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About the Positions

RETURNING OFFICERS

Returning Officers administer elections in their electoral district. This position requires considerable organizational effort and careful planning to ensure the rapid deployment of resources and flawless execution of activities required to deliver an election. This includes, but is not limited to, securing an office and advance poll and polling day locations; working with external suppliers; hiring key staff and poll workers; interacting with candidates and electors; managing and auditing budget and financial transactions, including payroll before submission for payment; and tabulating the candidate results. As an employee of Elections Ontario, Returning Officers must be non-partisan, i.e., they cannot have any political affiliation or bias.

  • Appointed by the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council of Ontario, Returning Officers work under the general supervision of the Chief Electoral Officer and are accountable for the preparation and conduct of any election, by-election or referendum in their electoral district.
  • Returning Officers are required to take an oath prior to beginning their term. All candidates must be a Canadian citizen; a resident of Ontario; and be at least 18 years of age.
  • Returning Officers do not have to reside in the electoral district to which they are appointed, but must have a valid driver’s license or means of transportation. Returning Officers are not compensated for the travel time and distance between their residence and their returning office.

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ELECTION CLERKS

Under the direction of the Returning Officer, the Election Clerk participates in the preparation, development, implementation, and delivery of electoral events in their electoral district. As an employee of Elections Ontario, Election Clerks must be non-partisan, i.e., they cannot have any political affiliation or bias.

Election Clerks support the Returning Officer by providing leadership and direction in the coordination and implementation of all electoral event infrastructure, administration, recruitment, and financial management. The Election Clerks ensure that appropriate data is tracked and disseminated in support of the planning, preparation, and delivery of any electoral and referenda event in their Ontario electoral district. Election Clerks also are responsible for acting as the backup for all activities in the absence of the Returning Officer.

  • All candidates must be a Canadian citizen; a resident of Ontario; and be at least 18 years of age.
  • Election Clerks do not have to reside in the electoral district to which they are appointed, but must have a valid driver’s license or means of transportation. Election Clerks are not compensated for the travel time and distance between their residence and their returning office.

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Bilingualism

Bilingualism (English / French) is not a requirement of these positions, but in areas identified as bilingual under the French Language Services Act, conversational French will be considered an asset, as Returning Officers and Election Clerks must be able to serve the public in both official languages in the designated areas. Elections Ontario reserves the right to test the French proficiency level of successful candidates for the electoral districts with a strong francophone population.

 

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