Pickering to fill council vacancy by appointment


Published November 30, 2021 at 9:29 am

The City of Pickering will try to fill the void left in Ward 2 following the death of popular Councillor Ian Cumming by appointment.

Cumming, who was elected to the seat in 2014, died November 1.

If you are interested in a seat on Council for most of the 2022 calendar year, you can make an appointment with the City Clerk and submit the following, in person, during regular office hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:

  • a Consent of Nominee Application and Declaration of Qualification; and,
  • a letter, no longer than two (2) letter-sized pages, identifying the reasons you feel you are qualified to fill the vacancy for City Councillor, Ward 2.

The application must be accompanied by two (2) pieces of identification confirming you are a resident, owner or tenant of land in the City of Pickering, or the spouse of an owner or tenant of land. Please note that one (1) piece of ID must contain a photo. Submissions must be in person and will not be accepted by fax or email.

To qualify to hold office on municipal council, candidates must be a qualified elector as set out in the Municipal Elections Act and therefore must:

  • reside in the City of Pickering or be the owner or tenant of land there, or the spouse of such owner or tenant;
  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • be at least 18 years old; and,
  • not be prohibited from voting under the Municipal Elections Act or otherwise by law.

A Special Electronic Council Meeting to appoint a successful candidate will be called for January 2022. Qualified candidates will be notified of the Meeting date by the City Clerk.

The term of office will be from that meeting until December 1, following the fall municipal election.

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