The 2018 Municipal Election

The 2018 Municipal Election will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018. All information regarding the election can be found within these pages.

Municipal Election Contacts

General Enquiries:

Election Assistant

Melanie Figueiredo
(519) 759-4150


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Are You Registered to Vote in Brantford?

Are you a new Brantford resident? Has your name or address changed since 2014? Are you unsure if you are listed as an elector in Brantford for Municipal Election? You can check and change your personal information at https://www.voterlookup.ca/home.aspx . Checking your personal information (such as your address and name) on voterlookup.ca will: help ensure that your information is up to date, allow you to confirm your school support, and will help make sure your Voter Information Card will arrive to you at the correct address. Even if you have already updated your information with Elections Ontario for the upcoming Provincial Election, you must also update your information through the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) for the Municipal Election. These databases are separate. This is the fastest and most convenient way to check and update your information before the Municipal Election. If you have any questions about voterlookup.ca, please contact MPAC at 1-866-296-6722.

Nomination Period

The Nomination Period no longer begins in January and ends in September. Now, nominations may be filed by candidates at the Clerk's office at any time, Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (excluding statutory holidays), from Thursday, May 1st, 2018 to Friday, July 27th, 2018. As per the updates to section 33 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, those wishing to file a nomination must also acquire 25 endorsements from 25 eligible voters. These must be submitted, with the nomination, on the prescribed form. There is a $200 filing fee for the Office of the Mayor, and a $100 filing fee for all other positions. Candidates will receive a refund of the nomination fee only if the candidate files a financial statement and auditor’s report, each in the prescribed form, on or before 2 p.m. on December 31, 2018.

Nomination packages will be available mid-April.

Nomination Day

Last day for filing nominations is Friday, July 27th, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


To run for council an individual must be:

  • A Canadian citizen
  • At least 18 years of age
  • A resident of the City of Brantford; or own or lease property (or be the spouse of the owner or lessee) in the City of Brantford
  • Not legally prohibited from voting
  • Not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office
  • Candidates for School Board Trustee must reside within the Board area and be a supporter of that Board

Campaign Period

The campaign period begins on May 1st, 2018 or when a candidate files their nomination paper, whichever is later, and ends on December 31, 2018 unless the candidate withdraws the nomination, the Clerk rejects the nomination or the candidate is continuing their campaign to erase a deficit. Candidates may not incur any expenses or accept any contributions until the nomination has been filed and received by the Clerk.

It is a Candidate's responsibility to ensure that they have complied with the Municipal Elections Act 1996, and any other relevant legislation pertaining to Municipal Elections.

Candidate and Third Party Advertiser Campaign Expense and Contribution Maximums

All candidates and registered third party advertisers will have limits to the expenses they may incur during the campaign period. Candidates will also have a limit to the contributions they are able to make to their own campaigns. These expense and contribution maximums will be available in April.


The procedures for voting for the 2018 Municipal Election are now available.

2018 Municipal Election Procedures (PDF)

Election News

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is currently offering the online course "So You Want to Run For Council?" through MunicipalEducation.ca . This course will provide those contemplating running for a municipal office with more information on an array of topics - such as the roles of Council Members and Staff, what you should know before running for office, and how to effectively deal with the media. This course was offered in 2014, but has since been updated with new content. This course is not mandatory and only aims help build your personal knowledge of Municipal government. The online course can be purchased through the following link: https://municipaleducation.skillbuilder.co/catalog/10/1 . You may need to create an account to access the course.

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