When is the next municipal election?

Elections for municipal governments in Ontario are held every four years on the fourth Monday of October. The next City of Thunder Bay municipal election will be held on October 24, 2022. 

Are you on the voters' list?

The municipal voters' list is different from the provincial and federal lists.  If you have moved, changed your name or turned 18 since the 2018 municipal election, you might not be on the voters' list.

Make sure your municipal election voter information is correct by using MPAC’s VoterLookup tool.

Thinking of running for Mayor, City Councillor or School Board Trustee?

City Clerk Krista Power will be hosting a Candidate Information Session on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall. Limited seating will be available. Please call the Municipal Election Office at (807) 627-3859 to reserve a seat. The session will also be broadcast live online at thunderbay.ca/watchcouncil, and on Shaw Spotlight Channel 10, BlueCurve Channel 105, and Tbaytel Digital TV Channel 110. To submit questions prior to the meeting, email OfficeoftheCityClerk@thunderbay.ca or call (807) 625-2230 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. To ask questions during the live session, email OfficeoftheCityClerk@thunderbay.ca.

How do I file my nomination?

To become a candidate for Mayor, City Councillor or School Board Trustee you must file a nomination paper with the City Clerk, in person, on the first floor of City Hall, 500 Donald Street East. Nomination papers may be filed from Monday, May 2, 2022 to Friday, August 19, 2022, by appointment only. Walk-in appointments will not be guaranteed. Book your appointment online (coming soon) or call the Office of the City Clerk at (807) 625-2230.

Nomination must be filed in person and include:

  • Form 1 - Nomination Paper, it is the responsibility of the person being nominated to make sure their nomination paper is complete and accurate.
  • Form 2 - Endorsement of Nomination, endorsed by at least 25 people who are eligible to vote in our municipal election. Endorsements are required only if running for Mayor or City Councillor, not School Board Trustee.
  • Declaration of qualifications
  • Consent to release personal information
  • Identification showing name, qualifying address and signature
  • Applicable filing fee ($200 for Mayor, $100 for all others.)  The fee must be paid in cash, debit card, certified cheque or money order. 

Nomination packages may be picked up from the Office of the City Clerk on the first floor of City Hall, 500 Donald Street East, or you can download and print your nomination package using the links, below.

Nomination package for Councillor and Mayor candidates

Nomination package for School Board Trustee candidates

The deadline to file a nomination is 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2022.

A person cannot raise or spend money on an election campaign until they have filed their nomination.

Key dates

Here are a few key dates for 2022 Municipal and School Board Election candidates. 

  • Monday, May 2, 2022 - Nominations open for Mayor, Councillor and School Board Trustee candidates.
  • Friday, August 19, 2022 - Nomination Day, last day for filing nomination between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 24, 2022 - Voting Day, in person polls will be open 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - New term of City Council commences.

More information

Please check back for more information on our municipal election website, coming soon. 

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