Political parties need to elect candidates to run in an election. As soon as election writs are issued, each party must decide who will be its candidate for each riding. A candidate can also run for election without being affiliated with a party, as either “independent” or “no affiliation.”
The right to run in a federal election is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Here are the basic requirements to become a candidate:
- You must be a Canadian citizen.
- You must be at least 18 years old on election day.
- You must not be
- a person who is not qualified as an elector
- a member of the legislative assembly of a province or territory
- the Chief Electoral Officer
- a judge appointed by the Governor in Council (the governor general acting on the advice of Cabinet)
- an election officer
- a person who is imprisoned in a correctional institution
You must submit either a Nomination Paper or an online nomination form.