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2018 Elections

2018 Municipal, Regional and School Trustee Elections


The Municipal Election will be held on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018.


Important Dates:

Register as a Candidate & Third Party Advertisers: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

To run for the office of Mayor, Councillor or School Board Trustee for 2018, candidates must file a nomination paper.


Nominations are open starting May 1, 2018 during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) up until Nomination Day on July 27, 2018, when the papers can only be submitted until 2 p.m.


Until you file a nomination paper, you cannot raise or spend any money on your campaign.


NEW ** Mayor and Councillor candidates must provide, along with their nomination paper, at least 25 declaration of endorsements from eligible electors. Forms will be available April 2018.


NEW ** Third Party Advertisements (will be in effect April 1, 2018) Registrations accepted between 1st day for filing nominations (May 1st) and the Friday before Voting Day (October 19, 2018) in regular election. **Pertinent information will be posted in early 2018**


Nomination Day: Friday, July 27, 2018 | 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Deadline for filing or withdrawing nominations: Nominations may be filed only between the hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. People can also withdraw nomination papers, in writing, before 2 p.m.


Election Day | Voting Day: Monday, Oct. 22, 2018

Voting places will be open from 10 a.m. and close promptly at 8 p.m.


Municipal Offices to be elected in 2018

Mayor: One (1) to be elected, at large within the Town. Also serves as a member of Regional Council.


Town Councillors: Six (6) to be elected, one (1) from each of the six (6) municipal wards:

  • Ward 1
  • Ward 2
  • Ward 3
  • Ward 4
  • Ward 5
  • Ward 6


Regional Councillors: One (1) to be elected to represent the Town of Fort Erie at the Regional Municipality of Niagara.


NEW** Regional Chair: One (1) to be elected. Directly elected, at large, by voters from across the Niagara Region. Previously the position was filled by Regional Council appointing the chair from the newly elected members of Council. 


Nomination Papers for the Regional Chair will be received by the Niagara Regional Clerk, 1815 Sir Issac Brock Way, Thorold (same dates above apply).


School Board Trustees to be elected in 2018


English Language Public District School Board
One (1) to be elected for the combined area of Fort Erie and Port Colborne


English Language Catholic District School Board
One (1) to be elected for the combined area of Fort Erie, Port Colborce and Wainfleet


French Language Public School Board (Conseil scolaire Viamonde)
One (1) to be elected for the combined area of Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Pelham, Port Colborne, Thorold, Welland and Wainfleet


French Language Catholic School Board (Conseil scolaire de district catholique centre-sud)
One (1) to be elected for the combined area of Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Wainfleet, Pelham and Welland


PLEASE NOTE: Additional information will be added to the 2018 Elections webpages in the upcoming months as it becomes available. Please check back often.



Latest News & Events

Staff Report (COS-08-2017): Update on Amendments to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (December 11, 2017) 


Staff Report (COS-03-2017): Revisions to the Municipal Elections Act (February 6, 2017)