Frequently Asked Questions
When can I vote?
The voting period is from 10:00 am on October 17 until 8:00 p.m. on October 24, 2022.
How do I vote?
Voters can use any internet connected computer, mobile device or telephone to cast their ballot. The voting website and telephone number will be printed on your Voter Information Letter. There is no paper ballot available for the 2022 election. Voter Assistance Centres will be open during the Voting Period to assist voters with adding or correcting their information on the Voters' List and casting a ballot by internet. Paper ballots are not available at Voter Assistance Centres. A list of Voter Assistance Centres will be printed on the Voter Information Letter and is available on our website.
Who is entitled to vote?
A person is entitled to vote in an election held in a municipality if, on voting day:
- They reside in the local municipality or are the owner or tenant of land there, or the spouse of an owner or tenant;
- They are a Canadian citizen;
- They are at least 18 years old; and
- They are not otherwise prohibited from voting.
Can I work for the election?
Public opportunities for election staff employment, if available, will be advertised by the Town of Ajax over the summer.
Am I on the Voters’ List? How can I be added?
Use our online lookup tool to check if you are on the List. Electors will receive a Voter Information Letter in early October if they are on the Voters' List.
Can I run for municipal office?
As a general rule, if you are eligible to vote in a municipality, you are also eligible to run for office in the municipality. Certain persons are disqualified from being elected to municipal office:
- any person not eligible to vote in the municipality;
- an employee of a municipality, unless he or she takes an unpaid leave of absence before being nominated, and resigns if elected to the office;
- a judge of any court;
- a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, a Senator or a member of the House of Commons;
- an inmate of a penal or correctional institution under sentence of imprisonment.
When can I submit my nomination to run for office?
Nominations will be accepted during regular business hours beginning at 8:30 a.m. on May 2, 2022, and will close at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2022.
What is the fee to run for municipal office?
The fee is $200 for mayor, and $100 for all other races. The nomination fee is returned to all candidates once they have filed their financial statements after the election.
Can I run in a ward that I don’t live in?
Yes, you can run in any ward, regardless of which ward you live in.
Can I run for more than one office?
No, you can only run for one office at a time in Ontario municipal elections. You can change which office you want to run for up until 2:00 p.m. on August 19, 2022.
Can I make contributions to a candidate’s campaign?
Yes, individuals can contribute up to $1,200 to a candidate’s campaign, to a maximum of $5,000 for all offices on that council or school board. Corporations and trade unions cannot contribute to candidate’s campaigns.
When can election signs be installed?
Election signs are permitted beginning on Thursday, September 29, 2022. Learn more about Election Sign Rules.
Are there any referendum questions on the ballot?
There are no referendum questions on the ballot for the 2022 elections.