02/02/2005

AMO background paper and survey on municipal council Term and related matters.

Prompted by Provincial initiatives and the requests of some of our members, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is undertaking a review of the municipal election term.

Bill 86, the Election Statute Law Amendment Act, establishes a fixed date for provincial elections by amending the Election Act, the Election Finances Act, the Legislative Assembly Act and the Representation Act. New section 9 of the Election Act provides for regular general elections. The next general election will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2007 (unless the Lieutenant Governor dissolves the Legislature earlier). Thereafter, regular general elections will always be held on the first Thursday in October in the fourth calendar year following the most recent general election. New section 9.1 of the Act deals with the timing of the various steps in all provincial elections. These sections could also be applied to municipal elections by similarly amending the Municipal Elections Act.