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General Election Information

Changes to the Municipal Elections Act

Bill 181, The Municipal Elections Modernization Act, 2016, came into effect June 9, 2016 and make 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.

To learn about Municipal Elections, please read the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, as amended.

So you want to run for Council?

Potential candidates are encouraged to watch for the "So you Wish to Run for Council" online course brought to you by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). This online course will help individuals better understand what being a member of Municipal Council brings. Course content covers:

  • Reasons to run and reasons that might be constraining;
  • What you should know before you run for office;
  • Dealing with the media;
  • Working with others;
  • The roles of Council members and staff;
  • What the true power and influence of Municipal Government is; and
  • Transparency and accountability for individuals and Council.

For further details on the course and contact information, please visit the AMO website.

Relevant Policies

Please refer to the Town's Election Accountability Policy, which governs the fair, unbiased, and efficient manner in which Town Staff conduct and manage their business during municipal election campaign periods. This policy is further bolstered by the Town's Use of Corporate Resources for Elections - Not Permitted Policy, which clarifies the limitations placed on all candidates for municipal Council during municipal election campaign periods.


Alternative forms of documents are available upon request.


Please direct any general inquiries regarding the election to Town Hall at 519-736-0012.