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Latest Updates:

May 12, 2016: OPSBA Submission on Bill 181, Municipal Elections Modernization Act

July 24, 2015: OPSBA Submission to the Municipal Election Act Review 

January 21, 2015: Overall 2014 Election Results

August 20, 2014 - First-of-its-kind Online School Board Elections Resource Launched

June 10, 2014 - New edition of Your Guide to Hosting a School Board Trustee All Candidates Meeting posted online

French version - Votre guide pour l'organisation d'une rencontre de l'ensemble des candidates et des candidats

April 23, 2014 -'s School Boards Communications Toolkit posted online

February 18, 2014 - Ministry Memo re: 2014 School Board Elections & Trustee Determination and Distribution Guide for Ontario School Boards

January 27, 2014 - New edition of Making a Difference for Kids: Running for Election as a School Board Trustee (English) published online

French version - Changer les choses pour les enfants

November 28, 2013 - Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing posts Municipal Elections 2014 Guide


2014 Municipal Election - October 27, 2014

More information can be found at:

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing 

AMCTO (The Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario 

Miller Thomson Election Primer 2014: Presented by Eric Davis during Miller Thomson Morning Recess Webinar on Jan. 16, 2014 (3.88M PDF)



Municipal Elections 2014 Guide

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has produced a revised electronic Municipal Elections 2014 Guide. The Guide is a great information resource and contains an FAQ.

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (MEA) was recently amended by the Good Government Act, 2009 (Bill 212). Reforms to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 were in effect for the 2010 municipal election and remain so for the 2014 municipal election. They will:

  • make local elections more transparent, accountable and efficient
  • create a more level playing field for all candidates
  • promote greater accessibility for voters and candidates with disabilities
  • apply to the election of municipal officials and school board trustees.

School Board Election Period Protocols

Toronto District School Board

PR533 - Use of Board Resources During Election Campaigns
PR591 - Activities During Election Campaign Periods
PR666 - Community Use of Board Facilities

Peel District School Board

Guidelines for Use of Social Media During the 2014 Municipal Election Period