Key messages

  • The Government of Ontario has passed legislation that reduces the number of City of Toronto wards from 47 to 25, aligning with current federal and provincial electoral ridings.
  • The City of Toronto’s municipal election date remains unchanged and will take place on October 22, 2018.
  • The nomination period is extended for councillor and school board trustees from August 20 until 2 p.m. on September 14.
  • Mayoral nominations were not extended. The nomination deadline for the office of mayor was July 27, 2018.
  • The City Clerk is notifying candidates and providing information to the public to ensure awareness and understanding of the new legislation.

Key Dates

July 27 Nominations closed for the office of the Mayor.
July 30 City Clerk certified 544 candidates who filed a nomination to run for the offices of Mayor, Councillor and School Board Trustee under the 47-ward model.
August 20

Nominations will be only be accepted for the offices of Councillor and School Board Trustee at the Election Services office, City Hall, 100 Queen Street W, 1st floor north.

Also, the first day for a candidate who has already filed a nomination under the 47-ward model to notify the Clerk of their intent to continue running in the election and of their new ward number.

September 14

Nominations close at 2 p.m.

Also, deadline for candidates who have already filed a nomination under the 47-ward model to notify the Clerk of their intent to continue to run; otherwise they are deemed withdrawn and their name will not appear on the ballot.

September 17 Voters’ List available for viewing and revisions.
October 10 – 14

Advance Voting, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day

During the advance voting period, electors can vote at one of two locations in the ward they live in or at City Hall.

October 22 Election Day – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Visit our Candidate Information pages for further information.

Between August 20 and 2 p.m. on September 14, 2018, you must file a Change of Ward notification form indicating the new City ward for which you wish to run.

You must file the form in person or by an agent at the City Clerk’s Elections Office (100 Queen St W, 1st floor north), and present acceptable identification at the time of filing. There is no filing fee.

  • You will receive a new expense limit upon filing. Any money you raised or spent carries over to your new campaign.
  • If you do not file this form by 2 p.m. on September 14, 2018, you will be deemed to have withdrawn from the election and your name will not appear on the ballot.

Between August 20 and 2 p.m. on September 14, 2018, you must file a Change of Ward notification form stating the new school board ward for which you wish to run.

  • You must file in person or by an agent at the City Clerk’s Elections Office (100 Queen St W, 1st floor north), and present acceptable identification at the time of filing. There is no filing fee.
  • You will receive a new expense limit upon filing. Any money you raised or spent carries over to your new campaign.
  • If you do not file this form by 2 p.m. on September 14, 2018, you will be deemed to have withdrawn and your name will not appear on the ballot.

An agent can file a Change of Ward notification form on your behalf. Original signatures are required.

The agent will need to present a copy of your identification, as well as their own identification.

No. You must submit a Change of Ward notification form in person or by an agent by 2 p.m. September 14, 2018.

Under Ontario Regulation 407/18 notification must be provided to the City Clerk on the prescribed form.

In order to change office, you must submit a Notice Withdrawal of Nomination form and then file a new Nomination paper.

At the time of filing the Nomination paper, you must:

  • You must present acceptable ID
  • Pay a nomination fee
  • Submit 25 endorsements (Councillor candidates only)

When you file a new nomination, you begin a new campaign:

  • Money raised or spent in your prior campaign cannot be carried forward to your new campaign.
  • You will be required to file a financial statement for each campaign.

If you are filing a new nomination, you must pay a filing fee. There is no fee to file a Change of Ward notification form.

Any Councillor or Trustee candidate may withdraw during the new nomination period. To do so, you must:

  • file a Withdrawal of Nomination form in person or by an agent at the City Clerk’s Elections Office
  • present acceptable ID at the time of filing

If you are a candidate who filed on or before July 27, and you do not submit a Change of Ward notification form before 2 p.m. on September 14, 2018, you will be deemed withdrawn and your name will not appear on the ballot.

Yes. All candidates who filed on or before July 27, who wish to continue to run in the 2018 municipal election, are required to submit a Change of Ward notification form.

If you do not file this form by 2 p.m. on September 14, 2018, you will be deemed withdrawn and your name will not appear on the ballot.

No. The legislation states that the new nomination period only applies to Councillors and School Board Trustees.

You cannot file to run for mayor, and mayoralty candidates cannot change office or withdraw from office.

Yes, there will be additional information sessions. Please visit our Key Dates for details.

The voters’ list will be made available to certified candidates through MyCampaign beginning September 17.

Information about the new ward structure and maps can be found on the Bill 5 – Better Local Government Act, 2018 web page.

  • Detailed maps showing voting locations within each ward will be made available to candidates through MyCampaign beginning September 4.
  • Paper copies are available for purchase at the Elections Office.

Yes. All candidates must file a financial statement for each and any of their campaigns, even if they withdraw.

For financial filing deadlines, late filing fees and penalties, please visit the Candidates’ Guides, Forms & Presentations page.

Councillor and school board trustees will receive a new certificate outlining their spending limits upon filing a notice of their intent to continue running in the 2018 municipal election with their new ward number under the 25-ward model.

Yes, you are still a certified candidate and can continue to raise and spend money on your campaign before filing your Change of Ward Notification.

If you do not file the Change of Ward Notification by 2 p.m. on Friday, September 14th, you are deemed to be withdrawn and can no longer accept contributions or incur any expenses on your campaign.

You are not permitted to refund eligible contributions made by anyone other than yourself or your spouse.

No. If you change office, you must begin a new campaign.

You must open a new campaign bank account, and you must file a financial statement for each of your campaigns.

Yes. Your campaign continues. You do not need to open a new campaign bank account, and your campaign expenses and contributions carry over.

However, you must follow your new spending limits.

No. The legislation does not provide for campaign expense reimbursements.

No, you can only file the Change of Ward Notification once.

In order to change your ward again you will have to file a Withdrawal of Nomination and then file a new Nomination Paper for the ward in which you want to run. Additional endorsements are not required for councillor candidates changing wards; however, you will have to pay a new $100 nomination filing fee.

Yes. The contribution rebate program for individuals who make monetary contributions to candidates running for council is still in effect.

For more information on how to apply to the program, please refer to the Contribution Guide for Contributors.

No. However, if you contributed to a Councillor candidate who is participating in the Contribution Rebate program, you will still be eligible for a rebate.