Ontario’s municipal elections will be taking place on Monday, October 24, 2022. Members elected to municipal council following October 24 will be the first to potentially utilize the new powers to be granted to certain municipalities under Bill 3, the Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act, 2022 (the “Strong Mayors Act”).
If you choose to take part, either as an individual or an organization, there may be rules and restrictions that apply to you under the Municipal Elections Act. Learn more about these from our resources below.
The Strong Mayors Act, and its (potentially) unique impact on the 2022 Ontario Municipal Elections in Toronto and Ottawa
The Strong Mayors Act grants an expanded range of powers to the mayor of the City of Toronto, as well as mayors of other municipalities prescribed by regulation by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (which, as of October 3, 2022, only includes the City of Ottawa). The Strong Mayors Act received Royal Assent on September 8, 2022, and the proposed changes are scheduled to take effect on November 15, 2022, being the start of the new municipal council term.
What you need to know before you advertise as a third party during the municipal elections in Ontario
Corporations, individuals, and trade unions, any of which may become a “registered third party” under the Municipal Elections Act, may want to show their support for certain political candidates by producing campaign-related advertising. They may also want to provide their views on certain municipal policies or legislative initiatives.
What you need to know before you contribute or attend fundraisers during the Ontario municipal elections
These elections will correspond with a shift in how power is distributed amongst municipal electees and executives brought into force by the Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act, 2022 (the “Strong Mayors Act”). The Strong Mayors Act, which received Royal Assent on September 8, 2022 and is scheduled to take effect on November 15, 2022, being the start of the new municipal council term, transfers a wide range of powers from the councils to the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa.
These resources are intended to convey some important considerations with regard to contributions and fundraisers in the upcoming municipal elections. It is intended as general guidance only. If you have any specific questions or concerns, please contact Awanish Sinha or Amanda D. Iarusso of our firm’s Public Sector group, or Daniel Angelucci of our firm’s Municipal Planning group. We would be pleased to assist you.