The City of Toronto will be carrying out a 25-ward election on Oct. 22 after the Court of Appeal for Ontario stayed a lower court decision that would have seen a previously approved 47-ward election.
The changes occurred when the Ontario legislature passed Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act. The revised nomination deadline was Sept. 21.
As municipal staff work to adapt to the new 25 wards, which align with federal and provincial ridings, Global News has compiled a guide with everything you need to know before election day.
This story will be updated throughout the campaign as a part of Global News’ coverage of the Toronto election and as new information becomes available.
Where and when do I vote?
Locations to vote on election day (Oct. 22) were uploaded to the City of Toronto’s MyVote website on Sept. 24. By typing in your address on that site, it will give you a personalized list of candidates, a ward map, voting locations and an ability to check if you’re on the voters’ list.
Voting hours on Oct. 22 are between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Employers are required to ensure residents have a three-hour period off work in order to vote.
For voters who are able to get to the voting location but are unable to get out of the vehicle, the City of Toronto allows curbside voting if a friend or support person notifies elections staff at the voting location.
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If you have questions about specific voting situations, you can call the elections office at 416-338-1111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to vote in advance of the Oct. 22 election
The City of Toronto will hold five days of advance polling between Oct. 10 and 14. Residents can vote at one of two polling locations in each ward, or at Toronto city hall. A list of advance poll locations can be found here. Advanced voting day hours are between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Who can vote in the election?
You have to be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old, a resident in Toronto (the only way you can vote as a non-resident of Toronto is if you or your spouse own or rent property in Toronto) and not prohibited from voting under law. Students or residents who are away during the voting period can appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf (see below).
How to have someone vote on your behalf or how to get help voting at home
If you are unable to cast a ballot on any of the voting days, you can appoint someone (an eligible Toronto elector) to vote on your behalf. The forms can be obtained from the city clerk’s office as of Sept. 25 by visiting the election services office, calling 416-338-1111, or emailing email@example.com.
Once you get the form, you’ll need to fill it out in full, sign it, provide your identification (photocopies are accepted) and say who want your proxy to vote for. The form will need to be certified by the city clerk or her designate. City staff will also need original identification of the person who is being appointed to carry out the vote.
A person who is not a family member can only act as a proxy once. A proxy can vote for any or all immediate family members. A person acting for someone as an executor or as a trustee is required to have a certified proxy form.
For more information on the proxy process, click here.
City staff noted every voting location will be accessible and there’s a home voting pilot project to assist those who cannot get out to vote due to illness or disability. For information on this and proxy voting, residents were encouraged to check the Toronto elections website or call 416-338-1111.
What identification is needed to vote?
Toronto city clerk’s office staff had to prepare two sets of voter information cards during the court appeal process. Shortly after the court decision came down on Sept 19, the cards were mailed out. The voter information cards aren’t required to vote and can’t be used as the only piece of identification to vote.
Voters are required to show one piece of identification with a name and a Toronto address. Click here for a full list of acceptable pieces of identification. City staff said photo ID is not required.
Popular forms of identification include a driver’s licence, a photo ID card, a pay stub, a bank statement, a utility bill, or an Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program direct deposit statement.
Where can I see the results on Oct. 22?
Global News will be publishing profile stories for each of the city council races closer to October’s election date, which will be updated with results after the polls close on election day. The results for all of the races will be posted on the City of Toronto’s election website.
List of Toronto city council candidates and wards
* indicates an incumbent member of council running for re-election
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City of Toronto’s 25 wards (2018-2022)
Councillor, Ward 1 Etobicoke North
Councillor, Ward 2 Etobicoke Centre
Councillor, Ward 3 Etobicoke–Lakeshore
Councillor, Ward 4 Parkdale–High Park
Councillor, Ward 5 York South–Weston
Frank Di Giorgio*
Councillor, Ward 6 York Centre
Councillor, Ward 7 Humber River–Black Creek
Winston La Rose
Councillor, Ward 8 Eglinton–Lawrence
Christin Carmichael Greb*
Councillor, Ward 9 Davenport
Councillor, Ward 10 Spadina–Fort York
Councillor, Ward 11 University–Rosedale
Councillor, Ward 12 Toronto–St. Paul’s
Councillor, Ward 13 Toronto Centre
Walied Khogali Ali
Councillor, Ward 14 Toronto–Danforth
Councillor, Ward 15 Don Valley West
Councillor, Ward 16 Don Valley East
Councillor, Ward 17 Don Valley North
Councillor, Ward 18 Willowdale
Danny De Santis
Jin Chung Park
Saman Tabasi Nejad
Councillor, Ward 19 Beaches–East York
David Del Grande
Councillor, Ward 20 Scarborough Southwest
Councillor, Ward 21 Scarborough Centre
Zamir ul hassan Nadeem
Councillor, Ward 22 Scarborough–Agincourt
Councillor, Ward 23 Scarborough North
Councillor, Ward 24 Scarborough–Guildwood
Councillor, Ward 25 Scarborough–Rouge Park
Click here for the City of Toronto’s official list of council, school board and withdrawn candidates.