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Key Dates and Resources

Key Dates in 2018

May 1, 2018 – Nomination Period Begins

  • First day for candidates to file a nomination paper for the office of mayor, councillor or school board trustee. A candidate’s campaign period begins once their nomination paper has been filed, meaning they may begin accepting contributions and spending money on their campaign.
  • First day for an individual, corporation, or trade union to file a notice of registration as a third party advertiser. The campaign period for a registered third party begins once their registration paper has been filed, meaning they may begin accepting contributions and spending money on their campaign.

July 27, 2018 – Nomination Day

  • Candidates have until 2 pm to file their nomination paper. 
  • A candidate who wishes to withdraw their nomination has until 2 pm to notify the Clerk by filing a written withdrawal.
  • Nominations or withdrawals cannot be accepted after 2 pm.

August 23, 2018

  • First day an election sign can be placed on private property.

September 1, 2018 – Voters’ List Revision Period Begins

  • Copies of the voters’ list available to certified candidates upon written request.
  • Electors may submit an application requesting that their information be updated or that their name be added or removed from the voters’ list.
  • Am I on the Voters’ List? search tool available, allowing electors to check if they are registered to vote and how their information is currently presented on the voters’ list.

September 22, 2018

  • First day an election sign can be placed on public property.

September 25, 2018

  • Interim list of changes to the voters’ list to be provided to each certified candidate by this date.
  • Final expense limits certificate to be provided to candidates and third parties by this date.

October 4 to 7, 2018 – Special Advance Vote Days

  • First opportunity for electors to cast their ballot. Electors can cast their ballot at any one of six locations across the City between 10 am and 8 pm. Ballots for all wards will be available at all locations.

October 12, 2018 – Traditional Advance Vote Day

  • Electors can cast their ballot in their Wards between 10 am and 8 pm.

October 19, 2018

  • Last day for an individual, corporation, or trade union to file a notice of registration as a third party advertiser. 
  • Individuals, corporations, and trade unions have until 4:30 pm to file their notice of registration.

October 22, 2018 – Voting Day

  • With the exception of institutions and retirement homes that may have reduced opening hours, voting places will open at 10 am and close at 8 pm.

December 31, 2018 - Campaign Period Ends

  • Campaign period ends for candidates and registered third parties, meaning they cannot accept any contributions or incur any expenses.Candidates or registered third parties that wish to extend their campaign, due to a deficit, must file a Notice of Extension of Campaign Period, Form 6 by this date.

Key Dates in 2019

February 27, 2019

  • Last day for the Clerk to provide candidates and registered third parties with notice of the financial filing requirements and penalties.

March 28, 2019

  • Last day for a candidate or registered third party to apply to Superior Court of Justice to extend the time to file the financial statement.

March 29, 2019 – Deadline for Filing Financial Statements

By 2 pm:

  • Last day for all candidates and registered third parties to file a financial statement and auditors’ report for the reporting period ending December 31, 2018.
  • Last day for a candidate or registered third party to notify the Clerk in writing of a filing extension received from the Superior Court of Justice.

April 29, 2019

  • Last day (by 2 pm) for a candidate or registered third party to file a primary financial statement and pay $500 late filing fee.
  • Penalties take effect at 2:01 pm.

June 27, 2019

  • Last day for an elector to apply for a compliance audit of a candidate or registered third party’s campaign finances.

July 2, 2019 - End of the Supplementary Campaign Period

  • Campaign period ends for candidates and registered third parties that extended their campaign, meaning they cannot accept any contributions or incur any expenses.

August 28, 2019

  • Last day for the Clerk to provide candidates and registered third parties with notice of the filing requirements and penalties for supplementary financial statements and auditor’s reports.

September 26, 2019

  • Last day for a candidate or registered third party to apply to Superior Court of Justice to extend the time to file the financial statement.

September 27, 2019 - Deadline for Filing Supplementary Financial Statements

By 2 pm:

  • Last day for those who filed a Form 6 to extend the campaign period to file a financial statement and auditors’ report for the reporting period ending July 2, 2019.
  • Last day for a candidate or registered third party to notify the Clerk of a filing extension received from the Superior Court of Justice.

October 28, 2019

  • Last day (by 2 pm) for a candidate or registered third party to file a supplementary financial statement and pay $500 late filing fee.
  • Penalties take effect at 2:01 pm.

December 27, 2019

  • Last day for an elector to apply for a compliance audit on a candidate or registered third party’s supplementary financial statement.