Every four years a municipal election takes place in the City to elect the Mayor and Members of Council, School Board Trustees, and the Regional Chair for the Regional Municipality of Durham.

Voters will elect seven individuals to sit as Members on Pickering City Council for the following Offices:

Mayor, elected at large, three Regional Councillors and 3 City Councillors elected by voters from each of the three wards. Voters will also cast a vote for school board trustees and the Regional Chair.

2022 Municipal Election Information Session

An Information Session was held on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the Regional Municipality of Durham Headquarters. If you were unable to attend the Session, you can view the recorded video. A copy of the presentation is also provided for your reference.  

2022 Joint Municipal Elections Compliance Audit Committee

At the Council Meeting of February 28, 2022, Report CLK 01-22, was approved through Resolution #818/22, to give authority to approve the Terms of Reference for the 2022 Municipal Election Joint Compliance Audit Committee and authorize the City Clerk to recruit and bring forward a by-law for the remuneration and appointment of a roster of individuals to serve on the 2022 Municipal Election Joint Compliance Audit Committee.

Visit the Compliance Audit Committee web page for additional information.

Method of Voting

At the Council Meeting of May 25, 2021, Report CLK 02-21, was approved through Resolution #600/21, giving authority for an integrated internet and paper ballot voting method for the 2022 City of Pickering Municipal Election.

Internet Voting (October 17th, 2022 to October 24th, 2022)

    

As outlined in CLK 02-21, Internet Voting will be conducted throughout the entire voting period for eight consecutive days beginning Monday, October 17, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. and ending at the close of the polls at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Monday, October 24, 2022.

Paper Ballot Voting (October 24th, 2022 only)

In-person, paper ballot voting will only be offered on Election Day, Monday, October 24, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to the close of polls at 8:00 p.m.

Offices to be Elected

Office

 

Regional Chair 

One to be elected by all electors in the Region of Durham

Mayor

One to be elected by all electors in the City of Pickering

Regional Councillor 

Ward 1

One to be elected by electors in Ward 1 in the City of Pickering

Regional Councillor

Ward 2

One to be elected by electors in Ward 2 in the City of Pickering

Regional Councillor

Ward 3

One to be elected by electors in Ward 3 in the City of Pickering
City Councillor – Ward 1 One to be elected by electors in Ward 1 in the City of Pickering
City Councillor – Ward 2 One to be elected by electors in Ward 2 in the City of Pickering
City Councillor – Ward 3 One to be elected by electors in Ward 3 in the City of Pickering
Trustee, Durham District School Board Two to be elected by all English Public School electors in the City of Pickering
Trustee, Durham Catholic District School Board One to be elected by all English Catholic School electors in the City of Pickering 
Conseiller(ère), Le Conseil scolaire du district catholique MonAvenir   One to be elected by all French Catholic School electors in the Region of Durham, the Counties of Northumberland and Peterborough, and the Cities of Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough and Quinte West
Conseiller(ère), Le Conseil scolaire Viamonde  

 

One to be elected by all French Public School electors in the Region of Durham, the Counties of Haliburton, Northumberland and Peterborough, and the Cities of Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough and Quinte West

 

Key Dates

Date Description

Monday, May 2, 2022 

First day to file a nomination paper for the offices of Mayor, Councillor, and School Board Trustee during regular business hours. Upon filing:

  • the candidate can start raising and spending money for their campaign;
  • preliminary spending limits provided to candidates running for Council or School Board; and,
  • preliminary self-contribution limits provided to candidates running for Council (does not apply to School Board Trustee candidates).
  • First day to file a notice of registration as a third party advertiser.
    • A third party advertiser cannot raise or spend money on their campaign, nor begin advertising, until their registration is certified by the City Clerk.
    • Preliminary spending limits will be provided upon filing.

Friday, August 19, 2022 (9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)

Deadline for candidates to:

  • file a nomination;
  • withdraw a nomination; or
  • file a nomination for a different office.
Monday, August 22, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Deadline for the City Clerk to certify candidate nominations if satisfied that a person is qualified to be nominated and that the nomination complies with the Municipal Elections Act

Thursday, September 1, 2022

  • Voters' list available to candidates upon written request

Friday, September 23, 2022

  • Final spending limits provided to candidates for Council or School Board, and registered third party advertisers.
  • Final calculation of maximum contributions to candidate’s own election campaign provided to candidates running for Council (does not apply to School Board Trustee candidates). 

October 17 - 23, 2022

 

  • Voting period begins with internet voting available for this period. Voter Assistance Centers will be open to assist electors with internet voting or to provide electors with their internet voting credentials. Additional details on designated Voter Assistance Centres is forthcoming. 

Monday, October 24, 2022

 

  • Election Day.
    • Internet and paper ballot voting methods available. 

Monday, November 21, 2022

  • Inaugural meeting of the 2022 – 2026 Term of Pickering City Council

Election Signs

All Municipal Election candidates are responsible for reviewing the regulations governing the placement of election signage to ensure that any signage erected on their behalf complies with the provisions of the applicable Sign By-laws.

Office Consolidation - Election Sign By-law 7591/17

On November 25, 2020, the Regional Municipality of Durham adopted By-law Number 052-2020 to adopt and delegate the authority for enforcement of sign by-laws enacted by area municipalities, to those area municipalities, on Regional Roads within their jurisdiction.

Contributions and Contribution Limits

A contribution cannot be made or accepted by a person or an individual acting under the person’s direction unless the person is a candidate.

Who may contribute:

  1. An individual who is normally a resident in Ontario.
  2. The candidate and his or her spouse (if not normally a resident in Ontario, a candidate and his or her spouse may make contributions only to the candidate’s election campaign)

Who cannot Contribute:

  1. A federal political party registered under the Canada Elections Act (Canada) or any federal constituency association or registered candidate at a federal election endorsed by that party.
  2. A provincial political party, constituency association, registered candidate or leadership contestant registered under the Election Finances Act.
  3. A corporation that carries on business in Ontario.
  4. A trade union that holds bargaining rights for employees in Ontario.
  5. The Crown in right of Canada or Ontario, a municipality or a local board.

Contribution Limits:

The maximum amount which may be contributed to a single candidate is $1,200 and no more than $5,000 in total may be contributed to candidates running for offices on the same council or school board. This amount includes the value of any goods or services donated to the campaign (i.e. a ticket to a candidate’s fundraiser).

Contributions greater than $25 may not be made in cash. All contributions exceeding $25 must be made by cheque, money order, or by a method that clearly shows where the funds came from.

Names and addresses of contributors who made a contribution greater than $100 will be recorded in the candidate’s financial statement which will be posted on the City’s website. 

Third Party Advertisers

A Third Party Advertisement is an advertisement in any broadcast, print, electronic or other medium that has the purpose of promoting, supporting or opposing a candidate where an expense has been incurred related to the advertisement.

Third party advertiser in this context means any individual, corporation or trade union, causing election campaign advertisements to appear, who is not a candidate. Third party advertising is separate from any candidate’s campaign and must be done independently from a candidate.

Third party advertisers who wish to spend money on advertisements during the restricted period of an election (Monday, May 2, 2022 to Monday October 24, 2022) must register with the City Clerk and must file a financial statement.

Eligibility

To become a third party advertiser, you must file your registration in person at the Office of the City Clerk. The registration period for third party advertisers for the 2022 Municipal Elections is from May 2, 2022 until 4:30 pm on Friday, October 21, 2022.

Until the City Clerk certifies a third party advertiser's registration, no money can be spent on advertisements, the third party advertiser cannot accept contributions, nor can the third party advertiser begin advertising.

Who can be a third party advertiser?

  • any person who is a resident in Ontario
  • a corporation carrying on business in Ontario
  • a trade union that holds bargaining rights for employees in Ontario

Who cannot be a third party advertiser?

  • a candidate whose Nomination has been filed under section 33 of the Act.
  • a federal political party registered under the Canada Elections Act (Canada) or any federal constituency association or registered candidate at a federal election endorsed by that party.
  • a provincial political party, constituency association, registered candidate or leadership contestant registered under the Election Finances Act.
  • the Crown in right of Canada or Ontario, a municipality or local board.
  • groups, associations or businesses that are not corporations (e.g. neighbourhood associations, clubs or professional associations). 

How to Register as a Third Party Advertiser

Registrations will be accepted by the City Clerk, or designate, in person between the 1st day for filing of nominations, May 2, 2022 and 4:30 pm on the Friday before Voting Day, October 21, 2022. 

To register:

  • An individual registrant or official representative of a Corporation or Trade Union must file a Notice of Registration Form 7 with the City Clerk in person or by an agent. If filing by an agent, the Appointment of Agent Form must be completed and commissioned by or notarized by a person authorized under the Commissioner for Taking Affidavits or Notaries Act, 1990.
  • The individual submitting the Notice of Registration (an individual, the official representative of the Corporation or Trade Union who is registering as the Third Party Advertiser, or their appointed agent) must provide one photo ID with name and address and signature OR one ID with name and address and one ID with name and photo.  
  • If an agent is filing the Notice of Registration on behalf of a Third Party Advertiser, a copy of the Individual Registrant’s ID must also be provided  (the ID must include photo, name, address, and signature).
  • The Notice of Registration Form 7 must contain original signatures and must include a declaration of qualification signed by the individual or by a representative of the corporation or trade union, as the case may be.
  • There is no registration fee to file as a third party advertiser.

In order to certify the registration, the City Clerk must be satisfied that that the individual, corporation or trade union is eligible and may require that additional identification or documents be provided.

Third party advertisers must be registered in each municipality where they want to advertise.

Registered Third Party Advertisers' Information (RTPA) Package 

The RTPA Information Package is now available for individuals, corporations and trade unions interested in registering as a third party advertiser for the 2022 City of Pickering Municipal Election. Registrants will receive this package in person when they file their notice of registration. 

Prescribed Form

Notice of Registration - Third Party (Form 7) 

City of Pickering Forms 

Freedom of Information (FOI) Release Form

Appointment of Agent to File a Notice of Registration Form

Withdrawal of Notice of Registration Form 

Third Party Advertisement Requirements:

Third party advertisements must contain the following information:

  1. The legal name of the registered third party.
  2. The municipality where the registered third party is registered.
  3.  A telephone number, mailing address or email address at which the registered third party may be contacted regarding the advertisement. 
 

Resources

Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC)

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH)

2018 Municipal Election Results and 2018 Financial Statements

View the 2018 Election Results, the 2018 Election Results by Ward/Poll Summary, and the Candidate Financial Statements

View Past Election Results & Financial Statements.