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Candidate Information

Municipal elections in Ontario are held every four years and are governed by the Municipal Elections Act. The next municipal election will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018. The new term of Council begins December 1, 2018.

The City of Woodstock elects candidates to the positions of:

  • Mayor
  • City-County Councillor – 2 Positions
  • City Councillor – 4 Positions
  • Thames Valley District School Board (for the County of Oxford) – 2 Positions
  • London District Catholic School Board (for the County of Oxford) – 1 Position
  • Conseil scolaire catholique Providence (for the Counties of Oxford, Perth, and Grey) – 1 Position
  • Conseil scolaire Viamonde (for the Counties of Oxford, Elgin, Lambton, Haldimand and Norfolk and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent) – 1 Position

Information for candidates

A Candidate and Third Party Advertiser Information Night was held at the Oxford County Administration Building, April 26, 2018. Click here to view the presentation.

The 2018 Candidate Information and Nomination Package has been prepared for the purpose of supplying information to candidates. This package includes required information and nomimation filing forms for muncipal and school board candidates. All candidates are required to review the Information and Nomination Package. Printed copies are available in the Clerk's Office, Main Floor - City Hall, 500 Dundas Street.

Candidates must file their nomination with the Clerk. The nomination filing fee is $200 for Mayor and $100 for all other offices. Nominations can be filed starting Tuesday, May 1, 2018 any time the Clerk's Office is open until 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018. Each nomination must be endorsed by at least 25 eligible electors (excluding school board trustees). Candidates are encouraged to make an appointment to register a nomination in order to avoid any delays. Appointments can be made by calling 519-539-1291 or emailing

The campaign period begins once a nomination paper is filed. Election expenses cannot be incurred and contributions cannot be accepted outside of the campaign period.

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) offers an online course starting in late February for those considering running for office called "So You Want to Run for Council?" The course covers topics such as what you should know before running, the role of Council members and staff, and what rules and laws govern your actions as an elected official.

Candidate Eligibility

To be eligible as a candidate in Woodstock you must meet the following requirements:

  • A Canadian citizen
  • At least 18 years of age
  • A resident of Woodstock, a non-resident owner or tenant of land in Woodstock or the spouse of such non-resident owner or tenant
  • Not legally prohibited from voting
  • Not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office

 Candidate Campaign Finances

  • The campaign period begins once a nomination paper is filed with the Clerk.
    • Election expenses cannot be incurred outside of the campaign period.
  • Corporations and trade unions are no longer eligible to contribute to municipal election campaigns. Corporations and trade unions can be third party advertisers and make contributions to third party advertisers.
  • A candidate who does not accept any contributions of money, or incur any expenses, is not required to open a separate election bank account.
    • Nomination filing fee is not considered a campaign expense
  • Candidates are responsible for keeping records of the financial activities related to their campaign. Remember to issue receipts for all donations of goods or services, obtain receipts for expenses incurred, and keep copies of all receipts.
  • It is the responsibility of the candidate to file a complete and accurate financial statement on time. Candidates should familiarize themselves with the appropriate sections of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.

For further information about municipal and school board elections, please visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs Election webpage or email

Contact Us

© 2017 City of Woodstock P.O. Box 1539, 500 Dundas Street, Woodstock, ON N4S 0A7


Phone: 519-539-1291
TTY: 519-539-7268
Email: General Information

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