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Running for Common Council

Any Canadian Citizen, 18 or older (on or before election day), who is a resident of Saint John for at least 6 months prior to the election can run for City of Saint John Common Council. Also to run in a ward, they must be a resident of that ward when they are nominated. The City of Saint John Common Council has 11 elected seats – including the Mayor’s. Eight Councillors represent four Wards, West Ward 1, North Ward 2, Central Península Ward 3 and East Ward 4 – two from each Ward. There are also two Councillor-at-Large positions making a total of 10 elected Councillors in the community.

Elections typically take place every four years. The most recent election was held in May of 2021. Individuals wanting to run for Common Council must submit nomination papers to the Municipal Returning Office. Nomination papers can be found on the Elections NB website or from your local Municipal Returning Office.


2021 Municipal Election Candidate Information
Code of Conduct By-Law
Composition and Election of the Common Council By-Law
By-Law to Provide for Salaries to the Members of the Common Council
Elections NB
Local Governance Act



Long Term Financial Plan
Restructuring Plan
General Fund Operating Budget
The Path Forward
Path to Financial Sustainability
Long Term Financial Plan


Reviews, Reports, and Audits

EY Operational Review
Gardner Pinfold Analysis
Gardner Pinfold Analysis - Heavy Industry
Kitchen and Slack Report
Fair Property Taxation Report and Presentation
Heavy Industry Property Tax Reform
Aligned Regional Economic Development Framework
City of Saint John Annual Workforce Report 2019


Other Important Information

Council Priorities 2016-2020
Work Plan 2021 Introduction
2021 Common Council Meeting Schedule
Being a Mayor is a Tough Job
Organizational Chart