Candidate Information

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Monday, October 22, 2018 is the next Municipal Election


Nominations are now closed as of Friday July 27 at 2 pm. Third Party Advertising packages are available at City Hall and all Municipal Service Centres.

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Information Sessions

Municipal Candidate Information session

This session was provided by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and provided potential candidates the opportunity to learn more about the Municipal Election process.

Topics included:

  • Eligibility rules
  • Nomination process
  • Campaign finances
  • Compliance audit
  • Scrutineers
  • Recounts
  • Resources
  • Voters’ list and voting proxy
  • Roles and responsibilities of elected officials, staff and Third Party Advertisers

In-Person Campaign Finance (Refresher) Sessions

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs will be offering an In-person Campaign Finance (Refresher) session. This session will cover the same finance related materials presented in the April sessions, but will provide an opportunity for Candidates and Third Party Advertisers to refresh their understanding of campaign finance rules.

Thursday September 13, 2018, 7 to 9pm
City of Hamilton Council Chambers, 71 Main St West, Hamilton


Candidates' Guide

Candidate Information Guide

This Guide has been prepared by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs to provide information to candidates in municipal and school board by-elections. The Guide has been updated to reflect amendments made to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 in Bill 181 (Municipal Elections Modernization Act, 2016) and Bill 68 ( Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act, 2017). The information applies to any council or school board byelections held after the date Bill 68 received Royal Assent on May 30, 2017.

Review the Candidates' Guide for Ontario Municipal and School Board By-Elections

Additional Resources

Candidate financial statements from recent City of Hamilton Municipal Election are available.
Election Resources
Third Party Advertising
Use of city resources during an election period policy (PDF, 116 KB)