Information for voters

Voting

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In order to vote in the municipal election, you must be a Canadian citizen, 18 years of age as of October 24, 2022, and:

• a resident of Guelph; or
• an owner or tenant of property in Guelph; or
• the spouse of an owner or tenant of property in Guelph

In order to vote, your name must also appear on the voters’ list. If your name is not on the list, and you’re eligible to vote, it can be added right up until voting day.

To make sure you on the voters’ list, and that all your information is accurate, visit voterlookup.ca.

One piece of ID showing your name and Guelph address is required. The following options are considered acceptable:

  • An Ontario driver’s licence
  • An Ontario Health Card (photo card showing Guelph address on the back) – Please be advised that only certain Ontario Health Cards include address information and only these will be accepted as proof of identity to vote
  • An Ontario Photo Card
  • An Ontario motor vehicle permit (vehicle portion)
  • A cancelled personalized cheque
  • A mortgage statement, lease or rental agreement relating to a Guelph property
  • An insurance policy or insurance statement
  • A loan 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 Bard 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

Note: It is helpful if you bring your voter notification card with you to the polls but it cannot be used as proof of identity.

A Council composition and ward boundary review was completed in 2021. As a result, new ward boundaries will be in place for the 2022 municipal election. The new boundaries keep Guelph at six wards but adjusts the boundaries to redistribute the population more evenly and give consideration for future growth.

View the ward boundary maps to find out which ward you are in.

On February 17, 2021, a report on voting systems and alternative voting methods for the 2022 municipal election received Council approval.

The following voting methods will be used for the 2022 election:

Provincial legislation removed the option for Ontario municipalities to consider a ranked ballot election for 2022. Other voting methods such as telephone and internet voting were not approved.


Voters’ list

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Being on the voters’ list saves you time when you vote. The City of Guelph receives voter data from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC).

To make sure you on the list, and that all your information is accurate, visit voterlookup.ca.

Eligible electors can visit voterlookup.ca to:

  • confirm or update their electoral information;
  • add an elector name to an address; and,
  • change school support for the purpose of voting in a school board election.

Voting proxy

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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).

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. More information about proxy voting procedures will be posted in summer 2022. Proxy voting processes are tightly controlled, monitored and reviewed by staff in the City Clerk’s Office and by the Returning Officer.

Yes. They would vote at their own voting place if it is different from yours. If you both vote at the same voting place, they can vote twice at that location – once for themselves and once as your voting proxy.


Locations

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You can vote in person at advanced voting locations on October 8-10 and 14-16, 2022. On Voting day, Monday, October 24, voters can cast their ballot at any location in their ward.

If your name is on the Voters’ List by mid-September, you will receive a voter notification card in the mail that will indicate the dates and times of the regular and advance voting places and the locations where you may vote.

Separate voting times will be held for residents of institutions, retirement homes and assisted living apartments.

A full list of voting locations will be made available in summer 2022.

We encourage voters to take advantage of the advanced voting days in order to avoid the traditional line-ups on Voting day.

We encourage voters to take advantage of the advanced voting days in order to avoid the traditional line-ups on voting day.

Information about advanced voting locations will be posted in summer 2022.

The peak voting times are between 10 and 11 a.m. and between 5 and 8 p.m. on voting day. To avoid waiting to vote, we encourage you to vote on advance voting days.

Yes. However parking is limited at some locations. You can minimize parking difficulties by walking, taking public transit or voting at non-peak times. Non-peak times are usually between the hours of 11 a.m. and noon and between 2 and 5 p.m.

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

A full listing of accessible voting places will be posted in summer 2022.


Candidates

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Owners and tenants of residential properties in Guelph can vote for the Office of the Mayor, City Councillors and School Board Trustees. Owners or tenants of non-residential property can only vote for the Office of the Mayor and City Councillors.

The first day that candidates can nominate themselves is May 2, 2022. Check back after May 2 for an up-to-date list of registered candidates.

View the ward boundary maps to find out which ward you are in.

The first day that candidates can nominate themselves is May 2, 2022. Check back after May 2 for an up-to-date list of registered candidates.

You can contact the candidates individually, or listen/watch the local media for information on all candidates meetings that are arranged by community groups and organizations.

If you are eligible to vote in Guelph, you can provide an endorsement to as many candidates as you choose and you may endorse candidates for any office on council, no matter which ward you live in.

One the day you sign the endorsement, please ensure you are eligible to vote. If it found out that a person was not eligible to vote on the day that they signed the endorsement, the person who supplied false information (by declaring that they were eligible to endorse a nomination when they were not eligible) could be subject to prosecution.