Municipal Election

​Municipal Elections in Ontario are held every four years and are governed by the Municipal Elections Act

In accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, the next municipal election will be held on October 27, 2026.

Candidate Financial Statements

All candidates must file a Financial Statement, including candidates who: withdrew their nomination and candidates who were acclaimed. All persons that filed nomination papers to run in the 2022 Municipal and School Board Election in the Township of Essa are required to complete and submit the required Financial Statement (Form 4) with the Municipal Clerk in the municipality in which they filed their Nomination Papers.  The completed financial statement must be submitted to the Clerk no later than 2:00 pm on the last Friday in March (March 28, 2023).  

In accordance with the Act, the Clerk shall make the documents available to the public for viewing on the website.  As such, the following chart provides you with the listing of candidates that have filed their Financial Statement with the Clerk of the Township of Essa:

Name of Candidate Date/Time of Filing Financial Statement
Henry Sander November 8, 2022 - 1:58 pm Henry Sander  
Pieter Kiezebrink November 28, 2022 - 11:41 am Pieter Kiezebrink
Michael Smith December 9, 2022 - 9:44 am Michael Smith
Liana Maltby December 9, 2022 - 12:08 p.m. Liana Maltby
Sandie Macdonald December 9, 2022 - 12:03 p.m. Sandie Macdonald
Ron Henderson March 6, 2023 - 3:50 p.m. Ron Henderson
Francesco Lo Greco March 16, 2023 - 11:46 am Francesco Lo Greco
Shawn Bubel March 21, 2023 - 2:15pm Shawn Bubel
Douglas Yeaman March 23, 2023 - 1:18pm Douglas Yeaman
Brandy Rafeek March 27, 2023 - 1:33pm Brandy Rafeek

The following candidate(s) have not filed the mandated Election Financial Statement (Form 4) as of the close of the 30-day grace period filing the original filing date of March 31, 2023.

Candidate(s) in Default   Notice of Default
Paul Partridge 2023-05-01 Notice of Default-Paul Partridge

Compliance Audit Committee

The County of Simcoe has formed a Joint Compliance Audit Committee (CAC) with local municipalities as required under the Municipal Elections Act. At its meeting of September 7, 2022, Essa Council confirmed its participation by passing By-law 2022-42 which serves to establish and appoint a Joint Compliance Audit Committee.

The Compliance Audit Committee is responsible for reviewing compliance audit applications submitted by an elector who believes on reasonable grounds that a candidate or third party advertiser has contravened the provisions of the Municipal Elections Act relating to campaign or advertising finances.

All financial statements submitted by candidates and registered third party advertisers are available on the Township’s Election page.  An individual who is an eligible elector in the Township of Essa is able to submit an application to the  Compliance Audit Committee if the individual believes on reasonable grounds that a candidate or registered third party advertiser (TPA) has contravened a section of the Municipal Elections Act only as it pertains to election campaign finances. An application may be filed to the Committee, even if a candidate has not filed their financial statements.

The County of Simcoe Clerk will facilitate the compliance audit process. Within ten (10) days of the receipt of the application, the application will be provided to the CAC members. All reasonable notice of meetings to the public, candidate or TPA, and applicant will be provided.

Questions regarding this process can be directed to the Township Clerk.

Application for a Compliance Audit

Making an Application

  • Applicant must be an eligible elector in the Township of Essa 
  • Have reasonable grounds to contest a candidate’s or TPA’s campaign finances.
  • Complete the Application for a Compliance Audit form.
  • Submit application to Township of Essa Clerk by the deadline.


Should you have any questions, regarding the information on this website or the 2022 Municipal Election, please contact:

Lisa Lehr, Clerk
Township of Essa
5786 County Road 21
Utopia, ON    L0M 1T0
705-424-9917 ext 117

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School Support

Property owners in Ontario are required to support a school board, even if they do not have children or their children are not currently attending school. In the case of a residential property occupied by tenants, the tenants can direct the school support for that property. By default, school support is directed to your municipality’s English, Public School Board.

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is legislatively required to collect
school support information and provide it in the assessment roll to every municipality and school board.  By ensuring that you are supporting the school board of your choosing, you will be able to vote in the next municipal and school board election for trustees in that school board. Property owners, occupants, and tenants can update their school support designation online at

MPAC published the Direction of School Support information sheet with QR code and links to easily discover what school board you support and will assist you in changing your support if required.

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