Accessible voting

The City of Guelph is committed to providing an accessible and barrier-free community and services. The 2018 Accessibility Report outlines how barriers were identified, removed and prevented during the 2018 municipal and school board election. View our 2022 Municipal Election Accessibility Plan, which outlines the measures that the City of Guelph will be implementing in order to ensure that all voters and candidates have an equal opportunity to participate in the 2022 Municipal Election.

Accessible voting locations

Every effort has been made to ensure that every voting location is as accessible as possible.

Accessible voting locations during advanced voting

During the advanced voting period from October 8-10 and 14-16, all voting locations will be equipped with Audio Tactile Interface (ATI) Handheld Touch Pads, Paddles and Sip and Puff devices. During the advanced voting period you may vote at any of the following accessible advanced voting locations:

October 8, 9 and 10, 2022:

During the advanced voting period at City Hall from October 8 to 10, 2022, a reduced scent and fully masked voting option will be available for voters by request. Requests can be made in advance by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at the phone number or email below. Requests can also be made to poll staff on those voting days. This is to assist voters who may have scent sensitivities and/or want additional precautions in regard to COVID-19.

New for the 2022 election interpretation services will be offered at the City Hall advanced voting location only. If a voter requires translation and is unable to bring a trusted person with to vote, a phone in translation service can be provided.

October 14, 15, and 16, 2022:

Accessible voting locations on election day

On election day, October 24, voters will be able to vote at any location in their ward. All voting locations with accessible voting devices meet full accessibility standards. For voters who wish to use the Audio Tactile Interface (ATI) Handheld Touch Pad, Paddles or Sip and Puff devices, one voting location in each ward will be equipped with all three accessible ballot marking devices:

As a pilot program for the 2022 election, appointments can be made to have an ASL sign language interpreter. An interpreter can be booked for a virtual session to assist the voter on election day at the location they request. Staff will ensure that the technology is at the voting location on the day and at the time of the appointment with the interpreter. Please contact the City Clerk’s Office no later than October 17, 2022 to make an appointment.

Vote from home service

A limited number of home vote appointments will be available by request for eligible voters who are unable to vote using any other voting method due to illness, injury or disability.

Starting September 12, an appointment can be requested by contacting the City Clerk’s Office by phone at 519-837-5625 or by email at [email protected].

Appointments will be available during business hours from October 11 to October 14, 2022. The deadline to request an appointment is Friday, October 14 at 12:00 p.m.

Voters will be asked to confirm that they meet the criteria for this voting method and must be on the voters’ list before an appointment will be booked.

Two election officials will bring a voting kit to the voters’ home and may assist with voting if requested.

The home vote service is only available within the City of Guelph boundaries.

Feedback

Your feedback on accessible voting is essential to us in providing an election that is accessible to all electors. With your help, the City Clerk’s Office will continue to learn, develop and adjust our approaches in order to meet the needs of persons with disabilities.

You can provide feedback to us:

  • by telephone at 519-837-5625, or using TTY at 519-826-9771
  • by email to [email protected]
  • using the Accessibility Standards of Customer Service Feedback Form, which is also available at ServiceGuelph and at all voting locations
  • In writing to the attention of the Accessibility Services Coordinator, 1 Carden St, Guelph, ON, N1H 3A1
  • In person to the Returning Officer, Deputy Returning Officer or the Accessibility Services Coordinator at City Hall