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Provincial Election

The Ontario Provincial Election will be held on June 7, 2018. You have a say in your provincial government! You have a right to share your opinions throughout the decision-making process whether by voting or speaking to your Member of Provincial Parliament.

Voting | Volunteering

You can find your electoral district a list of candidates in your electoral district by entering your postal code in the Elections Ontario website. Candidates may send you campaign materials through the mail and they may knock on your door.

In order to be a candidate for provincial parliament or premier of Ontario you must be all of the following:

  • 18 years of age or older on election day
  • A Canadian citizene
  • A resident in Ontario for the six months before election day
  • Not disqualified by the Legislative Assembly Act or any other legislation

Who can vote?

To vote in the municipal election, you must be all of the following:

  • A Canadian citizen
  • At least 18 years of age
  • A resident of Ontario
  • Not legally prohibited from voting

You can only vote once regardless of how many properties you own or rent in the province, and you must vote in the electoral district where you live.

Voter notification card

A voters list is created to list who is able to vote in an election. Being on the voters list ensures you get election information messages like your voter notification card. The voter notification card confirms your eligibility to vote and lets you know where and when to vote on Election Day, or advance election days. It is not essential to have the card, but it does make voting easier.

The initial voters list is generated by Municipal Property Assessment Corporation.

You can use Elections Ontario’s e-registration form to confirm, update or add your information to the voters list.

Voter identification

Even if you have a voter notification card, you will need to have supporting identification with you in order to vote. One original or certified copy of a document showing your name and municipal address is needed. These documents can include:

  • An Ontario driver’s licence
  • An Ontario health card (only if it has your name and address)
  • A mortgage, lease or rental agreement
  • An insurance policy
  • A credit card statement
  • A bill for hydro, water, gas, telephone or cable TV

If you are not on the voters list, eligible voters will need to provide the following:

  1. Proof of Canadian Citizenship
  2. Proof of Age
  3. Proof of identify
  4. Proof of qualifying address

A combination of two pieces of identification usually accomplishes this, such as a:

  • Passport and driver’s license
  • Driver’s license and birth certificate
  • Citizenship card and mortgage or lease documents

Your passport is not a valid document to confirm your address. To see the full list of valid documents you can bring with you to vote, please contact your municipality.

If your name is on the voters list and you don’t have identification, you can fill out and sign a declaration so you can vote at the voting location.

Volunteering

You can get involved in your community by volunteering your time. As a volunteer you can provide leadership on boards and committees, help to raise funds, provide advice, counselling or mentoring, and bring awareness to an issue you care about.

Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteering:

  • Help others
  • Deepen your understanding of Canadian society
  • Gain Canadian work experience
  • Earn job referrals
  • Enhance your skills and experiences
  • Make friends

Ways to Volunteer

There are two main ways to volunteer:

  1. Municipal boards and committees, and
  2. In the community including:
    • Non-profit organizations/charities
    • Hospitals
    • Parent associations at schools
    • Newcomer service organizations
    • Sport or social clubs
    • Arts and culture organizations
    • Ratepayers’ associations

How to Volunteer

Find an organization where you can add value using YorkInfo, a Community Information and Volunteer Database for York Region or 211, a helpline and online database of Ontario’s community and social services.