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2018 Municipal Election

The next municipal election will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018.

Regional Chair Information

Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, 2018 received Royal Assent on August 14, 2018. Further to the Provincial Government's Bill 5, the position of Regional Chair will be elected by members of York Regional Council at their inaugural meeting on Thursday, December 6, 2018.

Consequently, the Municipal Act and the Municipal Elections Act have been amended to reverse changes made in 2016 to mandate the election of the Chairs in the regions of York, Peel, Niagara and the District of Muskoka. The method of selecting the chair in 2018 will now revert back to the appointment process in place in 2014. The position of Regional Chair will be elected by members of York Regional Council at their inaugural meeting on Thursday, December 6, 2018.

Section 10.2 of the Better Local Government Act, 2018 provides that a person who filed a nomination for the office of regional chair for the above-referenced regions is deemed to have been withdrawn as of July 27, 2018.

The financial reporting requirements and timelines as set out in the Municipal Elections Act and as described in the Candidates Guide produced by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing remain unchanged.

If you previously registered as a candidate for Regional Chair position please contact the Regional Clerk at Office of the Regional Clerk or call 1-877-464-9675 ext. 71300 for information on financial statements.

Key Dates

September 24, 2018 at 10 a.m.
First day an election sign can be placed on a Regional road

October 22, 2018
Municipal Election Voting Day

December 1, 2018
New Term of Council begins

December 6, 2018
Regional Council Inaugural Meeting

March 29, 2019 at 2 p.m.
Deadline for filing financial statements

Local Municipality Responsibilities

Contact the town, township or city directly for information on:

  • Voters lists
  • Voting locations
  • Local sign bylaws
  • Local election accessibility plan


You can get involved in your community by volunteering your time. As a volunteer you can provide leadership on boards and committees, help to raise funds, provide advice, counselling or mentoring, and bring awareness to an issue you care about.

Benefits of Volunteering


  • Help others
  • Deepen your understanding of Canadian society
  • Gain Canadian work experience
  • Earn job referrals
  • Enhance your skills and experiences
  • Make friends

Ways to Volunteer

There are two main ways to volunteer:

  1. Municipal boards and committees, and
  2. In the community including:
    • Non-profit organizations/charities
    • Hospitals
    • Parent associations at schools
    • Newcomer service organizations
    • Sport or social clubs
    • Arts and culture organizations
    • Ratepayers’ associations

How to Volunteer

Find an organization where you can add value using YorkInfo, a Community Information and Volunteer Database for York Region or 211, a helpline and online database of Ontario’s community and social services.