We are a non-partisan office of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario responsible for administering provincial elections in Ontario, led by the Chief Electoral Officer. We are governed by the Election Act and the Election Finances Act.
We are committed to making voting easy and accessible for all electors, and maintaining the integrity, security and transparency of the electoral process.
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Greg Essensa was appointed Ontario’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) with the unanimous consent of the Legislature in June 2008. He is the seventh person to hold the position.
Mr. Essensa has over 30 years of municipal, provincial and international election experience. He began his electoral career as a student, working in the City of Toronto’s former election warehouse. Over the years, he took on positions of increasing scope and responsibility, and prior to his appointment as CEO he served as the Director of Elections and Registry Services for the City of Toronto.
As a dedicated election official, governments of all levels, associations and not-for-profit organizations have sought his election administration expertise. He has advised on municipal elections in British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and New Brunswick and primary elections in Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas.
Born and raised in Toronto, Mr. Essensa studied economics at McGill University.
1919 – Allan Dymond appointed as the first Chief Election Officer to administer the general election and referendum campaigns of 1919.
1934 – Israel A. Humphries appointed as Deputy Attorney General of Ontario, and as Chief Election Officer shortly after.
1939 – Major Alexander C. Lewis, Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, appointed as Chief Election Officer.
1955 – Roderick G. Lewis appointed as Clerk of the Legislative Assembly and Chief Election Officer.
1982 – Warren R. Bailie appointed as Chief Election Officer.
2001 – John L. Hollins appointed as Chief Election Officer.
2007 – To be consistent with other Canadian jurisdictions, the Chief Election Officer becomes the Chief Electoral Officer.
2008 – Mr. D. Greg Essensa appointed as Chief Electoral Officer.