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About the Role

Will I be compensated for the Returning Officer and Election Clerk position?

Please see Time Commitment and Remuneration for additional details on the position, including the remuneration.

Returning Officers have an hourly rate of $42.00 and Election Clerks have an hourly rate of $33.00.

Is training provided?

Yes, successful Returning Officers and Election Clerks must be available for a mandatory 4-day orientation which will be scheduled in August 2017. The training will be held across the province at various regional centers.

What is the hire date for Election Clerks?

Successful Election Clerks must be available to start upon hire.


What is the Order-in-Council term for Returning Officers?

Returning Officers will appointed by the Lieutenant Governor-In-Council upon recommendation by the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO).  Returning Officers must be available to carry out the duties of this position upon hire and the new term of office will end on December 31, 2023.


About the Application Process

Can I apply to both the Returning Officer and Election Clerk positions?

Yes, you will be asked to indicate what position(s) you are applying to on the online application form.

Can I apply to more than one electoral district?.

No, when applying for the position, you will be asked to list one electoral district. You may only apply to one electoral district.

Can I apply for electoral districts outside of my district of residence?

Yes, you can apply for electoral districts outside your district of residence. When applying please consider the distance between your residence and the electoral district you are applying for, as Returning Officers are not compensated for the travel time and distance between their residence and their returning office.

I have previous experience as a Returning Officer and/or Election Clerk, do I still need to apply?

Yes, all interested applicants must submit a detailed resume by May 26, 2017 indicating the respective electoral district they are applying to. Please visit How to Apply for more information.


Is a resume required?

Yes, a resume is required. To be considered for the Returning Officer or Election Clerk position, all candidates are required to complete the online application form which includes submitting their resume and cover letter in one document. The recruitment and selection process identifies the right candidate based on qualifications, skills and merit.

If you do not have a resume, you may visit our website here for tips on how to create a resume and cover letter. Your resume and cover letter should outline how your experience and skills match those required by the role.

Do I need to be bilingual to apply?

Bilingualism (English / French) is not a requirement of the position, but in areas identified as bilingual under the French Language Services Act, conversational French will be considered a strong asset as Returning Officers must be able to serve the public in both official languages in those areas. Elections Ontario will reserve the right to test the French proficiency level of successful candidates for the electoral districts with a strong francophone population. Cover letters and resumes must be submitted in English.


About the Selection Process

How many positions will be hired?

Please refer to the Location of Vacancies page for specifics on which electoral districts are currently hiring Returning Officers and Election Clerks. If you are interested in other or future opportunities with Elections Ontario, please visit

Where are the interviews being held?

Selected candidates will be invited to attend a video conference interview with a member of Elections Ontario HQ staff and HR Associates. It will be the responsibility of the candidates to ensure they have access to a computer and web camera for the interview. You do not need to attend an interview in person.

How do I prepare for the video interview?

Please visit Interview Tips on how to best prepare for your interview.

What will the computer proficiency technical testing include?

The technical test will include applications such as MS Office Skills (MS Word and MS Excel) and online web-based tools (i.e., email and internet). Additional information will be provided to candidates who are invited for testing.

When will successful candidates receive notification of hire?

Successful candidates will be informed by the last week in July, 2017.

What is the status of the recruitment?

Please visit Steps in the Selection Process for timelines.


General Questions

When is the next General Election?

The date for the next General Election is yet to be determined; however, it is scheduled to occur in the Spring of 2018.

Where are the returning offices located?

There is one office located in each electoral district across the Province of Ontario. The exact locations have not yet been determined and it will be the responsibility of each Returning Officer to secure their office.

Whom can I contact if I have further questions?

Please send any inquiries via email to and someone will respond to you within 2 business days.


How many electoral districts are there?

There are now 122 electoral districts in the province on Ontario.

The Representation Act, 2015 requires the number of current provincial electoral districts to increase from 107 to 122, and boundaries for many existing electoral districts to change. These new electoral districts will be established in areas of high population growth, specifically the GTA, Ottawa, Peel, York and Durham regions.

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