The 2022 Municipal Election is coming up!

Get Out The Vote, is a common non-partisan campaign run by various organizations that aim to encourage either the general population or a specific subset of the population to vote in an election. The most common form of a GOTV campaign is through the collection, distribution, and promotion of information on how and when to vote in an election.

“Students are historically a portion of the population who are unlikely to vote.”

Students may be unfamiliar with voting processes when attending a school away from their home riding. For this reason, GOTV campaigns are an important part of the student experience and are generally organized by a student group or association on campus.

Why is this information important?
  1. Strengthen the Student Voice
  2. Provide Accurate and Trustworthy Election Information Through Channels Students Use
  3. Improve Awareness of Student Association Advocacy Work

STEP 1: CONFIRM YOUR ELIGIBILITY

In order to cast a vote in the 2022 Ontario Municipal Election, a person must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be 18 years of age or older on voting day (October 24, 2022)
  • A Canadian Citizen, and
  • A Resident of Ontario

STEP 2: REGISTERING TO VOTE

Once you meet the eligibility criteria, you should register to vote! If you believe you are already registered to vote, it is always good to confirm your information on file too!

Note: If you were registered for the federal or provincial election, the information may not have been shared for the municipal election, so it is best to double-check you are registered!

Registering to vote, updating or confirming your information, adding an elector name to an address, or changing your school support for school board trustee elections is an easy process to do through VoterLookUp.ca.

Learn more here

All you need to do is provide:

  1. Your Legal Name
  2. Date of Birth
  3. Current Residential Address

The personal information provided must match any form of ID you plan to use when voting.

Examples of acceptable ID for registering, updating or confirming your information include:

  • Government-issued licenses, statements, or tax assessments
  • Educational or financial-issued letters, transcripts, or statements
  • Other: utility bill, pay stub, insurance policy, hospital record, cell phone bill, CNIB card

Learn about the Voter Look Up Tool below!

NOTE: Students who are living away from home while they attend school can vote in their home municipality and their postsecondary school municipality. If you are a student and consider your “home” to be the place where you live when you are not attending school (that is, you plan on returning there), then you are eligible to vote in both your “home” municipality and in the municipality where you live while attending school! For example, if you consider Brantford your “home” and are living in Waterloo for school, you can vote in both municipalities.

Deadline for registering to vote through VoterLookUp.ca is August 30, 2022. After this date, you will need to register directly with the municipality you are planning to vote in.

STEP 3: PLANNING TO VOTE

Once you are eligible and have registered, you should make a plan to vote. There are multiple different ways you can vote in the municipal election, so it important to choose one and make a plan to ensure you don’t forget when or how you can vote.

  • Brantford

    The City of Brantford offers online voting, in-person voting, and proxy voting

     

    Online Voting

    Online voting will be available from 10:00am on October 3 to 8:00pm on October 24, 2022.

    • Online voting takes approximately 7 to 10 minutes.
    • To vote online, you must have registered to vote and received your Voter Information Notice card in the mail. The Voter Information Notice contains your unique Elector ID and voter credentials as well as instructions on how to cast your online ballot. You will also need access to the internet to vote online.
    • For more information on online voting in the City of Brantford, visit their website: https://brantfordvotes.brantford.ca/en/voters/online-voting.aspx

     

    In-Person Advance Voting

    In-person advance voting will be available from October 12 to October 15, 2022, between the hours of 10:00am to 6:00pm.

     

    In-Person Voting

    In-person voting on election day will be available on October 24, 2022 from 10:00am to 8:00pm.

    • If you have registered to vote, you will receive a Voter Notification Card in the mail which will tell you where you can vote on an advance voting date or on election day.

     

    Proxy Voting

    • If you are unable to vote on voting day or on the advance voting days, you can appoint another person as your voting proxy to vote for you by completing a proxy form.
    • A proxy must be someone who is eligible to vote in the City of Brantford and who you trust to vote in accordance with your wishes. You are only allowed to act as a proxy for one person who isn’t related to you. You are allowed to act as a proxy for more than one person if you are voting on behalf of immediate family members (spouse, sibling, parent, children, grandparent and grandchild).
    • Contact the City of Brantford’s City Clerk’s Office for more information about proxy voting procedures.

     

    Additional Information
    If you do not receive a Voter Notification Card in the mail, you should call the City Clerk’s office at 519-759-4150.

    If you have questions about voting in the City of Brantford’s municipal election, check out their Frequently Asked Questions web page here: https://brantfordvotes.brantford.ca/en/faqs/frequently-asked-questions.aspx

  • Cambridge

    The City of Cambridge offers online voting, in-person voting, and proxy voting!

    Don’t forget, if you are voting in the City of Cambridge, you are also voting in the Region of Waterloo elections!

    Online Voting

    Online voting will be available from 12:00am on October 1 to 11:59pm on October 17, 2022.

    Curbside Advance Voting

    Curbside advance voting will be available from 10:00am to 6:00pm on:

    • October 6 & 7, 2022, at Forward Baptist Church
    • October 11 & 12, 2022, at the Hespeler Arena
    • October 14 & 15, 2022, at the Preston Auditorium

     

    In-Person Voting

    In-person voting on election day will be available on October 24, 2022 from 10:00am to 8:00pm.

    • If you have registered to vote, you will receive a Voter Notification Card in the mail which will tell you where you can vote on an advance voting date or on election day.

     

    Proxy Voting

    • If you are unable to vote on voting day, online, or on the advance voting days, you can appoint another person as your voting proxy to vote for you by completing a proxy form.
    • A proxy must be someone who is eligible to vote in the City of Cambridge and who you trust to vote in accordance with your wishes. You are only allowed to act as a proxy for one person who isn’t related to you. You are allowed to act as a proxy for more than one person if you are voting on behalf of immediate family members (spouse, sibling, parent, children, grandparent and grandchild).
    • Contact the City of Cambridge’s City Clerk’s Office for more information about proxy voting procedures.



    Additional Information
    If you do not receive a Voter Notification Card in the mail, you should call the City Clerk’s Office at 519-623-1340.

    If you have questions about voting in the City of Cambridge’s municipal election, check out their Elections web page here: https://www.cambridge.ca/en/learn-about/Elections.aspx

  • Guelph

    The City of Guelph offers voting by mail, in-person voting, and proxy voting!

     

    Voting by Mail

    • Vote by Mail kits can be requested from September 12 to October 14, 2022, by:
    • The Vote by Mail kit will be sent to your home address. Once completed, it must be received by 4:00pm on October 21, 2022 using one of these methods:
      • Canada Post mail (free-of-charge)
      • Dropping the package off at ServiceGuelph at City Hall
      • Placing the package in a secure drop box outside of City Hall

     

    In-Person Voting

    In-person advance voting will be available from October 8 to October 10, 2022, and from October 14 to October 16, 2022. Advanced voting hours may vary by date between 10:00am to 8:00pm. In-person voting on election day will be available on October 24, 2022 from 10:00am to 8:00pm.

    • If you have registered to vote, you will receive a Voter Notification Card in the mail which will tell you where you can vote on an advance voting date or on election day.

     

    Proxy Voting

    • If you are unable to vote on voting day or on the advance voting days, you can appoint another person as your voting proxy to vote for you by completing a proxy form.
    • A proxy must be someone who is eligible to vote in the City of Guelph and who you trust to vote in accordance with your wishes. You are only allowed to act as a proxy for one person who isn’t related to you. You are allowed to act as a proxy for more than one person if you are voting on behalf of immediate family members (spouse, sibling, parent, children, grandparent and grandchild).
    • Contact the City of Guelph’s City Clerk’s Office for more information about proxy voting procedures.



    Additional Information
    If you do not receive a Voter Notification Card in the mail, you should call the City Clerk’s Office at 519-837-5625 or email them at guelphvotes@guelph.ca

    If you have questions about voting in the City of Guelph’s municipal election, check out their elections web page here: https://vote.guelph.ca/voters/information-for-voters/

  • Kitchener

    The City of Kitchener offers in-person voting and proxy voting!

    Don’t forget, if you are voting in the City of Kitchener, you are also voting in the Region of Waterloo elections!

    In-Person Voting

    In-person advance voting will be available from October 12 to October 15, 2022, between the hours of 11:00am and 7:00pm daily. In-person voting on election day will be available on October 24, 2022, from 10:00am to 8:00pm.

    • If you have registered to vote, you will receive a Voter Notification Card in the mail which will tell you where you can vote on an advance voting date or on election day.

     

    Proxy Voting

    • If you are unable to vote on voting day or on the advance voting days, you can appoint another person as your voting proxy to vote for you by completing a proxy form.
    • A proxy must be someone who is eligible to vote in the City of Kitchener and who you trust to vote in accordance with your wishes. You are only allowed to act as a proxy for one person who isn’t related to you. You are allowed to act as a proxy for more than one person if you are voting on behalf of immediate family members (spouse, sibling, parent, children, grandparent and grandchild).
    • Contact the City of Kitchener’s City Clerk’s Office for more information about proxy voting procedures.



    Additional Information
    If you do not receive a Voter Notification Card in the mail, you should call the City Clerk’s Office at 519-741-2203.

    If you have questions about voting in the City of Kitchener’s municipal election, check out their web page here: https://www.kitchener.ca/en/council-and-city-administration/election.aspx

  • Waterloo

    The City of Waterloo offers voting by mail, in-person voting, and proxy voting!

    Don’t forget, if you are voting in the City of Waterloo, you are also voting in the Region of Waterloo elections!

    In-Person Advance Voting

    In-person advance voting will be available from October 8 to October 16, 2022. Hours will vary by advance polling station.

     

    In-Person Voting

    In-person voting on election day will be available on October 24, 2022 from 10:00am to 8:00pm.

    • If you have registered to vote, you will receive a Voter Notification Card in the mail which will tell you where you can vote on an advance voting date or on election day.

     

    Voting by Mail

    • Vote by Mail kits can be requested starting July 22, 2022:

     

    Proxy Voting

    • If you are unable to vote on voting day or on the advance voting days, you can appoint another person as your voting proxy to vote for you by completing a proxy form.
    • A proxy must be someone who is eligible to vote in the City of Waterloo and who you trust to vote in accordance with your wishes. You are only allowed to act as a proxy for one person who isn’t related to you. You are allowed to act as a proxy for more than one person if you are voting on behalf of immediate family members (spouse, sibling, parent, children, grandparent and grandchild).
    • Visit City of Waterloo’s election website for more information about proxy voting procedures: https://www.waterloo.ca/en/government/when-and-where-to-vote.aspx#proxies



    Additional Information
    If you do not receive a Voter Notification Card in the mail, you should call the Election office at 519-747-8704.

    If you have questions about voting in the City of Waterloo’s municipal election, check out their Election’s web page here: https://www.waterloo.ca/en/government/elections.aspx

If you have registered to vote, you should receive a Voter Notification Card in the mail in late-September or early-October. Your card will have your voting options, address, and other details on it. You should bring your card with a piece of ID that states your name to cast your ballot in-person.

Your Voter Notification Card or a Canadian Passport CANNOT be used as a piece of ID.

Voters will be required to provide proof of identity and residency. Even with the Voter Notification Card you will be receiving from the City Clerk’s Office the following documentation will be required prior to voting.

Examples of ID and Proof of Residency

  • An Ontario driver’s licence
  • An Ontario Photo Card
  • An Ontario motor vehicle permit (vehicle portion)
  • A cancelled personalized cheque
  • A mortgage statement, lease or rental agreement relating to property in Ontario
  • An insurance policy or insurance statement
  • A loan agreement or other financial agreement with a financial institution
  • A document issued or certified by a court in Ontario
  • Any other document from the government of Canada, Ontario or a municipality in Ontario or from an agency of such a government
  • Any document from a Band Council in Ontario established under the Indian Act (Canada)
  • An income tax assessment notice
  • A Child Tax Benefit Statement
  • A Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits Paid T4E
  • A Statement of Old Age Security T4A (OAS)
  • A Statement of Canada Pension Plan Benefits T4A (P)
  • A Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions
  • A Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Works
  • A Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Disability Support Program
  • A Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Statement of Benefits T5007
  • A property tax assessment
  • A credit card statement, bank account statement, or RRSP, RRIF, RHOSP or T5 statement
  • A CNIB Card or a card from another registered charitable organization that provides services to persons with disabilities
  • A hospital card or record
  • A document showing campus residence, issued by the office or officials responsible for student residence at a post-secondary institution
  • A document showing residence at a long-term care home under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, issued by the Administrator for the home
  • A utility bill for hydro, water, gas, telephone or cable TV or a bill from a public utilities commission
  • A cheque stub, T4 statement or pay receipt issued by an employer
  • A transcript or report card from a post-secondary school

WHO TO VOTE FOR?

Do you know what parts of our day-to-day lives our local municipal governments influence?

From local parks and community centres, to public transit and active transportation infrastructure, and housing and community safety, our local municipal governments affect how we live everyday!

Find out more about the candidates in your municipality who are running for your city council to represent you and how they feel they can improve these areas of your life and more!

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

IN MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

Each municipality offers a variety of employment opportunities for people of all skill levels.

All positions are paid and training is provided!

To work as an election official, you must be:

  • 18 years of age or older;
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada (has a social insurance number)

You do not need to be a Canadian Citizen to work as an election official in a municipal election.


To learn what positions are available and apply, visit each individual municipality’s website you would be interested in working at:

Waterloo

Cambridge: Not hiring any positions.*

MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS RESOURCES

Three Levels of Government:

Three Levels of Elections