How to Vote in Municipal Elections

Don’t just hope for climate action — head to your municipal election voting booth. There are a number of reasons you may want to consider casting a ballot in your home municipality. To start,…

How to Vote in Municipal Elections

Don’t just hope for climate action — head to your municipal election voting booth.

There are a number of reasons you may want to consider casting a ballot in your home municipality. To start, you may be seeking a change, whether in policy or in electoral representation. Municipal offices are typically seen as being more local than provincial or federal ones and, therefore, the focus of public discussion will be on issues directly related to you, your home and your community.

For example, the next provincial government is expected to be made up of at least the three provinces of Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. These provinces will each have their own set of governing governments and, as such, will have some political differences between their respective member governments. By voting in municipal elections you’ll be able to influence how your hometown’s electoral boundaries are drawn and make sure that your chosen representatives are, indeed, representative of you.

On the other hand there may be a particular issue which should be at the top of your municipal ballot — you may just want to vote for a specific candidate or a party. In that case you may also be better off casting a vote in the municipal election. But voting in the elections isn’t something you should do as a way to get a more local representative.

If the above is the case, then you will probably want to cast a vote at your local municipal election. A quick perusal of a municipal election ballot will tell you enough of the current issues in your area to get you started. You’ll notice that there are a number of issues on the municipal ballot.

The City of Toronto has the following on its municipal ballot:

The Town of Etobicoke has the following on its municipal ballot:

The District of Mississauga has the following on its municipal ballot:

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On this page you’ll find a quick guide to your municipal ballot. Be aware that, because municipal elections are held simultaneously with provincial or federal elections, the municipal parties

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