2018 Mayoral Elections

To anyone out there who loves elections: Fall 2018 is what we call a JACKPOT. 

Within the span of three weeks, seven Canadian provinces and territories will be having municipal elections:

  • Northwest Territories - October 15, 2018
  • Yukon - October 18, 2018
  • British Columbia - October 20, 2018
  • Ontario - October 22, 2018
  • Saskatchewan (rural only) - October 24, 2018
  • Manitoba - October 24, 2018
  • Prince Edward Island - November 5, 2018

More than 1000 cities, towns and communities will be going to the polls across Canada - and there will be many exciting races to watch.

We've picked a few initial races to watch - either those where no incumbent is in the race, or where the election is particularly interesting for one reason or another.

Mayoral elections tend to be particularly interesting. Mayoral candidates often put forward big visions for their cities. In their campaigns, they (should) speak about the issues that are top of mind for people in their communities. In selecting a mayor, communities express themselves: what they value in leadership; what issues and ideas resonate and gain support at a particular point in time; what kind of community they want to be.

In tracking mayoral races across the country, we can learn a lot about Canada's cities. Get to know your candidates in Toronto, Vancouver, Yellowknife, Whitehorse, Surrey, London, Charlottetown, Winnipeg, and Thunder Bay - with more to come.

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Is there an interesting race we should be following? Did we miss a candidate or some key information? Are you someone who pays close attention to the race in your city and would be willing to provide commentary and local context? Contact us!

  • Monday, October 15, 2018 at 09:00 AM

    2018 Yellowknife Mayoral Election

    The City of Yellowknife's next election will be held on October 15, 2018. Voters will elect 1 mayor and 8 councillors. They will also vote on whether to extend the term of council from the current 3 years to 4.

    The incumbent mayor, Mark Heyck, is not seeking re-election. He served two terms as mayor, and announced his decision not to run in February 2018.

    Who else is running? Check them out.

    Want to learn more about the election and how to vote? Visit the City of Yellowknife's election page.

  • Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 09:00 AM

    2018 Whitehorse Mayoral Election

    The City of Whitehorse's next election will be held on October 18, 2018. Voters will elect 1 mayor and 6 councillors, all who run at large.

    The incumbent mayor is Dan Curtis who is seeking a third term. He will be challenged by 4 other candidates for mayor.

    Who else is running? Check them out.

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    Do you have local insights to share on this race? Contact us!

     

  • Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 09:00 AM

    2018 Vancouver Mayoral Election

    The City of Vancouver's next election will be held on October 20, 2018. Voters will elect 1 mayor, 10 councillors, 7 commissioners for the Parks Board, and 9 school trustees.

    It's a race to watch. Why?

    1. Incumbent Mayor Gregor Robertson announced he will not be seeking re-election in January 2018. Robertson has served as Vancouver's Mayor for the past 10 years, and it's now an open seat.

    2. The current governing party, Vision Vancouver, originally nominated Ian Campbell but he stepped down from the race in September 2018. Vision is not running a mayoral candidate. New parties have emerged, and there are frontrunner independent candidates. The landscape of local political parties in Vancouver is shifting, and it'll be interesting to see how it all lands.

    3. Vancouver has never had a female mayor! There are frontrunner female candidates in the race. Get to know them.

    4. For the first time, candidates will be listed in random order (rather than alphabetically) on the ballot.

    Want to learn more about the election and how to vote? Visit the City of Vancouver's election page. It's really (!) good. The City's website includes detailed information about all candidates - photos, bios, top 3 priorities, platforms, and contact information - in a highly accessible. Frankly, if every municipality did this, we wouldn't need to be tracking mayoral races at the MayorsProject.ca! Well done, City of Vancouver, well done. #respect

     

     

     

  • Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 09:00 AM

    2018 Surrey Mayoral Election

    The City of Surrey's next election will be held on October 20, 2018. Voters will elect 1 mayor, 8 councillors, and school trustees.

    The incumbent mayor, Linda Hepner, is not seeking re-election. One way or another, Surrey is getting a new mayor!

    Who is running? Check them out.

    Want to learn more about the election and how to vote? Visit the City of Surrey's election page.

  • Monday, October 22, 2018 at 09:00 AM

    2018 London Mayoral Election

    The City of London's next election will be held on October 22, 2018. Voters will elect 1 mayor, 14 councillors, and school trustees.

    London is the first municipality in Canada to adopt ranked balloting - so London voters will be able to select their top three candidates in order for mayor and councillor. As they say, it's as easy as 1-2-3.

    The incumbent mayor, Matt Brown, is not seeking re-election. One way or another, London will have a new mayor!

    Who's running? Check them out.

    Want to learn more about the election and how to vote? Visit the City of London's election page.

     

     

  • Monday, October 22, 2018 at 09:00 AM

    2018 Thunder Bay Mayoral Election

    The City of Thunder Bay's next election will be held on October 12, 2018. Voters will elect 1 mayor, 5 at-large city councillors, and 7 ward councillors, as well as school trustees.

    Voters have the option of voting online or over the phone. True story.

    The incumbent is Mayor Keith Hobbs and is not seeking re-election. Other high profile candidates have jumped into the race. Get to know them.

    Want to learn more about the election and how to vote? Visit the City of Thunder Bay's election page.

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    Are we missing anyone? Do you have local insights to share on this race? Contact us!

  • Monday, October 22, 2018 at 09:00 AM

    2018 Toronto Mayoral Election

    The City of Toronto's next election will be held on October 22, 2018 - and already it has been one of the most dramatic Canadian municipal elections in memory, full of twists and turns.

    Shortly after the election of new Ontario Premier Doug Ford (brother of former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, and former Toronto City Councillor), Ford announced plans to reduce the number of Toronto City Councillors from 47 to 25. This came months into the municipal election, with candidates in all 47 wards already well into their campaigns. Long story short: this move resulted in a battle royale between City of Toronto and Province of Ontario, which was ultimately settled in the courts - but has raised much larger issues about urban autonomy in Canada with scores yet to be settled. Regardless, on October 22, Torontonians will elect one mayor and 25 councillors.

    The incumbent mayor, John Tory, is seeking re-election - and is up against more than 30 other candidates, including former Chief Planner from the City of Toronto Jennifer Keesmaat. There are many other interesting candidates in the race as well.

    Get to know your candidates, Toronto. Check them out.

    Who's running for mayor? Check them out.

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 09:00 AM

    2018 Winnipeg Mayoral Election

    The City of Winnipeg's next election will be held on October 24, 2018. Winnipeg voters will be selecting 1 mayor, 15 councillors, and school trustees. Some of the ward boundaries have changed since the last election.

    The incumbent mayor, Brian Bowman, is seeking re-election - but he'll be contested by a number of other candidates.

    Who's running? Check them out.

    Want to learn more about the election and how to vote? Visit the City of Winnipeg's election page.

  • Monday, November 05, 2018 at 09:00 AM

    2018 Charlottetown Mayoral Election

    The City of Charlottetown's next election will be held on November 5, 2018. Voters will be selecting 1 mayor and 10 councillors.

    The incumbent mayor, Clifford Lee, announced after 15 years in the seat that he is not seeking re-election. One way or another, Charlottetown is getting a new mayor!

    Who's running? Check them out.

    Want to learn more about the election and how to vote? Visit the City of Charlottetown's election page.


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