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2018 Municipal Election

Election of the Regional Chair

The next municipal election will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018.

In this election, the York Regional Chair will be elected by general vote.

This means the candidates for Regional Chair will be on the ballot in 2018 and residents of The Regional Municipality of York will vote for their preferred candidate.

Important Dates

Nomination period begins
May 1, 2018

Nomination period ends 
July 27, 2018 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Election Day
October 22, 2018 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

2014-2018 Term of Council ends
November 30, 2018

New Term of Council begins
December 1, 2018

Campaign period ends
December 31, 2018

2018-2022 Term of Council ends
November 14, 2022

Role of the York Regional Chair

In the Province of Ontario, Regional Chairs are responsible for chairing Council for the province’s Regional municipalities. As head of Council, the Regional Chair acts as Chief Executive Officer of the municipal corporation, as legislated by section 225 of the Municipal Act.

Regional Council is comprised of 21 members, including the Regional Chair, Mayors from each of the nine local municipalities and eleven Regional Councillors:

  • City of Markham: Five
  • City of Vaughan: Four
  • Town of Richmond Hill: Three
  • Town of Georgina: Two
  • Town of Newmarket: Two
  • Town of Aurora: One
  • Town of East Gwillimbury: One
  • Township of King: One
  • Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville: One

The Regional Chair is responsible for:

  • Putting forth motions and voting on items during Committee of the Whole meetings (as is the case with all members of Regional Council, the Regional Chair has one vote at Regional Council as it relates to Regional issues.)
  • Opening and presiding over Regional Council meetings and currently may vote on issues in the event of a tie
  • As Head of Council, can declare an emergency under section 4 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act
  • Serving as an ex-officio member of all Regional Committees and acting as a member of the York Regional Police Services Board and Chief Executive Officer of the York Region Rapid Transit Board
  • Under section 225 of the Municipal Act, as Head of Council, provide information and recommendations to Council on its roles to:
    • Ensure that administrative policies, practices and procedures are in place to implement Council’s decisions
    • Ensure the accountability and transparency of the municipality’s operations, including the activities of its senior management
  • Acting as the primary spokesperson on public issues and is York Region’s representative both within and outside the municipality
  • Acting as the head of the institution for the purpose of access and privacy under the Municipal Freedom of Information Protection of Privacy Act
  • Upholding and promoting the purposes of the municipality
  • Promoting York Region locally, nationally and internationally
  • Participate in and foster activities that enhance the economic, social and environmental well-being of York Region and its residents

Additional information about the nomination process will be available in early 2018.

Contact Us

For more information on the election of the Regional Chair in 2018, contact the Office of the Regional Clerk or call 1-877-464-9675 ext. 79000.

For information about the municipal elections, visit your municipal website of the town, township or city you live in.


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