2020 Ontario Liberal Party Leadership Election

Get Involved

The Ontario Liberal Party is entering an exciting period of renewal and you can be a part of it! Become a member by 6:00PM on Monday, December 2, 2019 to join Liberals across the province in selecting our next leader. On the weekend of March 6-7, 2020, we’ll come together for a leadership convention that will spark renewal throughout our party. We will move forward from the convention with a vision that builds on the progress we’ve delivered as a party and puts forward positive new ideas for a brighter future in Ontario.

To learn more about the Leadership Election process, be sure to attend an upcoming online information session:
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 7:00PM EST

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 7:00PM EST

Become a Member

Renewal begins with Liberal activists like you. To be eligible to participate in the election of our next leader and the next Premier of Ontario, become a member before 6:00PM on Monday, December 2.

Meet the Candidates

The official candidates in the 2020 Leadership Election include (in alphabetical order):

Watch the Debates

The official 2020 Leadership Debate Schedule can be found here:


Candidate Showcase (Toronto)Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 7:00PM EST

Guelph Leadership DebateSaturday, December 7, 2019 at 1:00PM EST

Windsor Leadership DebateThursday, December 12, 2019 at 7:00PM EST

Sudbury Leadership DebateSunday, January 12, 2020 at 1:00PM EST

Ottawa Leadership DebateWednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:00PM EST

Markham Leadership Debate Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 1:00PM EST

Toronto Leadership Debate Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 7:00PM EST


Note: all dates, times, and locations are subject to change at the sole discretion of the Ontario Liberal Party.

Vote in a Leadership Election Meeting

Leadership Election Meetings (or LEMs) will take place on:

  • Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 3:00PM-8:00PM
    • Central West Region
    • North Region
    • South Central Region
    • South West Region
  • Sunday, February 9, 2020 from 3:00PM-8:00PM
    • Central East Region
    • Central North Region
    • East Region
    • Toronto (Etobicoke/Downtown/East York) Region
    • Toronto (York/North York/Scarborough) Region

There will be a LEM in each of the 124 ridings across the province as well as the 12 women’s clubs and 13 student clubs. For a complete list of student and women’s clubs, please see the ‘Important Documents’ section below.

Become a Delegate

Delegates elected at LEMs will be eligible to attend the 2020 Leadership Convention on behalf of their riding association. Only supporters who are signed up as official members by the December 2 deadline will be eligible to stand for election as a delegate. More information about the delegate election process will be shared in the coming weeks.

Attend the 2020 Leadership Convention

The convention will be held at the International Centre in Mississauga on March 6-7, 2020. Only Ex-Officio delegates, and delegates and alternates elected in LEMs, who pay the convention registration fee will be eligible to attend the convention. More information about the convention and related registration rates will be made available in the weeks ahead.

Become a Leadership Volunteer

The leadership process is being led by a neutral team made up of Secretary General Christine McMillan, Chief Returning Officer Jack Siegel, and the staff at Party Headquarters.

The leadership team will also need an army of neutral volunteers to help with data entry, event logistics, conducting LEMs, and executing the 2020 Convention. These volunteers cannot take a side in the race. If you would like to become a neutral leadership volunteer, sign and submit a Declaration of Neutrality Form to leadership@ontarioliberal.ca. That form can be found here:

Important Documents

Questions & More Information

If you have questions about the 2020 Leadership process, want more or information, or simply need assistance finding tools to navigate the leadership process, let us know! Contact the Party office at leadership@ontarioliberal.ca.

Media Inquiries

For more information about the leadership race, members of the media can contact communications@ontarioliberal.ca.