The next municipal election will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018.
Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, 2018 received Royal Assent on August 14, 2018. As a result of Bill 5, the Municipal Act and the Municipal Elections Act have been amended to reverse changes made in 2016 to mandate the election of the regional chairs in the regions of York, Peel, Niagara and the District of Muskoka.
Therefore, the method of selecting the chair in 2018 will now revert back to the appointment process in place in 2014. The position of Regional Chair will be elected by members of Niagara Regional Council at their inaugural meeting to be held on Thursday, December 6, 2018.
Section 10.2 of the Better Local Government Act, 2018 provides that a person who filed a nomination for the office of regional chair for the above-referenced regions is deemed to have been withdrawn as of July 27, 2018.
The campaign finance rules, nomination filing fee refunds and the financial reporting requirements and timelines as set out in the Municipal Elections Act and as described in the Candidates Guide produced by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing remain unchanged.