The voting period for the 2018 Municipal Election has yet to be determined. On this site you will find key information for both electors and for candidates as it becomes available. Information will be updated and added as the election date draws near.
In an effort to continue to make voting as convenient as possible, Newmarket Council has approved the use of voting by touch tone telephone or through online voting on the internet.
Be sure to check this page often for all updates and information regarding the 2018 Municipal Elections.
*Disclaimer: The information on this page is provided for prospective candidates and interested electors and does not constitute legal advice. Individual persons are responsible for satisfying themselves that they are compliant with the Municipal Elections Act and other applicable legislation.*
What's New for Newmarket in the 2018 Municipal Election
- Newmarket residents will now be able to cast their vote online or by telephone from anywhere they have an internet or telephone connection
- Nominations will be accepted beginning on May 1, 2018, until 2 p.m. on July 27, 2018.
- Candidates must supply proof of endorsement from 25 electors at the time of submitting their nominations to be a candidate in the election. Further information and forms will be made available by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs closer to the opening of the nomination period.
- Individuals, corporations, and trade unions may register as Third Party Advertisers during the campaign period. Registered Third Party Advertisers may collect contributions and make expenditures in support of or in opposition to a candidate or a yes or no answer to a question on the ballot. Further information regarding rules and regulations for Third Party Advertisers will be made available by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs closer to the opening of nominations.
- Campaign Finance:
- Candidates and their spouses may only contribute a pre-determined amount of money to their own campaigns, which is calculated using the number of electors in each race. See section 88.9.1 of the MEA
- Contribution limits for individuals have been increased to $1,200 per candidate, to a maximum of $5,000 for all candidates on the same Council. See section 88.9 of the MEA
- Corporations and trade unions are no longer permitted to make contributions to municipal election campaigns. See section 88.8 of the MEA
- Candidates may only spend a maximum of 10% of their total expense limit on post-election parties and celebrations. See section 88.20 (9) of the MEA and section 5.1 of Ontario Regulation 101/97
York Region Joint Audit Compliance Committee York Region's municipalities are recruiting experienced professionals for appointment to their 2018-2022 Municipal Elections Joint Compliance Audit Committee.
The Committee is independent of the municipalities and are required by the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 to consider applications requesting audits of candidates' campaign finances. Committees may be required to appoint auditors and determine if legal proceedings are required as a result of the auditors' reports.
Applicants with a background in accounting, auditing, law, election administration, and/or public administration are preferred. Applicants should:
- have an understanding of municipal campaign finance provisions;
- demonstrate analytical decision-making and excellent communication skills;
- have experience working with or as a member of government boards, task forces and/or quasi-judicial bodies; and
- have flexibility to attend meetings during daytime and evening hours.
Applicants cannot be candidates in the 2018 Municipal Election nor can they have committed to providing professional advice to any person running for office in any York Region municipality. Applicants also cannot be Members of Council or current employees of any York Region municipality.
The Committee's term of office is four years, beginning in 2018. Successful applicants will receive a retainer of $400 and a per diem of $350 (plus mileage).
For more information about the Committee, visit newmarket.ca/vote or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application deadline is Friday, February 2, 2018.
Application (Please note by clicking this link, it takes you to the Town of Richmond Hill website).
Terms of Reference