles and responsibilities of a Municipal Councillor. This document was prepared by the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing, with help from the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities. A new guide for 2024 is expected to be released in late March.

Council remuneration is set by Motion of Council. Motion 2022-073.

Important Dates

Sept 10, 2024 - Nomination Day (nomination can be filed by appointment with the Returning Officer seven business days prior to Nomination Day)

Oct 10, 2024 - First possible Advance Poll Day

Oct 19, 2024 - Election Day

Qualifications to be a Candidate

  • Canadian citizen and 18 years old at the time of nomination.
  • Ordinarily resident in MODL as of March 9, 2024, and continues to so reside.

Questions? Please contact Leah Zinck, Returning Officer at (902) 527-8151 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.