Candidate Registration Open for 2022 Municipal Elections in Ontario

TORONTO — Residents of Ontario who wish to run for municipal elections for mayor, councilor or school trustee across the province can now apply.

The filing period technically started on May 1, but since the Registrar’s offices are not open on weekends, applications began to be accepted on Monday morning.

The 2022 municipal elections are scheduled for October 24 across Ontario.

Potential applicants have until August 19 to register and submit the required documents.

Until a nomination is filed, a person cannot raise or spend money for their campaign.

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In Toronto, Mayor John Tory announced in March that he would seek a third term.

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Tory was first elected in 2014 and again in 2018. If re-elected and serving the full four-year term, he would become Toronto’s longest-serving mayor.

In Ottawa, Mayor Jim Watson said in December he would not run again. By the time October rolls around, Watson will have been mayor for 12 years.

Watson’s decision opens the door for someone new to take on the role or even a familiar to battle to make a return to the office. Bob Chiarelli, who became the amalgamated city of Ottawa’s first mayor in 2000 and served two terms, kicks off his campaign Monday.

The municipal election cycle kicks off just as Ontario’s provincial election campaign is scheduled to begin this week.

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Melissa C. Keyes