This is general information for candidates interested in running for Mayor, Councillor or School Board Trustee. This section will be updated as new information becomes available.

The next municipal election is Monday, October 22, 2018.

2018 Nomination Information

  • To run for the office of mayor, councillor or school board trustee for the 2018 municipal election, you must file a nomination paper.
  • Nominations are open from Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Friday, July 27, 2018.
  • Until you file a nomination paper, you cannot raise or spend any money on your campaign.

Qualifications for Mayor or Council Candidates

To run for mayor or councillor on the day the nomination paper is filed, a person must be:

  • a Canadian citizen
  • at least 18 years of age
  • a resident of the City of Toronto
  • an owner or tenant of land in the City of Toronto, or the spouse of the owner or tenant
  • not legally prohibited from voting
  • not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office

Who cannot be a Council candidate

The following people are disqualified from being elected as a member of council, or from holding office as a member of council:

  • a judge of any court
  • a member of the Provincial Legislature, the Federal House of Commons or Senate who has not resigned from their office by the close of nominations. Proof of resignation must be provided by the close of nominations or the Clerk will not certify the nomination
  • a candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement(s) in the last municipal election or by-election

City of Toronto employees

  • Employees of the City of Toronto who wish to run for mayor or councillor must take an unpaid leave of absence before filing a nomination paper
  • The employee must provide a copy of the documentation showing that they have taken the leave of absence and the effective date

Qualifications for School Board Trustee Candidates

To run for any of the four school boards on the day the Nomination Paper is filed, a person must be:

  • a Canadian citizen
  • at least 18 years of age
  • a resident in the area of jurisdiction of the board
  • eligible to vote for the school board
  • not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office

Who cannot be a school board trustee candidate

The following people are disqualified from being elected as a school board trustee or from holding office on any school board:

  • a clerk, treasurer, deputy-clerk or deputy-treasurer of any municipality within the area of jurisdiction of the school board except those on an unpaid leave of absence
  • a member of the Provincial Legislature, the Federal House of Commons or Senate who has not resigned from their office by the close of nominations. Proof of resignation must be provided by the close of nominations
  • a candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement(s) in the last municipal election or by-election

School board employees

  • Employees of any school boards (including supply teachers) are disqualified from being elected as school board trustee or from holding office on any school boards, except during a leave of absence
  • The employee must be on a leave of absence before filing their nomination paper
  • They must provide the Clerk with documentation showing that they have taken the leave of absence and the effective date