To get on the ballot for the Oct. 22 election, you have to register with the City of Toronto’s election services office by 2 p.m. It’s also the same deadline for declared candidates who want to withdraw their nomination.
Prospective candidates will need to file a nomination form, gather 25 endorsement signatures from registered electors (if you’re running for mayor or councillor), pay the required filing fee ($100 to run for councillor or trustee and $200 to run for mayor) and present current identification showing a Toronto address.
To run, you must be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old, a resident of Toronto, own or rent land in Toronto or be the spouse of someone who owns or rents land in the city.
As of early Thursday morning, 20 people were registered to run against first-term Mayor John Tory. Blayne Lastman, son of former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman, was expected to register to run against Tory on Thursday. But in a statement released early Thursday, he said he would not run and backed Tory.
The 2018 election is the first since the City of Toronto changed its ward boundary structure, which happened earlier this term. The last review was done in 2000. Three new wards were created and there are now 47 councillor positions, up from 44. Several existing wards had boundaries changed to reflect the city’s growing population. Click here to check your ward.
Of the incumbent councillors running for re-election, Josh Matlow was unopposed and the only current councillors who haven’t registered to run as of Thursday afternoon are Justin Di Ciano and David Shiner.
Throughout the term, Toronto city council appointed several councillors to fill ward vacancies. Councillors Jim Hart, Miganoush Megardichian, Lucy Troisi and Jonathan Tsao all pledged during their appointment processes to not run in the October election.
However, Troisi registered on Thursday to run in the newly-created Ward 23.