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

Updates will be posted on the News Feed below as more information becomes available.

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

Updates will be posted on the News Feed below as more information becomes available.

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

  • 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 5 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 7 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.