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Municipal Elections

Municipal and School Board Election 2018

The next regular Municipal Election to elect a Mayor, City Councillors and School Board Trustees will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018.  The next term of Council begins on December 1, 2018 and concludes in 2022.  

Bill 181, The Municipal Elections Modernization Act, 2016 came into effect June 9, 2016 and makes changes to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 for the 2018 municipal election.  For an overview of these changes visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs website or see the updated Municipal Election Act.  

Nomination Period

The nomination period will commence on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 and closes on Nomination Day, Friday, July 27, 2018.  

To run for office, you must be an eligible elector in the City of Pembroke.  This means that you must be:

  • A Canadian Citizen;
  • At least 18 years of age;
  • Reside in the City, or be the owner or tenant of land in the City, or the spouse of such owner or tenant; and
  • Not prohibited from voting under any law.

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) will be offering "So You Wish to Run for Council" a course geared to individuals who are planning to run for a seat on municipal Council.  The course presents the challenges and opportuntiies candidates will face through the campaign and as sitting members of Council  This course will be offered mid to late February 2018.  

More information related to the Municipal Election 2018 will be available closer to the opening of the Nomination period.

Third Party Advertisers

The Municipal Elections Act now includes requirements for Thrid Party Advertisers.  Regulations will come into effect on April 1, 2018 for the 2018 Municipal Election.  More information including forms and other relevant documents will be made available in early 2018.  More information on Thrid Party Advertisers will be able on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs website. in early 2018.

Alternative Voting - 2018 Municipal Election

On February 21, 2017, Council approved the use of a combination of Alternate Voting and traditional paper ballots for the 2018 Municipal Election. Electors will be able to cast their vote online or by telephone 24/7 anywhere they have an internet or telephone line.  This is an accessible environmentally-friendly, and convenient method of voting.  Internet voting provides voters with flexibility and convenience, reduces wait times at the voting location, delivers quick and accurate results, and allows students and vacationers to vote from anywhere. 

Electors will receive a notice in the mail providing instructions and a secure PIN number to use to vote by either the internet or telephone.  Electors are encouraged to vote using either the internet or telephone between 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 12, 2018 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 22, 2018.  There is no need to wait to vote on election day. 

For those electors who wish to participate in a more traditional voting method, the City will also have one voting location on Election Day (Monday, October 22, 2018) between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 72, 202 Pembroke Street East for electors to cast their vote using a paper ballot.  Voters are requested to bring their notice with their PIN number with them to the voting location.  

A help desk will be available at the municipal office located at 1 Pembroke Street East to provide assistance during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) from Friday, October 12, 2018 to Friday, October 19, 2018 and on Election Day at the Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 72, 202 Pembroke Street East, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Are you on the Voters' List?

The Voters' List for the City of Pembroke is prepared by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC).  MPAC is a not-for-profit corporation mandated by the Government of Ontario to conduct property assessments for tax purposes on behalf of municipalities, and is legislated to provide municipalities with a Preliminary List of Electors in a municipal election year.  This list is used by Municipal Clerks to produce the final Voters' List used for the election. 

MPAC administers which is an online service available to electors.  Using, electors can confirm and update their electoral information for the purposes of the Preliminary List of Electors for the upcoming municipal and school board elections.  MPAC will launch during the spring of 2018.

Please continue to check this website for updated election and voting information.