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Local Elections Being Streamlined

McGuinty Government Reforms Municipal Elections Process

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Ontario will strengthen the integrity of local elections by clarifying campaign finance rules and creating new compliance and enforcement measures.

The Good Government Act, passed by the legislature today, reforms the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 by:

  • moving election day to the fourth Monday in October
  • making voting places more accessible
  • creating new rules for the financing of local elections.

These reforms, which also would impact the election of school board trustees, are in response to issues identified by councils, candidates, voters and election administrators. 

Quick Facts

  • There would be a new contribution limit of $5,000 per contributor in each jurisdiction.
  • Once the bill receives Royal Assent and Proclamation, the amendments to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 will become law.
  • The municipal elections process will again be reviewed following the 2010 local elections.

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“Strong municipal governments depend on a fair and efficient municipal elections process. These legislative reforms would strengthen the integrity of local elections.”

Jim Watson

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

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