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Time Commitment and Remuneration

Time Commitment

All appointed Returning Officers and hired Election Clerks require an ongoing commitment upon hire. The next general election will be held in the spring of 2018 and all Returning Officers and Election Clerks must be available until the end of the summer 2018.

Returning Officers and Election Clerks are considered part-time employees who are given numerous assignments with a set numbers of hours to complete each task in preparation for an election.

During an election, Returning Officers and Election Clerks must be available for the duration of the election period (36 days minimum) with time commitments of at least 12 to 14 hours per day, seven days per week.

Outside of an election period and sequenced assignments, Returning Officers and Election Clerks are required to dedicate 3 to 10 hours per quarter for various interactions with Elections Ontario headquarters.

Elections Ontario must be ready to deliver an election at any time. All appointed Returning Officers and hired Election Clerks must be prepared to fulfill their duties in support of the next election at any time. Upon publication of the notice of election, Returning Officers and Election Clerks must be able to begin administration of the provincial electoral event in their electoral district immediately and as requested for the duration of the election period.

Remuneration

Returning Officers and Election Clerks are paid an hourly rate in accordance with the Schedule of Compensation, which is set by the Board of Internal Economy. The Schedule of Compensation is reviewed annually upon recommendation by the Chief Electoral Officer.

RETURNING OFFICER
$42.00 per hour
ELECTION CLERK
$33.00 per hour

Non-election period day-to-day compensation:

Outside of an election period, Returning Officers* and Election Clerks are compensated as follows:

  • 3 hours per quarter at the positions’ hourly rate to monitor emails and voice mail

* Returning Officers also received a quarterly stipend of $180 for internet connection and home storage.

Non-election period special assignment compensation:

Following a schedule of activities communicated in advance by Elections Ontario Headquarters (HQ), Returning Officers and Election Clerks must undertake a series of assignments leading up to an election. Each assignment bears a set number of hours to complete the task at the positions’ hourly rate.

Election period compensation:

Returning Officers and Election Clerks are paid a set fee for any work they conduct during an election in accordance with the Schedule of Compensation, which is set by the Board of Internal Economy:

  • a maximum of 47 hours for deployment activities at positions’ hourly rate;
  • a maximum of 12 hours per day during the election period at positions’ hourly rate; and
  • a maximum of 47 hours for decommissioning activities at positions’ hourly rate.

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