Information for candidates

The role of Council

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:

  • to act as the municipality's chief executive officer;
  • to preside over council meetings such that business is carried out both efficiently and effectively;
  • to provide leadership to the council;
  • to provide information/recommendations to council on policies, practices, procedures, to ensure transparency and accountability; and,
  • to represent the municipality at official functions.


This abbreviated description for the role of ward Councillor is based on the guide published by MAH:

  • to represent the public and to consider the well- being and interests of the municipality;
  • to develop and evaluate the policies and programs of the municipality;
  • to determine which services the municipality provides;
  • to maintain the financial integrity of the municipality;
  • to ensure that administrative policies practices are in place to implement the decisions of council; and,
  • to ensure the accountability and transparency of the operations of the municipality.

 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.

Running for Office

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.

The last Municipal Elections were held Monday, October 22, 2018.  The elections were conducted for a term of office commencing December 1, 2018 and ending November 14, 2022.

Running an accessible campaign 
What types of disability challenges will candidates face during the Election period?

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.

Why do extra measures need to be taken to reach out to persons with disabilities?

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.

What barriers currently exist between the disabled and the Election?

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.

In what ways can candidates reach out to persons with disabilities?

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.

Are candidates running for Ward Councillor required to ensure persons with disabilities within their ward vote?

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.

What accessibility resources are available to assist candidates in reaching out to persons with disabilities?

Candidates can utilize the following resources for assistance to reach out to those with disabilities

  • Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (formerly Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario) – London Office 111 Elias Street, Unit 3 London ON N5W 5L1 Phone: 519-433-2331 Fax: 519-433-3987
  • CNIB – London Office   749 Baseline Road London ON N6C 2R6 Phone: 519-685-8420
  • Canadian Hearing Society – London Office 181 Wellington Street London ON N6B 2K9 TTY: 1-888-697-3613 Phone: 519-667-3325 Fax: 519-667-9668 E-mail:
  • Ontario March of Dimes – London Office 920 Commissioners Road East London ON N5Z 3J1 Phone: 519-642-3999 Toll-free: 1-866-496-8603 Fax: 519-642-7665
  • Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario – London-Middlesex Branch 648 Huron Street London ON N5Y 4J8 Phone: 519-434-9191 Fax: 519-438-1167 E-mail:
  • Accessibility Directorate of Ontario College Park 6th Floor, Suite 601A & Suite 601B 777 Bay Street Toronto, ON M7A 2J4 General Inquiry: 416-849-8276 TTY: 416-326-0148 Toll Free: 866-515-2025 TTY Toll Free: 800-335-6611 Web Site:



Election signs in the city of London

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 Sign By-law

When can Election Signs be placed in the City of London?

Election signs must be erected and displayed in accordance with the prescribed time period as defined by the Election Sign By-law.

For federal and provincial elections (or by-elections), the period begins from the issuance of the writ and ends after the close of polls.

For municipal elections (or by-election or school board elections or by-elections), the period begins from the close of nominations and ends after the close of polls.

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.

How can I report an Election Sign that is in contravention of the By-law?

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 or 519-661-4535.

Signs that pose any risk to the health and safety of pedestrians or motorists will be removed immediately.

How can I pick up Election Signs that were removed by the City?

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.

About the election sign by-law

On November 14, 2017 Council adopted a new Election Sign By-law. 

The provisions set out in the new by-law and regulations are based on feedback from candidates, as well as members of the public. The most common complaints related to the length of time election signs are posted, proximity to intersections, and sight line concerns.

Here's a snapshot of what changed:

  • Restricts the placement of election signs for the municipal election to no earlier than Nomination Day in the year of a regular election, excluding campaign office signs.
  • Restricts the placement of election signs for federal and provincial election campaigns to no earlier than the Issuance of the Writ in the year of a regular election.
  • Election signs will not be permitted within 3 metres of a roadway, regardless of proximity to intersections.
  • When election signs are placed between 3 and 8 metres from the roadway, sign height is restricted to 1.8 metres.  Signs placed beyond 8 metres from the roadway are permitted up to 4 metres in height.
  • Requires election signs of the same candidate to be at least 10 metres apart.
  • Restricts election signs from being placed outside the ward (s) where a candidate is running for office, excepting election signs placed within 50 meters of an adjacent ward.
  • Election signs are to be removed no later than ninety-six (96) hours following the day of the election.
  • Election signs are prohibited from using the City’s logo or the City’s municipal election logo.
About the election sign by-law regulation "1" update

Under the current by-law, Council has delegated authority to the City Clerk to provide for regulations as to:

  • how Election Signs would be retrieved and destroyed,
  • how notice would be given to candidates if their signs were removed, and
  • how candidates can claim their signs once they have been removed.

These regulations were updated following the 2018 Municipal Election.

Here’s a summary of the updates:

  • Specifies that Third Party Advertisers for municipal elections shall receive information about election signs when they file a Notice of Registration. The Elections Office will attempt to contact Third Party Advertisers for federal or provincial elections with this information as it is available. 
  • Authorizes By-Law Enforcement Officers to remove election signs in contravention of the election sign by-law without prior notice if the Owner or agent has not provided appropriate contact information to the Elections Office.

Restricts the storage period of an election sign that has been removed by the City of London to a period of no more than 30 days.​




Last modified:Wednesday, August 11, 2021