Ontario Provincial Election

The 2022 Ontario general election will be held on THURSDAY JUNE 2 to elect Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) to serve in the 43rd Parliament of Ontario!

The province is divided into geographic areas called electoral districts (also known as ridings), which MPPs represent. MPPs prepare and pass laws related to the province. They hear from their constituents on provincial issues that matter to them as well.

Find your electoral district here here.


The Basics

Am I eligible to vote?

To be eligible to vote in Canada, you must be:

  • 18 or older by Voting Day
  • a Canadian citizen
  • a resident of Ontario

Where and when can I vote?

On election day
You can vote in person on election day Thursday, June 2, 2022 from 9 AM to 9 PM (Eastern Time) at the voting location assigned to you based on your current residential address.

During advance voting
You can vote at any(!) of the advance voting locations in your electoral district. Advance voting locations are open from 10 AM to 8 PM.

At your returning office
You can vote in person at your returning office from the day after an election has been called until 6 PM the day before election day. 

By mail
To vote by mail, you will need to complete a Vote by Mail application and provide a copy of at least one piece of government-issued ID. You can apply to vote by mail once an election has been called. Click to read more about voting by mail!

Do I need to register to vote?

YES! Elections Ontario maintains three electoral registers for provincial elections and by-elections: the voters list, the Register of Absentee Voters and the Ontario Register of Future Voters.

You can use eRegistration to add, update or confirm your information on the:

  • voters list for individuals who are 18 years of age or older, Canadian citizens and residents of Ontario;
  • Register of Absentee Voters for voters temporarily living outside Ontario who intend to return to the province; or
  • Ontario Register of Future Voters for eligible 16- and 17-year-olds who will be automatically added to the voters list when they turn 18.

You can also add yourself to the voters list when you go to vote. Bring one piece of ID showing both your name and current residential address. Find acceptable ID here. Registering at the polls takes extra time, and you will need to complete a form. We highly recommend doing this right now while you’re reading this FAQ!

Registering ahead of time saves you time at the voting station. You'll also get a Voter Information Card that tells you exactly where and when to vote and what to bring with you. Life in easy mode!

Do I need to bring ID to vote?

Yes!

ID is required to vote or to update, add or remove your information from any of the voters lists. You just need something that shows both your name and current address.

Photo ID is not required though and if you choose to provide photo ID, your appearance does not need to match the photo. You also don’t need to provide any information about your sex or gender expression when you go to vote.

ID can be shown on a mobile device. International ID or permanent resident cards are not accepted.

Click here to see a full list of acceptable ID.

Can I work for Elections Ontario?

They would love that! Elections Ontario is recruiting folks to work during the election.

  • All jobs are paid positions and will include training
  • Positions will require the use of either paper-based or technology tools (ePoll books and vote tabulators)
  • Elections Ontario poll officials and revising agents who work in long-term care facilities or hospital settings must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as per Government of Ontario requirements

Check here for jobs!

What if...

I’m working on Election Day?

Voters are entitled to three consecutive hours free from work to vote during advance voting or on Voting Day.

This doesn't mean you get to just take off from work for three hours though. It just means you have to be given a window of three hours to vote at some point during the day. So if you work from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM, you still have three hours before your shift begins to vote (8:00 AM to 12:00 PM).

Your boss can't dock your pay or penalize you for taking time to vote. You actually have to be paid your regular wage for the hours you're not working while you vote. Have that conversation with your employer now as they have the right to decide when you get your time off!

I can’t make it to a polling station on Election Day?

If you already know you're going to be busy or away on vacation (lucky you) on Election Day, make a plan to vote early!

I’m a student living away from home?

Where will you be on election day? And where can you prove your address? That will help you determine where to vote.

If you're going back to live with your parents for the summer and your ID still uses that address, vote there. If you're staying at the address where you go to school and have ID for that one, vote there!

You can also:

  1. Vote by mail; or
  2. Add yourself to the Register of Absentee Voters

Being on the Register of Absentee Voters means you will automatically be sent a voting kit to vote by mail whenever an election is called.

Note: if there's voting on campus available, remember that it's available only for students who actually live on campus.

I am Indigenous and/or live on a First Nations reserve?

Indigenous peoples and those living on a First Nations Reserve can register to vote through the e-Registration tool on the Elections Ontario website. An ID is required, with a name and a residential address. 

Types of IDs that can be used: 

  • Ontario Driver’s License
  • Ontario Photo Card
  • Certificate of Indian Status
I’m living abroad?

Ontario citizens living outside of Ontario can register to become an Absentee Voter. Eligibility requirements are: 

  • 18 years of age or older;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • temporarily residing outside of Ontario;
  • a resident of Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months before leaving; and
  • intent on returning to Ontario.

You are eligible as an absentee voter for up to two years from the date you left Ontario.

I recently moved?

If you have recently moved, update your information on the voters list using eRegistration. You will need one piece of ID showing both your name and current address. Find examples of accepted identification here.

I’m currently without a home?

If you do not have a permanent residence, the place where you have returned to most often to eat or sleep in the past five weeks is your residence.

If you do not have identification showing both your name and residential address, we have a temporary identification form called a Certificate of Identity and Residence. To receive this certificate, please speak to the administrator of the housing help center or food bank that you use most often.

I'm not old enough to vote yet?

We're thrilled that you're already excited to vote even though you can't this year.

If you are 16-17 years old, a Canadian citizen, and live in Ontario, you can add yourself to the Ontario Register of Future Voters. Information from the Ontario Register of Future Voters is automatically transferred to the voters list when you turn 18.

Add yourself to the Ontario Register of Future Voters with eRegistration.


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