News Release
March 29, 2023

Please note, at of time of issuance, City Council had not yet passed the bylaw calling for a by-election.

At its meeting today, Toronto City Council officially declared the Mayor’s seat vacant and passed a bylaw requiring a by-election. City Clerk John D. Elvidge has set the by-election for Monday, June 26.

Beginning Monday, April 3, until 2 p.m. on Friday, May 12, a person qualified to hold the office of Mayor can file a nomination to run in Toronto’s 2023 mayoral by-election. To run for the office of Mayor, a person must:

  • File a nomination paper with original signature
  • Provide proof of qualifying address within the city of Toronto
  • Pay a $200 nomination filing fee
  • Provide at least 25 endorsements of nomination from eligible Toronto voters with original signatures.

Until a nomination is filed, a person cannot raise or spend money on their campaign.

Individuals are asked to bring no more than four guests and are strongly encouraged to book a timeslot to file their nomination through the online appointment booking system. Having an appointment will ensure quick service, minimize wait times and reduce crowding. Appointments can be booked on the Toronto Elections webpage.

Nominations must be filed in person at the Toronto Elections City Hall office, 100 Queen St. W., first floor. The office is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (excluding statutory holidays). On Friday, May 12, the last day of the nomination period, the office will be open to accept nominations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More information, including the qualifications to become a candidate, is available on the Toronto Elections webpage.

Third party advertiser registration

Between Monday, April 3 and Friday, June 23, individuals, corporations and trade unions who plan to spend money to promote, support or oppose a candidate in Toronto’s 2023 mayoral by-election must register as a third party advertiser.

Third party advertisers are strongly encouraged to use the appointment booking system to schedule a time to register. Appointments can be booked on the Toronto Elections webpage.

The Notice of Registration for third party advertisers must be filed in person at the Toronto Elections City Hall office, 100 Queen St. W., first floor. Registrations can be filed Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from April 3 to June 23 (excluding statutory holidays).

The City Clerk must certify the registration before a third party advertiser can spend money on their campaign, accept contributions or begin advertising. Registered third party advertisers must identify themselves on advertisements and comply with requirements under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.

More information about how to become a registered third party advertiser is available on the Toronto Elections webpage.

Directions for media

Media interested in covering the opening of candidate nominations and third party advertiser registrations can check in with City media relations staff in the City Hall Rotunda on Monday, April 3 at 8 a.m. Staff will show members of the media to the designated media area in the Toronto Elections City Hall office. Scrums can take place in the Rotunda or on Nathan Phillips Square. Media should contact candidates directly for information on when candidates are scheduled to file nominations.

Visitors to City Hall, including members of the media, who do not possess a City-issued access card must go through the security screening procedure prior to entering the Toronto Elections office. More information about security screening is available on the City’s Visitor Screening at City Hall webpage.


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