Queen’s Park Reminds Municipal Candidates Of Election Rules


This is an edited press release from the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs:

Ontario has released the 2018 Candidates’ Guide for Ontario Municipal and School Board Elections outlining rules for candidates as described in the Municipal Elections Act and other legislation and regulations.

Since the last municipal election, the province has made changes to modernize municipal elections and increase transparency and accountability, increasing fairness for those looking to make a difference in their communities. New rules for prospective candidates include:

  • Shortening the campaign period — candidates can now file their nominations between May 1 and July 27

  • Collecting 25 signatures endorsing their nomination for candidates for municipal council in municipalities with more than 4,000 electors

  • Increasing the limit for campaign contributions to a candidate from $750 to $1,200

  • Limiting the amount that a candidate for municipal council and their spouse can contribute to the candidate’s own campaign

  • Banning campaign contributions to candidates from corporations and trade unions.


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