For Candidates

So you want to run for Council?

The town is also hosting an information session led by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs on Friday, April 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Town Hall. This free session will focus on running a municipal election campaign, legislation changes, campaign financing and more.

2018 Municipal Election - Monday, October 22, 2018

Nominations open Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Access the notice of nomination for the 2018 municipal elections.

Candidate resources

Candidate resources

Nomination forms may be filed with the Clerk's department starting 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 until Friday, July 27, 2018, at 2 p.m.

An appointment to register your nomination may be made during regular office hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday) during the nomination period. There may be a delay for those individuals who do not make an appointment time as the registration process takes upwards of 20-30 minutes. Email elections@oakville.ca or call 905-338-4178 to book an appointment.

Nomination Paper - Form 1
Endorsement of Nomination - Form 2
Declaration of Qualification Form (Council)
Declaration of Qualification Form (School Board)

A candidate must register in person with the Town Clerk or designate prior to raising campaign funds or incurring campaign expenses.

Nomination forms must be filed in person as original signatures are required. To file a nomination, you must provide the following:

  • A completed nomination form;
  • At least 25 declaration of endorsements (mayor and council candidates only);
  • A declaration of qualification by the candidate;
  • Current acceptable identification (driver's licence or other government issued photo identification containing qualifying address and signature); and
  • Nomination filling fee payable to the Town of Oakville ($200 for the office of Mayor, $100 for all other offices).

In order to register as a candidate for the office of Mayor or Councillor for the Town of Oakville, and to be elected to and to hold the office of Mayor, Town and Regional Councillor, or Town Councillor for the Town of Oakville, the following qualifications must be met:

  • Canadian citizen;
  • resident of the Town of Oakville or the owner or tenant of land in the Town of Oakville or the spouse of such owner or tenant;
  • at least 18 years of age;
  • not ineligible or disqualified under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, the Municipal Act, 2001, the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act or any other Act ot be elected to or hold the above-mentioned office;

Qualifications - Section 219 (1) (2) & (3) of the Education Act:

  • A person is qualified to be elected as a member of a district school board or school authority if the person is qualified to vote for members of that district school board or that school authority and is resident in its area of jurisdiction.
  • A person who is qualified under subsection (1) to be elected as a member of a district school board or school authority is qualified to be elected as a member of that district school board or school authority for any geographic area in the district school board's or school authority's area of jurisdiction, regardless of which positions on that district school board or school authority the person may be qualified to vote for.
  • A member of a district school board or school authority is eligible for re-election if otherwise qualified.

Public Information Session - April 18, 2018

Thinking of running for Council? The town co-hosted an information session with Halton Region municipalities for residents interested in running in the 2018 municipal election. "So you want to run for Council" took place at Town Hall on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The free session was led by municipal lawyer Fred Dean.