Municipal Elections

The next municipal election will take place on November 7, 2021. The positions of mayor and the eight municipal councillors will be filled for a new four-year term. This section contains information about the conduct of municipal elections.

Important dates

September 17, 2021: First day to submit nomination papers and the start of the election period

October 1st, 2021: Last day to submit nomination papers before the 4:30 p.m. deadline and Announcement of candidates declared elected by acclamation

Review Board

  • October 19, 2021: 7–10 p.m.
  • October 20, 2021: 2:30–5:30 p.m. and 7–10 p.m.
  • October 21, 2021: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

October 31st, 2021: Advance polling day, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

November 1st to 3, 2021: Voting at the office of the Electoral Chair, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

November 7, 2021: Election day, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

November 12, 2021: Proclamation of elected candidates

Voting

Following the nomination period, you will be able to visit the Voter Portal to find out about the candidates and where to vote.

You must be a qualified elector to exercise your right to vote or to propose a person to be entered on the list of electors.

To qualify as an elector, a person must meet the following conditions:

  • Be 18 years old on polling day; and
  • As of September 1st, 2021, be a Canadian citizen, not subject to curatorship, nor convicted of an offence that constitutes a corrupt electoral practice.

And, on the same date, one of the following two conditions must be met:

  • Be domiciled on the territory of the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion and, for at least six months, in Québec.
  • Be, for at least 121 months, a property owner or an occupant of a business establishment located on the territory of the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion.

A property owner or an occupant of a business establishment for at least 122 months as of September 1st, 2021, may exercise his/her right to vote, even if not domiciled in Vaudreuil-Dorion. In order to be added to the list of electors, you simply have to submit a written application form (Form 9.2) to the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion by October 3, 2021. A personalized notice will be sent by mail to each property owner not domiciled and not already registered.

The co-owners of a building or the co-occupants of a business establishment must designate between themselves the person to be entered on the list of electors by means of a power of attorney. To add the person’s name to the list of electors, a written power of attorney (Form 9.1) must be submitted to the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion by October 3, 2021.

In both cases, the application form and the power of attorney form can be obtained from the office of the Returning Officer located at 2555 Dutrisac.

For more details, it is also possible to consult the simplified guide (in French) prepared by Élections Québec.

Mail voting

Vote permitted through the by-law of the Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec (Directeur général des élections du Québec – DGEC)

The Regulation amending certain provisions in order to facilitate the conduct of the general election of November 7, 2021 within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic enacted by the Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec which, for the 2021 Election, allows the following individuals to vote by mail:

  • 1°  A person domiciled in a private seniors’ residence listed in the register established under the Act respecting health services and social services (Chapter S-4.2) or in a facility referred to in the second paragraph of Section 50. Within the territory of the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion, this specifically refers to individuals who reside in one of the following facilities:
Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Montérégie-Ouest 408, avenue Saint-Charles
Chartwell Le Prescott 1335, rue Émile-Bouchard
Le Félix Vaudreuil-Dorion 3223, boulevard de la Gare
Les Jardins Vaudreuil 333, rue Querbes
Le Sélection Vaudreuil 3041, boulevard de la Gare
Manoir des Îles 50, boulevard Harwood
Résidence Le Languedoc 2, rue Boileau
  • 2° A domiciled person who is unable to leave their home for medical reasons;
  • 3° A domiciled person who acts as a caregiver to the individual referred to in Paragraph 2 and lives in the same domicile as the latter;
  • 4° A domiciled person who has been advised or ordered to isolate by the Public Health Authorities due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • 5° A person other than a domiciled person, for whom no resolution has been passed by the municipality in accordance with the first paragraph of Article 659.4 providing for this voting option, and who has been advised or ordered to isolate by public health authorities due to COVID-19.

Voting by those 70 years of age or older 

The Municipal Council, in keeping with the second paragraph of Article 659.4 of the ARER, adopted Resolution 21-05-431 on May 17, 2021, stipulating that persons 70 years of age or older, domiciled or not, who are qualified to vote on election day can also vote by mail.

Transmission and receipt of requests to vote by mail  

The persons referred to in Paragraphs 1 to 3 above as well as persons who are 70 years of age or older on election day, can transmit their request to vote by mail to the Electoral Chair, effective immediately.

The persons referred to in Paragraphs 4 and 5 can only transmit their requests starting October 17, 2021.

All requests to vote by mail must be received by the Office of the Electoral Chair no later than October 27, 2021.  

All requests must be addressed to the Electoral Chair and contain the first and last names of the person making the request along with his/her date of birth, address for which the vote will be counted and an explanation of the situation which gives the person the right to vote by mail.

The request can be made verbally, by phone or in writing, including by email at vote-correspondance@ville.vaudreuil-dorion.qc.ca.

1 This period could be reduced to 6 months if section 1 of Bill 49, currently before the National Assembly, is adopted.

2 This period could be reduced to 6 months if section 2 of Bill 49, currently before the National Assembly, is adopted.

Electoral Districts

In accordance with By-law No. 1791 adopted on April 6, 2020, the territory of the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion is divided into eight electoral districts. This by-law, including maps, is available through the following link:

Regulation respecting the division of City of Vaudreuil-Dorion into eight electoral districts

Other maps, in colour, but not official, are also available:

Maps of the electoral districts of the City

Running for office

The nomination period begins on September 17, 2021 and ends on October 1st.

To be eligible as a candidate, the following conditions must be met:

  • Be a Canadian citizen of full age on Election Day and be entitled to be entered on the list of electors.
  • Be a resident, continuously or not, of the territory of the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion for at least the last 123 months since September 1st, 2021.

It is the responsibility of any person wishing to become a candidate to ensure that he/ she meets all the conditions set out in the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities (RLRQ, s. E-2-2) and not be ineligible within the meaning of sections 62 to 67 of that Act.

Persons wishing to run as candidates are strongly recommended to read the following documents from the Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec (Directeur général des elections du Québec – DGEQ):

Section 395 of the Act provides that any independent candidate or political party must obtain authorization from the Chief Electoral Officer (DGEQ) before soliciting or collecting contributions and incurring expenses or contracting loans.

Independent candidates may now also apply for authorization to the City's Returning Officer, Me. Jean St-Antoine. All parties must submit a request for authorization directly to the Chief Electoral Officer.

For more information on municipal elections, visit the DGEQ website (by clicking on Municipal in the Electoral Field section), together with the website of the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Occupation du territoire (MAMOT).

These websites contain information on requirements for candidates, authorization procedures for independent candidates and political parties, financing and election expenses, as well as information on the list of electors, elector status and the right to vote.

The results of the 2017 Election are available on the Web site of the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’habitation.

Financing and campaign expenses 

The City Treasurer shall act as the Election Treasurer and shall support the Chief Electoral Officer in the application of Chapter XIII of the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities and shall be under his or her sole authority.

IMPORTANT: NO EXPENSE OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER (even printing a small flyer on your home printer and distributing it, for example), SHOULD BE INCURRED UNTIL ALL OF THE PRELIMINARY STEPS HAVE BEEN TAKEN.

The first thing to do is: obtain authorization from the Electoral Officer if you are an independent candidate. Parties, on the other hand, must obtain authorization from the Chief Electoral Officer.

In order to be authorized, you will need to appoint an official representative (who receives contributions from voters and is responsible for expenses outside of the election period) and an official agent who authorizes all election expenses during the election period.

If you are an independent candidate, the official representative and official agent must be the same person. You can be your own official representative and official agent if you choose.

The official representative and official agent must take a mandatory training course on financing rules and regulations with the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec (DGEQ).

As an independent candidate, you must then open a bank account through which all transactions (withdrawals and deposits) must be made. All expenses must be paid by cheque through this account, which is called the election fund. This account must provide a monthly statement and a copy of cashed cheques (front and back).

Opening a bank account is not required when electoral funds are provided by the independent candidate exclusively (maximum of $1,000). However, a monthly statement and copies of cashed cheques are still required in this case.

You may personally contribute up to $1,000 to finance your own electoral campaign. Note: A single voter can only contribute up to $200 per election year. Therefore, only once a candidate’s nomination is accepted (between September 17, 2021 and October 1, 2021) is the additional amount of $800 permitted.

If you wish to spend more than $1,000 on your campaign, you must solicit contributions from voters within the municipality (maximum of $200 from each voter for 2021). If you choose to solicit contributions, you are required to open a bank account. 

Any advertising you do must be properly identified according to the rules provided for under the law. You will be required to provide a copy of your advertisements when submitting your expense report.

Election spending limits must be carefully followed. I will provide you with this limit no later than October 9, 2021. For your information, the limit was $2,927 on average during the last election for a Councillor position.

Following the election, the official agent must file an election expense report by February 5, 2022.

Any person who is elected or who receives 15% or more of the vote is eligible for a reimbursement of 70% of eligible election expenses.

The above mentioned points do not represent all the rules set out in Part XIII of the Act. You must consult the various guides and documents made available by Elections Québec. The Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities has precedence over all other information.

For more detailed information, feel free to contact:

Marco Pilon, FCPA, FCGA, OMA
Election Treasurer
City of Vaudreuil-Dorion
450-455-3371, extension 2105
marco.pilon@ville.vaudreuil-dorion.qc.ca

More details are available in this DGEQ document.

3 This period could be reduced to 6 months if section 2 of Bill 49, currently before the National Assembly, is adopted.

Working in elections

Several positions will be filled for the day of the advance poll (October 31st, 2021) and polling day (November 7, 2021). Available positions are:

  • Room supervisors
  • Receptionists
  • Deputy returning officers
  • Polling station secretaries
  • Members of the identity verification panel
  • Officer in charge of information and order (PRIMO)

All persons interested in employment for municipal elections are invited to complete the application form available at the office of the Returning Officer, located at 2555 Dutrisac, or online:

Application for Employment – 2021 Elections

We will contact all persons who have applied for these positions as soon as our needs are known, and only after the nomination period for Municipal Council seats on October 2, 2021.

Remuneration of election staff

COVID-19 and municipal elections

The Electoral Chair is responsible for implementing the different sanitary measures required to protect the electoral staff and persons exercising their right to vote at the voting site, most notably those included in the Sanitary Protocol document prepared by the MAMH, aimed at reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 during the holding of the municipal election.

Returning Officer and Treasurer

The Act provides that the City Clerk shall act as Returning Officer, who shall be responsible for organizing the entire electoral process for the territory of the City. He/she may only refuse to act as such only with the approval of the Commission municipale du Québec. The Returning Officer shall appoint a person to act as Secretary of Election. This person serves as assistant, or replacement if necessary.

The Act also provides that the City Treasurer shall be responsible for the administration of Part XIII of the Act (financing and election expenses), under the authority of DGEQ.

The Returning Officer and the Treasurer act impartially and without bias and are totally independent of Municipal Council and City Hall. It is their responsibility to provide you with all of the information required. However, in no instance may they advise you with regard to your personal situation.  

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to communicate, in complete confidentiality, with the Returning Officer or the Treasurer. You can request an appointment by e-mail or by phone at 450-455-3371, ext. 2006.

Results of the 2017 election

View the results of the 2017 municipal election.