Oct 4, 2022

Everything You Need to Know: October 24 Election

On October 24, citizens across Ontario will be choosing their new city government representatives.

In Toronto, the city government is responsible for various issues that affect everyday life, such as water treatment, parks and ravines, libraries, garbage collection, public transit, land use and planning, police, paramedics, fire services, sewers, emergency shelters, childcare, recreation centres and much more.

You will be voting to send candidates to City Hall: a Mayor for the city, and a Councillor for your ward. You will also be asked to choose a publicly funded School Board to which you wish to be affiliated (English Public, English Separate, French Public, or French Separate) and be given a choice of candidates for School Trustee.

When Is Election Day? 

Election day has officially been called for Monday, October 24, 2022. Polling places will be open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on election day.

Advance voting is now closed; it was open from October 7-14.

Am I Eligible to Vote? 

To vote in Toronto’s election, you must be: 

  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • not prohibited from voting under any law.
  • at least 18 years old; and
  • a resident in the city of Toronto; or
  • a non-resident of Toronto, but you or your spouse own or rent property in the city

Note: Even if you own multiple properties, you may not vote more than once in the same region of the province.

Getting on the Voters’ List

Everyone on the voters’ list will be mailed a Voter Information Card telling them the hours and locations of polls.

If you do not get a Voter Information Card, check online to see if you are registered to vote through the city’s MyVote website, where you can enter your address to:

  • Find out if you are on the voters’ list 
  • Check out the candidates running in your ward 
  • Find out where and when to vote 
  • View, download and/or print your Voter Information Card 
  • Find your ward and map 
  • Find accessibility information about your voting place 
  • View a sample of your ballot 

If you are an eligible voter but you’re not on the voters’ list, you can still add your name at voting locations on election day itself. The election official will add you to the voters’ list and ask you to sign a declaration.

What ID Will I Need?

One piece of identification (ID) showing your name and qualifying Toronto address is needed when you go to vote. No photo ID is required. A full list of acceptable identification can be found here.

Can I Take Time Off to Vote on Election Day?

Voting hours on election day are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. You are entitled to three hours in which to vote on voting day.

Typically, this is at the start or end of your working hours. For example, if your working hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., you are entitled to leave one hour early so that you would have from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to vote.

New Option: Mail-In Voting

This election, the City is offering a new mail-in voting option so voters have a choice to conveniently vote from home. Applications were due by September 23 for this election. If you applied for mail-in voting, Toronto Elections must receive completed mail-in voting packages by noon on Friday, October 21.

What If I Need Other Accommodations to Vote?

Additional voting options and accommodations can be found here. This includes appointing another voter (proxy) to vote on your behalf, curbside voting, personal assistance to voters, accessible voting equipment, ballot transfer, audio-visual resources, translated materials and language services, transportation to voting places, information for voters experiencing homelessness or those on remand, dedicated accessibility telephone line/email and much more.

All queries may be directed to the City Clerk’s Office. Further information is available online here.

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