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Candidate Information Session on Thursday, April 26th in Haliburton

Posted to Council, Elections, News & Notices on Mar 13, 2018

Think you've got what it takes to be a great Councillor or Mayor?  If so, then this information session is for you! Come and learn about:

  • the roles of a Mayor and Council
  • the election process 
  • the steps you need to take to run for office. 

The Municipalities of Dysart et al, and Highlands East and the Township’s of Algonquin Highlands and Minden Hills will be hosting a joint information session for citizens interested in running as a candidate for municipal office. 

The Candidate Information Session will take place on Thursday, April 26th 2018 from 6PM to 8PM at the Haliburton Royal Canadian Legion Branch 129 located at 719 Mountain Street, Haliburton ON.

Representatives from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs will be facilitating the session and will cover a range of topics including nomination process, election process, what to expect if elected, and roles and responsibilities.

Nominations to run for Council commences on May 1, 2018, with Nomination Day on July 27, 2018.  The Municipal Election will be held on October 22, 2018.

Advance registration for the session is encouraged by emailing Deanna Smith at or calling 705-286-1260 ext. 212 by April 16th 2018. 

Make sure you are on the list of voters for the upcoming municipal election with

Posted to Council, Elections, News & Notices on Mar 12, 2018
Have your say. Log on to voter lookup dot CA

Are you on the list to vote for the upcoming municipal election?

If you are an Ontario resident over the age of 18 you can visit to confirm or update your information in a few easy steps. You can also change your school support for electoral purposes and add names to your property address.

Updating this information will help to ensure that municipal Voters’ Lists are accurate and up-to-date in preparation for municipal and school board elections occurring this October.

Find out ahead of time if you are eligible to vote. Visit or call 1-866-296- 6722.

Agenda for Recreation and Culture Committee Meeting on March 14, 2018

Posted to Agenda, Committees, Council on Mar 8, 2018

Agenda for Environment and Green Energy Committee Meeting on March 8, 2018

Posted to Agenda, Committees, Council on Mar 5, 2018

Agenda for Trails Committee Meeting on March 7, 2018

Posted to Agenda, Committees, Council on Feb 26, 2018

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2018 Municipal Election Notice and Information

Posted to Council, Elections, News & Notices on Nov 20, 2017

Municipal Elections are held every four (4) years on the fourth Monday in October. The next election will take place on October 22, 2018.

The term of all offices to which the Municipal Elections Act applies is four years, beginning on December 1 in the year of a regular election.

The Council for the Corporation of the Municipality of Highlands East consists of five members; Mayor, Councillor for Ward 1 (former Bicroft Township) and Councillor for Ward 2 (former Cardiff Township), Councillor for Ward 3 (former Glamorgan Township) and Councillor for Ward 4 (former Monmouth Township).

Voting Method

The Municipality of Highlands East has used a mail-in-ballot since the 2000 Municipal and School Board Election. Council determines the method of voting and may consider other voting methods for future elections.

Council has adopted By-laws Number 2017-12 for alternative voting method – Voting By Mail, for the 2018 Municipal and School Board Election. Ranked ballots will not be implemented in 2018.

Municipal Elections Act

Bill 181 was introduced to make changes to the Municipal Elections Act. Some changes do not come into effect until April 1, 2018, in time for the next municipal election. The changes reflect recommendations from the public, municipal councils and municipal staff. Some of the changes are as follows:

Filing of Nominations: May 1st, 2018 (formerly the first business day in January)

Nomination Day: July 27th, 2018 (formerly the 2nd Friday in September)

Nomination and Eligibility: Anyone wishing to run for office on Council in the 2018 Election must submit must file a Nomination Paper with the Clerk of the Municipality commencing May 1st, 2018 and the deadline to submit nomination papers is on on Nomination Day by 2:00PM, Friday, July 27th, 2018. A filing fee in cash, certified cheque or money order is required with the submission of your Nomination Paper. Nomination papers are to be accompanied by 25 endorsement signatures from eligible electors.

The requirement to submit 25 signatures does not apply to candidates running for school board trustee positions.

If you are interested in running as a candidate in the Municipal Election, it is recommended you review the Ministry of Municipal Affairs’ 2016-2018 Candidates Guide which is scheduled to be completed and posted on the Ministry’s website by April 1, 2018.

Municipality of Highlands East Elections are held for the following Offices:

  • Mayor
  • Councillor Ward 1 (former Bicroft Township - one elected by Ward 1 electors)
  • Councillor Ward 2 (former Cardiff Township - one elected by Ward 2 electors)
  • Councillor Ward 3 (former Glamorgan Township - one elected by Ward 3 electors)
  • Councillor Ward 4 (former MonmouthTownship - one elected by Ward 4 electors)
  • Board of Education: English Language Public School
  • Board of Education: French Language Public School
  • Board of Education: English Language Separate School
  • Board of Education: French Language Separate School Trustee for English Language Public

A person is entitled to be an elector at an election held in a local municipality if on Voting Day, he or she,

  • resides in the local municipality, or is the owner or tenant of land there, or the spouse of such owner or tenant; and
  • is a Canadian Citizen
  • is at least 18 years old; and
  • is not prohibited from voting under Section 17 Subsection 3 or otherwise by law.

Related Links
The Municipal Elections Act
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
The Association of Municipalities Ontario
The Association of Municipal Managers Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO)

Notice Regarding Council Meeting on November 1, 2017

Posted to Council on Oct 30, 2017

This is Notice for the Meeting of November 1st that there will be an amendment to the agenda:

Closed Session for the purpose of: 
239.(2) (f) of the Municipal Act
• advice that is subject to solicitor - client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose 
1. Love's Road - Fitzner / Butterworth 

Admendments to Agenda - Procedural By-law #2017-09 sec. 8.1
Late items may be added to the agenda by amending the agenda subject to the  following stipulations:

a. Amendments to the agenda shall only be permitted if the subject matter is of an urgent nature;
b. Amendments to the agenda may be permitted by Council subject to a unanimous resolution passed by Council.

Minutes for Recreation & Culture Committee Meeting on October 11, 2017

Posted to Committees, Council, Minutes on Oct 12, 2017

Minutes for Trails Committee Meeting on October 4, 2017

Posted to Committees, Council, Minutes on Oct 5, 2017

Minutes for Short Term Accommodation Task Group Meeting on September 28, 2017

Posted to Committees, Council, Minutes on Sep 29, 2017