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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 election day.

One document 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. Acceptable documents originally in digital format can be shown on a mobile phone or device and will be accepted for voter identification.

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.

Look up your address on the interactive ward boundary map to find out whether your ward is changing for the 2022 municipal election.

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.

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.

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.

We are working with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to keep voting safe for voters and our staff. When you go to vote, you will see that we have put measures in place based on the best information at the time, and are offering additional voting methods such as vote by mail and vote from home service.

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


Voters’ list

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If your name is not on the voters’ list, and you’re eligible to vote, your name can be added. After October 14, 2022 at 4pm, individuals can no longer amend the voters’ list online. There are two options available to add or change your information:

  1. Complete an Application to Amend the Voters’ List at a voting location during advanced voting or on election day, or
  1. Complete an Application to Amend the Voters’ List, available at ServiceGuelph at City Hall, or request by phone at 519-837-5625 or by email at [email protected]. Completed paper forms can be returned to ServiceGuelph at City Hall in person or mailed to:

Attn: City Clerk’s Office
Guelph City Hall
1 Carden St.
Guelph ON N1H 3A1

Acceptable documentation must be shown when submitting the completed form in-person or a copy must be included when it is being mailed. Completed forms must be received by Friday, October 21, 2022 at 4pm.

Yes, you can add your name to the voters’ list at a voting place on election day, as long as you are eligible to vote.

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

Voters who have no permanent address are still able to vote. Election Officials at all voting locations are able to assist someone when they come in and ask to be added to the voters’ list.

In this case, a voter will have to complete an Affidavit of Residence form and take a Declaration of Identity to swear that they reside in the City and that they are who they say they are. The voter will be asked where they most frequently eat, sleep or access services because an address is required on the voters’ list.

If possible, voters who have no permanent address are encouraged to come to the advanced voting location at City Hall on October 8 to 10, 2022. Additional staff will be available to assist them and lines will be shorter to reduce wait times.


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). However, you cannot act as a proxy for both family members and a non-related person for the same election.

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.

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.

If you are unable to vote on election 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. Forms will be made available starting August 22, 2022. Proxy voting processes are tightly controlled, monitored and reviewed by staff in the City Clerk’s Office and by the Returning Officer.

Proxy voting procedures

Proxy forms (Form 3) are available for download or you can use the contact information listed below to obtain a copy. Proxy forms are also available at ServiceGuelph at City Hall. Appointments for submitting proxy forms are recommended. To book an appointment, contact [email protected] or call 519-837-5625. 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 must be certified in person at City Hall and identification is required.

 

Please note that original or reproduction copies of identification for both the person appointed as the voting proxy and the elector making the appointment must be provided to City Clerk’s Office staff at the time the form is submitted.

 

Proxy forms will be issued until Friday, October 21 during regular business hours between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

 

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


Locations

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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 advanced voting places and the locations where you may vote. We encourage voters to take advantage of the advanced voting days in order to avoid the traditional line-ups on election day.

Separate voting times will be held for residents of institutions, retirement homes and assisted living apartments. For a list of voting locations equipped with Audio Tactile Interface (ATI) Handheld Touch Pads, Paddles and Sip and Puff devices, visit the accessible voting page.

Other voting methods available include vote by mail, and vote from home service.

Advanced voting locations

You can vote in person at advanced voting locations from October 8 to 10, 2022 at Guelph City Hall and from October 14 to 16, 2022 at the 6 advanced voting locations identified below. During advanced voting, you can vote at any of the locations listed below regardless of what ward you live in. On election day you must vote at a location in your ward.

A reduced scent and fully masked voting option will be available at City Hall during advanced voting on October 8, 9 and 10. A separate room will be set-up and available on 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 or prefer additional safety precautions regarding COVID-19.

October 8, 9 and 10, 2022

Guelph City Hall (1 Carden Street) will be open for advanced voting during the following times:
October 8 and 9, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
October 10, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

October 14, 15, and 16, 2022

The following locations will be open for advanced voting during the following times:
October 14, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
October 15, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
October 16, 2022 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Election day voting locations

On election day, Monday, October 24, 2022 voters can cast their ballot at any location in their ward between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Ward 1

Ward 2

Ward 3

Ward 4

Ward 5

Ward 6

You can vote in person at advanced voting locations on October 8 to 10, 2022 at Guelph City Hall and from October 14 to 16, 2022 at the 6 advanced voting locations identified below. During advanced voting, you can vote at any of the locations listed below regardless of what ward you live in. On election day you must vote at a location in your ward.

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

A reduced scent and fully masked voting option will be available at City Hall during advanced voting on October 8, 9 and 10. A separate room will be set-up and available on 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 or prefer additional safety precautions regarding COVID-19.

Other voting methods available include vote by mail, and vote from home service.

Advanced Voting Locations

October 8, 9 and 10, 2022

Guelph City Hall (1 Carden Street) will be open for advanced voting during the following times:
October 8 and 9, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
October 10, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

October 14, 15, and 16, 2022

The following locations will be open for advanced voting during the following times:
October 14, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
October 15, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
October 16, 2022 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The peak voting times are between 10 and 11 a.m. and between 5 and 8 p.m. on election 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 is posted on the accessible voting page.

At City Hall, during the advance voting period from October 8 to 10, 2022, a scent free and fully masked room will be available for voters by request. This is to assist voters who may have scent sensitivities and/or want additional precautions in regard to COVID-19.

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.

New for the 2022 election interpretation services will be offered at the City Hall advanced voting location only (October 8 to 10, 2022). If a voter requires translation and is unable to bring a trusted person with to vote, a phone in translation service can be provided.


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 last day that candidates could file nominations for office or withdraw a nomination was August 19, 2022 at 2 p.m.

List of registered candidates

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

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.

List of registered candidates

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.

Election results from previous elections can be found online: