2022 Official Election Results

An Election was held on Monday, October 24, 2022 for Municipal Council and School Board Trustees. The Municipal Clerk is the Returning Officer and responsible for the coordination and management of Municipal elections in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act.

Official Election Results (2022-2026)

The Election is complete. Council for the next four years has been set. Congratulations to our new Council.  

Reeve Wendy Wright (Acclaimed)  

Councillor Rudy Buitenhuis  (85 Votes) 

Councillor William Groenheide  (81 Votes) 

Councillor Elizabeth Jones  (88 Votes) 

Councillor Daniel Vanlenthe  (90 Votes)   

Not appointed

Dino DeBenetti (29 Votes)


Certified Candidates for the 2022 Municipal Election

The following individuals have been certified by the Municipal Clerk on August 22, 2022.

Candidates for Reeve

Wendy Wright (acclaimed)

Candidates for Councillor 

Rudy Buitenhuis

Dino DeBenetti 

William (Bill) Groenheide

Elizabeth Jones 

Daniel Vanlenthe

Candidates Responsibilities

The candidates guide states the following:

Getting information out to the voters is up to each candidate. It is their responsibility to provide voters with their information, including their campaign information. The municipal clerk is not responsible for providing candidate contact information to voters.

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 does not require candidate debates to be held, and the municipal clerk is not responsible for organizing meetings or debates. Debates can be organized by community groups, media outlets, candidates or any other interested persons.

When is the next municipal election?

Elections for municipal governments in Ontario are held every four years on the fourth Monday of October. The next municipal election for Gillies Township will be held on Monday October 26, 2026.

Thinking of running for Reeve or Councillor? Nominations are closed

A person may be nominated for office if they:

(a) reside in the Municipality of Gillies (or are the owner or tenant of land or the spouse of an owner or tenant)
(b) are a Canadian citizen;
(c) are at least 18 years old; and
(d) are not prohibited from voting, by reason of serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution; being a corporation; being an executor or trustee; being a person convicted of a corrupt practice described in the Municipal Elections Act; or a former candidate in the 2018 election who failed to file financial statements.

Before incurring any expenses or collecting any money, candidates must file a nomination form along with the filing fee (paid by cash, certified cheque or money order) with the Municipal Clerk. Nomination forms must be signed by the candidate and filed in person or by an agent (no email or fax) with the Clerk.
Original identification must be presented, showing name, qualifying address and signature along with proof of Canadian Citizenship.

How do I file my nomination?

To become a candidate for Reeve or Council you must file a nomination paper with the Municipal Clerk, in person, at 1092 Highway 595. Nomination papers may be filed from Monday, May 2, 2022 to Friday, August 19, 2022, by appointment only. Walk-in appointments will not be guaranteed. To book your appointment please call 807-475-3185 ext. 3

Nomination packages may be picked up from the Municipal Office at 1092 Highway 595 or downloaded by clicking the button below.

Nomination package

A person cannot raise or spend money on an election campaign until their filed nomination has been certified by the Clerk.

Key dates

Here are a few key dates for 2022 Municipal Election candidates. 

  • Monday, May 2, 2022 - Nominations open for Reeve and Council candidates.
  • Friday, August 19, 2022 - Nomination Day, last day for filing nomination between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • October 19, 2022 Advanced voting 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Gillies Municipal Office, 1092 Highway 595 (Whitefish Valley School - side door)
  • October 24, 2022 - Voting Day10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m at the Gillies Municipal Office, 1092 Highway 595
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - New term of Gillies Council commences.

Proxy Voting

Form 3

If you are an eligible elector, you may appoint another person to vote on your behalf. This person is known as a “proxy” voter. This person must be a qualified elector and someone you trust (the voters' list will be checked for this purpose). You cannot appoint more than one voting proxy or act as a voting proxy for more than one other person. However, this restriction does not apply if the proxy and the other person are spouses or siblings of each other, parent and child, or grandparent and grandchild.

The Form 3 - Appointment of Voting Proxy is available for download through the button above to print and complete at home. Proxy forms are also available in the Municipal Office.

Proxy forms will be certified on Voting Day from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Municipal Office by the Clerk only.

Please note that Election Officials at the voting station will not accept uncertified, faxed or photocopied proxy certificates at the voting place.

The following rules apply to the issuance of Proxy Certificates:

  • Only original signatures will be accepted on the proxy forms.
  • Original or reproduction copies of identification for both the person appointed as the voting proxy and the elector making the appointment must be provided to the Clerk .
  • The name of the person appointed as the voting proxy must be filled in on the form at the time it is signed by the elector who is appointing the proxy.
  • The proxy certificate must be completed at the Office of the Clerk where the elector appointed will take the declaration.
  • The proxy certificate will be officially certified by the Clerk.
  • The EL54 Register of Proxy Appointments will be completed at the time when the form is brought to the Office of the Clerk to be certified.
  • The proxy certificate is a public document and may be inspected by any person during the election process.
  • The appointment does not remain in effect after Voting Day of the Municipal Election.

Identification required for voting

To vote at the Advanced Poll, or Election Day Poll, you must provide at least one piece of identification showing your name and qualifying address (example: Drivers Licence). You may have to show two pieces of ID to accomplish this (see the list below).

The following documents will be accepted:

  • Ontario driver’s licence
  • Ontario Health Card, photo card
  • Ontario Photo Card
  • Ontario motor vehicle permit, vehicle portion
  • cancelled personalized cheque
  • mortgage statement, lease or rental agreement relating to property in Ontario
  • insurance policy or insurance statement
  • loan agreement or other financial agreement with a financial institution
  • document issued or certified by a court in Ontario
  • any other document from the government of Canada, Ontario or a municipality in Ontario or from an agency or such a government
  • any document from a Band Council in Ontario established under the Indian Act, Canada
  • income tax assessment notice
  • child tax benefit statement
  • statement of employment insurance benefits paid T4E
  • statement of old age security T4A OAS
  • statement of Canada Pension Plan benefits T4A P
  • Canada Pension Plan statement of contributions
  • statement of direct deposit for Ontario Works
  • statement of direct deposit for Ontario Disability Support Program
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board statement of benefits T5007
  • property tax assessment
  • credit card statement, bank account statement, or RRSP, RRIF, RHOSP or T5 statement
  • CNIB Card or a card from another registered charitable organization that provides services to persons with disabilities
  • hospital card or record
  • document showing campus residence, issued by the office or officials responsible for student residence at a post-secondary institution
  • document showing residence at a long-term care home under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, issued by the Administrator for the home
  • utility bill for hydro, water, gas, telephone or cable TV or a bill from a public utilities commission
  • cheque stub, T4 statement or pay receipt issued by an employer
  • transcript or report card from a post-secondary school

2022 Municipal Election Accessibility Plan

View the plan here

Candidate Compliance Report (Section 88.25)

Clerk's Report 

Wendy Wright Financial Report

Rudy Buitenhuis Financial Report

Dino DeBenetti Financial Report

William Groenheide Financial Report

Elizabeth Jones Financial Report

Daniel Vanlenthe Financial Report

Third Party Advertisers

The Municipal Elections Act includes rules for third party advertising. A third party advertisement is any ad that promotes, supports or opposes a candidate in an election.

If a person, corporation or trade union intends to spend money between May 2, 2022, and election day on advertisements or other materials that support, promote or oppose a candidate in the municipal election, or a question on the ballot, they are required to register as a third party advertiser with the Municipal Clerk.

The registration period for a third party advertiser for the 2022 Municipal Election will be between May 2, 2022 to October 21, 2022. Registration must be filed in person at 1092 Highway 595, by appointment.

It is important to note that third party advertisers and candidates may not spend money on a campaign, accept contributions or begin advertising until the Municipal Clerk certifies your registration.​

Packages for Third Party Advertisers can be picked up in person at 1092 Highway 595.

Third Party Advertisers' Guide