In keeping with Provincial regulations, all indoor City recreation and sport facilities will be closed as of January 5, 2022.
The next Municipal Election is Monday, October 24, 2022.
The City of London has one Mayor, and one Councillor elected to represent each of the City's 14 wards.
Role of Council members
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MAH) has published a document called, "The Municipal Councillor's Guide." This guide provides an overview of the many duties and challenges elected officials at the municipal level face.
The MAH guide is the source of this abbreviated description for the role of head of Council, which in the City of London is referred to as the Mayor:
This abbreviated description for the role of ward Councillor is based on the guide published by MAH:
Municipal councillors also sit as members of a number of Standing Committees. These committees carry out much of the work of council and then report back to council with recommendations. As a member of municipal council, you would be required to attend meetings of the Standing Committees on which you are a member, and also to attend meetings of the full City Council.
Municipal Elections happen every four years in Ontario. The guidelines for the conduct of an election are set out in the Municipal Elections Act. To run for office, you must be an eligible elector in the City of London.
To run for mayor or city councillor in the City of London, on the day the nomination paper is filed, a person must be:
To run for any of the four school boards in the City of London on the day the nomination paper is filed, a person must be:
In accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 a person’s residence is “the permanent lodging place to which, whenever absent, he or she intends to return”.
The following rules apply in determining a person’s residence:
Nominations can be filed starting May 2, 2022 and ending August 19, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.
You must file in person at 300 Dufferin Ave in the Election Office on the Second Floor of City Hall.
You will also need to pay the nomination fee and provide identification. You are also required to swear an oath at our office. You must complete the following forms:
Nomination papers are also available at the Elections Office on the Second Floor of City Hall at 300 Dufferin Ave.
If you no longer wish to run in the City of London’s municipal election, you must file a written withdrawal in-person before 2:00 p.m. on Nomination Day - Friday, August 19th.
The City of London consists of 14 wards. View the ward map.
A candidate can run for office in the ward of their choice. You do not have to live in the same ward you are running in. However, you do have to vote from the address at which you reside.
The City of London will post the names of the candidates online and at City Hall outside the Election Office on the Second Floor as candidates file their nomination papers.
The Voters’ List will be available to candidates on September 1, 2022.
The Voters’ List must be picked up in person or by an appointed representative at the Elections Office on the second floor of City Hall. The Voter’s List will be a paper copy, coil bound by ward. Candidates are entitled to two (2) copies for campaign purposes.
Election signs can only start to be put up after nomination papers have been filed and must comply with the City of London’s Election Sign By-law.
Standards for the placement of election signs on public and private property are established in the City of London's Election Sign By-law and Regulation.
Election signs must be erected and displayed in accordance with the prescribed time period as defined by the Election Sign By-law.
All election signs are required to be removed ninety-six (96) hours after Voting Day. If they are not removed from City property, a By-law Enforcement Officer may remove the signs.
The City Clerk and/or an Enforcement Officer for the City of London is authorized to take down or remove or cause to be removed immediately an election sign that is placed in contravention of the Election Sign By-law and Regulation.
If you would like to report or inquire about the placement of an election sign in the City of London please call or email the elections office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-661-4535.
Signs that pose any risk to the health and safety of pedestrians or motorists will be removed immediately.
Election signs that have been removed by the City of London will be stored at 663 Bathurst Street at A. J. Tyler Operations, Bathurst Works Yard. Signs may be picked up between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.
An election sign removed by the City of London will be stored for a period of not less than 30 days during which time the Owner or agent may retrieve the election sign.
The City of London is not responsible for the loss or damage of election signs.
Where an election sign has been removed by the City of London and has not been retrieved within 30 days, the election sign may be destroyed or otherwise disposed of by the City of London without notice.
Candidates will need to consider the needs of persons with disabilities that include, but are not limited to, deaf and hard of hearing; deaf-blind; blind or visually impaired; cognitive or mental; speech; mental illness; and mobility.
Extra measures need to be taken to communicate to persons with disabilities because not all persons are able to access information that is widely used. This could mean the elector with the disability may not be able to read a newspaper article either in print or on the internet; the elector may not be able to visually see the TV ad or media advertising; the elector may not be able to hear the radio commercial; or the elector may not be able to understand the information presented.
Currently there are many opportunities for improving the involvement of the disabled and informing the disabled about candidates and election organizers. Accessibility is an ongoing consideration, and ongoing efforts are being made to allow persons with disabilities the proper access to become involved with the Election.
Candidates can visit group homes, old age homes, retirement homes, nursing homes and hospitals to inform the electors of their intentions while running for office.
Candidates can utilize the services of a sign language interpreter and/or a deaf-blind intervener when appropriate.
Written information, both on the internet and in hard copy, can be improved through the use of large print; colourful visuals; clear speech communication; and rephrasing when necessary.
Alternate forms of communication can be used such as braille, large print, captioning, electronic text, audio format, descriptive video service (DVS), and sign language video format.
A quiet meeting environment can also be helpful.
No, it is not a requirement that candidates ensure any person, disabled or not, within their ward vote. However, it is in the candidate’s best interest to reach out to all electors, including the disabled, to inform them of the various voting methods, such as vote by mail, advance voting, and proxy voting.
Candidates can utilize the following resources for assistance to reach out to those with disabilities
The Province of Ontario releases a candidate guide for every municipal election. The link below is the guide for the 2018 municipal and school board elections. The Province will release their new candidates’ Guide for the 2022 municipal and school board election in early 2022.
Thursday, February 10, 2022 from 6 to 9 p.m. on Zoom
Thinking of running for office in this year's Municipal Elections? Join us online for the 2022 Candidate Information Session!
At this session, you'll learn everything you need to know about the upcoming elections - including changes to the Municipal Elections Act , information about election signs, how to obtain the Voter's List, the various forms and documents you will need to fill out, key dates, and much, much more!
This session is recommended for potential candidates and key campaign staff. Registration in advance is required for each person attending.