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2018 Election of the Regional Chair

The next municipal election will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018.

For the first time, the Niagara Regional Chair will be elected by general vote.

Candidates for Regional Chair will be on the ballot in 2018 and voters in Niagara can vote for their preferred candidate.

Become a Candidate for Regional Chair

Nomination papers for Regional Chair will be received by the Regional Clerk from May 1 to July 26, 2018 at the:

Office of the Clerk
Regional Headquarters
1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way
Thorold, Ontario

A nomination paper must be signed by 25 eligible voters supporting the nomination. The individuals providing signatures must sign a declaration stating they are eligible to vote in the municipality / region on the day they signed the endorsement.

Each candidate must provide proof of Canadian citizenship in a form acceptable to the Clerk. It is the candidate's responsibility to file an authentic nomination paper.

Filing Fee

The fee for filing a nomination paper is $200.

It must be paid by cash, certified cheque, debit or money order payable to Niagara Region.

Important Dates

Activity Date
Nomination period May 1 to July 26, 2018
Last day to be nominated July 27, 2018
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Election Day October 22, 2018
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
2014-2018 Term of Council ends November 30, 2018
New Term of Council begins December 1, 2018
2018-2022 Term of Council ends November 14, 2022

Role of the Regional Chair

The Regional Chair is the head of Regional Council and the Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Corporation.

The duties of the Regional Chair are described in the Municipal Act, 2001. The Regional Chair:

  • Acts as Chief Executive Officer of the municipality
  • Presides over Council meetings
  • Provides leadership to Council
  • Represents the municipality at official functions
  • Carries out the duties of the head of Council under this or any other Act

The Chair is also required to:

  • Be an official signing officer for the Corporation
  • Represent the Region in dealings with other levels of government
  • Act as spokesperson for the Region in matters of policy and public issues
  • Be the official representative of the Region in greeting visiting dignitaries either in a ceremonial capacity or investigating business opportunities

Contact Us

For more information on the election of the Regional Chair in 2018, contact the Office of the Regional Clerk or call 905-980-6000 ext. 3370 or 3720.

For information about the municipal elections, visit your local municipal website.


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