Voting on June 7
On June 7, people in Ontario elect the next provincial government. In this resource, On the Radar (CLEO) explaines what citizens need to do on election day to prove that they have the right to vote.
Powers of the provincial government
The government of Ontario is responsible for things that affect many people's daily lives, including:
- social assistance
- employment standards for most workers in Ontario
- workers' compensation
- health care
Elections give people the chance to say which political party best reflects their concerns. And voting is a way to take part in the democratic process.
Many groups that work with people living on a low income have produced information about the election issues. Here are a few:
- $15 and Fairness Campaign
- Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario
- Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario
- Income Security Advocacy Centre
- Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
Who has the right to vote
- Canadian citizens who live in Ontario and are at least 18 years old on June 7 have the right to vote. But they need to be on the Voters List.
- If someone gets a Voter Information Card in the mail, that means they're on the Voters List. Others can check with Elections Ontario to see if they're on the Voters List.
- People can add their names to the List or update the information that Elections Ontario has about them.
- When someone updates their information or adds their name, they can check to see if Elections Ontario has made the changes yet.
- And even if someone is not on the Voters List, they can still be added when they go to vote.
What happens on election day
- The Voter Information Card tells people where to vote on election day.
- If someone does not get a Card, they can find out where to vote by using Election Ontario's Voter Information Service.
Voting with a Voter Information Card
- People who have a Voter Information Card can vote by showing their Card and one piece of identification that gives their name.
- People who don't have any identification may still be able to vote. They do this by signing a statutory declaration when they go to vote. This is a document they sign to say who they are.
Voting without a Voter Information Card
- People who do not have a Card and are not on the Voters List can vote by bringing one piece of identification with their name and the address where they live.
Documents that prove identity and address
- An Ontario driver's licence with a photograph, name, and current address proves both name and address.
- And there are many other documents that Elections Ontario accepts as proof of name and address. For example, people may be able to use:
- a bank statement or credit card statement
- a lease or tenancy agreement
- a statement of government benefits
- a hospital record
- a utility, telephone, or mobile phone bill
- People can show original documents, photocopies, or electronic copies on their cellphone or other mobile device. This includes utility bills they get by email or online.
People with no permanent address
- If someone does not have a permanent address, they might stay at a homeless shelter or go to a food bank. They may be able to use that place as their address. To do this, the shelter or food bank must be the place where they've gone most often to eat or sleep in the last 5 weeks.
- Shelters and food banks who register with Elections Ontario can get a form called a Certificate of Identity and Residence. The shelter or food bank puts their address on the form.
- If someone is eligible to vote but does not have any identification, they may be able to use this form to prove their name and show an address when they go to vote. The voter and a person from the shelter or food bank must sign the form.
Getting more information about voting
- The Elections Ontario website is the best place to start when looking for information about voting on June 7.
- Elections Ontario also has information for people who need help to vote, for example, because of a disability. There are a number of services related to Accessible Voting.
- And there's information for people who want to vote before June 7.