Council Vacancy

June 12

Due to the resignation of a Member of Council, Council declared the Councillor seat vacant and must now fill the seat within 60 days.

In accordance with the Municipal Act, S.O. 2001, c.25, when the seat of a member of council becomes vacant during the term of office, Council may fill a vacancy by appointing a person who has consented to accept the office if appointed, or requiring that a By-election be held to fill a vacancy in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, S.O., 1996, c.32.

Council reviewed three (3) options to fill the vacancy which included:
•    Appointment from 2018 Election Candidates
•    Call for Nominees
•    By-Election

After reviewing the pros and cons of each option, Council selected the option to Call for Nominees.  This option allows Council to select a new member and has been used by the Township of Nipigon in the past.
The term of this position is from the date of Council appointment (July 16th, 2020) for the balance of the Council term until November 30, 2022.

Eligibility Requirements

Any individual filling a vacancy must meet the eligibility requirements of office as outlined in the Act and the Municipal Elections Act as an eligible elector.  A candidate for municipal office must be a qualified municipal elector as set out in the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.  Qualified electors must be:
•    18 years of age or older;
•    a Canadian citizen;
•    a resident of the Township of Nipigon, or an owner or tenant of land in the Township of Nipigon or the spouse of such an owner or tenant; and
•    not prohibited from voting under any other Act or disqualified from holding municipal office.

If an employee of the Township of Nipigon seeks appointment to Council, the employee shall give Council written notice, in advance, of his or her intention to take unpaid leave. If the employee is appointed to office, they will be deemed to have resigned from their position with the Township of Nipigon immediately before making the declaration of office.

Interested Nominees must submit an application that outlines applicable qualifications, experiences and interest.  Nominations will be accepted by the Clerk’s Office during regular business hours until June 30th , 2020 at 4:00 pm.

For further information please contact:

Kelly Paakkunainen

Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk
807-887-3135 ex 23