Are you interested to run in the election for the Whitehorse City Council? You can file your nomination papers starting September 7 by appointment and up to noon on September 23.
The formal election period is from the close of nominations on September 23 to the Election Day on October 21.
If you're interested in running for City Council, review the links below to ensure you are eligible and the Information for Prospective Candidates handbook.
Please note that some information in this package may be subject to change as locations and times are confirmed and due to any applicable COVID public safety measures.
- Information for Prospective Candidates
- Council Procedures By-Law
- Municipal Election Sign Regulations
- Council meetings on video
- Council agenda
Any questions? Contact the City of Whitehorse Elections Offices on the elections process and candidate requirements.
To be eligible for election as Mayor or Councillor you must be a qualified voter. This means you must be a Canadian citizen on the day you are nominated and be at least 18 years of age on Election Day. You must also have lived within the municipal boundaries of the City of Whitehorse for at least one year prior to October 21, 2021.
In addition, to be eligible for election as Mayor or Councillor you must be nominated by at least ten people who are also qualified voters in the City of Whitehorse.
A number of situations or occupations would disqualify a person from running for municipal office.
They include someone who:
- Ceases, before election day, to be qualified as an elector in the City of Whitehorse (see “Who Can Vote”);
- Is an employee or salaried officer of the municipality who has not obtained a leave of absence without pay to run for office;
- Has been convicted of an election offence in the previous four years;
- Is a judge of a court, other than a Justice of the Peace, Youth Court Judge or Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court;
- Is indebted to the municipality for an overdue debt exceeding $500, other than a debt for current taxes;
- Is currently under sentence for an indictable offence; or
- Is a member of the Yukon Legislative Assembly, a member of Parliament, or a Chief or Councillor of a Yukon First Nations government.
If you are intending to run, you must submit Nomination forms, these are available on request to the Whitehorse Elections Office for pick up or by email. We ask all prospective candidates to provide name and contact information when requesting a Candidate Information package along with nomination forms. Requesting nomination papers as a prospective candidate does not obligate anyone to file a nomination – it simply allows us to keep all prospective candidates up to date, to contact them if needed, and provide the same information to all candidates.
The City does not publish the names of potential candidates until the nomination period closes on September 23. At that time, the official Notice of Poll will include the list of candidates and other election information. We will also post information on the confirmed candidates on our website.
Nominations forms must be filed in person:
- By appointment with the Returning Officer – starting September 7
- In Council Chambers on September 23 from 10:00 a.m. to noon
Your nomination will be accepted and if you meet all criteria, verified by the Returning Officer.
The nomination period will officially close at noon September 23 and if you plan to run as a candidate you must have your forms filed with the Returning Officer by that time.
Any questions? Contact the Returning Officer at the Whitehorse Elections Office.
All prospective candidates should review the rules around campaigning and political signs included in the Information for Prospective Candidates.
The City does not endorse any candidate or provide campaign support and does not announce the names of any prospective candidates until after the close of nominations. And to ensure transparency, fairness to all candidates and political neutrality, there are specific rules governing the activities of existing Council members, candidates and City staff during the formal election period. Prospective candidates should become familiar with Section 11 of the Council Procedures By-law.
- Candidates may announce their intention to run for Council before September 23. During an election, paid advertising is allowed, on a first-come, first-serve basis (subject to certain critera) to any candidate.
- Campaign signs in public spaces (such as along roadways) or private properties (such as residential properties) are not allowed until after the nominations period has closed and must comply with certain criteria.
For more information, please contact the Returning Officer:
- Norma Felker at Norma.Felker@whitehorse.ca or 867-687-1491.