Nominations for the 2018 Municipal and School Board Elections being accepted starting May 1

Monday, April 16, 2018

Municipal Election Day is October 22

Oakville candidates who wish to run for office in the 2018 municipal and school board elections can begin registering on May 1, 2018.

Nominations will be accepted for the Office of the Mayor, Town Councillors, Town and Regional Councillors, Regional Chair, and school board trustees. Candidates may complete and file nomination forms at the Clerk’s department at Town Hall from May 1 to July 26 during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 27. Forms are available online on out Elections page.

Candidates must be a Canadian citizen, 18 years of age or older and legally permitted to vote and hold municipal office. Candidates must live, own or rent property in the Town of Oakville or be the spouse of an owner or renter. The term of elected office will be from December 1, 2018 to November 14, 2022.

Additional key information for potential candidates:

New ward boundary model:

The future seven-ward boundary system for Oakville (approved by Council in November 2016) will be used to conduct the election and will officially be in place on December 1, 2018. Changing the town’s ward system from six to seven means the composition of Town Council will increase from 13 members (12 councillors, plus Mayor) to 15 (14 councillors, plus Mayor). More details including the seven-ward boundary map are available on our Ward Boundary Review page.

Third party advertising rules:

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996, as amended, now includes rules for third party advertising during elections. A third party advertiser is any individual, corporation or trade union that causes an election campaign advertisement to appear. A third party advertisement is a message in any medium (billboard, newspaper, radio, etc.) that supports or opposes a candidate or a “yes” or “no” vote on a question on the ballot.

A webinar from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs on third party advertising regulations will be broadcast in Council Chamber at Town Hall on Monday, April 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. The session is open to the public.

All third party advertisers are required to register with the Town Clerk and can do so starting May 1 until October 19. Visit our Elections page for details.

Learn more:

The Clerk’s department at Town Hall is the go-to place for municipal election information. Potential candidates and interested residents are invited to attend two information sessions at Town Hall in Council Chamber:

“So you want to run for Council?”
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
6-8 p.m.

Municipal Election Information Session
Friday, April 27, 2018
4-6 p.m.