Municipal Election 2018



Please contact the City Clerk's Division with questions, comments and concerns regarding the Municipal Election.

Telephone: 905-835-2900



Third Party Advertisers - NEW!

The Municipal Elections Act includes new regulations policing the role of third party advertising.

A third party advertisement is:

  • a message in any medium (billboard, newspaper, radio, social media advertisement, etc.) that supports or opposes a candidate on the election ballot
  • an advertisement message in any medium that supports or opposes a Yes/No referendum question on the ballot
  • It is now an offence for any third party advertiser to incur any expense on third party advertising during the restricted election period if they are not registered with the City Clerk where the advertising occurred. Third party advertising does not include advocacy, issue-based advertising, or advertising that does not cost money to post or broadcast, such as comments made on social media.

Third Party Advertiser Eligibility

Only individuals, corporations, and trade unions can register as third party advertisers and/or make contributions to third party advertisers, as they are not permitted to make contributions to candidates. Third party advertising must be done independently of candidates, who are not able to direct a third party advertiser. The following are eligible to file as a third party advertiser:

  • An individual who is normally a resident of Ontario
  • Corporations that conduct business in Ontario
  • Unions who have bargaining rights for employees in Ontario

The following are ineligible to file as a third party advertiser:

  • A registered candidate of the municipal election
  • A Federal political party, association, or registered candidate
  • A Provincial party, association, or registered candidate
  • The Crown
  • A municipality or local board


A contribution shall not be made to or accepted by an individual, corporation, or trade union in relation to third party advertisements that appear during an election in a municipality or made to or accepted by an individual acting under his, her, or its direction, unless the individual, corporation, or trade union is a registered third party in relation to the election in the municipality (MEA, S.88.12(1))

Third party advertisers must sign a declaration of qualification.

Registration period: May 1, 2018 – October 19, 2018

For additional information please refer to the 2018 Provincial Candidates’ Guide

Notice of Registration - Third Party (Form 7)