Municipal Elections


Municipal and School Board elections are held in Ontario every 4 years. The next Municipal and School Board Election takes place on October 22, 2018.

Key Dates

 Nominations Accepted:  May 1, 2018
 Nominations Deadline:  July 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm
 Voting Day:  October 22, 2018
 New Term Start Date  December 1, 2018

The voting method in The Archipelago is vote by telephone or internet only. You may vote by telephone from anywhere in North America and by internet from anywhere in the world during the election time frame.
Offices and Candidates

The Reeve is elected at large, which means all eligible voters choose from the same candidates when voting.  Ten Councillors are elected to represent the six wards, two Councillors for Ward 1, one Councillor for Ward 2, two Councillors for Ward 3, three Councillors for Ward 4, one Councillor for Ward 5 and one Councillor for Ward 6.

Eligible voters choose from the councillor candidates for the voter's respective ward when voting.

What ward am I in?

Are You Entitled to Vote?

A person is entitled to be a voter if on Voting Day (October 22, 2018) he or she:

a)  is a Canadian citizen;
b)  is at least 18 years old;
c)  resides in the municipality or is the owner or tenant or the spouse (including same sex partner) of the owner or tenant of land in the municipality;
d)  is not prohibited from voting under any law.

Persons Prohibited from Voting:

a)  a person serving a sentence in a penal or correctional institution (including a sentence served in the evenings or on weekends);
b)  a corporation;
c)  a person acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity;
d)  a person who has been convicted of corrupt practice described in s 90(3), if Voting Day in the current election is less than 5 years after Voting Day in the election in respect of which he or she was convicted.

Eligible College and University Students

The place where a student’s family resides is also their residence unless they have moved with the intention of changing their permanent lodging.  A student may vote in the municipality where he or she is temporarily residing while attending school as well as at this or her permanent home in a different municipality, provided that he or she has not abandoned the family home.

For additional information, please review the Voters' Guide for Ontario Municipal and School Board By-elections.

Nomination Period

Nominations may be filed with the Clerk from Tuesday, May 1, to Thursday, July 26, 2018 from Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding statutory holidays.

On Nomination Day which is Friday, July 27, 2017, the Clerk will accept nominations between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Nomination Process

A nomination paper (Form 1) must be filed in person by the candidate or by an agent.  The nomination paper must have original signatures.  The candidate will be required to show proof of identity and qualifications.  The nomination paper must be accompanied by the required nomination fee; $200.00 for the office of head of council and $100.00 for all other offices.  Payment to the Municipality must be made by cash, cheque, money order or debit card.

Effective April 1, 2018 the nomination of a person for an office on council must be endorsed by at least 25 eligible electors supporting the nomination.

Candidate Qualifications

A person is qualified to be elected or hold office, who, as of the day he or she files his or her nomination is:

  • a Canadian citizen;
  • at least 18 years of age;
  • a resident of the municipality, is the owner or tenant of land in the municipality, or the spouse of such a person;
  • is not legally prohibited from voting;
  • is not disqualified for violation of financial requirements or violations of requirements for filing financial information;
  • is not disqualified by legislation from holding municipal office.
For additional information, please review the Candidates' Guide for Ontario Municipal and School Board By-elections.
"So You Want to Run For Council?" - Online Course.  This course is hosted by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and is geared to individuals who are planning to, or have registered to run for a seat on municipal council.  

Current and retired members of council designed "So You Wish to Run for Council?” and it presents the challenges and opportunities candidates will face through the campaign and as sitting members of council.

The course content is valuable for anyone running for council, as it not only examines the rules that govern him or her but also brings to light some of the cultural and soft knowledge pieces that influence the lives of members of council. Course content covers:

·        Reasons That You Should and Should Not Run for Council;

·        What You Should Know Before You Run for Office;

·        Dealing with the Media;

·        Techniques for Working with Others;

·        The Roles of Council Members and Staff;

·        What the True Power and Influence of Municipal Government is;

·        Transparency and Accountability in Government;

·        and much more...