With less than two months remaining in the current four-year term of city council, the Toronto election campaign is fully underway.
The general election in Toronto (as well as the hundreds of other municipalities in Ontario) is on Oct. 24. Voting in Toronto that day will occur between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Voters working on election day are required to be given three consecutive hours off in order to cast a ballot.
Up until the night of Oct. 24, thousands of workers will be helping eligible residents cast their ballots.
“We’re committed to providing fair and accessible election for all people. It’s my role as clerk to ensure that there is an equitable, accessible and secure election,” Toronto city clerk John Elvidge told reporters during a tour of the election services office on Sept. 22.
“We have about 15,000 people that we have recruited to support 1,460 voting locations across the city.”
CityNews is taking a look at the 2022 vote and what changes residents can expect this year versus previous elections.
What is new for voting in 2022?
The biggest change for Toronto voters this year is the option to vote by mail. The deadline to receive a ballot was Sept. 23.
Registered residents can put their ballot in a pre-paid envelope and drop it off at any Canada Post mailbox. Ballots can also be inserted into one of 25 secured Toronto elections drop boxes (one in every ward of the city with a list of locations listed here) between October 7 and the morning of October 21.
What if you can’t vote on Oct. 24? What are the options to vote in advance?
This year there will be three more days of advance voting. You’ll be able to vote in advance any time between 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Oct. 7 to Oct. 14.
You can also appoint someone to act as your proxy and they can vote on your behalf.
Where do I vote?
You can use the City of Toronto’s MyVote site to confirm which ward you live in and where you can vote either during one of the eight advance voting days or on election day.
What ID is needed to cast a ballot?
Voter cards were mailed off the week of Sept. 26 and should be brought with you to your poll location to help with identification purposes. Only one piece of identification with your name and address is needed to cast a ballot.
For those who are experiencing homelessness, they were encouraged to consult election materials at local shelters or drop-in centres for information on how they can vote close to the facility.
Click here for a list of accepted ID.
What additional supports are available to help cast a ballot?
For those unable to enter a polling location, the City of Toronto offers curbside voting. A friend or someone who provides personal assistance can also help with filling out a ballot so long as they make a declaration.
There is also accessible voting equipment to help voters with disabilities.
City of Toronto staff have provided election resources in multiple languages to act as a guide for those whose first language isn’t English.
Click here for more information.
What about working at poll locations?
During the Sept. 23 tour of the Toronto election services office, Elvidge said the City was making good progress with hiring election workers. However, he said they wanted to bolster the list of standby staff.
Click here to access the application website.
Where can the Toronto election results be found?
The City of Toronto will begin posting results for all ballots, including mail-in ballots, after 8 p.m. on Oct. 24.
Throughout the election campaign and on Oct. 24, CityNews will have coverage on its online and broadcast platforms.