Elections - Town of Ajax

2018 Municipal Election Information

The next Municipal Election in Ajax will take place from Monday October 15 to Monday October 22, 2018.

Nominations will be accepted beginning on May 1st, 2018, until 2:00 p.m. on July 27th, 2018.


Provincial Election Forms

Provincial forms are expected to be available in the first week of April. This includes nomination forms, endorsement forms, and third party advertiser registrations. These forms will be posted when available.


Election Information Session - April 24, 2018

Are you thinking about running for local office in 2018? The Ministry of Municipal Affairs is hosting an election information session for prospective candidates and third party advertisers in Durham Region. See the flyer for more details.

Where: Whitby Centennial Building, 416 Centre St. S., Whitby

When: Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


For Prospective Candidates...

Are you interested in running for Ajax Council or for a local school board? Nominations will be accepted beginning on May 1st, 2018, until 2:00 p.m. on July 27th, 2018. If you are interested in running for local office, the following general guidelines may assist you until the nomination period opens on May 1st. This information is provided as a courtesy to all potential candidates.


  • Solicit campaign donations before registering as a candidate
  • Hold fund-raisers before registering as a candidate
  • Accept goods and services or other non-monetary donations before registering as a candidate - these are still campaign contributions
  • Use resources from personal businesses to promote your future candidacy (e.g. print materials, signs, advertising, etc.) - these are still campaign contributions
  • Incur expenses before registering as a candidate. Not sure what qualifies as an expense? Refer to section 88.19 of the Municipal Elections Act


  • Express your interest in running for office - it's okay to be clear about your intentions to register
  • Read about your obligations as a potential candidate; see the guides provided by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs
  • Read or ask about the Town's election practices and previous elections
  • Learn about serving on a municipal council - prepare yourself for the role
  • Exercise caution: if you think your actions may be construed as incurring campaign expenses or soliciting contributions outside of the campaign period, consider whether engaging in that activity is necessary before you can register on May 1st and your campaign officially begins


Important Changes for 2018

The province of Ontario has introduced a number of changes to municipal election laws for 2018. Additionally, the Town of Ajax has made changes to the composition of Council and its ward system for the 2018 elections. The following information does not constitute legal advice and is provided as a courtesy to prospective candidates.

Town of Ajax:

  • Ajax Council will have a new 7-member composition in 2018, consisting of the Mayor, three regional councillors elected by ward, and local councillors elected by ward. Accordingly, the wards have been revised to a three-ward system after an extensive public consultation process. For more information, visit the Ward Boundary Review project page, or see the maps below.
  • The Town has implemented a Contribution Rebate Program for 2018. To review the details of the program, see By-law 82-2016
  • Consistent with the 2014 election, the Town of Ajax will be utilizing Internet & Telephone voting for 2018

Municipal Elections Act:

The following changes are of particular interest to candidates, but is not an exhaustive list of changes in effect for 2018:

  • Nominations will be accepted beginning on May 1st, 2018, until 2:00 p.m. on July 27th, 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


2014 Election Resources

The 2014 Municipal Election in Ajax took place on October 27, 2014. For more information on the election and the results, please see the links below.


Have Questions?

If you have questions of a general nature about municipal elections in Ajax or the upcoming 2018 elections, you are encouraged to contact the Town's election officials for more information. However, municipal election officials cannot always provide advice or interpretations of municipal election laws to candidates, and in some cases, cannot provide advice about which actions should or should not be taken by a candidate or prospective candidate. Individuals interested in running for office in 2018 are advised to consult an independent legal opinion if they require assistance understanding, interpreting or applying municipal election rules, campaign finance laws, and their obligations under the Municipal Elections Act.

For general inquiries, please contact:

Alexander Harras

Manager of Legislative Services/Deputy Clerk | Legislative Services

Town of Ajax

65 Harwood Avenue S., Ajax ON, L1S 2H9

E-mail: alexander.harras@ajax.ca

Telephone: (905) 619-2529, ext. 3342


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.