When is the Toronto municipal election? How do I get an election job in the city of Toronto? Your primer on municipal voting

Next month, Ontarians will be able to vote in the elections that arguably affect their lives the most. Municipal elections have the power to shape cities and can change the way cities treat people.

The vote in Toronto comes at a time of declining civic engagement, with a greater percentage of council seats vacant than any election in the past decade.

To help Torontonians seize this opportunity to represent themselves, the Star has prepared a guide to key questions.

When are the municipal elections?

Municipal elections in Ontario are held every four years on the fourth Monday in October. This year they will be on October 24. In Toronto, in-person voting will be available from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where do you vote in the Toronto elections?

A tentative list of polling places for each ward is available at toronto.ca/city-government/elections/city-elections/voting-places.

Who can vote in municipal elections?

Any Canadian citizen, 18 years of age or older on election day, who is a resident or property owner in the municipality where they wish to vote.

Until when can you vote in municipal elections?

Advance voting begins October 7 and lasts until October 14. Most wards have advance polling locations visible on the Provisional List of Polling Locations. To find them, click on the last page of polls in your neighborhood and look for the poll marked “AV” for early voting.

As of Friday, all wards other than Ward 5, York South—Weston and Ward 10, Spadina—Fort York have AV polls listed. All voting locations are still subject to change.

How to vote by mail?

Mail-in ballot applications opened Thursday and the deadline is September 23 at 4:30 p.m.

You can apply online at myvote.toronto.ca/mailinvoting.

Once your application has been approved, you will receive your ballot by mail before October 5th. It must be mailed back with your vote by October 21.

There will also be an absentee ballot drop box in each ward where you can hand-deliver your ballot. They will be available from October 7 to noon on October 21.

How to get a job with the municipal elections?

Toronto aims to hire more than 15,000 people to help with the election. Working in one of these jobs means that you cannot vote in elections, nor support or oppose any of the candidates.

The jobs pay between $235 and $425 for 13 hours of work, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Election Day, plus training.

Criteria for jobs include being eligible to work in Canada and being fully vaccinated. Some jobs require access to a cell phone, some require you to have a vehicle, and some will require you to be able to lift up to 40 pounds.

You also cannot be a family member of an election candidate.

To apply, visit electionsjobs.toronto.ca and create an account. A list of vacancies is available at toronto.ca/city-government/elections/about-election-jobs.

Who is running for mayor of Toronto?

There are 31 registered mayoral candidates, including incumbent John Tory. You can see a list, with their contact information, of each of them – as well as your local city council and school board candidates – at myvote.toronto.ca/candidateslist after entering your address.

Among those opposing Tory are Gil Penalosa, a prominent city planner, and Sarah Climenhaga, an environmental and sustainability advocate who finished sixth in 2018 when Tory won the most votes across all districts. from the city.

For more information on mayoral and council candidates, check out the Star’s Early Election Guide from Mayor of the Mayor’s Office, David Rider.

Who is running for mayor of Brampton?

Incumbent Patrick Brown, seeking a second term, has five challengers this year. Brown was recently disqualified from running for leader of the federal Conservative Party due to allegations of violating election finance rules.

The candidates for mayor of Brampton are: Vidya Sagar Gautam, Nikki Kaur, Prabh Kaur Mand, Tony Moracci and Bob Singh.

A complete list of mayors and municipal councilors is available here.

Ben Cohen is a reporter in Toronto for the Star. Follow him on Twitter: @bcohenn

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