Information for voters

Voting

In order to vote in the municipal election, you must be a Canadian citizen, 18 years of age as of October 22, 2018, 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.

The voting system is subject to strict logic and accuracy testing prior to the election to ensure accuracy and security.

At the completion of the testing, the entire voting system is locked down. No system, code or configuration changes can occur during the lock down period or once voting has started.

Use our ward lookup tool to find out which ward you are in.

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
  • A University of Guelph issued letter stating that you are campus resident

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 special marker for this purpose is provided in the voting booth. The marker provided must be used in order for your vote to be counted.

You can visit the election results section on this website to access updated results. Local media will also begin to broadcast results soon after the close of the polls on election night.


Voters’ list

The City of Guelph receives voter data from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). Revised voter data for 2018 will not be made available until September 2018.

Before September 2018, individuals are encouraged to use voterlookup.ca, an online tool managed by MPAC, to confirm whether or not they are on the voters list and to amend any incorrect information.

After September 2018, individuals can no longer amend the voters’ list through voterlookup.ca and must instead complete an Application to Amend the Voters’ List, available at ServiceGuelph, City Hall, by phone at 519-837-5625 or by e-mail at guelphvotes@guelph.ca.

Completed forms must be returned to ServiceGuelph, City Hall, in person. Acceptable identification must be shown when submitting the completed form.

Before September 2018, individuals are encouraged to use voterlookup.ca, an online tool managed by MPAC, to confirm whether or not they are on the voters list and to amend any incorrect information.

After September 2018, individuals can no longer amend the voters’ list through voterlookup.ca and must instead complete an Application to Amend the Voters’ List, available at ServiceGuelph, by phone at 519-837-5625 or by e-mail at guelphvotes@guelph.ca.

Completed forms must be returned to ServiceGuelph, City Hall, in person. Acceptable identification must be shown when submitting the completed form.

Yes, but it is recommended that you complete your application sooner in order to avoid delays at the poll on voting day.


Voting proxy

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. This form will be available at ServiceGuelph at City Hall starting on July 30, 2018. Proxy voting processes are tightly controlled, monitored and reviewed by staff in the City Clerk’s Office and by the Returning Officer.

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).

Proxy forms will be available at ServiceGuelph at City Hall. When you come into City Hall, let ServiceGuelph staff know that you would like to complete a proxy form for the election and they will call someone from the City Clerk’s Office to assist. Proxy forms will be issued during regular business hours between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., from July 30 to October 22, 2018. During advanced voting days, proxy forms will be issued from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 12, and from noon to 5 p.m. on October 13 and 14, 2018.

No. Election law does not permit photocopied, faxed or digital signatures on proxy forms.

The person who will be proxy voting for you must come to City Hall and complete the form with City Clerk’s Office staff during regular business hours. When a proxy has been certified by the city clerk or designate, this will be entered and indicated as such on the voters’ list.

A person acting as a voting proxy must present the certified document and acceptable identification to an election official distributing ballots at a voting location and must take the prescribed oath.

The proxy vote must be cast at a location that the person who appointed the proxy would normally vote.

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

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.

Advanced Voting

You can vote in person at advanced voting locations on October 12, 13 and 14, 2018. During advanced voting you can vote at any of the locations listed below regardless of what ward you live in. On voting day you must vote at a location in your ward. Voting day locations are listed below under the Voting Day heading.

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

Advanced Voting Locations

City Hall 1 Carden Street
Clair Road Emergency Services Centre 160 Clair Road West
Evergreen Seniors Community Centre 683 Woolwich Street
University of Guelph – Athletic Centre 150 Reynolds Walk

Voting Day

On voting day, Monday, October 22, 2018 voters can cast their ballot at any location in their ward.

Voting Day Locations

Ward 1

City Hall 1 Carden Street
Italian Canadian Club 135 Ferguson Street
Ken Danby Public School 525 Grange Road
King George Public School 72 Lemon Street
Royal Canadian Legion 57 Watson Parkway South
Victoria Road Recreation Centre 151 Victoria Road North

Ward 2

Brant Avenue Public School 64 Brant Avenue
Ecole Guelph Lake School 595 Watson Pkwy North
Evergreen Seniors Community Centre Election Day 683 Woolwich Street
First Baptist Church 255 Woolwich Street
New Life Christian Reformed Church 400 Victoria Road North
The Village of Riverside Glen 60 Woodlawn Road East
Trinity United Church 400 Stevenson Street North

Ward 3

Dublin Street United Church 68 Suffolk Street West
Guelph Bible Chapel 216 Silvercreek Pkwy South
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School 54 Westmount Road
St. Joseph Catholic School 10 Guelph Street
Willow Road Public School 125 Willow Road

Ward 4

All Saint’s Lutheran Anglican Church 210 Silvercreek Pkwy North
Gateway Drive Public School 33 Gateway Drive
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School 287 Imperial Road South
Taylor Evans Public School 271 Stephanie Drive
West End Community Centre 21 Imperial Road South

Ward 5

Cutten Fields 190 College Avenue East
Fred A Hamilton Public School 160 Ironwood Road
Harcourt Memorial United Church 87 Dean Avenue
Jean Little Public School 56 Youngman Drive
John McCrae Public School 189 Water Street
Mary Phelan Catholic School 8 Bishop Court

Ward 6

Clair Road Emergency Services Centre 160 Clair Road West
Ecole Arbour Vista Public School 200 McCann Street
Kortright Hills Public School 23 Ptarmigan Drive
Rickson Ridge Public School 177 Rickson Avenue
Sir Isaac Brock Public School 111 Colonial Drive
St. Paul Catholic School 182 Clairfields Drive East
The Salvation Army Guelph Citadel 1320 Gordon Street

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 2018.

Advanced Voting

You can vote in person at advanced voting locations on October 12, 13 and 14, 2018. During advanced voting you can vote at any of the locations listed below regardless of what ward you live in. On voting day you must vote at a location in your ward. Voting day locations are listed below under the Voting Day heading.

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

Advanced Voting Locations

City Hall 1 Carden Street
Clair Road Emergency Services Centre 160 Clair Road West
Evergreen Seniors Community Centre 683 Woolwich Street
University of Guelph – Athletic Centre

Candidates

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 1, 2018. Check back after May 1 for an up-to-date list of registered candidates.

Use our ward lookup tool to find out which ward you are in.

The first day that candidates can nominate themselves is May 1, 2018. Check back after May 1 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.