2018 Municipal Elections

Our site will continue to develop as new information becomes available as we approach the next regular municipal election to be held on Monday,October 22, 2018. Key dates relating to the elections are located on the right hand side of this page.

Every four years, in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, as amended, the Town Clerk conducts elections for the offices of:

  • One (1) Lord Mayor
  • Eight (8) Town Councillors
  • One (1) Regional Chair
  • One (1) Regional Councillor
  • Four (4) English Public School Board Trustees
  • Two (2) English Separate School Board Trustees
  • One (1) French Public School Board Trustee
  • One (1) French Separate School Board Trustee

Until you file a nomination paper, you cannot raise or spend any money on your campaign.

There have been several changes to the Municipal Elections Act. Key changes include:

  • Nomination period begins Tuesday May 1, 2018. Nominations forms will be available April, 2018.
  • At least 25 declaration of endorsements from eligible electors must accompany the nomination papers.
  • Third Party Advertisers must register between May 1st, 2018 and October 19, 2018. More information regarding this topic will be available in early spring 2018

To view a map of all polling locations in Niagara, click here.

Our site will continue to develop as new information becomes available as we approach the next regular municipal election to be held on Monday,October 22, 2018. Key dates relating to the elections are located on the right hand side of this page.

Every four years, in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, as amended, the Town Clerk conducts elections for the offices of:

  • One (1) Lord Mayor
  • Eight (8) Town Councillors
  • One (1) Regional Chair
  • One (1) Regional Councillor
  • Four (4) English Public School Board Trustees
  • Two (2) English Separate School Board Trustees
  • One (1) French Public School Board Trustee
  • One (1) French Separate School Board Trustee

Until you file a nomination paper, you cannot raise or spend any money on your campaign.

There have been several changes to the Municipal Elections Act. Key changes include:

  • Nomination period begins Tuesday May 1, 2018. Nominations forms will be available April, 2018.
  • At least 25 declaration of endorsements from eligible electors must accompany the nomination papers.
  • Third Party Advertisers must register between May 1st, 2018 and October 19, 2018. More information regarding this topic will be available in early spring 2018

To view a map of all polling locations in Niagara, click here.

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Municipal Elections! Please ask any questions you have about the election process and a Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake staff member will respond within 5 business days.

Q&A

  • Hello. While entering Niagara on the Green neighbourhood, there is a council candidate's election sign on the public area. Are election signs permitted on public land? Or just private land?

    hardaker.sp asked about 1 month ago

    Signs are not to be erected on public property. If you have complaints regarding an election sign please forward it to staff for investigation.

  • Where are candidates permitted/not permitted to put campaign signs?

    hardaker.sp asked about 1 month ago

    The sign by-law states: 


    Nothing herein shall be deemed to prevent the posting of any election proclamation in regard to any municipal election, or any voter's list under the statute in that behalf, nor the display of election Signs by candidates or registered third party advertisers during any municipal election, provided that such election Signs are erected in accordance with the following provisions:

    (a) Election Signs shall not be erected on private property without the Owner's consent;
    (b) All election Signs shall be set back a minimum of 1.0 metres (3.28 feet) from the Property Line;
    (c) Election Signs shall not be erected on public property;
    (d) All municipal election Signs shall have a maximum Sign Display Area of 1 square metre (1 0. 76 square feet);
    (e) No candidate shall erect or display, or cause to be erected or displayed, any municipal election Signs more than sixty (60) days before the date fixed for the election; and
    (f) All election Signs must be removed within seven (7) days of the date of the election, by the Owner, Occupant, candidate, registered third party advertiser, or an authorized representative.

  • where is the list of candidates with contact info again? seems I cannot find it when I come looking for it...

    Bob&Irene asked about 1 month ago

    https://notl.icompasscms.com/content/list-registered-candidates-municipal-election-2018

  • I am on vacation from 9 to 29October. Can I vote before leave or give a proxy to family member?

    NeeNee asked about 2 months ago

    The first advance poll will be held October 6, 2018 at St. Davids Public School from 10:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.

  • I know that I get one vote for Lord Mayor and one vote for Regional Councillor. How many votes do I get for Town Councillors?

    hardaker.sp asked about 2 months ago

    You are able to vote for a maximum of eight councillors. You are permitted to vote for less if you choose.

  • We are Canadian citizens who have been living outside Canada for over a decade, but have owned a home in NOTL for the last year. We will be moving to NOTL after the municipal election this fall, but would like to vote. We understand we can vote in municipal elections because we own property and are citizens. The Elections Ontario site does not seem to deal with municipal elections, and says residence is required to be on the Voter List. Can we vote in the municipal election, by proxy or by mail? If so, how do we get on the Voter List? We will be in NOTL in late September, if there is a way to register then. Thank you!

    Lynn and Dave asked about 2 months ago

    An individual is considered an eligible elector if they meet the following requirements: 

     If, on voting day, he or she,

    (a) resides in the local municipality or is the owner or tenant of land there, or the spouse of such owner or tenant;

    (b) is a Canadian citizen;

    (c) is at least 18 years old; and

    (d) is not prohibited from voting under subsection (3) or otherwise by law. 2002, c. 17, Sched. D, s. 5 (2); 2005, c. 5, s. 46 (1).

     Section 3 states the following

    (3) The following are prohibited from voting:

    1. A person who is serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution.

    2. A corporation.

    3. A person acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity, except as a voting proxy in accordance with section 44.

    4. A person who was convicted of the corrupt practice described in subsection 90 (3), if voting day in the current election is less than five years after voting day in the election in respect of which he or she was convicted. 1996, c. 32, Sched., s. 17 (3); 2006, c. 9, Sched. H, s. 4.


    If you are not on the voters' list you are able to register to add your name to the voters' list beginning September 4th, 2018. Also you can register on the day that you vote at the polling locations. If you are an eligible elector you can vote at the polling locations, by proxy, or by mail. 

    If you would like to check that you are on the voters' list you can visit www.voterlookup.ca 

  • We will be travelling in October and will not be able to vote on election day nor at the advanced polls. I understand that we may vote by mail. Can you please outline this process?

    NOTL Runner asked about 2 months ago

    Hello, 

    If you are unable to attend the polling locations here are some options available to you:

    Voting by proxy:
    If, for any reason, you will be unable to get to a voting place to cast your ballot, you may wish to vote by mail, or appoint someone to go to the voting place and cast a ballot on your behalf. This person is called your voting proxy.

    To appoint a voting proxy, you and the person you want to appoint must fill out the Appointment for Voting Proxy Form which can be found at the Municipal Offices. You must know who you want to appoint as your proxy when you fill out the form. The person you want to appoint must be eligible to vote in the election, and should be someone you trust to mark the ballot the way you have instructed them to. The Proxy Form must include original signatures and must be signed by the Town Clerk or designate before bringing it to the polling location.

    You cannot appoint a proxy until after nomination day (Friday July 27, 2018).

    Voting by mail:

    If for any reason you are unable to attend any of the voting locations on Voting Day or on the date of an Advance Poll, electors may register to Vote by Mail. Qualified electors whose names appear on the Voters' List, wishing to Vote by Mail are required to sign up in person between September 10, 2018 and October 5, 2018 before 2 p.m. All Electors are required to provide prescribed proof of identity and qualifying residence.

    Vote by Mail sign up forms will be available in September.

  • The new NOTL rules on Third Party Advertising says: "A third party advertisement is a message in any broadcast, print, electronic or other medium that has the purpose of promoting, supporting or opposing a candidate in the election, or a question on the ballot." Does this mean that local newspapers and other media that endorse candidates must register as third party advertisers? Or would they be exempt?

    Michael Fox asked 5 months ago

    A Third Party Advertiser is the individual, corporation, or union who is incurring the expense. The newspaper, or media outlet is simply the medium in which the information is being advertised. Prior to 2018, third party advertising was not regulated for municipal council and school board elections. Those who wanted to advertise or distribute materials supporting or opposing a candidate did not have to identify themselves, were able to spend unlimited amounts of money, and did not have to report their advertising or financial activities to anyone. Recent changes to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 created a framework of rules for third party advertising. For more information surrounding Third Party Advertising click here

  • With the “Vote Anywhere” system it seems that the same person could vote multiple times at two or more polling locations. How would that be detected or prevented?

    Michael Fox asked 5 months ago

    When voters receive a ballot our electronic voter's list is update to reflect this. The electronic system is connected to all polling locations and is updated in real-time. Voter's would be unable to receive a ballot if their name has already been struck from the voter's list.

  • Where can the public find current council and the mayors CV’s? Education, Political Experience, etc, and mandates from previous elections.

    Bette Ann asked 5 months ago

    A list of current Councillors can be found on our website by clicking here. The material you've mentioned above is not a requirement to run for office and is therefore not collected by the Municipality. Some of the information may be included on individual candidate's campaign websites or could be requested from them directly. Campaign websites are advertised on our website for any registered candidates (if supplied). The list can be found here

  • I have heard a rumour that there will be no polling stations in Queenston, St Davids or Glendale....is this true?

    brad nixon asked 7 months ago

    Report CS-18-008, which can be found in the document library, indicates that three polling locations have been idenitified to be used for the 2018 Election on Election Day: Niagara College, Crossroads Public School, and the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre. 

    On Election day electors can use any of the three voting locations which they find most convenient to their needs. 

  • How much are members of Council paid?

    MarkBrown asked 9 months ago

    The Town discloses this information on our website here, under the heading Proactive Disclosures and Remuneration you will find reports from 2008-2016 with Councillor's wages, benefits, expenses etc. Click here to see 2016's report.