Municpal Election 2018

The next municipal election will be held Monday, October 22, 2018. The last municipal election was held on October 27, 2014.  Those thinking they have a future career in municipal politics can file nomination papers from Tuesday, May 1, 2018 up until 2 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing reviews the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 after each Ontario municipal election to determine if it meets the needs of Ontario communities. Here are some of the changes following the latest review of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.

The Municipal Elections Modernization Act, 2016, or Bill 181, makes changes to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996. Some of these changes come into effect immediately after Royal Assent and certain changes do not come into effect until April 1, 2018, in time for the next municipal election. 

To view the changes from Bill 181 view the Ministry of Municpal Affairs and Housing website

Who can vote in the elections? 
Anyone can vote in a municipal election who, on the day of the election, is: 

  • 18 years of age or older 
  • a Canadian citizen; and 
  • either a resident of the municipality or a property owner or tenant or the spouse or same sex partner of an owner or tenant in the municipality during a specified time just before the election.  

To be able to vote, your name must be on the list of eligible voters.  

If you are on the voters list, you should receive a card in late October telling you that you are eligible to vote. If you think you are eligible to vote, but have not received your card by the end of October in an election year, call your municipality to find out what to do in order to vote. Often, municipalities will publish this kind of information in the local newspaper.

Who can be a candidate? 
Generally, anyone who is eligible to vote may be a candidate for a position on a municipal council.  

When you think about candidates for federal or provincial elections, you usually think about the political party that each candidate represents. In municipal elections in Ontario, candidates are not elected to represent a political party.  


2014 Election Results

For results from the October 27, 2014 election, please see the list of links below:

All candidates for the 2014 Municipal Election are required to file a Form 4 - Financial Statement - Auditor's Report in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, 1996. Filing deadlines for the statements are as follows:

Primary filing reflecting finances to December 31, 2014 to be filed on or before Friday March 27, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
For those candidates who extended his/her campaign period to June 30, 2015 - Supplementary filing including finances after December 31, 2014 to be filed on or before September 25, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

2014 Election Financail Reports