1. Read our Candidate Guide
The Candidate Guide contains everything you need to know including in-depth details on the nomination process, campaigning, election and responsibilities of a Youth Councillor.
2. Register on our website
Registering is how we track your candidate information, the votes you receive, and gives you eligibility to vote as well.
The last day to file a nomination is October 14, 2016. Don’t wait too long to file the form, as you’ll need enough time to recruit supporters!
Get your name out there and encourage youth to vote for you! Look at page 20 of our Candidate Guide for more information on how to campaign.
To maintain the integrity and legitimacy of our elections, there is a quorum of 100 voters per candidate running in each ward.
Example: If there are 3 candidates running in Ward 1, then quorum is 300 voters in total - not 300 votes for 1 candidate.
Candidates running unopposed will be declared acclaimed as of Saturday, October 15, 2016.
If for any reason you wish to withdraw from the election please contact us and we will remove your name from the ballot. You will still be eligible to vote.
Candidate names are displayed in random order for each voter. Voters will be prompted to select their first choice, second choice, and third choice.
As a Youth Councillor, you will amplify the voices of youth in your ward by raising awareness of important issues and striving for change in our city.
Want to be a Super Politician?! Here are some optional opportunities you can strive for:
In addition to attending our monthly Youth Council meetings (which model the procedures of City Council meetings), we’ll help you get the word out about your causes and work towards your goals.
Throughout your term, you will develop relationships with decision-makers, gain practical experience in the field of public service, and have an opportunity to build your networks.
You will be expected to engage youth in your ward and empower them to affect positive change in their communities; develop a work-plan that has specific and measurable objectives; and learn how to use and share your privilege and power responsibly.
You need to be prepared to balance school, work, personal life, and your responsibilities to the youth in your community; you need to have a genuine interest in capacity building and community development; and you need to be innovative and willing to build consensus.
Look daunting? No worries! You will receive training, resources, and support from our administration team.