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Clarington Votes Matter -


The 2018 Municipal Election will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018.

General election information

The Municipal Clerk conducts elections for the following offices:

  • Mayor
  • Regional Chair
  • Regional Councillors
  • Local Councillors
  • School Trustees

    • Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
    • Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board
    • Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique Centre-Sud
    • Conseil Scolaire Viamonde

The office of the Municipal Clerk runs Municipal and School Board elections every four years and any by-elections as required, under the Authority of the Municipal Elections Act, 2006, as amended. We are dedicated to ensuring that the election process is consistent with the principles of Municipal Elections Act.

The following seven principles guide the Municipal Elections:

  • The secrecy and confidentiality of the individual votes is paramount
  • The election is to be fair and non-biased
  • Accessible to the voters
  • Integrity of the process to be maintained throughout the election
  • Certainty that the results of the election reflect the votes cast
  • Voters and candidates to be treated fairly and consistently within the Municipality of Clarington.
  • The proper majority vote governs by ensuring that valid votes be counted and invalid votes be rejected so far as reasonably possible.

Learn about Municipal responsibilities.

Key dates
  • May 1 - Nomination period begins (Reminder: Nomination form now requires signatures of 25 persons.) * Please note that this date change and the requirement for signatures are changes as a result of changes to the Municipal Elections Act. The new nomination form will become available after the Province finalizes the form. *
  • July 27 at 2:00 PM - Nomination Day (i.e. nomination period ends)
  • September 17 - Last regular Council meeting prior to the election
  • October 1 - Deadline to establish the new Compliance Audit Committee (a separate report will be presented to Committee in the Spring of 2018)
  • October 13 to 17 inclusive - Advanced Voting Opportunities
  • October 22 - Voting Day
  • December 3 - Inaugural meeting of Council
  • December 31 - End of Campaign financial reporting period
  • March 29 - Deadline for filing financial statements.
Reports to Council regarding the 2018 Municipal Elections

Bill 181 made amendments to the Municipal Elections Act.  These changes to municipal elections are outlined in Report CLD-032-16.

Clarington Council considered using ranked ballots for the 2018 Municipal Elections, as outlined in Report CLD-034-16, but decided to maintain the existing first-past-the-post election model.

Clarington Council considered performing a ward boundary review prior to the 2018 Municipal Elections, as proposed in Report CLD-036-16, but decided to defer the review until 2019 in preparation for the 2022 Municipal Elections.

Clarington's 2018 Municipal Elections will be using the same method of election as in 2014 (paper ballots with vote tabulators as the vote counting method).  More details regarding Clarington's method of election can be found in Report CLD-006-17.

Information regarding special voting locations, advanced voting opportunities, recount policy, lame duck Council, changes to the Municipal Elections Act arising from Bill 68, and key dates, can be found in Report CLD-016-17.

Recent changes to the Municipal Elections Act, require the Clerk to prepare an election accessibility plan prior to voting day.  Clarington's Election Accessibility Plan can be found as Attachment 1 to Report CLD-020-17.

Election Sign By-law

As a result of recent changes to the Municipal Elections Act, Council adopted a by-law to implement changes to the Election Sign By-law.  These changes are outlined in Report CLD-021-17. The consolidated Election Sign By-law incorporates the recent changes, which pertain to the following:

  • Display of signs on residential property
  • Mandatory information on advertisements
  • Sign deposits by candidates and third party advertisers
Special voting locations and times
The following special voting places have reduced hours for voting and are designated only for the use of eligible electors who are residents of these institutions.
Special voting locations and times
Special voting placeAddressHours of voting
Whitecliffe Terrace Retirement Residence 1460 Highway 2,
10 a.m. to noon
Glen Hill Marnwood 26 Elgin Street,
2 to 4 p.m.
Fosterbrooke Long-Term Care Facility 330 King Avenue West,
10 a.m. to noon
Glen Hill Strathaven 264 King Street East
2 to 4 p.m.
Seasons Clarington Retirement Community & DSCC217 61 & 65 Clarington Boulevard,
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lakeridge Health Bowmanville 47 Liberty Street South,
10 a.m. to noon
Bowmanville Creek Retirement Community 105 Queen Street,
2 to 4 p.m.
Advanced voting

Advanced voting is open to all eligible electors and will be held as follows:

Advanced voting days
October 13, 2018 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Clarington Public Library – Courtice Branch
*Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex
Maranatha Christian Reformed Church
Diane Hamre Recreation Complex
October 14, 2018 (Sunday) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. *Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex
October 15, 2018 (Monday) 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. *Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex 
October 16, 2018 (Tuesday) 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. *Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex 
October 17, 2018 (Wednesday) 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Clarington Public Library – Courtice Branch
*Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex
Maranatha Christian Reformed Church
Diane Hamre Recreation Complex

* This location will offer audio/tactile voting assistance tools.

Forms, legislation and resources

For everyone:

For Electors:

  • 2018 Voters' Guide for Ontario Municipal and School Board Elections (Coming soon)

For Candidates:

  • Candidate package (Coming soon)
  • Nomination forms (Coming soon)

Other Resources:

Legislation of Interest:

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