Elections 2022

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 24, 2022, with the swearing in of Oxford County Council on November 15, 2022.

To find out if you're on the list to vote for municipal council and school board elections, visit voterlookup.ca. For more information on voting in municipal elections, visit the Government of Ontario website.
 

Municipal elections in Oxford County

In Oxford County, municipal elections are conducted independently by the eight local area municipalities. The elected mayor of each municipality, as well as the two elected city-councillors for the City of Woodstock, then form Oxford County Council. The Warden of Oxford County is elected at the start of each four-year term by council members. 

You can find more information about elected positions in your municipality and how to vote by visiting one of the voting pages below.

 

Candidate eligibility

To be eligible as a candidate in your local area municipality, you must meet the following requirements:

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



Nominations

Nominations open on May 2, 2022 and close at 2:00 p.m. on August 19, 2022. Visit your local area municipality’s website to see the list of candidates for each position.

Some municipalities have prepared candidate information and nomination packages with general information and nomination filing forms for municipal and school board candidates. Visit your local area municipality’s website for more information.



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 not 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.

 

More information

Association of Municipalities Ontario

Government of Ontario - Municipal Elections