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.
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Ministry of Housing have published the 2018 Candidates' Guide for Ontario Municipal Council and School Board Elections.
The Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) have published the Candidate's Guide to Accessible Elections.
The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) are 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.
The Municipal Elections Act now includes requirements for Thrid Party Advertisers. Regulations came into effect on April 1, 2018 for the 2018 Municipal Election. Registration papers (Form 7) for third party advertisers must be signed by a representative and may be filed in the Office of the Clerk in person or by an agent during regular business hours from May 1, 2018 up to and including October 19, 2018. Registration papers along with a Declaration of Qualification must be certifed by the Clerk before such entity becomes a Certified Third Party Advertiser. More information including forms and other relevant documents are available on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs website. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Ministry of Housing have published the 2018 Guide for Third Party Advertisers for Ontario Municipal Council and School Board Elections.
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. An educational video on Internet Voting is available for you to view.
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.
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Ministry of Housing have published the 2018 Voters' Guide for Ontario Municipal Council and School Board Elections.
Please continue to check this website for updated election and voting information.
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