The municipal election is on October 27, 2014, in all 444 municipalities in Ontario. It's a chance to vote for mayors and councillors as well as school trustees. On election day, you are voting for a particular candidate, not a political party.

Who is Eligible to Vote?

  • Canadian citizens, who are 18 and older.

  • You are eligible to vote in the municipality in which you live.

  • If you live in one municipality but own or rent property in another municipality, you are eligible to vote in each municipality’s election.

  • If you are a student who is living out of town while attending school, you can vote in both your home municipality (permanent residence) and in the municipality in which you reside while attending school. Consult your local municipality to find out more information.

What are the Types of Municipal Government?

  • Single tier municipal government: one council handles all municipal issues (e.g. City of Toronto)

  • Two tier municipal government: responsibilities are separated between the town/city council (e.g. Oshawa, Barrie and Vaughan) and overarching regional council, which would represent more than one municipality (e.g. Durham, Simcoe and York). For example, transit may be the responsibility of the overarching regional council while garbage collection may be the responsibility of the town/city council.

Which Issues Are Municipal Governments Responsible For?

Maintenances of the local road network (roads and bridges) Public transit Garbage collection and recycling
Ambulance service Animal control By-law enforcement
Economic development Library services Parks and recreation
Sidewalk maintenance Snow removal Tax collection
Public health Arts and culture Police services
Planning new development (both commercial and residential) Fire services Water and sewage
Storm sewers Airports Long-term care and senior housing