2010 Municipal Election Stats
Some findings of the AMO 2010 Municipal Elections Survey.
Total number of candidates that ran
- Total number of candidates that ran in municipalities holding elections: 8,039
- Total number that ran for council – excluding the Head of Council position: 5,489
- Number that ran for council (female): 1,318
- Total number that ran for Head of Council (Mayor, Reeve and or Regional Chair): 1055
- Number that ran for Head of Council (Female): 177
- 135 municipalities had more than 50% council turnover (more than half new)
- 9 municipalities where the entire council is new: South Bruce Peninsula, Central Manitoulin, St. Charles, North Middlesex, Markstay-Warren, Machar, Ear Falls, Machin and Magnetawan
- The municipalities with the highest number of new councillors are Toronto at 14 (31%), Ottawa at 11 (46%), and 9 in South Bruce Peninsula (100%), Muskoka Lakes (90%) and Prince Edward County (56%).
- There are 1095 new councillors throughout the province (38% of total councillors)
- There are 164 new heads of council throughout the province (40% of total HOCs)
- 30 municipal councils entirely acclaimed in 2010 – no elections held.
Women in Municipal Government
- 111 municipalities have councils that are more than 30% female
- The highest proportion is in The North Shore at 80% (4/5), followed by City of Waterloo at 63% (5/8)
- 24 municipalities have a majority of council that is female (50% or greater)
- The municipalities with the highest number of female councillors are Toronto at 14 (31%), Mississauga at seven (58%), and six in Ottawa (25%), Prince Edward County (38%) and Guelph (43%).
- There are 623 female councillors throughout the province (22% of total councillors)
- 100 municipalities have female heads of council (24% of total HOCs)
- 2010: 44.35%
- 2006: 41.33%
- 2003: 40.18%
- 2000: 41%
- 1997: 40%
- 1994: 44.8%
- 1988: 44.9%
- 1982: 48%
Voter Turnout Source: Municipal World, September 1999, AMO and AMCTO surveys