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Township of Essa Administration Centre

5786 County Road 21 | Utopia, ON L0M 1T0

Phone: 705-424-9917 Fax: 705-424-2367

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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2022 Municipal Election K​ey Dates

The following are key dates in the upcoming 2022 Municipal and Sc​hool Board Election​s:


  • May 2, 2022 
    • First day to file Nominati​on Papers for the Offices of Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Councillor and School Board Trustee 
      • To be provided to candidate upon the filing of Nomination Papers:
        • Preliminary Spending Limits (s.33.0.1 of MEA)
        • Preliminary Contribution Limits (s.33.0.2 of MEA)
        • Notice of Penalties related to campaign finances and the refund of the Nomination Filing Fee (per s.33.1 of MEA) 
        • Copy of procedures and forms established for any voting and vote-counting equipment or alternative voting method (s.42(3)) - if applicable 
    • ​First day to file a Notice of Registration as a Third Party Advertiser
      • To be provided upon filing to registered third parties:
        • Preliminary spending limits (s.88.21(15))
        • Preliminary spending limit for parties, etc., after voting day (s.88.21(15)) 
  • ​​August 19, 2022 at 2:00 pm
    • Deadline for candidates to:
      • ​file a nomination (between the hours of 9:00 am to 2:00 pm only)
      • withdraw a nomination (before 2:00 pm)
    • if applicable, Lame Duck Period (Restricted Acts for Council) commences 
  • August 22, 2022
    • ​Clerk to certify candidate nomination papers (by 4:00 pm)
    • Candidates elected by Acclamation to be declared (After 4:00 pm) 
  • September 1, 2022
    • Preliminary List of Electors to be available to certified candidates
    • Elector can appoint a voting proxy by filing Proxy applications with the Clerk
    • Electors may submit an application to have their name added/removed/amended on the Voters' List (s.24(1))
  • September 15 to September 26, 2022
    • ​Interim list of changes to Voters' List to be provided to certified candidates (last day to be received is September 26, 2022 per s.27(1) of MEA)
  • ​September 26, 2022
    • ​To be provided to Certified Candidates:
      • Certificate of applicable maximum expenses (s.88.20(6)) 
      • Certificate of appicable maximum amount of contributions to a candidate's own election campaign (s.88.9.1(4)) 
      • Certificate of applicable maximum amount for parties, etc., after voting day (s.88.20(9))
    • To be provided to Registered Third Parties:
      • Certificate of applicable maximum expenses (s.88.21(14))
      • Certificate of applicable maximum amount for parties, etc. after voting day (s.88.21(14)
  • October 1, 2022
    • Last day for Counci to establish a Compliance Audit Committee for the 2022-26 term of office (s.88.37(1))
  • October 21, 2022
    • ​Last day to register as a third party advertiser (s.88.6(7))
  • October 24, 2022
    • Election Day - voting places open at 10:00 am and close at 8:00 pm
  • October 25, 2022
    • ​Declare as soon as possible the results and provide information to the public on the number of votes, declined and rejected ballots, and the number of votes 
  • November 16, 2022
    • Inaugural Meeting of Council - term of new Council commences


    • January 3, 2023
      • End of election campaign period for candidates and third party advertisers
      • Last day to file a Notice of Extension, Form 6, to continue campaigning to erase a deficit
    • March 31, 2023 (2:00 pm)
      • Deadline for candidates and third party advertisers to file the initial financial statements
    • June 30, 2023
      • End of extended campaign period (if applicable)
    • September 29, 2023 (2:00 pm)
      • Deadline for candidates and third party advertisers to file supplementary financial statement (applies only to those who extended their campaign period)