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

Thousands of 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. The nomination date in many cities is not until late August or early September, so information on the election and registered candidates will be updated as time passes.

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. In the last election (2015), there were 3 candidates for mayor and 22 candidates for councillor.

    The incumbent mayor is Dan Curtis. He indicated in a May 2018 media story that he would be seeking re-election for a third term.

    Who else is running? Check them out.

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    Are we missing anyone? 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.

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

    The incumbent mayor, Gregor Robertson, is not seeking re-election. One way or another, Vancouver will have a new mayor!

    Who's running? Well, we'll find out soon. The nomination period begins on September 4, 2018 and runs until September 14, 2018. For now, all we have is information on candidates who have publicly declared their intention to run, and who have been nominated by Vancouver's local political parties. Check them out.

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

     

     

  • 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 else is running? Stay tuned. Nominations begin on September 4, 2018 and run until September 14, 2018. For now, all we have is information on candidates who have publicly declared their intention to run, and who have been nominated by Surrey's local political parties. 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 Toronto Mayoral Election

    The City of Toronto's next election will be held on October 22, 2018. The ward boundaries have changed since the last election, so Toronto voters will be selecting 1 mayor, 47 councillors, and school trustees.

    The incumbent mayor, John Tory, is seeking re-election - so it may not be a hot race, but as Canada's largest city, it is always one to watch (and generally there are several dozen candidates for mayor, more than in any other city and usually including some wacky ones ... so it's never boring!).

    Who's running? Check them out.

    Want to learn more about the election and how to vote? Visit the City of Toronto'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

    The incumbent mayor is Keith Hobbs. He indicated in April 2018 that he would not be seeking a third term. In May 2018 he announced he may be changing his mind. Other high profile candidates have already jumped into the race.

    Who's running? Check them out.

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

  • 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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