Update on the 2018 Municipal Elections

On July 30, 2018, the Province of Ontario introduced Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, 2018. The Bill received Royal Assent on August 14, 2018 reducing the number of Toronto City wards from 47 to 25 with the boundaries aligning with current federal and provincial electoral ridings. It is anticipated that the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing will be enacting regulations to provide further details to implement the new legislation. These changes will be in place for the October 22, 2018 municipal election.

The City Clerk will provide notice to candidates, electors and the public as it becomes available. Please continue to check the Election Services website regularly for updated information, and visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to obtain additional information for the 2018 municipal election.

This page will be updated as changes become available.

2018

 

Tuesday May 1

  • First day for candidates to file a nomination paper for the office of mayor, councillor or school board trustee
  • Campaign period begins once a nomination paper is filed
  • Preliminary expense limit and other legislative documentation provided to candidates on the day they file
  • MyVote – “Who’s running in my ward?” available for electors.

Tuesday June 19

Candidate Information Session

  • City Hall, Council Chamber
  • 7 p.m to 9 p.m.

Email candidateinfo@toronto.ca or call 416-338-1111 to register. Please let us know at least one week in advance if you require any accommodations for the meeting.

Thursday June 28

Candidate Information Session

  • North York Civic Centre, Council Chamber
  • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Email candidateinfo@toronto.ca or call 416-338-1111 to register. Please let us know at least one week in advance if you require any accommodations for the meeting.

Thursday July 12

Candidate Information Session

  • Scarborough Civic Centre Council Chamber
  • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Email candidateinfo@toronto.ca or call 416-338-1111 to register. Please let us know at least one week in advance if you require any accommodations for the meeting.

Thursday July 19

Candidate Information Session

  • Etobicoke Civic Centre, Council Chamber
  • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Email candidateinfo@toronto.ca or call 416-338-1111 to register. Please let us know at least one week in advance if you require any accommodations for the meeting.

Friday July 27

  • Nomination Day (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.), last day to:
    • file nominations
    • withdraw from one office/ward and file a nomination for another office/ward
    • withdraw a nomination

Monday July 30

  • Certification of nomination papers to be completed by 4 p.m.
  • After 4 p.m., the City Clerk will declare the eligible candidate(s) to be elected and make a declaration for any acclamation provided.
  • After the certification of the candidates, Proxy appointment forms become available for electors who can not vote on any of the voting days.

Thursday August 23

Candidates Information Session

  • Metro Hall Room 308/309
  • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tuesday September 4

  • Free Copies of the following made available through MyCampaign:
    • voters’ list
    • ward maps
    • list of voting places
  • Additional paper copies can be purchased at the Elections office at Toronto City Hall
  • Revision period begins – Electors may update or add their name to the voters’ list.

Tuesday September 4 – Monday October 22

  • Voters’ list revision period
  • Eligible electors whose name are not on the voters’ list or whose names are shown incorrectly on the list may add their name or correct their information by:
    • Online through MyVote, phone or email
    • Visiting the Elections Office or any of the Civic Centres
    • Visiting the voting place

Monday September 10 to Friday September 14

  • Candidates have the opportunity to view the testing of the vote counting equipment at the Toronto Elections Office, 89 Northline Road between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

To register, email candidateinfo@toronto.ca

Tuesday September 18 to Wednesday September 19

  • Candidates have the opportunity to view the testing of the vote counting equipment at the Toronto Elections Office, 89 Northline Road between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

To register, email candidateinfo@toronto.ca

Tuesday September 25

  • Candidates will receive, by email:
    • Final expense limits
    • Final combined contribution limit (mayor and councillor candidates only)
  • Interim list of changes to the voters’ list available through MyCampaign

Thursday September 27

  • Election and campaign office signs can be erected

Monday October 1

  • Candidates may view a sample ballot through MyCampaign
  • MyVote – “Where do I vote?” is available for electors.

Saturday October 6 to Sunday October 14 inclusive

Advance Vote Days (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.)

  • Electors may vote prior to Election Day for any reason
  • Advance vote will be available in each of the City’s 47 wards
  • October 9 to October 12 – Electors can vote at City Hall regardless of where they live.

Monday October 22 Election Day

  • Voting day, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday October 25

  • All election signs must be removed

Monday December 3

Term of Office Commences

  • Elected members must take the oath of office prior to taking their seat.

Monday December 31

  • The end of the campaign period unless the candidate previously withdrew their nomination, their nomination was rejected by the City Clerk or the candidate applies to extend their campaign to erase a deficit
  • Last day for candidates to file an Extension of campaign period (Form 6)
  • Candidates who extend their campaign must file a primary and supplementary financial statement by the legislative deadline date

2019

Wednesday February 27

  • Last day for City Clerk to provide notice of financial filing requirements and penalties to candidates

Thursday March 28

  • Last day for candidate to apply to Superior Court of Justice to extend the time to file the financial statement

Friday March 29

By 2 p.m.:

  • Last day to file financial statement for reporting period ending December 31, 2018 – applies to all candidates
  • Last day for candidate to notify City Clerk of filing extension received from the Superior Court of Justice

Monday April 29

By 2 p.m.:

  • Last day for candidate to file a primary financial statement and pay $500 late filing fee
  • Penalties take effect at 2:01 p.m.

Thursday June 27

  • Last day to request a compliance audit on a primary financial statement.

Tuesday July 2

  • End of supplementary campaign period.

Wednesday August 28

  • Last day for City Clerk to provide notice of supplementary filing requirements and penalties to candidates

Thursday September 26

  • Last day for candidate to apply to Superior Court of Justice to extend the time to file the financial statement

Friday September 27

By 2 p.m.:

  • Last day to file financial statement for reporting period ending July 2, 2019 – only applies to those who filed a Form 6 to extend the campaign period
  • Last day for candidate to notify City Clerk of filing extension received from the Superior Court of Justice

Monday October 28

By 2 p.m.:

  • Last day for candidate to file a supplementary financial statement and pay $500 late filing fee
  • Penalties take effect at 2:01 p.m.

Friday December 27

  • Last day to request a compliance audit on a supplementary financial statement.

Monday December 30

  • Last day to apply for a contribution rebate

 

2018

Thursday, April 19

Become a Registered Third Party Advertiser – Information Session

  • City Hall, Committee Room #2, second floor
  • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Email thirdpartyinfo@toronto.ca or call 416-338-1111 to register
  • If you require any accommodations, please provide notice a week in advance of the session.

Tuesday, May 1

  • First day that an individual, corporation or trade union can file a notice of registration to become a registered third party advertiser
  • Campaign period begins once the City Clerk certifies the notice of registration
  • Preliminary expense limit and other legislative documentation will be provided to a registered third party advertiser once certified

Thursday, June 14

Third Party Advertising – General Information Session

  • City Hall, Committee Room #3, second floor
  • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Email thirdpartyinfo@toronto.ca or call 416-338-1111 to register
  • If you require any accommodations, please provide notice a week in advance of the session.

Thursday, July 5

Third Party Advertising – General Information Session

  • City Hall, Committee Room #3, second floor
  • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Email thirdpartyinfo@toronto.ca or call 416-338-1111 to register
  • If you require any accommodations, please provide notice a week in advance of the session.

Tuesday, September 25

Final expense limits provided to registered third party advertisers

Thursday, September 27

Election signs can be erected

Friday, October 19

Last day for an individual, corporation or trade union to file a notice of registration to become a third party advertiser

Monday, October 22

  • Last day that a third party advertisement in relation to the election may appear
  • Voting day, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Monday, December 31

  • Campaign period ends for registered third party advertisers
  • Last day for a registered third party advertiser to file an Extension of Campaign Period form

2019

Wednesday, February 27

Last day for the City Clerk to provide notice of financial filing requirements and penalties to registered third party advertisers

Thursday, March 28

Last day for a registered third party advertiser to apply to the Superior Court of Justice to extend the time to file a financial statement

Friday, March 29

By 2 p.m.:

  • Last day to file a financial statement for reporting period ending December 31, 2018
  • Last day for a registered third party advertiser to notify the City Clerk of a filing extension received from the Superior Court of Justice

Monday, April 29

By 2 p.m.:

  • Last day for a registered third party advertiser to file a primary financial statement and pay $500 late filing fee
  • Penalties take effect at 2:01 p.m.

Thursday, June 27

Last day to request a compliance audit on a primary financial statement

Tuesday, July 2

End of supplementary campaign period

Wednesday, August 28

Last day for the City Clerk to provide notice of supplementary filing requirements and penalties to registered third party advertisers

Thursday, September 26

Last day for a registered third party advertiser to apply to Superior Court of Justice to extend the time to file the financial statement

Friday, September 27

By 2 p.m.:

  • Last day to file a financial statement for the reporting period ending July 2, 2019 – only applies to those who filed a form to extend the campaign period
  • Last day for a registered third party advertiser to notify the City Clerk of a filing extension received from the Superior Court of Justice

Monday, October 28

By 2 p.m.:

  • Last day for a registered third party advertiser to file a supplementary financial statement and pay the $500 late filing fee
  • Penalties take effect at 2:01 p.m.

Friday, December 27

Last day to request a compliance audit on a supplementary financial statement