Step 2: Nomination

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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. 

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