The upcoming municipal election will take place on Sunday, November 7, 2021. An election for all seats at the municipal council must be held every four years, the first Sunday of November in all Québec municipalities.

The municipal general election allows Montreal West residents who have the right to vote, to choose the people who will represent them for a 4 year mandate.

Below you will find general information concerning the upcoming elections. Additional information will be added in the weeks leading up to the elections. For the application of certain provisions of the law, please note that Montreal West is a municipality with a population of more than 5,000 residents.

  Candidate list as at September 24, 2021

NEW IN 2021

Given the sanitary restrictions due to COVID-19, the Town has taken additional measures to ensure that voting can take place safely. Among other things, there will be 7 advance polling stations instead of 4 like in 2017, and residents with mobility or health issues are specially invited to vote on October 31.  The advance poll will take place at Elizabeth Ballantyne School, not at the Town Hall as in the past.

Also, voting by mail will be allowed, upon request, for:

  • voters whose health condition will not allow for them to travel to the polling station, and their caregivers who reside in the same home;
  • voters who comply with an order or a recommendation for isolation from public health authorities;
  • voters who will be 70 years old or older on November 7. 

Requests must be received no later than October 27.  Completed ballot papers will be received until November 5 at 4:30 p.m.

Important dates

September 17 to October 1Nomination period
October 6Electoral list will be tabled and made public
October 13 October 18

Board of revisors

  • October 13 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • October 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • at Town Hall
October 31

Advance poll

  • 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • at Elizabeth Ballantyne School
November 7

Polling day

  • 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • at Royal West Academy (new gymnasium) and Edinburgh Elemantary School

The Returning Officer of the Town is seeking personnel to work for the municipal election. All members of the electoral personnel will be required to attend training sessions, which will be held during the evening time. If you are interested in a position, please fill an application form and return it to the Returning Officer at election@montreal-west.ca.

Available positions

  • Counting of advance poll votes: Sunday, November 7, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 

Document

Job application form

The period for filing a nomination paper is from September 17 to October 1, 2021.

A person wishing to run for a seat as a member of a municipal council must meet certain eligibility requirements. If elected, he or she must also be eligible to take his or her seat. The following offices are open for nomination:

  • Mayor;
  • Councillor for Seat Number 1;
  • Councillor for Seat Number 2;
  • Councillor for Seat Number 3;
  • Councillor for Seat Number 4;

Nomination papers must be filed with the Returning Officer (50 Westminster Avenue South), beginning Friday, September 17, 2021 until Friday, October 1, 2021, on the days and during the hours mentioned below, taking into consideration the current health situation;

  • without appointment: from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (september 21-23 and 28-29), and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays (september 22 and 29)
  • with appointment: from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Thursdays and Fridays (September 23-24 and 30), and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays (September 23 and 30)
  • on Friday, October 1, 2021 the office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. without interruption.

To produce your Nomination paper, in order to allow the verification of its conformity with the requirements of the law and obtain its official acceptance, if applicable, as well as to obtain the status of authorized independent candidate to collect contributions or incur elections expenses, we suggest that you make an appointment with us.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for a seat as a member of a municipal council, a person must (AERM, ss. 47 and 61):

  1. Have the right to be entered on the municipal list of electors (he or she is not required to be entered);
  2. Have resided, continuously or not, in the territory of the municipality since at least September 1, 2020.

To have the right to be entered on the list of electors, a person must be an elector of the municipality. On September 1, 2021, he or she must:

  • be a natural person;
  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • not be under curatorship;
  • not have been convicted, within the previous five years, of an offence constituting a corrupt electoral or referendum practice (AERM, s. 53);

AND

  • meet one of the following two conditions:
    1. be domiciled in the territory of the municipality and have been domiciled in Québec since at least March 1, 2021;
    2. have been, since at least September 1, 2020, the owner of an immovable or the occupant of a business establishment, located in the territory of the municipality;
  • Be at least 18 years of age on November 7, 2021.

Documents

Nomination paper

Note to voters wishing to run as candidates
Guide: Running as a candidate for municipal elections
Quick reference - Health guidelines and recommendations
Financing and election expenses, it applies to you!
Act respecting Elections and Referendums in Municipalities (AERM) articles 285.1 to 285.9 about exterior publicity

You will vote for one of the candidates running for office. ou will be required to vote for more than one seat in the election, i.e. the seat of mayor and that of all 4 councillors.

To vote during the municipal general election on November 7, 2021

  • Your name must be entered on the list of electors.
  • You must be 18 years of age or older on Election day.
  • You must be a Canadian citizen as at September 1, 2021.
  • You must not be under curatorship or have lost your right to vot as at September 1, 2021.
  • You must have been domiciled in Québec for at least six months as at September 1, 2021.
  • You must live in the municipality as at September 1, 2021.

OR

  • If you are not domiciled in the municipality, you must have been the owner of an immovable or occupy a business establishment in the municipality since September 1, 2020.

Documents

Elector's manual

All you need to know to vote

New this year, voting by mail will be allowed, upon request, for:

  • voters whose health condition will not allow for them to travel to the polling station, and their caregivers who reside in the same home;
  • voters who comply with an order or a recommendation for isolation from public health authorities;
  • voters who will be 70 years old or older on November 7. 

Requests must be received no later than October 27.  Completed ballot papers will be received until November 5 at 4:30 p.m.

How do you submit your request?

The request can be submitted verbally by calling Town Hall at 514-481-8125.

It can also be submitted in writing

  • by showing up at the Town Hall during the hours it is opened to the public, or by leaving it in the mailbox at the front door;
  • by mailing it to the Returning Officer, Mr. Claude Gilbert, 50 Westminster South, Montreal West H4X 1Y7
  • by emailing it at election@montreal-west.ca.

To make a request in writing, you must use the “Application to vote by mail” which is available below or may be filled at the Town Hall.  Finally, if you are eligible to vote by correspondence and need to have the electoral list modified for some other reason, a request to that effect can be made to the Board of Revisors instead of showing up in person.

Documents

Info sheet

Application to vote by mail

Questions about the elections? Contact us.