The COVID-19 pandemic will have an impact on how we administer the October 25, 2021 General Election. 

We are working closely with the Chief Public Health Officer to ensure our communities have an opportunity to participate in forming our government while remaining safe. Learn more.

Find the latest COVID-19 health resources.

Election Guidelines During COVID-19

About Municipal Council Elections

Municipal Council Elections

The municipal council is responsible for the municipality’s budget, as well as services like animal control, employment, roads, water, sewage, and recreation.

  • There are 25 municipal councils across Nunavut.
  • A municipal council normally has eight councillors plus a mayor, all of whom are elected locally every four years.
  • The next municipal General Election will be on October 23, 2023.
  • A candidate can run for mayor or for municipal councillor, but not for both.
  • Following an election, one of the councillors is appointed deputy mayor from within the council.
  • By-elections may be held if a mayoral seat becomes vacant, but there are no by-elections for councillors.

The above information includes recent changes that affect the administration of municipal elections. Learn more about them:

  • For the Summary of the Administration of Municipal Elections in 2019 click here.
  • The important changes in the Municipal Elections Bill can be found by clicking here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Elections Nunavut.