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Municipal election candidates must file new papers starting Monday

Last Updated Aug 16, 2018 at 5:56 pm EDT

Toronto City Council chambers CITYNEWS

Candidates interested in running for city council and school board trustee will have to file new nomination papers starting Monday.

The Toronto City Clerk’s office issued the new directive on Thursday to comply with the provincial government’s Bill 5, which cut the number of wards from 47 to 25. The new ward boundaries align with the current federal and provincial electoral ridings, with minor adjustment.

All certified candidates who filed on or before July 27 under the previous 47 ward model and wish to continue running in the 2018 municipal election are required to submit a Change of Ward Notification Form.

Candidates have until September 14 to notify the City Clerk of their intent to continue running in the October 22 municipal election or they will have their names withdrawn from the ballot.

The City Clerk’s office says the deadline for entering the mayoral race will not be extended.

Toronto Mayor John Tory said city council will be meeting on August 20 to review their legal options when it comes to Bill 5.