Nomination period for 2018 municipal election opens in May

In less than a year, Guelph residents will elect the 2018-2022 Guelph City Council and School Board Trustees. Here are a few important changes to the Municipal Elections Act for potential candidates and residents to keep in mind.

Nomination period

The nomination period has been changed to May 1 through July 27. In previous elections it was January through mid-September.

Individuals wishing to register as candidates in the 2018 municipal election must ensure their nomination papers are filed within this time. The City will hold candidate information sessions in 2018; dates and times will be posted on when available.

Third party advertising

The Municipal Elections Act now regulates third party advertising. A third party advertiser is an individual, corporation or union that spends money on advertising in support of a candidate or a yes/no question on the ballot. A third party advertiser acts on their own, not on behalf of the candidate.

Third party advertisers will be required to register with the City between May 1 and October 19. Additional details will be posted on when available.

Important 2018 dates

  • May 1, 2018 – First day candidates can file nomination papers and first day third party advertisers can register
  • July 27, 2018 – Last day candidates can file nomination papers
  • October 12, 13 and 14, 2018 – Advance voting
  • October 19 – Last day for third party advertisers can register
  • October 22, 2018 – Election Day
  • October 23, 2018 – Election results declared
  • December 1, 2018 – New term of Council commences

More information

Forms and documents will be posted on in early 2018.

Still have questions? Contact the City Clerk’s Office at or 519-837-5625.

Media contact

Stephen O’Brien, City Clerk
City Clerk’s Office
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 5644