Due to concerns raised regarding the process for the vacant seat now declared by council, the Township wishes to advise the following:
Under normal circumstances, rules require that an appointment to fill the vacancy occur within 60 days of the declaration, meaning Council must appoint by January 02, 2021. The Municipal Act does not set out any specific requirements relating to the appointment of an individual to fill a vacancy of Council, other than those relating to qualifications. In order to be considered for an appointment, individuals must meet the following criteria under subsection 17(2) of the Municipal Elections Act, namely a person:
- Who is a resident of the Municipality, or an owner or tenant of land in the Municipality or the spouse of such an owner or tenant;
- Who is a Canadian Citizen;
- Who is at least 18 years old; and
- Who is not prohibited from voting under any other act or from holding municipal office.
The Clerk will be presenting a report to Council at the November 16th, 2020 meeting with a recommendation on how to move forward with this appointment.
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