Municipal Elections 

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 regulates the conduct of municipal and school board elections in Ontario. In addition to providing regulation of candidates and electors, the Act also sets out roles for municipal clerks and councils. 

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 covers administration of the election process, including: 

  • Elections of persons
  • Questions on the ballot (aka - referendums) 
  • Roles and responsibilities of the municipal clerk, municipal council, school board, school board secretary, candidates, electors 
  • Rules related to voting, voter and candidate eligibility 
  • Method of voting 
  • Campaign and campaign finance rules 
  • Compliance, enforcement and penalties 

For further information, visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.