2018 Municipal Election

The 2018 Municipal Election will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018. This election includes the election of Penetanguishene Council including the position of Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and seven Councillors, as well as school board trustees.

This year, voters will cast their ballot using the Internet or Telephone. These methods provide flexibility, which allows for a longer voting period than traditional voting. It is also more convenient, more accessible, and better enables electors to exercise their right to vote. Results will be available sooner than the previous paper ballot voting system, with complete accuracy.

The Municipal Elections Act (MEA) is the legislation that governs the operation and administration of the municipal elections. The MEA has been updated with a number of changes, including key dates.

Am I on the Voter's List? 

Visit our Voter Look-up Portal here.

View the current Candidate Listing

How do I register as a Candidate?

Nomination forms may be filed with the Clerk's department starting 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 until Friday, July 27, 2018, at 2 p.m.

An appointment to register your nomination may be made during regular office hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday) during the nomination period. There may be a delay for those individuals who do not make an appointment time as the registration process takes upwards of 20-30 minutes. It is recommended to Email the Clerk or call 705-549-7453 to book an appointment.

These forms are required to be submitted when filing your candidacy (hard copies available at the municipal office):

  • Current acceptable identification (driver's licence or other government issued photo identification containing qualifying address and signature); and
  • Nomination filling fee payable to the Town of Penetanguishene ($200 for the office of Mayor, $100 for all other offices).

View the Candidate's Guide and Candidate's Information Page for more information and links to all required forms.  The estimated spending limit, Use of Municipal Resources policy, Notice to Financial Institutions, Notice of Filing Requirements and Election Sign By-law  are also included in the Candidate's Package (available at the municipal office).

Third-Party Advertising

These forms are required to be submitted when registering to be a Third Party Advertiser (hard copies available at the municipal office):

View the Third Party Advertiser's Guide and the Ministry's Information Page for everything you need to know about being a Third Party Advertiser.  

Candidate Information Package (full digital file)

A candidate must register in person with the Town Clerk or designate prior to raising campaign funds or incurring campaign expenses.

Qualifications to run for Council

In order to register as a candidate for the office of Mayor, Deputy Mayor or Councillor for the Town of Penetanguishene, the following qualifications must be met:

  • Canadian citizen;
  • resident of the Town of Penetanguishene or the owner or tenant of land in the Town of Penetanguishene or the spouse of such owner or tenant;
  • at least 18 years of age;
  • not ineligible or disqualified under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, the Municipal Act, 2001, the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act or any other Act ot be elected to or hold the above-mentioned office;

Important Dates

Election Candidate Information Session
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Bill Thompson Room North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre 527 Len Self Blvd, Midland

Anyone interested in running for office in the 2018 Municipal Election is encouraged to attend this session!

Nomination Period: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - July 27, 2018

This is the period where prospective candidates can file nomination papers to run for office. Until a candidate files nomination papers, no campaigning can take place. Each candidate is required to submit 25 supporting signatures from eligible voters with their nomination paper.

Voters’ List: Launch February 15, 2018

MPAC will be providing an online tool called Voter Lookup that allows voters to confirm that they are on the voters’ list and that their information is accurate. It will also allow voters to correct or add their names to the list. For more information, please visit VoterLookup.ca.

Election Day: Monday, October 22, 2018

Voters will be able to cast a ballot via the Internet or telephone during the election period begining Tuesday October 9, 2018 until October 22 at 8:00 p.m., EST. Results will be posted on our website and social media accounts, as soon as they are available.

More information will be added as details become available.

For information related to the provincial election being held on June 7, 2018 visit elections.on.ca.

If you have questions about the upcoming 2018 Municipal Election, you can email the Clerk.

2018 Municipal Elelections Procedures Manual.


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