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Municipal Election

2018 Municipal Election

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)
  • City Councillor (4)
  • School Board Trustees

Information for candidates

Candidates can run for office by filing their nomination with the Clerk. The nomination filing fee is $200 for Mayor and $100 for all other offices. Nominations can be filed from Tuesday, May 1, 2018 until 2 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018. Each nomination must be endorsed by at least 25 eligible electors (excluding school board trustees).

An individual, corporation or union must also register as a Third Party Advertiser during this time if they plan to incur expenses by advertising a message in any medium that supports or opposes a candidate or question on the ballot.  Candidates are not able to register as third party advertisers.

The campaign period begins once a nomination paper or notice of registration is filed. Election expenses cannot be incurred outside of the campaign period. Preliminary expense limits and other legislative documentation will be provided to candidates and third party advertisers on the day they file.

Nomination packages will be available to pick up from the Clerk's office in April 2018.

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) will offer an online course startingin late February for those considering running for office called "So You Wish 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 or notice of registration 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. This includes all council and school board elections. 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 completely 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


A Candidate Information Night will be held at the Oxford County Administration Building on April 26, 2018 at 6 p.m.

Contact Us

Amy Humphries
City Clerk
City of Woodstock, 500 Dundas Street, PO Box 1539, Woodstock, ON N4S 0A7

© 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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