Voting is a fundamental part of our democracy. When you vote, you are selecting representatives who will make the laws and policies that determine how our City functions and how we live together. In Toronto's municipal election you vote for Mayor, Councillor and School Board Trustee.
Toronto City Council is the main governing and legislative body of the City of Toronto. City Council is made up of the Mayor and 44 Councillors. The Mayor is the only member of Council who is elected by voters from across the city. Each councillor represents one of Toronto's 44 municipal wards (a geographic area of the city). Elected trustees make up a school board. The number of trustees on a board is based on the population in the board's area of jurisdiction.
Unlike other orders of government, there are no political parties at the municipal level. Elections happen once every four years. The next municipal election will take place on Monday, October 22, 2018.
Who can vote in a municipal election?
You can vote in Toronto’s municipal election if you are:
You may only vote once in the City of Toronto municipal election regardless of how many properties you own or rent within the City. You must vote in the ward where you live.
An owner or tenant of non-residential property, or their spouse, is not eligible to vote for School Board Trustee.
What is the Voters' List?
Get on the List!
Being on the City of Toronto voters' list ensures that you will receive the Voter Information Card (VIC) that tells you when and where to vote. Having your VIC will speed up your time spent at the voting place.
What is the voters' list and how does it get made?
The voters' list is a list of eligible electors in the City of Toronto.
The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for preparing the preliminary list of electors for each municipality and school board during an election year. It is MPAC's 'Municipal Property Assessment database' of both property owners and tenants that is used to prepare this preliminary list. The preliminary list of electors aids Election Services in the preparation of the final voters' list for election day. This preliminary list of electors is sent to Election Services and on September 2, the Revision Period begins.
From September 2 to October 22, Revisions to the voters' list are done by the City Clerk's Office. During this time period eligible electors can check that they are on the list by using the online election tool MyVote (www.toronto.ca/elections/myvote) or by calling 416-338-1111.
To update their information eligible electors can download and complete a Voters' List Amendment Application (available September 2) from our website www.toronto.ca/elections/voterslist.
You may also add your name to the voters' list at the voting place when you go to vote. You will be asked for identification showing your name and qualifying Toronto address.
How do I vote?
When you go to your voting place, take your voter information card and remember that you are required to show acceptable identification (ID).
If you need to be added to the voters' list you will also need to show acceptable ID.
What is acceptable identification (ID)?
A complete list of acceptable identification is below. You can open a printable PDF version of this list of acceptable identification.
Acceptable identification to vote in the municipal election:
There are three parts to the Toronto election ballot. Each ballot will list all of the candidates running for Mayor and the candidates running for Councillor and School Board Trustee in your ward.
If you are a non-resident owner or tenant of land assessed as commercial or industrial you cannot vote for a school board trustee.
Voting is quick and easy when you are prepared.
When you go to vote:
Bring your voter information card along with your identification (ID).
When you arrive at the voting place the election official will:
If you require assistance in another language:
If you are unable to vote on Election Day:
If you know that you won't be able to vote on Election Day, you can either go to one of the City's advance vote locations or you can appoint another eligible elector to act as your proxy.
To appoint a proxy, you and the person who will be voting on your behalf need to provide acceptable ID complete a form and have it certified by the City Clerk's Office.
Who can be a candidate in the municipal election?
To run for an office on Council or a School Board, a candidate must be qualified on the day he or she files the nomination paper.
To run for mayor or councillor, on the day the Nomination Paper is filed a person must be:
To run for any of the four school boards, on the day the Nomination Paper is filed a person must be:
An elected member of Council or a School Board Trustee must maintain their qualifications throughout the entire term of office or their seat will become vacant.
If you're interested in being a candidate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Once a candidate has filed their nomination papers with the City, they are able to start fundraising and spending money on their election campaign. Contribution limits for City Councillor and School Board candidates are a maximum of $750 per contributor; Mayoralty candidates can accept a maximum of $2,500 per contributor. Corporations or trade unions are prohibited from contributing to candidates seeking office to Toronto City Council; they may still contribute to School Board Trustee candidates. If a contributor wishes to contribute to multiple candidates, they cannot contribute more than $5,000 to all candidates within a single Council or School Board jurisdiction.
There are limits on the amounts a candidate can spend on expenses during the campaign period. These limits are based on the number of electors entitled to vote for the office. The City Clerk informs candidates about their spending limits.
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