Municipal elections in Ontario are held once every four years on the fourth Monday in October. The last municipal election was held on October 22, 2018.
Who can vote in municipal 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 September in an election year, call your municipality to find out what to do in order to vote. Information about elections is generally provided in the local newspaper and on websites and social media.
Who can be a candidate?
Generally, anyone who is eligible to vote may be a candidate for a position on a municipal council. In municipal elections in Ontario, candidates are not elected to represent a political party.