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Municipal Elections

2018 Municipal Election

The Municipal Election to elect a Regional Chair for the Regional Municipality of Halton was held on October 22, 2018. View the official results.

List of Certified Candidates for Regional Chair

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Role of Regional Chair: The Municipal Act defines responsibilities for the Regional Chair in two roles, as the Head of Council and as the Chief Executive Officer. These roles are identified below.

As the Head of Council, the Regional Chair is expected to:

  1. act as the Chief Executive Officer of the Region;
  2. preside over Regional Council meetings so that their business can be carried out efficiently and effectively;
  3. provide leadership to Regional Council;
  4. provide information and recommendations to Regional Council with respect to the role of Regional Council;
  5. represent the Region at official functions; and
  6. carry out the duties of the Head of Regional Council under the Municipal Act or any other Act.

As the Chief Executive Officer, the Regional Chair is expected to:

  1. uphold and promote the purposes of the Region;
  2. promote public involvement in the Region’s activities;
  3. act as the Region’s representative within and outside the municipality, and promote the Region locally, nationally and internationally; and
  4. participate in and foster activities that enhance the economic, social and environmental well-being of the region and its residents.

Role of Regional Council: The Regional Chair presides over Regional Council meetings, and ensures that the following Municipal Act requirements are upheld by Council:

  1. to represent the public and to consider the well-being and interests of the Region;
  2. to develop and evaluate the policies and programs of the Region;
  3. to determine which services the Region provides;
  4. to ensure that administrative policies, practices and procedures and controllership policies, practices and procedures are in place to implement the decisions of Council;
  5. to ensure the accountability and transparency of the operations of the Region, including the activities of the senior management of the municipality;
  6. to maintain the financial integrity of the Region; and
  7. to carry out the duties of Council under the Municipal Act or any other Act.

Additional Information


Term of Office

The Term of Office is December 1, 2018 to November 14, 2022.

Key Dates




Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Friday, July 27, 2018

Nomination Period

Nominations for the office of Regional Chair may be filed in person or by an agent at the Regional Clerk’s Office, Halton Regional Centre, Level 3, 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville view map (external link), Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding statutory holidays, from Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Thursday, July 26, 2018.

On Nomination Day (Friday, July 27, 2018), nominations may only be filed between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Day Nomination Paper filed to Monday, December 31, 2018

Campaign Period

The campaign period for each candidate begins on the day the candidate files a nomination paper and ends on December 31, 2018 unless the nomination is withdrawn, the Regional Clerk rejects the nomination or the candidate is continuing his or her campaign to erase a deficit.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Nomination Day

Last day for filing nomination papers. Nomination papers filed on this date may only be filed between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Office of the Regional Clerk.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Withdrawal of Nominations

Last day for withdrawing a nomination. Withdrawal of Nomination forms must be filed before 2 p.m


Election Signs

Candidates should check with their Local Municipality regarding the erection of election signs. Halton Region’s By-law 36-01 (PDF file) (consolidated) prohibits election signs on Regional road rights-of-way.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Certification of Nomination Papers

The Regional Clerk will examine nomination papers for certification or rejection before 4 p.m.

Monday, July 30, 2018


If after 4 p.m. there is only one certified candidate for the office of Regional Chair, the Regional Clerk shall declare the candidate to be duly elected.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Certificate of Maximum Campaign Spending Limit, Final Amount

Last day for the Regional Clerk to provide a certificate of maximum campaign expense limit to all candidates.

Monday, October 22, 2018


Voting is held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Week of October 22, 2018

Official Results

As soon as possible after Election Day, the Regional Clerk will publicly declare the candidate with the highest number of votes to be elected for the position of Regional Chair.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Term of Office Commences

The December 3, 2018 to November 14, 2022 term of office commences.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Inaugural Meeting of Council

Elected members must take the oath of office prior to taking their seat.

Monday, December 31, 2018

End of Campaign Period

This is the end of the campaign period unless the candidate withdraws his or her nomination, the nomination is rejected by the Regional Clerk or the candidate is continuing the campaign to erase a deficit. Candidates may not raise funds or incur expenses beyond this date unless they have a deficit and have notified the Regional Clerk in writing of the extension to the campaign period.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Notification to the Regional Clerk of a Deficit and Continuation of Campaign Period

If a candidate has a deficit on this date and wishes to continue campaigning to eliminate the deficit, the candidate must submit the Notice of Extension of Campaign Period, Form 6 to the Regional Clerk in person on or before 4:30 p.m., December 31, 2018. Failure to do so will mean that the campaign period automatically ends on this date.

NOTE: Halton Region is closed from December 24, 2018 to January 1, 2019 for the holiday season. If required, Form 6 must be submitted to the Clerk before 4:30 p.m., Friday December 21, 2018.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Last day to apply for extension for filing of financial statements

A candidate may apply to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to extend the time to file the financial statement for the campaign period ending Dec. 31, 2018. The court may grant an extension of no more than 90 days. The Clerk must be advised of the court application prior to 2 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Deadline for filing of financial statements

Candidates must file Form 4 (external link) with the Regional Clerk no later than 2 p.m. This deadline is firm. If an application has been made to the Court for an extension, the Clerk must be notified by 2 p.m.