FROM: Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Website.
Elections for municipal government are held every four years on the fourth Monday of October.
When are local elections held?
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.
Elections for municipal government are held every four years on the fourth Monday of October. Prior to the the passage of the Good Government Act, 2009 and the vote in 2006, the period between elections had been 3 years. For example, 2000, 2003 and 2006 were municipal election years.
The Legislative Assembly of Ontario legislation (Bill 81, Schedule H), passed in 2006, set the length of terms in office for all municipal elected officials at four years.
Where the polling day falls on a holiday, polling day shall be the next succeeding day that is not a holiday.
Think about all the services your municipal government is responsible for providing.
Roads. Public transit. Child Care. Local policing. Water and sewers. Ambulances. Parks. Recreation.
Learn who in your community best represents your position on the issues that mean the most to you and your family.
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.
Your name must be on the voters’ list in order for you to cast a ballot.
The voters’ list is prepared in several steps:
- A preliminary list is created by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) based on data it keeps on home ownership and tenancy.
- The preliminary list is sent to the municipal clerk after a by-election has been called or in advance of a regular election which occurs every 4 years. The clerk can correct any errors on the list, and the corrected list then becomes the voters’ list.
- If you are not on the voters’ list, or if your information is incorrect (for example, you have moved and may be listed at a former address), you may apply to have your name added or your information corrected. This may be done until the close of voting on voting day in a regular election or by-election. You may have your name added to the voters’ list at the voting place. You may be asked to show identification to establish that you are eligible to vote. For more information about getting on the voters’ list, you should contact your municipal clerk.
Note: Beginning March 2018, to ensure you are on the voters’ list for 2018 municipal and school board elections, you may also visit voterlookup.ca.