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2022 Candidates’ Guide - Ontario municipal council and school board elections

Find out how to run as a candidate in Ontario municipal council and school board elections.

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This guide provides information to candidates for the 2022 municipal and school board elections. The information also applies to any by-elections that may be held during the 2022-2026 council and school board term.

This guide is not meant to replace provincial legislation. It provides general information about the rules contained in the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 and other legislation and regulations, such as:

New election rules for 2022

Nominations may be filed electronically if permitted by your municipal clerk. Contact your municipal clerk to find out if nominations can be filed electronically in your municipality, and for information about how to file your nomination.

The deadline for filing your nomination is August 19, 2022 at 2 p.m.

The council and school board term of office will run from November 15, 2022 to November 14, 2026.

Contact us

If you have further questions or would like to give feedback on this Guide, please contact us at mea.info@ontario.ca.

You can also contact your regional Municipal Services Office at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Updated: April 04, 2022
Published: April 01, 2022