In alignment with Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen, the City of London has reopened a number of City facilities for in-person services and programs.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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:
Under the current by-law, Council has delegated authority to the City Clerk to provide for regulations as to:
These regulations were updated following the 2018 Municipal Election.
Here’s a summary of the updates:
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.