Darrin Canniff Thank You_WEBSITE

2018 - 2022

  • Growth in Population with a 2.3% increase in population since 2016 census following years of suffering a decline in population.
  • Growth in Housing/Development with a record number of permits issued.
  • Growth in Business as evidenced by Business Park Sales and a significant increase in foreign direct investment inquiries.
  • Attracted new companies / large businesses (Cascades Casino, United Industries, Harbour Technologies, Dajcor (retention and growth) with more to come.
  • Sold Navistar property that is being redeveloped after being vacant for 10+ years.
  • Spurred growth in the number of Public / Private Partnerships.
  • Sold the WDC Rail Line.
  • Managed the successful recovery and management efforts through Covid re: Erie Shore Drive and Wheatley (secured $4.95 million for Wheatley recovery from Provincial government).
  • Renewed and improved our CIP (Community Improvement Program) that has spurred new development and investment in our communities.
  • Received numerous endorsements confirming that CK is now known as a great place to conduct business.
  • Established a more open and transparent government and have conducted a record number of community consultations on various issues.
  • Improved Chatham-Kent’s reputation (moved up to #27 in 2021 from #126 in 2019 on Macleans Magazine list of Best Communities in Canada).

The Next 4 Years

  • Invest in infrastructure necessary to upgrade our communities and to attract businesses.
  • Continue to eliminate practices that frustrate existing business and stifle new development.
  • Seek out and encourage more public private partnerships.
  • Complete downtown community revitalization plans.
  • Deliver enhanced and expanded Arts and Culture programs and amenities.
  • Upgrade and improve sports and recreation facilities and programs across CK.
  • Support new initiatives to tackle mental health and addiction.
  • Create more affordable housing that is one of the key components to resolving homelessness.
  • Continuing my long term commitment to promoting CK and enhancing the quality of life experiences for residents.

Representing All of Chatham-Kent

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Work History

  • Chatham-Kent’s Mayor from 2018 – 2022 (Current Position)
  • Director of Finance and CFO of Transform SSO
  • Controller – Greenfield Specialty Alcohols Inc.
  • Director of Planning and Forecasting, Union Gas
  • Director of Strategic Development, Union Gas
  • Manager of Taxation Services at KPMG


  • Current Chair of Crowfest 2022
  • Reintroduced the very popular Festival of Nations
  • Introduced Positivity Day in CK in 2016 to engage our community in collectively working towards creating a more positive culture in Chatham-Kent
  • Introduced the ‘Festival of Giving’ to Chatham-Kent 17 years ago that has raised nearly $3,000,000 for local charities
  • Initiated ‘The Amazing Race Chatham-Kent’ in 2006 to kick off the annual United Way Campaign
  • Introduced The Decatholon and Hallowbash to raise funds for the Children’s Safety Village and the Acceptional Riders Program at TJ Stables
  • Funded and promoted nine concerts at the Capital Theatre dubbed ‘The Children’s Concert Series’ that raised over $75,000 in support of the Children’s Treatment Centre Foundation
  • Chatham-Kent Citizen of the Year in 2006


  • Mayor Of Chatham-Kent  from 2018 – 2022
  • C-K Councilor for Ward 6 from 2014-2018
  • Current Chair of Crowfest 2022
  • Co-Chair of the 2018 International Plowing Match
  • Volunteer Chair of the ChathamKent’s Prosperity Roundtable
  • Director of the Foundation of The Children’s Treatment Centre
  • Board Chair of Mainstreet Credit Union
  • Past Chair of the Board of Directors of Entegrus
  • With his wife Christine, Darrin cochaired the United Way of ChathamKent’s 2006 fundraising campaign
  • Past member of the Board of Directors of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance

Key Voting Dates

Online Voting October 3rd – October 16th
Advanced Poles Open October 13th – October 15th
Election Day October 24th

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