A person is entitled to be an elector at an election held in a local municipality (unless prohibited by the Municipal Elections Act or any other Act) if, on Voting Day (Monday October 24, 2022), he or she:
- Is a Canadian citizen;
- Is at least 18 years old;
- Resides in the local municipality, or is the owner or tenant of land in the local municipality, or the spouse of such a person; and
- Is not prohibited from voting under any law.
A resident elector is where a person lives, and is eligible to vote in that municipality's election. A person is only allowed to have one residence.
If a person lives in one municipality, but owns or rents property in another municipality, then they are a non-resident elector and able to vote in that municipality's election.
Spouse of Non-Resident Elector
If a person lives in one municipality, and qualifies as a spouse of a non-resident elector, then they are able to vote in that municipality's election.
A person may have residences in two local municipalities at the same time if the person lives in one of the local municipalities in order to attend an education institution but not with the intention of changing his or her permanent lodging place, and the person's permanent lodging place is in the other local municipality.
Therefore, students can vote in the municipality where they attend school and they can also vote in the municipality where they live.
All electors at the voting place must show proof of name and qualifying address before proceeding to vote. If the elector does not have identification with them they will be required to complete Form 9, a Statutory Declaration stating that they are the elector showing on the Voter's List. Voters are not required to show photo identification, only identification showing name and qualifying address.
Only one form of acceptable identification is required, and must be an original, certificate or notarial copy showing the person's name and qualifying address. The list of acceptable pieces of identification can be found here.
Voter Qualifications and Voter's List Information
If you are a resident, owner or tenant of property in Ontario, a Canadian citizen and 18 years of age or older election day, you can vote.
It is the responsibility of every elector to make sure their information is up-to-date and accurately reflected for electoral purposes. By logging into voterlookup.ca, eligible electors can:
- confirm or update their electoral information;
- add an elector name to an address; and,
- change school support for the purpose of voting in a school board election.
Use the VoterLookup.ca tool on the MPAC (Municipal Property Assessment Corporation) website to ensure you are on the list and the information is accurate.
The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for collecting the information of residents in Ontario (name, date of birth, citizenship and school support) in order to create a Preliminary List of Electors for municipal and school board elections. Municipalities will use the Preliminary List of Electors to prepare their Voters Lists for the 2022 Municipal and School Board Elections.
Are you on the Voter's List?
Check out Voterlookup.ca!