There are two types of candidates in Nova Scotia: those who are affiliated with a registered political party, and independents. If you are planning to run for election as an MLA representing a party, the party must first register with Nova Scotia's Chief Electoral Officer.
Candidates must register with Elections Nova Scotia if they receive a contribution or transfer, or if they have incurred an expense. Form 1-1 must be completed and submitted for approval by the Chief Electoral Officer. The Application for registration must also provide a statement signed by the leader of the registered party that the registered candidate is an endorsed candidate of the registered party. Candidate may register at any time. Please refer to the handbook “Information for Prospective Candidates” for more details.
Once an election is called, to become a formally nominated candidate, you must:
file your completed nomination paper (Form 105, Candidate Nomination ) with the Returning Officer in the electoral district in which you plan to run not later than 2:00 pm on Nomination Day, which is the 20th day before election day
pay a deposit of $200
include a letter from the Party Leader endorsing your candidacy if you are running for a registered political party
have your Nomination Paper signed by at least five electors who would be qualified to vote for you. However, it is a good idea to have a few more signatures just in case there is a problem with someone's qualifications
appoint an Official Agent and an Auditor. Candidates must not handle their own finances.
A Guide to the Nomination Process
Once you've done all that and the Returning Officer signs the receipt for your deposit on your Nomination Paper, you are considered "officially nominated."
What else does it take to become a candidate? You must
be an eligible elector, i.e., be at least 18 years of age on election day, be a Canadian citizen, and a resident of Nova Scotia for six months preceeding the issuance of the writ, and