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Candidate Information

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

Visit our List of Certified Candidates to see the list of candidates for each 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, third party advertisers or any other persons are not permitted to use City corporate resources for election campaign purposes and must adhere to the Rules for the Use of Municipal Resources During the Election Campaign Period.


The City is not responsible for and does not organize meetings or debates. Debates could be organized by community groups, media outlets, candidates or any other interested persons.

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.
  • 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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